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2022 Young Filmmakers Contest Winners

The assignment for the sixth Annual Young Filmmakers Contest was to create an original short (five minutes or less) inspired by Sense and Sensibility or by Jane Austen and her world, her novels or letters, or adaptations of her work.

2022 Judges

  • Crystal Clarke, actress in Sanditon and Star Wars
  • Janet Lin, film/TV writer for Bridgerton and Bones
  • John Kessel, author of Pride and Prometheus
  • Diana Birchall, retired story analyst for Warner Bros and author of The Bride of Northanger
  • Rachel Wagner, film critic
  • Deborah Yaffe, newspaper journalist and author of Among the Janeites

Proofs of Tenderness

By Pegah Serajeh
First Place

modern young woman returning to the dating scene in New York Cityattempts to instill the
values of Jane Austen in her new love interest.


A Letter to Fanny

By Daniela Bond
Second Place 

This artful film is a poetic representation of Jane Austen’s advice on love to her niece Fanny Knight.


In Town 

By Marika Hall
Third Place

Set in downtown Oxford, Hall's film imagines what a modern-day encounter between Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth might look like after their eight-year separation.




“Know your own happiness.”

Sense and Sensibility