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Wales: Student filmmakers scoop top awards at national festival

Film and Animation Club collecting their award for Positive Learning in the Classroom. Students from left: Brandon Leo, Jake Robinson, Blake Lawrenson, Eleanor Hurt, David Hughes, Michael Senior, Nina Poulston, Yasmine Baroudi, Liam Blood

Film and Animation Club collecting their award for Positive Learning in the Classroom. Students from left: Brandon Leo, Jake Robinson, Blake Lawrenson, Eleanor Hurt, David Hughes, Michael Senior, Nina Poulston, Yasmine Baroudi, Liam Blood

A fistful of awards was picked up by young filmmakers at Wales High School.

The youngsters scooped several of top prizes at the British International Amateur Film Festival (BIAFF) in Bedford.

In the young filmmakers category the school’s film and animation club won two awards for their film Positive Learning in the Classroom.

It is a tongue in cheek instructional video on how pupils should behave in the classroom.

The film won Best Under 16 Film and the club themselves were named Best British Young Filmmakers.

A Fistful of Conkers, the latest school film production, won big in the main awards category seeing off stiff competition from professional and amateur filmmakers of all ages.

Described as a good old fashioned tale of revenge set during a school conker tournament, the film was inspired by classic Western movies.

It picked up three awards including the Best British Film and the IAC Diamond.

BIAFF judges review every film and award a star rating between one and five. For extra special productions they award an IAC Diamond Award.

Judge Terence Patrick said: “A Fistful of Conkers was a delightful and inventive movie that possessed a terrific feast of visual ideas and images.”

On Positive Learning in the Classroom the judges said: “We greatly enjoyed this very funny, sharp and original film. It is more than apparent that everyone involved in the production thoroughly enjoyed making this movie.”

Liam Sanderson, who organises all the filmmaking activities at Wales High School said: “The BIAFF is a fantastic festival that supports aspiring film-makers. These awards are recognition of all the hard work and time that went in to making these films.”

 

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