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Film students visit prestigious London awards

Published: March 12, 2018

Cornwall College St Austell 16-18

A group of A-level Film Studies students from Cornwall are reeling from an exhilarating trip to a film awards in London.

The students from Cornwall College St Austell travelled to the capital to be a part of the WJEC / BFI Moving Image Awards, an annual celebration of the best moving image productions from students undertaking WJEC qualifications in Film and Media across the U.K.

The awards provide talented film-makers the springboard they need to stand out in their university applications and during the beginning of their careers.

The invite to the awards ceremony was extended to the College’s film department as a result of the consistent quality of the A-level work submitted to the awards competition by Cornwall College St Austell students last year.

Led by film teacher Nick Roberts, the students travelled up to London by overnight coach and spent the morning exploring Southbank and the facilities at the British Film Institute, including its impressive archive of British film and television material.

The awards ceremony itself involved talks by several influential women in the film industry, including script editor Janet Leys and writer and critic Larushka Ivan-Zadeh.

Student Connor Bolt from St Austell is studying A-levels in English Language, English Literature, Media Studies and Film Studies.

He said the ceremony was a “really cool experience”.

“There were speakers from within the film and media community and hearing them talk about their personal experiences within the industry was really inspiring,” he said.

“It showed me what I can expect from my coursework standard but was also amazing to watch the high quality of what other students are producing. I love studying film, the career path it can progress to is amazing and I know it will open so many doors for me.”

Film teacher Nick Roberts explained that the students were “universally positive” about the awards experience with several of them already forming ideas for coursework.

“I often recommend that my students submit an entry to the Moving Image Awards,” Nick continued.

“The benefits come from the recognition that the competition has for their future careers. I am very happy that my students are producing such high quality work, and proud of their effort and ability.”

In 2017, A-Level students from Cornwall College St Austell celebrated another year of excellent results with an impressive 22 subjects achieving 100% pass rates. Film Studies students were the stars of the show, boasting 100% A* to B grades overall.

“I’m not entirely sure how we maintain the excellent standard, but I think the most important things are the department’s knowledge of the subject syllabus,” Nick continued.
“This is my 19th year teaching film, plus I served 12 years as an examiner, not to mention my experiences as an actor, which has given me considerable insight into the film-making process from a particular perspective.”

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