Joanna Coates

Joanna Coates

Joanna Coates has triumphed at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, scooping The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film award for Hide and Seek.

Hide and Seek marks the feature film directorial debut for Coates, as she teamed up with Daniel Metz to pen the screenplay.

Hide and Seek saw off the challenge from Castle in the Sky, Hyena, We Are Monster, Set Fire to the Stars, Still Life, My Accomplice, Greyhawk, and Practical Guide to a Spectacular Suicide.

Coates thanked the Edinburgh International Film Festival for recognised her work as well as supporting the film.

Speaking after receiving the prize, the director said: "I am ecstatic and deeply grateful that Hide and Seek has been awarded the Michael Powell Award.

"We set out to make a film that uses beauty and playfulness to speak about our deeper feelings and contemporary dilemmas, and we’re so very moved that it has connected with the festival and with audiences in ways that we barely dared to wish for.

"That the jury has recognised this is so fantastic, for myself and all who worked to make the film. EIFF has been so instrumental in bringing the film to the wider world, and I could not ask for a better platform for Hide and Seek."

Hide and Seek brings together a young and exciting cast, as Josh O'Connor, Hannah Arterton, Rea Mole, and Daniel Metz all starred.

FemaleFirst caught up with Joanna before the festival to chat about the new film. Read the full interview here. 

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