MediaMagazine Production Competition 2019 – The Winners

Read all about the winning and shortlisted entries in the MediaMagazine Production Competition 2019 and watch the winning entries.

Short Film

WINNER Looped: Joshua Hughes, Orleans Park 

Joshua has shown huge regard and proficiency in every department. He’s used all the tools available to him to make a cracking short film. The story is high concept – a student stuck in a groundhog day loop. But then huge thought and effort has gone to the sound design of the film, there’s fantastic cinematography, made use of interesting locations, there’s even a scary antagonist and terrific fight scene. The filmmaker is going to give Christopher Nolan a run for his money, that I’m certain of!

17 and Deaf: Neil Thomson, Hills Road Sixth Form College 

A beautifully made documentary short with an inspiring and articulate main character. The filmmakers have approached this with confidence and maturity. 

The Juggler: Esme Merrell, Long Road Sixth Form College

A terrific silent film with a really high concept. The filmmaker throws a spotlight on the struggles of a working mother with enormous insight and empathy. 

Kamikaze: Rajab Mahmood, Cadbury College

This is a very haunting short film, a final letter to a boy’s mother and a drastic religious act which beautifully juxtaposes image and voice over. 

The Tape: Lewis Gadsby, Sawtry Village Academy

Wow! What a slick and stylish thriller, but it’s the opening that shows the filmmaker’s imagination and potential for high concept ideas.

Music Video

WINNER Disco Tits: Mia Smith, Queen Mary College

Disco Tits works on so many levels. The filmmaker has really thought about this, incorporated loads of elements to create a visually exciting, really well edited film with a really strong, bold, contemporary love story – and there’s a twist! 

Big Sis: Mark Garcia, New College Swindon

Great song, lovely moody, atmospheric film. Reminded me of French Wave cinema. I have a younger sister myself, so understood the emotion of the story, but also loved the resolution of the ending.

High Five: Alize Akturk, Latymer School

Lovely cinematography, gorgeous colours, great energy, awesome dancing! 

Super Rich Kids: Terence Clements, Sofie Miller, Vahe Poghosyan, Shea Salvi, Hurtwood House School

Gorgeous looking music video, haunting story with a soulfulness. Particular mention to the production design team here and editors.

I’ll Be By Your Side: Rachel Bruder, Great Baddow High School

Looks like this was a lot of fun to shoot! Great energy here, and loved the underwater shots.

Production Design

WINNER Serious: Phoebe Cramp, Lea Di Giovanni, Dmitry Tkachev, Ben Winterman, Hurtwood House School

I think the film that most impresses in this category with its bold and confident style is Serious. Each character has been given their own identity through really clever costume and make-up. There’s a real sense of high fashion with a nod to the past. And there’s that set design, which makes us feel we’re in Brooklyn in the 1980’s. 

Sight For Sore Eyes: Areej Mehdi, Greenford High School

Terrific costumes and make-up – witchcraft and blood – what more could you want! 

Another Circle: Will Joseph, Sam Cowan, Millfield School

Took me back to messing about in chemistry lessons. Loved the close ups of all the different experiments. 

Robotica: Luca Stefanutti, Richie Batey, Max Behan, Tom Palliser, Claremont Fan Court

Beautiful sense of architecture and space here coupled with the slick suits. Looking very sharp and contemporary.

For Caroline: Kitty Eaton-Kent, Finham Park School

A really well written and acted personal drama but the sense of the home as a character is really strong here. 


WINNER Domestic: Ella Thrasher, North Bristol Post-16 Centre 

The cinematographer has created a visually stunning film. Photography is used to tell the themes as well as the story, and there’s an awesome focus-pull on the street shot. We go from colour to the black and white world of the woman’s home. But it’s the fact that we barely see the actors, but concentrate instead on the household objects whilst the drama plays in the background or is reflected in the household objects.

Dystopium: Finn Waring, Tonbridge Wells Grammar School

This is epic cinematography. I don’t imagine you had a million quid to spend on this, but it looks like you did. Um, have you thought about talking to Ridley Scott?

Bear: Erin Shrieves, Highams Park School

As well as being a gorgeous documentary short, this is fantastic to look at. And it’s the boldness of using so many different forms that makes it particulary impressive.

Dead Cats, Dead Rats: Ludo Bolgianni, Rafi Jaetke, Lara Pratt, Katherina Suess, Hurtwood House School

Cinematography is really slick here – looks gorgeous, love the use of space, and using images here to tell a story of cat and mouse – I mean rats.


WINNER Never Forget Me: Simran Shergill, Churchmead School 

The way the pictures are cut together tell the story brilliantly and elicit terrific suspense and fear. A masterclass in genre and narrative storytelling.

Switch: Amelia Gallagher, Durham Sixth Form Centre 

Bold cutting together of images here. Particularly interesting the way you cut to close-up images. Lovely pacing here.

Memories: Jack Wiltshire, Chipping Campden School

Wow, has this already been sold to Apple? If they don’t want it, I’m sure John Lewis will buy it from you! This is so moving, what a great story. Lovely energy to this.

Implant: Louis Pilling, Long Road Sixth Form College

This is such a terrific short film, but the editing choices are important story elements, particularly in the way the pace is picked up as the controlling implant gets Ellen to do whatever it says. 

The Barney Oram Award for Creativity

(Judged by Tom Woodcock and Andrea Joyce of Long Road Sixth Form Centre, with comments from Claire Pollard and Jenny Grahame of MediaMag)

WINNER Northern Line 123: Finlay Sales, Hillview School

This was a stand-out entry. It evoked such emotion in us, which is what great filmmaking is all about. Aesthetically it was a triumph. It created a visual representation of the internal workings of the narrators mind which was at times disorientating and overwhelming and then moved to soothing and beautiful. There was a raw honesty to the piece that really resonated with us as viewers. The topic is very current and the approach to it was very creative. We felt this entry completely captured the essence of creativity and is a very worthy winner of this first Barney Oram Creativity Award. We’re confident Barney would have been equally impressed with this entry, and offer our congratulations to the creator of Northern Line 123.

Launch: William de Bretton Gordon, Chipping Campden School

A deceptively simple idea which told its story economically and effectively. It made great use of props and mise-en-scene, with a completely unexpected finale.

Happy Valentines: Jack Williams and Azra Hinton, St Dunstan’s School

Again, a simple concept with loads of attention to detail and a great line in deadpan performances. These boys have a great future in comedy.

Hyper: Joe Fuller, Tonbridge Wells Grammar

This was a worthy runner-up.Its unconventional approach to a somewhat conventional subject matter was very creative and discombobulating. The use of sound in the piece, too often neglected, was particularly creative and worthy of note.

Amrak: Jude Lacey, Orleans Park School

We loved this and laughed a lot. A brilliantly simple narrative concept, tightly edited with excellent and well-directed performances from the cast. Witty, professional and the reverse epitome of its title.