Vote for us to win award!

With just over a week to go until voting closes, we're asking supporters to vote for our animated film about Boo to win a Charity Film Award.

‘A Second Chance for Boo’ is a finalist in the £5-£20 million category of the prestigious awards – the winner of which will be decided by a panel and announced at a ceremony in London later this month (22nd March).

However, there is also a chance at securing the coveted People’s Choice Award in the same category.

Voting is open until Friday 18th March here: REDWINGS HORSE SANCTUARY | SmileyMovement

Lynn Cutress, Chief Executive of Redwings, said: “The film tells the tale of how gentle giant Boo came into our care having lost the sight in one eye to cancer and being cruelly shot in the other.

“After this terrible incident, with Boo now almost completely blind, his owners reached out to Redwings and asked for our help. Clydesdale Boo went on to live a happy life with his horse and human friends at our Hapton headquarters for 12 years.

“Very sadly, he had to be put to sleep just before Christmas, aged 24, when it no longer became possible to manage lameness issues alongside the arthritis in his legs. Such was the love for this big boy that staff queued to say goodbye to him. We miss him terribly.”

The film was made in 2020 to help raise money for the horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Redwings’ care. It was narrated by Norfolk-born actor and writer Stephen Fry and produced by Norwich-based company Immersive Studios.

Niky Ellison, Marketing Manager of Immersive Studios, said: "It was a genuine pleasure to work with the team at Redwings to bring Boo's story to the people, working with such a wonderful charity and one so close to home was a real highlight for us. Using animation allowed us to give Boo's story the gravity it needed without showing the grim reality of some of the details. That, twinned with Stephen Fry's narration, makes for a really wonderful film that shows just how much good the team at Redwings do."

The awards celebrate the use of film by the third sector to change mindsets and raise awareness of good causes and the work they do. They are organised by Smiley Movement CIC, the non-profit organisation for social and environmental good that is sponsored by the original Smiley™ brand and aims to drive positive change in the world. 

Nicolas Loufrani, CEO of Smiley Movement, said: “Nothing captures hearts and minds like film. These amazing films from wonderful causes absolutely demonstrate the importance of film for charitable campaigning. 

“It’s vital we support all causes – big or small. A huge congratulations to all the Finalists, who should be delighted with the public support for their films through the campaign. We’re incredibly proud that Smiley Movement’s investment in the Charity Film Awards has already generated 500,000 additional views on these films.”