Media Production students screen at the home of British film

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Final year media production students will be screening short films at a prestigious event at BAFTA’s London headquarters next month.

The screening has been organised by students and lecturers and will be taking place at 7:00pm on 7th June and will showcase the exceptionally high standard of work produced this year as part of their final year studies. Course Director Steve Dawkins says “this is an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit the professional, technical and creative skills used to produce their work – articulating the diversity of their voices and experiences in both fictional and non-fictional video work to industry professionals at the heart of the British film industry”.

Awards will be presented on the night for Best Film, Best Documentary, and the Rolls Royce sponsored ‘Rising Phoenix’ award for Best Director. Judges include BAFTA winning writer, director and Coventry University alumni Debbie Isitt and BBC Producer Jon Plowman.

Projects to be screened include:

  • ‘Latitude’, the universties first student produced feature film following the lives of two gadget fanatics whose love of ‘geocaching’ leads them into a high-tech game of cat and mouse across America;
  • ‘Behind the Monastery Walls‘, a look inside Romanian monasteries;
  • ‘The Deutchish feeling‘, focussing on the lives of a small Turkish community living in Berlin;
  • ‘Black Hill’,  a tale of redemption set during the American Civil war;
  • ‘Ping’,  a lighthearted story of a guy searching for the love of his life at a speed dating evening.

Assistant Lecturer Ross Varney said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to show off their work and gain exposure to film and TV industry professionals. They’ve worked extremely hard this year to make their work stand out, with many travelling as far as China, Iceland, Spain, Italy and America for the filming of their documentaries and drama’s. Given the tremendous effort that has been put into these projects, it is great to be able to celebrate them at such a prestigous venue.”

Media production student Mike Peace adds, “This event is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our talent and celebrate all that we have achieved over the past three years. We hope that presenting our work to industry experts will be a launch pad for our future careers.”

The students will also be launching an online interactive multimedia catalogue following the screening that will be available for anyone to download from the Apple store. This innovative digital book will be made using Adobe publishing software which Coventry University currently has exclusive access to.

The films and media projects will also be on show as part of the University’s Degree Show from 1st June in the Art & Design Graham Sutherland building, Cox Street, Coventry.

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