MediaMagazine Production Competition 2020 – The Longlist


We’re delighted to publish our longlist for the 2020 Production Competition – with many congratulations to all of our entrants! Despite these very challenging times, we’ve been bowled over by the number of entries, and by your ingenuity and creativity, particularly those of you who have worked independently in isolation, often with very limited resources and few opportunities for feedback and support. You media and film students are clearly resilient, super-dedicated, and sensitive to the world around you, whether in terms of social issues, questions of identity, the environment or popular culture. What a talented lot you are!

You’ll find the longlisted entries below – just click on the various category links to check for your own production. This year, we received 130 entries – pretty amazing given that you’ve been in lockdown for most of this year – from 59 different schools, colleges and homes, making this one of our most diverse competitions ever. We also saw a surge in the popularity of music videos, which represented about two-thirds of our entries. Some were outstanding for their cinematography, editing or production design, and therefore have been longlisted in other categories; similarly with short film and documentary.

What Happens Next?

Because of Coronavirus we are unable to hold our awards screening at BFI Southbank as planned on 6th July. However on that date we will post all longlisted videos online, together with video comments from our judge, screenwriter and director Andrea Harkin (The Trial of Christine Keeler, Come Home). All those selected will receive a celebratory certificate commending their entry, and the six winners will be sent a trophy and a copy of the outstanding video compilation, Power To The People: British Music Videos 1966 – 2016 (Emily Caston, BFI). After the 6th July you will be able to view the whole of the longlist on the MediaMagazine website until this time next year.

Many thanks to all of you who have entered the competition. It’s heart-warming to know that even when you’ve been spared the nightmare of exams, you’re still passionate about your production work. Long may it last!

Music Video

  • Sevde Akbaba, Coombe Girls School 6th Form for 'POPSTARS'
  • Evie Knopwood, King James’ School for ‘Dear Society’
  • Levi Reyes, Atwood Church of England School for ‘Six Speed’
  • Stefanie Emery, Bishop Challoner Catholic College for ‘The Love Club’
  • Megan Fagan, The Latymer School for ‘Dear Future Husband’
  • Tegan Macfarlane, Northampton College for ‘I Love It’

Short Film and Documentary

  • Jemima Wright, Bradfield College for ‘Stories Untold’
  • Ariel Homossany, JFS Sixth Form for ‘Ring’
  • Francisco Cruz, British School of Amsterdam for ‘Beneath the Surface’
  • Amy Watt-Pringle, Reigate College for ‘Bleak Mind’


  • Lucy Hill, Finham Park Sixth Form for ‘HIM
  • Haydn Reece, Barton Peverell College for‘Doppel Threat’
  • Emmanuel Li, The Latymer School for ‘Grace Kelly’
  • Amy Agila, Burntwood School for ‘A Deserted London’


  • Louis Loze-Carey, Great Baddow High School for ‘Samhain’
  • Megan Boyle, Durham Sixth Form Centre for ‘The Joys of Streaming’
  • Jonah Garrett-Bannister, Varndean College for ‘Carrion’
  • Ahmed Ghandour, Orleans Park School for ‘Bounty’


  • Charlee Grainger, Ballyclare Secondary School for ‘Replacement’
  • Maxwell Silver, Varndean College for ‘Level Foundations’
  • Merle Brown, Orleans Park School for ‘Fitting In’
  • Maisie Radley, Southend High School for Girls for ‘Pink Lemonade’

Barney Oram Award for Creativity

  • Alycia Potter, The Boswells Sixth Form for ‘Connection’
  • Kyle Adams, Northampton College for ‘Ghost Town’
  • Azra Hinton/Jack Williams, Strode College for ‘The Rain’
  • Daniella Holder, Northampton College for ‘Alien Boy’
  • Cerys Wainer, Orleans Park School for ‘Outside In’