Budding young filmmakers recognised at 6th Moving Image Awards
Talented young filmmakers have been recognised for their outstanding work at the sixth annual WJEC Eduqas Moving Image Awards in a ceremony held at the British Film Institute in London.
Students, teachers and parents from schools and colleges across the UK attended the ceremony to celebrate the success of talented young directors, screenwriters and producers whose work was shortlisted.
Every year, students undertaking WJEC Eduqas qualifications in Film and Media Studies are invited to submit their work for consideration by a panel of judges, for awards including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Music Video.
The Moving Image Awards, designed in partnership with the British Film Institute, recognises and rewards the UK's most talented student filmmakers and screenwriters, encouraging more young people to consider a career within the film industry.
Jasmine Nugent, 18, from Wales High School in Sheffield, won the award for Best Film or TV Extract and was selected as Overall Winner for her thrilling TV crime drama extract The Ice Knife. In choosing this worthy winner, our judging panel praised the extract as being a highly original idea with a very clear concept and coherent narrative structure which showed great characterisation of the protagonist detectives and left our judges wanting more after the credits.
After winning two awards Jasmine said: “I grew up watching Columbo, the American TV series with Peter Falk, so the character eating throughout his scenes is totally inspired by him. I love other murder mysteries like Sherlock Holmes too, so The Ice Knife came together from that inspiration.”
Other awards went to:
- Best Screenplay
Britany Smith, from The Holgate Academy in Nottingham for her cleverly structured, consistently inventive screenplay, Lost in Fantasy, which our judging panel commented was ‘an absolute joy to read with a superbly realised ending.'
- Best Music Video
Callum Broomhead, from Saffron Walden County High School in Saffron Walden for his music video, The Great Escape. An ambitious and well-executed piece, using evocative black and white cinematography to create an enigmatic narrative.
- Best Short Film
Imogen Waite, from Heworth Grange School in Tyne & Wear for her short film, Heads or Tails, a thoughtful, well shot rom com with great performances and a unique narrative.
- One To Watch
Nell Jaques from Farnborough Sixth Form College in Farnborough for her short thriller film Daphne, a well shot an innovative character study film about an elderly cougar.
The winning videos are available to view on our YouTube channel.
Images from the events are available from our Facebook page.
The ceremony has gained recognition from teachers and lecturers of film and media courses at institutions across the UK, as well as leading figures in the film industry. This year’s star was Guy Bishop, a leading location manager who has worked on several blockbusters including Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Maleficent: Mistress of Evils. Guy, who not only handed out an award but participated in a Movie Masterclass panel, offering invaluable advice to future filmmakers:
“This type of event is hugely important. I think it offers hope to the students who are just coming into the industry and gives them an idea of what it could be like. It’s a little window into certain parts of the industry.”
Rebecca Ellis, WJEC Eduqas Film Studies Subject Officer, said: “Each year we’re astounded by the high standard of creativity and talent, and this year was no exception. We received over 400 entries from 150 centres across the UK and the judges found it incredibly difficult to choose just one winner from each category. It’s incredibly exciting to have the opportunity to showcase and reward work by such talented young people who have the potential to achieve great things within the film industry and beyond."
For more information on the Moving Image Awards, visit: http://www.movingimageawards.co.uk/