Local Yorkshire filmmaker, David Gilbank, took home the "Audience Choice Award" from the inaugural Harrogate Film Festival. He credits that success to a whirlwind 18 months that saw his winning short film made into a feature film which has gone onto critical acclaim, winning numerous awards worldwide. With a red-carpet screening in both London and Mexico, the film ‘Polterheist’, will also enjoy a DVD release.
Scenes in the film were shot close to Harrogate and David, who is from Bradford, self-funded the project initially, before receiving investment following his Harrogate success.
Polterheist tells the story of two gangsters who are given 72 hours to discover the whereabouts of a stash of drug money stolen by their boss. There's only one problem...they just murdered him. Frantic to find the cash, the hapless criminals kidnap a psychic medium and force her to contact the dead gang boss. Unfortunately for them, they only succeed in unleashing an evil spirit bent on revenge.
The film won the ‘Raworths Solicitors Audience Choice Award’ in the 2017 edition of Harrogate Film Festival. This award is voted for by audiences who attended the independent filmmaker screenings over the Festival weekend.