Pupils see their films on the BIG SCREEN for the first time at CCEA showcase

It has been an exciting few days for CCEA Moving Image Arts students as a select number have seen their GCSE and A level short films and animations on the big screen for the first time ever.

As an annual part of the Foyle Film Festival CCEA showcased over twenty five student films at the Tower Hotel, Derry/Londonderry. And if that wasn’t enough, the next day a follow-up screening of the shortlisted films was hosted by Cinemagic at the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.

It is clear to see that there are many budding filmmakers across schools in Northern Ireland. Congratulations to those students who had their films shortlisted and in particular to those who went on to win first, second and third prize.

Ingrid Arthurs, Subject Officer for Moving Image Arts at CCEA, commented:

"The CCEA Moving Image Arts showcase, which is sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, has been going for nine years and I am constantly amazed at the high standard of films and animations produced by pupils. This is the first year we have included GCSE films and we plan to make this a feature from now on.

The screenings are an annual highpoint for Moving Image Arts students and this year had a great turnout, with over 350 students and teachers in attendance. From a western drama ‘Cody’ to the imaginative animation ‘Midknight’, Moving Image Arts students have stretched their creative abilities to extraordinary levels!."

Speaking after the awards Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, and a member of the judging panel,commented:

"The judges were really impressed by the high standard this year. Yet again, Moving Image Arts students have created a wide range of films that display creativity, ingenuity and a real understanding of the art of filmmaking. I want to congratulate all the students and their teachers for the hard work they have displayed up to this point."

Conor Shearer, Ballyclare High School
Conor Shearer picked up 3rd prize in the A2 Best Film Category. Here he is being interviewed by CCEA Reporter Ruth Maguire about the inspiration behind his film. Conor studied Moving Image Arts at Ballyclare High School and he is now at Queen’s University Belfast.

Three students from St Malachy’s College
Three students from St Malachy’s College picked up awards at the annual CCEA Moving Image Arts showcase. Talented filmmakers Conor Byrne, Leo McGuigan and Paul Kennedy are pictured with Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, and teacher Joe Gallagher (far right).

Moving Image Arts award winners
Student Moving Image Arts award winners Catherine Hughes (St Patrick’s High School) and Ruth Rodgers (Methodist College) are pictured with Colm McAteer of Cinemagic, CCEA Moving Image Arts Subject Officer Ingrid Arthurs and Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen.

Ellan Rankin from Belfast High School
Ellan Rankin from Belfast High School proves she is a talented animator. Her animation ‘Midknight’ won AS Best Animated Film in the CCEA Moving Image Arts showcase.

Bangor Academy student Lucy Martin
Bangor Academy student Lucy Martin was delighted her film ‘Internal Screaming’ won first place in the GCSE Best Film Category. She is pictured with Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen, and Colm McAteer of Cinemagic.

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