Leading figures from the world of film and animation joined students and teachers this week to celebrate 10 years of CCEA Moving Image Arts at the Brunswick Cinema, Derry~Londonderry, and at the Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.
The celebrations took the form of all-day showcases of some of the very best GCSE and A level student films. Among the sell-out audiences were Animator and University of Ulster Professor, Greg Maguire; talented young Derry-based filmmaker and former Moving Image Arts student, Michael Barwise; and international writer, director and photographer Claudia Heindel.
Animator and University of Ulster Professor Greg Maguire had this to say:
"I am really impressed with the calibre of these student films. Each film shows such individuality and creativity. From an intense psychological thriller to a touching animation, these Moving Image Arts students show such a wide range of technical skill and wonderful imagination.
Congratulations to those students who had their films shortlisted, and in particular to those who went on to win the award for first, second and third in their category. I look forward to hearing their names again in the future."
The only qualification of its kind in the UK, CCEA Moving Image Arts has grown in popularity over the past ten years with over 1500 students taking the course annually across both A Level and GCSE.
CCEA Education Manager for Moving Image Arts, Ingrid Arthurs commented:
"We are so pleased that these busy film professionals took the time out of their schedules to recognise the work of Moving Image Arts students. The showcase is an annual event which forms part of the Foyle Film Festival. This year has been made even more special by recognising the ten year birthday of the qualification. We are not only celebrating the amazing films and animations produced by A Level and GCSE students in 2013 but are also screening some of the best films from the past ten years.
There are seven competitive categories this year and all the films shortlisted have been of an outstanding quality. The high standard is testament to the hardwork and creativity of students, as well as the dedication and encouragement provided by their teachers. We are delighted that City of Derry Crystal is sponsoring the event for Foyle Film Festival once again."
CCEA Education Manager Ingrid Arthurs is pictured with Derry-based filmmaker Michael Barwise, international writer and director Claudia Heindel and Foyle Film Festival Director, Bernie McLaughlin. The audience was treated to screenings of Michael and Claudia's recent films, both of which were filmed in Derry-Londonderry.
Talented Methodist College pupils Keris Heading, Beth Tinder and Ruth Rodgers all picked up awards at the Moving Image Arts showcase.
Celebrating ten years of Moving Image Arts!
CCEA Moving Image Arts qualification celebrated 10 years this year. The annual Moving Image Arts Showcase event would not be possible without Foyle Film Festival and the City of Derry Crystal who produce the beautiful awards for the GCSE and A level award winners.
Winner of Best A2 Film Conor Byrne (formerly of St Malachy’s College, Belfast) is congratulated by world-renowned Animator Greg Maguire, CCEA’s Ingrid Arthurs and Bernard McCloskey, Head of Northern Ireland Screen.
Special Guest Greg Maguire (who has worked on films such as Avatar and Harry Potter), Ingrid Arthurs and Bernard McCloskey handed out the student awards at the Moving Image Arts Showcase.
Ellan Rankin (formerly of Belfast High School) won the coveted Best Animated Film award at A2 Level. Her stop-motion paper animation ‘Tree of Life’ was a mesmerising tale. Ellan has also been named as Cinemagic Young Filmmaker of the Year!
Celebrating Young Artists
Celebrating Moving Image Arts
What: A day of screenings, showcasing the best film and animations from GCSE and GCE Moving Image Arts students in 2013. Awards will be given for the top three films in seven different categories.
When: Tuesday 26 November from 10am-4.15pm (this event is only for students, teachers and family members)
Where: Brunswick Cinema, Brunswick Lane, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Londonderry, BT48 OLU
Celebrating Art & Design
What: An exhibition of the best contemporary approaches by GCE Art & Design students in 2013. Open to the public.
When: Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 November and Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 November (11am - 5pm each day)
Where: The Void Community Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7EL
Screenings of Banksy’s film “Exit through the Gift shop” at The Nerve Centre on Wednesday 20 November and Wednesday 27th November. Open to school groups.
CCEA Moving Image Arts Award Winners
Category 1:Best AS Film
Winner: Jack Carlin (Holy Cross College) for ‘The Devil’s Own’. After witnessing the murder of her friend, a young woman struggles with feelings of guilt. But sometimes the dead won’t rest in peace…
Category 2: Best AS Animated Film
Winner: Aimee Kirkman-Priester (Sperrin Integrated College) for ‘Follow Us’. A lion cub in the forest encounters a strange new being.
Category 3: Best A2 Film
Winner: Conor Byrne (St Malachy’s College, Belfast) for ‘Lifeless’. In this tense horror thriller, a young woman battles a masked intruder. But all is not how it seems…
Category 4: Best A2 Animated Film
Winner: Ellan Rankin (Belfast High School (Hazelwood Integrated College) for ‘Tree of Life’. We flick through the pages of a woman’s life from childhood to old age in this mesmerising stop-motion paper animation.
Category 5: Best GCSE Film Task – Unit 1
Winner: Keris Heading (Methodist College) for her ‘Untitled’ Gangster Film Noir. In this stylish tribute to Film Noir, one poor sap discovers that sharing tea with the mob can be deadly.
Category 6: Best GCSE Film – Unit 2
Winner: Ruth Rodgers (Methodist College) for her war film ‘Time’. Long after the guns have fallen silent, a man contemplates the cost of war.
Category 7: Best GCSE Animated Film
Winner: Emmet Brown (St Columb’s College) for ‘Awoken’. The horrors of nuclear warfare are pondered in this thoughtful experimental animation.
Background to MIA
Introduced in 2004, Moving Image Arts is an applied CCEA A-Level course which offers a hands-on and creative approach to the teaching of the moving image. Now also available at GCSE level, MIA gives students the opportunity to produce their own creative film portfolios, offering a wide range of opportunities to develop creativity, digital literacy and enterprise skills.
Over 90 schools are currently teaching the course at A-Level and over 40 schools are now also offering the new course at GCSE.
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