NI’s Young Filmmakers and Animators return to the Big Screen at CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase 2022

Published: 25/11/2022, 11:55am
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A2 Best Animated Film was awarded to Ciaran Patton from Holy Cross College, Strabane, at the Moving Image Arts Showcase 2022. Christopher Morrison From Foyle Film Festival presented Ciaran with his award along with David McConnell from NI Screen and Amanda Swann from CCEA.

It was lights, camera and action for over 600 of Northern Ireland’s most creative young filmmakers and animators as CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase returned to the big screen this week.

The two-day event, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, Foyle Film Festival, City of Derry Crystal and Cinemagic Film and Television Festival, once again brought together GCSE, AS and A Level students to see their work on the big screen. The showcase was the first in three years, following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, and the films and animations on show brought to life an array of genres for the audience.

Hosted at Brunswick Moviebowl, Derry~Londonderry and Cineworld, Belfast, students in attendance benefitted from meeting established industry professionals and attending a careers fair after the Belfast ceremony.

CCEA’s Temporary Director of Examinations, Amanda Swann, said:

On behalf of everyone at CCEA I wish to congratulate every student who was shortlisted for the Moving Image Arts Showcase this year. We are delighted to be back and shining a spotlight on the exceptionally high standard of creativity, imagination, and skill of our local students.

CCEA’s Moving Image Arts qualifications give students the opportunity to develop and refine their audio-visual literacy and creativity through hands-on learning in the craft of moving image arts. The quality of the pieces within the showcase this year not only highlight talent and hard work, but also reflect a great deal of resilience from our students, their teachers and parents/guardians after the unexpected learning challenges brought about by COVID-19.

The return of the Moving Image Arts Showcase would not be possible without the continued support of Northern Ireland Screen and all our contributing stakeholders including, Foyle Film Festival, City of Derry Crystal, Cinemagic, Brunswick Moviebowl and Cineworld Cinemas.

Christopher Morrison, Foyle Film Festival Programmer said:

Foyle Film Festival is delighted to present the Moving Image Arts Showcase again. We are honoured to highlight and celebrate the talent, imagination, and creativity of the Moving Image Arts students.

It is with a great deal of pride and pleasure that the festival provides a platform for the work of these budding young filmmakers, and we hope to be accepting the work of these students into the Oscar® and BAFTA® affiliated Light in Motion Competition in future years.

David McConnell, Education and Careers Manager at Northern Ireland Screen commented:

We are thrilled to be working closely with CCEA in the development of Moving Image Arts and I would like to congratulate all of the students who have had their work screened at this year’s showcase. The quality of creativity on show has demonstrated yet again the breadth and depth of talent taking part in this exciting qualification.

“Northern Ireland Screen’s education work focuses on developing creative skills for young people and cultivating the local talent to help keep Northern Ireland as a prominent base for the screen industries. Events such as the Moving Image Arts Showcase are unique stepping-stones for many of these young people wanting to develop careers in this fast growing and dynamic industry and we encourage all students to participate in our ScreenWorks and Screen Academies programmes which provide visibility and understanding of the jobs available in screen industries.

CCEA’s Moving Image Arts Showcase Winners

Each shortlisted film was selected by a panel of experts, including representatives from Northern Ireland Screen, INTO Film, ScreenWorks, Foyle Film Festival, BFI Film Academy the Northern Ireland Creative Learning Centres, Cinemagic and CCEA Senior Teams.

The winning films were chosen for their strong production values, story, originality, and audience appeal and are listed below:

GCSE Best Film

1st – ‘Magpie’ by Charlotte Davis from Glenlola Collegiate
2nd – ‘Wild Goose Chase’ by Jonah Simon from Ashfield Boys High School
3rd – ‘Missing’ by Iliana Perdita from Sullivan Upper School
4th – ‘Electra’ by Hannah Bell from Sullivan Upper School
5th – ‘Terror Tape’ by Fionn Grimes from St Ronan’s College

GCSE Best Animated Film

1st – ‘Mei!!’ by Isabella Arias from Aquinas Grammar School
2nd (Joint) – ‘Grapple’ by Dylan Spraggon from St Columbanus College
2nd (Joint) – ‘Untitled’ by Lydia Frew from Dalriada School
3rd – ‘Palindrom’ by Daniel McHugh from St Malachy’s College
4th (Joint) – ‘Anti-Air’ by Connor McDonagh from St Columb’s College
4th (Joint) – ‘Gambling of the Mad’ by Jiroporn Magee from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School
5th – ‘The Golden Banana’ by Caolan Kivelehan from St Columb’s College

AS Best Film

1st – ‘Fate-Ale: The Job That Went Wrong’ by Arron Gourley from St Malachy’s College (Belfast Royal Academy)
2nd – ‘The Traveller’ by Max Aiken from Ballyclare High School (Ballyclare Secondary School)
3rd – ‘Loop’ by Daniel Houston from St Malachy’s College (Belfast Royal Academy)
4th – ‘It’s Just a Nightmare’ by Arsney Parshenkov from Campbell College
5th (Joint) – ‘Hi’ by Amy Warnock from Sullivan Upper School
5th (Joint) – ‘Daylight Robbery’ by Erinn Forster from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School

AS Best Animated Film

1st – ‘The Wrath of Exem’ by William Dolan from Lagan College
2nd – ‘Bigfoot’ by Chloe Hanna from Sullivan Upper School
3rd – ‘Echo Gardens’ by Amy Chen from Ashfield Boys High School (Ashfield Girls High School)
4th – ‘11pm’ by Amy McCree from Bangor Academy
5th – ‘Wolf Alone’ by Cadhla Moore from Holy Cross College, Strabane

A2 Best Film

1st – ‘Ortus’ by Sean O’Brien from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School
2nd – ‘Catalyst’ by Sean Toal from Ballyclare High School
3rd – ‘Under the Skin’ by Ayra Kokate from Dominican College, Belfast
4th – ‘Spiked’ by Evie O’Reilly from Dominican College, Belfast
5th (Joint) – ‘A Lonely Night’ by Jamie Lyons from Ballyclare High School
5th (Joint) – ‘The Vanishing Point’ by Jonny Rogers from Ballyclare High School
5th (Joint) – ‘Breakdown’ by Mia Lewis from Dominican College, Belfast

A2 Best Animated Film

1st – ‘Isolation’ by Ciaran Patton from Holy Cross College, Strabane
2nd – ‘Solemate’ by Shayna Gail Velasquez from Aquinas Grammar School
3rd – ‘The Witch Hunt’ by William Dolan from Lagan College
4th – ‘Tom and the Old Man’ by Padraig Toquillo from De La Salle College, Belfast
5th – ‘Into the Hollow’ by Eimear Fowler from Down High School

Moving Image Arts Showcase 2022

ALT Animation’s Tim Bryans, CCEA’s Ingrid Arthurs, award winning student William Dolan from Lagan College, and NI Screen’s David McConnell snap a pic at this year’s Moving Image Arts Showcase.

Charlotte Davis from Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor, collects her award for First Place in the GCSE Best Film category at the 2022 Moving Image Arts Showcase

Charlotte Davis from Glenlola Collegiate, Bangor, collects her award for First Place in the GCSE Best Film category at the 2022 Moving Image Arts Showcase. Award presented by Producer / Director Emma Rosa Dias from Afro-Mic Productions along with CCEA’s Michael Crossan, NI Screen’s David McConnell and Cinemagic’s Joan Burney.

Isabella Arias from Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast, is awarded First Place for GCSE Best Animation Film

Isabella Arias from Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast, is awarded First Place for GCSE Best Animation Film by Grainne Owl from Paper Owl Films along CCEA’s Michael Crossan, NI Screen’s David McConnell and Cinemagic’s Joan Burney at the 2022 MovingImageArts Showcase

The AS Best Film First Place went to Arron Gourley from St Malachy’s College

The AS Best Film First Place went to Arron Gourley from St Malachy’s College (Belfast Royal Academy) at 2022 Moving Image Arts Showcase. Award presented by Louise Gallagher from Gallagher Films along with CCEA’s Michael Crossan, NI Screen’s David McConnell and Cinemagic’s Joan Burney.

William Dolan from Lagan College took home First Place in the AS Best Animated Film category

William Dolan from Lagan College took home First Place in the AS Best Animated Film category. William’s award was presented by Tim Bryans from ALT Animations along with Michael Crossan, NI Screen’s David McConnell and Cinemagic’s Joan Burney.

A2 Best Film goes to Sean O’Brien from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School at the Moving Image Arts Showcase 2022

A2 Best Film goes to Sean O’Brien from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School at the Moving Image Arts Showcase 2022. The award was presented by Bernard McCloskey from NI Screen along with Michael from CCEA and Joan Burney from Cinemagic.

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