Like any major screen awards Flynn Matthews and Ollie McCoy-Page are seen nervously waiting for the winner to be announced at the Moving Image Awards Ceremony at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London. The Eduqas awards sponsored by the BFI are to celebrate the best moving image production work created by 14-19 year old students from the UK and overseas. There were five different categories but both students knew that they had reached the final three in the Film Extract category and their films were shown in cinema format at the British Institute of Film, which in itself was thrilling.
Indeed the whole ceremony was very exciting as Flynn and Ollie, accompanied by their parents and one of their teachers, Gemma Stevens where treated to speakers Larushka Ivan-Zadeh (Film Editor, The Metro), Anna Smith (President of the UK Critics’ Circle), the extraordinary script editor Kate Leys and the legendary Iyare Igiehon (Future Film and BBC6 Music as the master of ceremonies).
‘The response to the competition was overwhelming and the standard of work has been phenomenal once again, giving judges a difficult time when it came to deciding the winner of each category. Creativity in terms of both ambition and technical competence across all entries was of a highly sophisticated standard’. Noted the organisers.
Flynn and Ollie were pipped to the post by the winner of the Film Extract Category by Ella Simpson with Scarlet’s Vow. Both Flynn’s IT Arrives and Ollie’s Half Blood received acclaim from Larushka, who was very positive of their contributions. The day closed with a champagne reception and a chance to mingle with other film makers who were shortlisted.
Photography © Frank Noon