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Nimer Rashed has secured the Grand Prize in the Virgin Media Shorts competition, with his film 'Touch'.

A panel of industry heavyweights, BAFTA Award winning director Shane Meadows, stage and screen actor David Tennant, and director Mat Whitecross judged the short to be this year's overall winner.

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The film - created with no budget - reflects on the relationship and love between two people over the course of a lifetime, told almost entirely through the touch of their hands.

'Touch' was shot over one weekend in various locations, including a park, church and restaurant.

Nimer was presented with his prize, which includes £30,000 of funding towards his next project, at a star-studded ceremony at the British Film Institute IMAX in London’s Waterloo.

Katherine Kelly (Mr Selfridge), Catherine Steadman (Fresh Meat), Olivia Halinan (Sugar Rush), Shelley Conn (By Any Means, Marchlands) and Sienna Guillory (Luther, Love Actually) were among those in attendance.

Dana Strong, Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Media, said the firm is "extremely proud" to be supporting talented up-and-coming British film-makers.

"Now in its sixth year, the competition has gone from strength to strength, providing British film talent with a real opportunity to step up in a challenging industry," she stated.

"This year has been another fantastic competition, with Nimer demonstrating his talent for storytelling in an emotionally charged and beautifully shot short film."

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