Celebrating Success of Future Film Makers

The standard of work being produced by Northern Ireland’s young film makers is on the rise – this was the message at CCEA’s recent Moving Image Arts showcases.

Over 20 budding film makers, across GCSE, AS Level and A Level saw their work celebrated on the big screen at the Brunswick Cinema, Derry~Londonderry, and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.

Guest speaker, local film producer of ‘Braxton’ and former Moving Image Arts award winner, Leo McGuigan commented;

“What CCEA’s Moving Image Arts does is turn that unfathomable dream of making movies into a reality. It is a really good time to be making films, especially in Northern Ireland. It has become something of a hub for the creative industries.”

Each shortlisted film was selected by a panel of experts, which included representatives from Cinemagic, Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland Screen and CCEA. The winning films were chosen for their strong production values, individuality and audience appeal.

CCEA Education Manager for Moving Image Arts, Christine McFerran commented:

“The Moving Image Arts Showcases are key events in CCEA’s annual events calendar with great buzz and excitement around the films being shown. Experts from across the film industry were overwhelmed by the increasing talent being displayed by our young film makers."

The only qualification of its kind in the UK, CCEA Moving Image Arts has grown in popularity over the past 11 years with over 1800 students taking the course annually across both A Level and GCSE.

The showcase is part of the Foyle Film Festival and Cinemagic Festival. It is sponsored by City of Derry Crystal and supported by Northern Ireland Screen.

CCEA Moving Image Arts Award Winners

Best GCSE Film Task – Unit 1
Winner: Matthew McGuigan (St Malachy’s College, Belfast) for ‘13:14’. An estate agent discovers that some properties can be fixed in this stylish horror short.

Best GCSE Animated Film
2 Joint Winners:
Keris Heading (Methodist College, Belfast) for ‘Cell Block Tango’.  Roxy and co get the animation treatment in this homage to the musical Chicago.
Patrick Moorhead(Sullivan Upper School) for ‘The Magic Dog’. Man’s best friend gets the motion treatment in this delightful experimental short.

Best GCSE Film – Unit 2
Winner: Robertas Sahakyan (Malone College) for ‘Apophenia’. A computer hacker discovers that some codes are best left unbroken in this moody thriller.

Best AS Film
Winner: Caolán Caddell (St Malachy’s College, Belfast) for ‘The Hour of Our Death’.A young soldier at the front yearns to return to his one true love in this powerfully moving World War Two drama.

Best AS/A2 Animated Film
2 Joint Winners:
Aimee Kirkman-Priester (Sperrin Integrated College) for ‘Teamwork’.The creatures of the woodland band together to help a lost soul in this stunning accomplished and heartfelt 2D animation piece. Ben Kelly (St Patrick’s Grammar, Armagh) for ‘The Mall’. It’s man versus mannequins down in this darkly comic stop-motion horror short.

Best A2 Film
Winner: Maryann Maguire (Dominican College, Belfast) for ‘Wiggles’.Planet Earth’s most popular clown reveals the highs and lows of his celebrity lifestyle in this uproarious mockumentary.

Leo McGuigan background

Leo McGuigan was a former pupil and Moving Image Arts student at St Malachy’s College. Leo was a previous showcase winner in 2013. He spoke to students about the exciting up and coming film industry in Northern Ireland, and how he is using the Moving Image Arts qualification as a basis for his career in the film industry. Leo has recently produced his first feature length film – Braxton, which will be released later this year.

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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