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Nominations Announced for the Learning on Screen Awards 2017

We’re delighted to announce our full list of 41 nominations on International Women’s Day. Learning on Screen is proud to represent women working in educational film and media production, and this year we couldn’t be happier that over 50% of nominations are produced or directed by women.

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Female voices are taking precedence at the ceremony, both behind the camera and on the screen. Among our nominations are FAY PRESTO: THE QUEEN OF CLOSE-UP, a portrait documentary about legendary magician Fay Presto, who would rather die on stage than quit performing, and THE FEMALE VOICE, a sobering but vital documentary about gender inequality from students at Goldsmiths, University of London.

We’ve also got VOTES FOR WOMEN: THE FIRST MASS PETITION from the UK Parliament, a free online teaching resource that brings the campaign for women’s voting rights to life, and GENDER AND FAIRTRADE from the University of Bath, a beautifully shot and ambitious film telling the stories of female cocoa farmers in Ghana.

Learning on Screen is once again recognising the important work of the UK’s higher education students. This year our nominations include I AM DYSLEXIC, an animated film from the University of Falmouth expressing what it feels like to have learning difficulties in the UK school system, and LIMPIADORES, a moving account of the struggles faced by cleaning staff around the world.

Among this year’s broadcast nominations is EXODUS: OUR JOURNEY TO EUROPE. Produced by Keo Films with the Open University for BBC2, this urgent documentary shows the first-hand accounts of refugees fleeing war and conflict in the biggest movement of people Europe has seen since the Second World War. And then there’s SECRETS OF THE BRAIN: MEMORY, a fun, interactive programme using remarkable experiments and stunning illusions to reveal the inner workings of the mind.

In-house education productions from the UK’s educational and cultural institutions this year include EVERY COOK CAN GOVERN, a fascinating feature documentary about the Trinidadian born revolutionary C.L.R. James and ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN THE FOOD CHAIN from the University of Nottingham, an enlightening film that was recently included in a FutureLearn MOOC on antibiotic resistance

It’s been another stellar year of college higher education entries at the Learning on Screen Awards. STARS ON MARS from The Manchester College is a hard-hitting piece satirical drama in the vein of Black Mirror, and MR PERFECT resurrects the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe, combining a twisted poetic tale with flourishes of Weimar expressionism.

From exciting new MOOCs to innovative multimedia, and from hard-hitting drama to enlightening documentary, this year’s nominations recognise excellence and innovation in educational media production and celebrate a diverse pool of educational filmmaking talent.

Chair of our Judging Panel, Ian Wall, Managing Director of The Film Space, commented: Once again, the standard of entries for the Learning on Screen awards was outstanding. Coming up with a list of nominees proved to be a challenge for the juries in each category. The entries confirmed the fact that the UK has a diverse and phenomenal wealth of expertise in educational screen production. Student entries showed a new pool of new talent emerging from our film schools and colleges – talent which is not afraidMaggie Aderin 3 of tackling difficult subjects in a direct and thoughtful way.

All the winners will be announced at our ceremony on 27 April 2017 at the BFI Southbank in London, where award-winning scientist and broadcaster Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will be our guest speaker.

You can read the full list of nominations below.

For those wanting to be a part of this special evening, ceremony tickets are on sale now from bufvc.ac.uk/learningonscreen, priced at just £45 or a limited number of student places £20.

We are indebted to the organisations who support our work. Our sponsors are: Adobe, Latimer Trend and the Educational Recording Agency

FULL LIST OF NOMINATIONS

General Education Broadcast Award

 

EXODUS: OUR JOURNEY TO EUROPE

The Open University

Director: James Bluemel

Producer: Jane Merkin

 

MY HERO: JACQUI OATLEY AND KYRA BALDERSTONE

Footstep Productions Ltd

Director: Colette Thomson

 

MY LIFE: MARVELLOUS MESSY MINDS

Nine Lives Media

Director: Kelly Edgson-Carroll

 

SECRETS OF THE BRAIN: MEMORY

Lambent Productions

Director: Matt Pothecary, Nathaniel Walters

Edit Producer: Isabel Cook

 

 

General Education Non-Broadcast Award

 

DIABETES IN PREGNANCY: STORIES FROM SAINT LUCIA

Medical Aid Films

 

EVERY COOK CAN GOVERN: THE LIFE, IMPACT AND WORKS OF C.L.R. JAMES

WORLDwrite

Director: Ceri Dingle

Producer: Marisa Pereira

 

NEGOTIATING WITH TERRORISTS – AN ALTERNATIVE PATH TO SECURITY?

University of Kent

Director: Nathan Crouch

 

REFUGEE

CTVC Ltd/TrueTube.co.uk

Director: Adam Tyler

Producers: Bob Ayres, Jonathan Green

 

 

General In-House Production Award

 

FAITH IN MEDICATION

University of Leicester

Director: Carl Vivian

Producers: David Kloecker, Ajay Mistry

 

GENDER AND FAIRTRADE – THE STORIES OF WOMEN COCOA FARMERS

University of Bath

Director: Roy Maconachie

Producers: Roy Maconachie, Elizabeth Fortin, Simon Wharf

 

INSPIRING COLLECTIONS: STORIES FROM UAL LIBRARIES

University of the Arts, London

Directors: Jess Crilly, Leo Appleton

Producers: May Warren, David Bracegirdle, Nana Maiolini

 

STUDENTS BRING SOLAR POWER TO REFUGEES

University of Edinburgh

Director: Colin Morris

Producer: Andrew Moffat

 

Courseware & Curriculum Non-Broadcast Award

 

A WORLD WITHOUT MATHS: WHAT IS DIVISION?

Plastic Milk Ltd

Directors: Duncan Raitt, Jon Marsh

 

I CAN’T GO TO SCHOOL TODAY

BBC Learning

Directors: Nandita Jain, Salvador Maldonado

Producer: Andy Glynne

 

SHIA // SUNNI

CTVC Ltd/TrueTube.co.uk

Director: Adam Tyler

Producer: Bob Ayres

 

THE GOOD VIVA VIDEO

Angel Productions

Director: Stephen Engelhard

 

 

Courseware & Curriculum In-House Award

 

FORCED MARRIAGES AND HONOUR BASED ABUSE

University of Derby

Directors: Matt Howcroft and Charlotte Ellis

Producers: Charlotte Ellis, Matt Howcroft and Jon Walmsley

 

MAKING FREEDOM

University of Nottingham

Director: Simon Barnett

Producers: Arthur Torrington

 

POOR DOROTHY

University of Portsmouth

Directors: Toby Meredith, Richard Hackett

Producers: Jenny Weaver, Matt Smith, Mary Watkins, Paul Smith

 

 

Educational Multimedia Award

 

ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE IN THE FOOD CHAIN

University of Nottingham

Director: Everdien Wood

Producer: James Roscoe

 

COLT (THE COLLABORATE OUTCOMES LEARNING TOOL) FOR PREVENT

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Director: Sid Ahmed Merrakech

Producer: Inga Heyman

 

REACH OUT REPORTER

Twig World

Producer: Lauren Kritzer

 

VOTES FOR WOMEN: THE FIRST MASS PETITION

UK Parliament

 

 

Student Production Further Education Award

 

BINARY

Truro and Penwith College

Directors: Seamus Tyrell, Harvey James-Dyer, Alex Smith

 

REDEMPTION

Carshalton Boys Sports College

Directors: Khaliq Arif, Harry Coleman, Jack Rondeau

 

 

Student Production College Higher Education Award

Sponsored by: Educational Recording Agency

 

L O S T

Ravensbourne

Director: Alexander Denning

 

MR PERFECT

The Manchester College

Director: Matthew Swallow

 

STARS ON MARS

The Manchester College

Director: James Oliver

 

TERMINAL HOSPITALITY

The Manchester College

Director: Olly Philpott-Smith

Student Production Undergraduate Award

  

I AM DYSLEXIC

Falmouth University

Director: Mads Johan Øgaard

Producer: Katie Noel Wyman

 

HUSKY

University of Westminster

Director: Yasmin Afifi

Producer: Polly Rosier

 

LAZAR

University of Westminster

Director: Plum Stupple-Harris

Producer: Jelena Krivosic

 

SPILT MILK

University for the Creative Arts

Director: James Dunstan

Producer: Hannah Cole

 

 

Student Production Postgraduate Award

 

FACING THE MOUNTAIN

University of Sheffield

Director: Ross Harrison, Vaibhav Kaul

 

FAY PRESTO: THE QUEEN OF CLOSE-UP

University of the Arts, London

Director: Hanna Aqvilin

 

LIMPIADORES

University College London

Director: Fernando Mitjans

 

THE HEAD DOCTOR

University for the Creative Arts

Director: Asha Ahmed

 

 

Student Production Documentary Award

Sponsored by: Educational Recording Agency

 

ARTIVISM

Ravensbourne

Director: Daniel Laughton

 

HARVEST IN NEW LIFE

University for the Creative Arts

Director: Antonis Kitsikis

 

THE CUT

University of Bedfordshire

Director: Kenneth Kangethe

Producer: Akil Higgins

 

THE FEMALE VOICE

Goldsmiths University of London

Director: Julia dos Santos

Producer: Minji Kim

  

A Premier Award and Special Jury Award will also be presented during the awards ceremony.