Aysegul Epengin is the chairwoman of Portsmouth Film Society (PFS), which was founded as a not-for-profit society in 2009 as a way of bringing different kinds of cinema to Portsmouth, including independent films, British movies, foreign language films and film revivals.
The society shows the best in independent, world and animated cinema from its new venue in Portsmouth University’s Eldon Building.
Shortlisted nominees for the Best Film award were all drawn from the Shorts Cut film festival organised by PFS and Aysegul was there on Monday night to collect the Best Film award on behalf of winners Sebastian Engelmann and Maxwell White.
Aysegul said: ‘ Perception is a great film and well made. It’s the first time that university students have got an award in the Shorts Cut festival.
‘The standard at the fetival was very high this year and it was very difficult to pick.
‘Winning an award like this will definitely improve local film-making.
‘It’s important to recognise local film-makers in this way. We’re showing the films before our main features and the audiences love it.’