TWO best friends from Bradford have been rewarded for their film, Scott and Sid, with the semi-autobiographical feature nominated in three categories at March's National Film Awards.

Filmmakers Scott Elliott, 33 and Sid Sadowskyj, 32, hail from Baildon and Shipley respectively, with both based in York now.

Scott and Sid follows key moments in the troubled young lives of the pair, including their time together at Beckfoot School. Most of the scenes were filmed in Bradford and York.

Their film premiered last March and after earning several rave reviews from the critics, it has received nominations for Best Drama, Best British Film and Best Supporting Actress.

Speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, Mr Elliott admitted he did not find out the news in the conventional manner.

He said: “I was actually googling a story about us in the T&A from last year when the search showed we were in the running for these awards.

“Two hours later I’d had a phone call from our publicist and then the National Film Academy themselves, who gave us four tickets for the show.

Laughing, he added: “Michael Caine will be there, so we’ve asked for seats next to him.”

Charlotte Milchard has earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Karen, the depressive alcoholic mother of Sid, and Mr Elliott was gushing in his praise for her.

He said: “Charlotte’s one of the best actresses I’ve ever worked with, and I’ve been involved in huge franchises like Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hobbit and X-Men.”

“Normally you have to ask an actor to deliver their lines with variation several times, yet she was always perfect first time.

“She’s such a down to earth lady and I’d genuinely be happier if she won the individual award than the other two we’ve been nominated for.”

Asked whether the film is truly based on their lives, Mr Elliott said: “Most of it is. We certainly had a bad time at school.

“There was a polarisation of ideas. Some are exaggerated but there are parts that were actually worse, we just didn’t want to go into that much detail.

“The novel version is available to buy in Waterstones and we fitted a lot more into that.”

Mr Elliott admitted that the four years it took to produce the film were tough, and he said: “It was so stressful at times but we wanted to show younger people that going after your dreams can be quite boring.

“It will take years of hard work but I’d compare it to a sausage. The end product is a lot better than some of the stuff you have to put into it.”