“Authentic portrayal” of working horses a winner


A short film described as an authentic portrayal of the work of working equine charity Brooke has taken out the overall People’s Choice Film of the Year at the Smiley Charity Film Awards.

Brooke’s short film Unbreakable Bonds was recognised at the awards, which is the world’s largest campaign to promote cause-based films. It showed how extraordinary bonds between people and working animals such as horses, donkeys and mules build foundations for life-changing relationships and lives worth living. The film spotlighted Brooke’s mission to strengthen the relationship between communities and their horses, donkeys and mules, championing compassion and building better futures for animals.

“We put a lot of thought and planning into making this film an authentic portrayal of what Brooke does, the animals we help and the owners we work with,” said Jamie Whear, Interim Head of Comms at Brooke.

“To win an award chosen via public vote was extremely heart-warming because it shows that we’ve got the message across, and that our supporters are incredibly dedicated.”

The award was presented by celebrity brothers AJ and Curtis Prichard to Whear and Brooke Senior Social Engagement and Content Officer Kylie Thurley, who represented Brooke at the sixth annual award ceremony. The event at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square was attended by dozens of charity organisations. The Charity Film Awards have helped more than 2500 causes gain exposure, donations and volunteers since its creation.

The awards, sponsored by Smiley Movement, are recognised by both the British Film Institute and IMDb.

Smiley Movement is a platform for change that aims to inspire positive change in society, by highlighting the people and organisations doing good in the world. Through its four main content pillars – equality, planet, wellbeing and culture – Smiley aligns all its work with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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