At an awards dinner at BAFTA on March 3rd,
Westminster University BA Film & Television Production students
triumphed in The Kodak Student Commercials Competition.

University of Westminster flag

A 2nd and 3rd year team led by Lucas
Adamson (producer), Ryan Vernava (director) and Alastair Collinson
(writer) won the Overall First Prize for a 30 second commercial for
Lynx deodorant, ‘Be Careful Who You Turn On’, based on a brief from
leading advertising agency BBH.

According to Producer Lucas Adamson “We set
our sights high with this project, but when we were actually called
up on stage, we were all a bit shocked to be honest." The prize,
supported by Kodak, Arri Media and Soho Film Lab includes £6,000
towards the students’ next film production.

The commercial also won the prize for Best
Casting. Casting director Emma Schofield said “I
couldn’t believe it. I want to go into casting when I graduate so
hopefully this will open lots of doors”.

The Kodak Awards, run in association with the
British Television Advertising Awards, is the most prestigious
student film competition in the UK.

BA Film & TV Course Director Peter Hort commented “there were over 100 entries from film courses from
all over the country, including postgraduates from the National
Film School and the London Film School, so this is a fantastic
achievement by our students.”

Documentary Awards

A 15 minute final year documentary, ‘Chequered
Flags of our Fathers’ won the prize for Best Undergraduate
Factual Programme at the Royal Television Society Student Awards on
February 23rd.

The judges said: “It had a great opening, was
completely compelling capturing some great moments, and absolutely
of broadcast quality.” 

The film, made by Arni Magnusson, Cey
Sesiguzel, Marie Hession, Marc Richardson and Laurens Scott is an
observational documentary following drag racing champion Andy
Carter preparing his four-year-old son, Albert, for a life as a
future motor racerr.

Another third year documentary, “Pose Down”,
directed by Robert Harper, was also nominated in the Best Factual
category. The film explores the motivation and personality of a
bodybuilder as he prepares for a national competition.

Both documentaries have also been selected for
the prestigious Film Academy Vienna International Film Festival in
April.

‘Chequered Flags of Our Fathers’ and
graduation drama ‘Trouble Under My Skin’ (produced by Jannika
Oberg, written by Martin Clement and directed by Robert Harper)
were both shown in NFT1 at the Eat Our Shorts festival at the
National Film Theatre on the South Bank on 17th February.

‘Trouble Under My Skin’ is a tense drama
exploring the emotions of a man faced with losing everything he
holds dear.

These successes, together with last year’s
awards at the RTS (best Undergraduate Drama) and Kodak awards
(joint best in brief) underline Westminster’s place at the
forefront of film education in the UK.

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