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Vegan documentary 73 Cows has won a prestigious BAFTA award for Best British Short Film.

The 15-minute movie documents the moral struggle of cattle farmer Jay Wilde, who eventually sent his cows to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk, after deciding he could no longer slaughter animals. Wilde is now vegan.

Speaking about the nomination, and about director Alex Lockwood’s work before the BAFTA ceremony (which was last night) Wilde said he wouldn’t be attending as he ‘doesn’t feel like BAFTA material’ but felt that ‘Alex has done a wonderful job’.

The filmmakers talk about the win

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Speaking to Plant Based News after the nomination was announced, Lockwood – who is now vegan himself – said he was ‘over the moon’. “I’m really proud of the team and I think we’re all just a little bit shocked at the moment – it hasn’t quite sunk it,” he added.

“When we set out with no budget and a such a small team, we never anticipated that the film would get the response that it is.

“We’ve all been making films for a long time and so it’s great to finally produce something which is having an impact. We owe a huge thanks to Jay and Katja Wilde for letting us tell their story which has resonated with so many people.”

After scooping the prestigious prize, he told PBN: “It’s really a bit of a whirlwind! I was shocked to have won as the other films were so strong, but I’m absolutely delighted and I hope that this shows other filmmakers that you don’t need a budget to make a film.”

73 Cows also scooped top honors at the first Ottawa International Vegan Film Festival (OIVFF) last October.

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.