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Learning on Screen Awards Winners 2018

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Here are some highlights from the Learning on Screen Awards 2018 on 26th April at the BFI Southbank

Special Jury Award

POTTY THE PLANT
Middlesex University
Director: Aeddan Sussex
Producer: Taliah Lamont

A dark-comedy musical featuring Potty, the talking and singing potted plant. When a child goes missing on blood test day, it’s up to Potty and the rest of the staff at Little BooBoo’s children hospital to uncover the true identity of the mysterious Dr. Acula. Our jury were very impressed with the production design, level of energy and general technical expertise on display in this bold and funny film.

Premier Award

WRITING HOME
University of the West of Scotland
Directors: Nagham Abboud, Alekson Dall Armelina, Miriam Valesco
Producers: Mark Coffey, Jannik Ohlendieck

A film about Daniel Doran, an author enjoys a luxurious but vacuous London lifestyle who reluctantly returns home to his Irish village to face the far less glamorous reality of the community he left behind. Our judges praised the slick production, technical expertise and strong performances.

Online Educational Resource Award – Sponsored by The Open University

BBC TEACH WEBSITE
BBC Learning
Producer: Sam Datta-Paulin Executive/Series
Producer: Andrew Tomlinson

This educational website is a collection of resources aimed at teachers throughout the UK and contains thousands of free, curriculum mapped classroom videos. The film submitted was: When I Worry About Things, which features the real testimony of young people who have suffered with mental illness, put to moving animated sequences. Our judging panel thought it would be a very suitable film to educate young people about mental illness.

Promotional Film Award

WE ARE STORY
Falmouth University
Director: Alex Falconer
Producer: Christopher Morris

A 50-second promotional film designed to capture the essence of the Film and Television School at Falmouth University. Judges praised the high production values, strong branding and said it conveyed the school’s facilities very well.

Educational Film Awards (arts organisations, charities, museums)

SCREWBALL!
CTVC Ltd/TrueTube
Director: Adam Tyler
Producers: Bob Ayres, Adam Tyler, Kim Roden
Executive/Series Producer: Caroline Matthews

Screwball! is a comedy drama about Ryan and Natalie – two young people struggling through their first sexual encounter, and having to deal with each other’s expectations. The judges felt this was a hard topic to tackle but that the production met its objectives and praised the tone and overall message.

Educational Film Award (colleges and universities)

A VISIT TO A FAMILY HOME
The Open University
Director: Duska Zagorac
Executive Producers: Sian Hamlett (Hamlett Films) and Emma Piquemal

This is a drama portraying a home visit to a family by a social worker. The scenario features a potential grooming case about a 16-year-old who has been seeing an older man. The judges praised the technical expertise and stated it would be an excellent learning tool, authentically tackling a challenging issue.

Broadcast Award – Sponsored by the Educational Recording Agency

RAPED: MY STORY
Lambent Productions
Director and Producer: Catey Sexton
Executive/Series Producer: Emma Wakefield, Ollie Tait

A film about 10 people who have been raped and speak out for the first time. Only one of their stories will end with a guilty verdict. Their extraordinarily honest accounts reveal first-hand how a case is won or lost. The judges commented that the film’s objectives were clearly met in the first minutes and praise the brave and powerful contribution from the interviewees.

Archive Award

MEMORY ITN
Productions Education
Director: Dan Mills
Producer: Sonia Mullett
Executive Producers: Stephen Haggard/Adam Salkeld

A three-minute English Language Teaching video on the topic ‘Memory’, creatively weaving a classic archive TV series featuring real life characters and authentic language. The judges commented that this would be a fun and engaging film for foreign language students praise the seamless integration of archive material.

Audiovisual Essay Award – Sponsored by The Open University

INTO THE LOOKING GLASS – How Selfie Culture is Preparing us to Meet our Future Selves
Aberystwyth University
Directors: Greg Bevan, Glen Creeber

A 24-minute essay on selfie culture and screen technology. Rather than simply illustrate the script, the selected audio-visual materials attempt to offer a more engaging experience for the viewer by responding to and entering into dialogue with the spoken text. The judges praised the very high production value and pointed out the painstaking research that gone into it, with sources spanning over 100 years.

Student College Higher Education Award

10% SERVICE CHARGE
Manchester Film School, The Manchester College
Director: Alison Wenner
Producer: Miguel Ramos
Executive Producer: Jim Grainger

A short film that uses humour and romance to raise the issue of gratuities to people who work in the hospitality industry. The judging panel praised the slick production, excellent lighting and felt the level of humour was spot on.

Student Undergraduate Award

ANIMAL
University of Westminster
Director: Alexander Cole
Producer: Polly Rosier

When pushed to breaking point, Rose makes a split decision to do something she knows will unleash the violence and animalistic nature ingrained in every human. Our jury praised the excellent cinematography and the sound design that captured the atmosphere of the eerie forest.

Student Postgraduate Award

WRITING HOME
University of the West of Scotland
Directors: Nagham Abboud, Alekson Dall Armelina, Miriam Valesco
Producers: Mark Coffey, Jannik Ohlendieck

A film about Daniel Doran, an author enjoys a luxurious but vacuous London lifestyle who reluctantly returns home to his Irish village to face the far less glamorous reality of the community he left behind. Our judges praised the slick production, technical expertise and strong performances.

Student Documentary Award

SELF MADE MAN
University of Westminster
Director: Yasmin Afifi
Producer: Harry Taylor

In this film Harry, a transgender filmmaker, has been watching Finn vlog about his gender transition, mental health and recovery from alcoholism for four years. He contacts Finn to suggest making a documentary about Finn’s process, using re-enactments, but the film ends up being more about Harry confronting issues around his own transition. Our judges commended the film’s authenticity and praised excellent handling of a very important subject matter.