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CCEA Moving Image Arts Showcase & Awards

Date Posted: December 1, 2015

Over 270 young filmmakers gathered in Brunswick Moviebowl last week (Wednesday 25 November) for the annual CCEA Moving Image Arts Showcase and Awards Ceremony, in association with Foyle Film Festival.

Sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, the awards celebrate the best work produced by Moving Image Arts GCSE and A Level students across Northern Ireland in seven categories.

The winning films and animations were also given their first cinematic screening during the ceremony in Brunswick Moviebowl, attended by Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, Ingrid Arthurs, Education Manager at CCEA, Michael Bond from City of Derry Crystal as well as Bernie McLaughlin and Eavan King from Foyle Film Festival.

Adam McCallion from St. Columb’s College in Derry~Londonderry received the award for GCSE Best Film Category – Unit 2 for his film Don’t Answer the Phone, while Ciara Gill from Erne Integrated College took home the top prize for AS Best Film for Bean Boy.

Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, said; “I have been really impressed with the standard of work on display from this year’s Moving Image Arts students. The creativity, ingenuity and wide range of films showcased evidence their real understanding of the art of filmmaking. Congratulations must go to all the students and their teachers for their hard work.”

Pupils from Holy Cross College in Strabane placed highly in thee of the seven categories. Rian McDaid was presented with second place in the Best A2 Animated Film category (Unchained Animation), Shane Farrell was joint third in the GCSE Best Film category – Unit 2 (Hour of Need) while Joseph Gallagher scooped first place in the GCSE Best Animation Film category – Unit 1 & 2 (The Wreck of the Hubristic).

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programmer said: “It is with a great deal of pride and pleasure that Foyle Film Festival provides a platform for the work of these budding young filmmakers, their talent and enthusiasm is endless. The festival hopes to be accepting the work of Moving Image Arts students in our Oscar® and BAFTA affiliated Light in Motion competition in the very near future. We wish all the students continued success in their studies.”

Speaking at the event, Ingrid Arthurs, Education Manager at CCEA said: “We are delighted to run this event in partnership with the Foyle Film Festival every year. It is great to be able to celebrate the fantastic work produced by our students in such a unique and high profile way. Seeing their film on the big screen is a very special and memorable moment for each winner and it is a joy to give them this level of recognition and acknowledgement within the industry.”

Foyle Film Festival is a flagship project of the Nerve Centre, funded by DCAL through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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