Bear Jam Productions proudly presented The Hibernation Film Festival in April 2020. A festival born out of the recent events that have unfolded across the globe. Despite being confined to our homes, we wanted to turn the pandemic on its head and celebrate filmmakers’ work from around the world. So, we decided to not only “Do More Video,” but to host our very own online festival.

The theme for the festival was positivity, something that was great to see in everyone’s creative films.

The Winners

The festival included the following categories and below you will find the winner film from each category.

Best Narrative

Best Stop Motion

Best Student Film

Best Line of Dialogue

Best Documentary

Best Remote Collaboration

Best Creative

Best Use of a Prop

The winners took away some great prizes, and we would like to thank our sponsors.

Thanks to our fabulous sponsors!

… and to our brilliant judges!

Dan Smith

Dan Smith is a BAFTA-winning TV director, producer and writer with a passion for storytelling. He has straddled many genres from music videos with Lethal-B to science documentaries with Stephen Hawking. Having worked for BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery, Nat Geo, Sky, Google and recently Netflix he has a solid client base who keep returning.

Awards include a BAFTA for directing Attenborough’s Museum Alive, L.A. Reel Film Festival and Silver Scream fest for short film Flyspy. He has won a Wildscreen Panda, a Broadcast Digital Award, a D&AD Pencil, The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and was nominated for the BAFTA – Breakthrough Talent Award as well as a Grierson.

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Lucy Brydon

From Edinburgh, Lucy graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Creative Writing in 2005 before moving to Shanghai. She lived there until 2010, writing, directing, and producing short films, commercials and television dramas as well as learning Mandarin.

She then studied Film Directing at Columbia University’s MFA Programme in New York. Her short films have screened at numerous international festivals and her debut novel, Shanghai Passenger, was published by Blue Mark Books in 2015.

Lucy leads the Screenwriting course on the University of Warwick’s Creative Writing Programme, and is in development on a number of feature and television projects. Her debut feature film, Body of Water, premieres at the Glasgow Film Festival 2020.

James Hilditch

James is the Founder and Creative Director at Bear Jam and has built a reputation as a digital content Creative. 

James has worked on visual branded content across all the major digital platforms. He loves to generate ideas and nurture concepts and briefs through to delivery.  He is able to generate natural performances from all different types of talent from the England Rugby team to camera shy CEOs. James has worked across the UK and abroad and is comfortable directing his regular crews or local freelancers.

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Sam Collison

In 2008 Sam began a career in advertising, working for agencies such as RAPP, HeyHuman and Saatchi & Saatchi. Moving to Netflix in 2016 he has spent the past four years producing UK launch campaigns for original series and films, including: The Irishman, The Witcher, Top Boy, Black Mirror, The Crown and Stranger Things.

Turning his hand to pretty much anything in the promotional spectrum he’s scripted and produced social videos and radio ads, developed trailers for broadcast, commissioned artists for mural projects, written the odd line of copy, as well as art directing and producing out of home campaigns.


On Thursday, 7th May 2020 at 19:00, we hosted a live stream via the event’s Facebook page. The judges announce the shortlist and the winners, and the winners’ films were played as part of the live stream. Check it out on our Facebook page!