It has been an exciting few days for CCEA Moving Image Arts students as a select number have seen their GCSE and A level short films and animations on the big screen for the first time ever.
As an annual part of the Foyle Film Festival CCEA showcased over twenty five student films at the Tower Hotel, Derry/Londonderry. And if that wasn’t enough, the next day a follow-up screening of the shortlisted films was hosted by Cinemagic at the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.
It is clear to see that there are many budding filmmakers across schools in Northern Ireland. Congratulations to those students who had their films shortlisted and in particular to those who went on to win first, second and third prize.
Ingrid Arthurs, Subject Officer for Moving Image Arts at CCEA, commented: “The CCEA Moving Image Arts showcase, which is sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, has been going for nine years and I am constantly amazed at the high standard of films and animations produced by pupils. This is the first year we have included GCSE films and we plan to make this a feature from now on.
The screenings are an annual highpoint for Moving Image Arts students and this year had a great turnout, with over 350 students and teachers in attendance. From a western drama ‘Cody’ to the imaginative animation ‘Midknight’, Moving Image Arts students have stretched their creative abilities to extraordinary levels!”
Speaking after the awards Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, and a member of the judging panel, commented: “The judges were really impressed by the high standard this year. Yet again, Moving Image Arts students have created a wide range of films that display creativity, ingenuity and a real understanding of the art of filmmaking. I want to congratulate all the students and their teachers for the hard work they have displayed up to this point.”
See photos from the showcase and details of winners on Northern Ireland Screen's Facebook page.