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.
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!