British film Never Let Go was awarded the Best Independent Feature at the second annual National Film Awards in London last night. The film, directed by Howard J. Ford, beat off competition from the likes of Carol and The Gunman to take the big award.

The National Film Awards is an annual awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of established and independent film makers , actors , actresses, casting directors , production companies and crew who make up the motion picture industry. The National Film Awards holds 4 events annually in the United Kingdom, USA, South America, Africa and Australia. All nominations and voting for the NFA are submitted and voted for by movie fans.

“’This award was totally unexpected and I’m so proud of everyone involved. It was a massively harrowing journey making this film but this award vindicates all the hard work, sacrifices and dedication shown,” the director said.

Howard Ford & Angela Dixon

He added: “I want to take audiences on a very believable but nerve shredding journey that throws them into the visceral plight that is the worst fear of parents everywhere. Angela Dixon, who plays the mother, absolutely nails the role and is supported admirably by a strong female-led cast”.

Ford also wrote the film which follows the harrowing journey of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) whose daughter is abducted whilst on holiday. In a desperate race against time Lisa will stop at nothing to find her missing child.

The film debuted at last year’s FrightFest in London.

Other winners on the night included Kingsman: The Secret Service, which took Best International Film, and Man-Up, the Simon Pegg and Lake Bell starrer, which was awarded Best Comedy. Samuel L. Jackson was honoured with the Global Contribution to Motion Pictures award. For the full list of winners, click it here.