Student Success at Film Festivals

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STUDENTS from Staffordshire University's Media (Film) Production course have been showcasing their films at festivals around the country. The success of this year's cohort has also seen two students nominated for Royal Television Awards.

A still from film Ready or Not, by Mark Kuczewski, a student at Staffordshire University

This year has been the most successful cohort of graduates – with seven or eight First Class Honours degrees – and this success has been highlighted by the high uptake of films at the Exposures and Encounters film festivals.

SIX films created by Staffordshire University students have been shown at a prestigious UK film festival – more than any other university in the country.

Alongside the success at Exposures Student Film Festival, two student films have also been shown at the renowned Encounters International Film Festival.

Daniel Hopkins, lecturer in Media (Film) Production at Staffordshire University, lead a discussion on artist film makers at Exposures.

He said: “This year has been the most successful cohort of graduates – with seven or eight First Class Honours degrees – and this success has been highlighted by the high uptake of films at the Exposures and Encounters film festivals.”

The films being shown at Exposures include: Flowers, by Jack Tew, Keep the Flags Flying, by Adam Georgiou, Long Way from the West, by Ben North, Notice, by Amy Hill, Ready or Not, by Mark Kuczewski, and We Were Here, by Lauren Hatchard.

Jack Tew’s film, which was also screened at Encounters, was recently nominated for Best Drama at the Royal Television Awards.

He said: “It’s nice to get your work out there and for people to see it. It shows that people are interested in the work you do.

“It was my course that pushed me to enter these festivals and, specifically, my lecturer Dan Hopkins has been supportive in getting us to enter. If it wasn’t for the course I would have never got my work out there.”

Jack, who graduated earlier this year, is now working in London for a film equipment hire company and is making TV adverts for Black Jack Films.

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Notes to editors:

  •     BA(Hons) Media (Film) Production at Staffordshire University focuses on producing creative films using digital video, in the areas of drama, documentary and experimental filmmaking. For further details visit http://www.staffs.ac.uk/courses_and_study/courses/media-production-tcm428194.jsp.
  •     Further information on Film and Media Production courses at Staffordshire University, as well as various films produced by students – including Jack Tew’s Flowers – can be found at http://www.media-production.co.uk.
  •     Exposures Student Film Festival is the only regular UK-wide competitive festival for student film and moving image. Further information can be found at http://www.exposuresfestival.co.uk.
  •     Encounters International Film Festival is the umbrella title for two of the UK's leading film festivals Brief Encounters and Animated Encounters. It is acknowledged internationally as one of the world's most respected celebrations of short film. Further information can be found at http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk.

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