British Universities Film & Video Council

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Student Production Documentary Award

Artivism

Ravensbourne

Website: mergemedia.co.uk

Synopsis: A short documentary following three of the UK’s most renowned political and activist artists. Kaya Mar presents his satirical political paintings at live protests in front of thousands, Carrie Reichardt completes her Mosaic covered Zulu VooDoo Liberation Taxi, and Peter Kennard Walks us through his current political photomontage exhibition, Unofficial War Artist.

Jury Comments: Judges commented that this film should be compulsory viewing for foundation art students and liked the engaging art sequences.

 

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The Cut

University of Bedfordshire

Synopsis: The film sheds light into the Black British Barbershop experience. For many the only experience they have of a Black Barbershop is from outside, however these are safe havens for Black males. The haircut part of the barbershop experience is sometimes just a fraction of what actually keeps generations of clients coming back.

Jury Comments: This documentary sheds light on the black British barbershop experience, providing an honest look at this vibrant part of the community. The judges praised this film for its authentic use of sound recording and interactivity with the participants.

 

The Female Voice

Goldsmiths University of London

Synopsis: Our Voice is our power. It is our tool to speak up for ourselves, to share ideas and communicate with others. However, voice is only power if you’re heard – in such a male-dominated world, we explore the struggles which women face in being heard and asserting authority. The film draws on many examples from politics and culture, and features interviews with professionals and academics.

Jury Comments: The judges commented that this film raised many interesting and important points that were well illustrated with examples and engaging contributors.

 

Harvest in New Life

University for the Creative Arts

Website: antoniskitsikis.com

Synopsis: A film about the gypsy community in Athens and how they risk their lives to collect recyclable materials to make money.

Jury Comments: The judges described the film as a good piece of storytelling that was nicely shot, and rich in depth and meaning.