British Universities Film & Video Council

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Student Production Undergraduate Award

I Am Dyslexic

Falmouth University

Website: madsjohanogaard.com

Synopsis:  This animated short film expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in our current school system. Those with learning differences should be proud of who they are and should never be made to feel alone. The film uses strong metaphors to portray these emotions, as we follow a little boy in his journey to climb a mountain in a world made of books.

Jury Comments: The judges commented on the stunning animation and the importance and accessibility of its message. This animated short film expresses what it feels like to have a learning difference in the current school system.

 

Husky

University of Westminster

Synopsis: Husky, the coming of age story of Marcus, a 16 year old boy on the brink of adulthood, living on a London council estate with a group of childhood friends. Marcus must face his inner conflict, detach himself from the identity the world has given him and embrace his own. In doing so, Marcus finds himself in uncomfortable territory and isolated from those around him.

Jury Comments: The judges commended the editing and camera work and in particular praised the atmospheric opening. Husky is a coming of age story of Marcus, a 16 year-old boy on the brink of adulthood, living on a London council estate with a group of childhood friends.

 

Lazar

University of Westminster

Synopsis: Jess, a 14 year old girl from the English suburbs, is on her morning paper round when she is knocked off her bike by a van. She’s unhurt apart from a couple of grazes, but as the van driver tries to leave, a passer-by, Lazar, intervenes and shames him into compensating her for her broken bike. However, Lazar’s good Samaritan act does not last long: as soon as the driver’s gone, he demands a share of the cash. Despite this turbulent start, Jess’s intrigue leads her to join him in his desperate scheme to try and find his way home.

Jury Comments: Lazar was made to highlight some of the issues currently present in today’s society, exploring the themes of immigration and community. Judges praised the high production values and tackling of important social issues.

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Spilt Milk

University for the Creative Arts

Synopsis: Spilt Milk follows the story of Scarlett, a troubled young girl who finds a best friend in Frankie, a kind-hearted boy who comes to her aid. Their friendship blossoms into a unrequited love story in which we follow Scarlett (aged sixteen) as her feelings for Frankie develop, all leading up to the event of their high school prom. Unfortunately for Scarlett prom doesn’t quite live up to her expectations; the expectations that we often have when it comes to certain events that we give weight to in our own lives.

Jury Comments: Judges commented that this was a beautifully shot piece and praised the cinematography and use of split screens.