MediaMag was prepared for a sharp decrease in the number of entries, given the huge changes to the A Level and BTEC specs and the more limited opportunities for coursework – but we were thrilled to be proved wrong. There was no fall in numbers; we’ve had multiple entries from 23 different schools, scores of individual entries, and a fabulous range of genres, styles and representations. It looks as if your creative impulses and joy in film-making are as strong as ever – and your teachers are supporting you as well as ever, despite their hideous workloads. Congratulations all round. We are delighted that the role of practical work in Media and Film Studies is going from strength to strength!
It’s quite challenging selecting our entries for our 1st July NFT screening, and as always there were some painful choices to be made. Some really great entries were just too long, and others too dark, both visually and metaphorically; where schools sent in a whole range of brilliant entries, we have had to choose only one or two. We think we have a fantastic and varied range, but we wanted to pay particular tribute to some of the films which didn’t make it: to Hannah Driver of Long Road, for her powerful and moving dementia doc The Decline, to Berkhamsted’s well-researched and thought-provoking Mind the Gap, and some terrific work from Hurtwood House, Millfield School, Hills Road, and Great Baddow High School.
Thank you so much to all of you who have entered. You faced fierce competition, and it’s been a privilege to see so much imaginative and skilful work produced with such attention to detail, craft and passion. You should all be very proud of yourselves.