Last Friday saw the Godfrey Brown Theatre host the Third Annual Film Makers’ Festival. Once again the red carpet was out, along with the rain. Filmmakers and parents arrived, dressed to impress, with refreshments being kindly supplied by the Parents’ Association.
A total of 36 films were submitted across seven different categories varying from short Lego animations to abstract concept films. Online voting took place via QR codes and Survey Monkey and the public decided on their favourites.
A Year Seven entry won the ‘Music Video’ round with Noah Allaway and his Dead Spiders Production version of Abba’s Dancing Queen featuring Charlie White, Aoife Smith, Eloisa Page, Carys South, Isabel Sherrington-Lodge, Lilia Young and Eve Zaydman.
There was then a hard fought contest for the ‘Advertising, News and Documentary’ round, where Anne Frank and the Holocaust, produced by Zara Povey, Abi Lamb, Jack Stirzaker and Aaron Lad was voted top. For the third round we had six animated short-film entries, with Olly Bailey from Year Nine taking the trophy with his Friends film, which was a remake of the episode where Joey gets a turkey stuck on his head at Thanksgiving!
For the ‘Poetry-inspired Films’ category, Noah Allaway took his second trophy of the evening for his clever and poignant Train Text video of his original poem. For the ‘Best Concept Film’ we saw Zara Povey, Aaron Lad and Jack Stirzaker pick up their second trophy of the evening with their video entitled Beauty. Jack Pearson, Charlotte Hallam and Molly Jones from the Upper Sixth narrowly beat Kate Webber with their abstract ‘Sixth Form Enrichment’ film, Water Me.
The final round of the evening saw seven entries for the ‘Original Film’ category. Another close result saw inspired films from Cameron and Billy Taylor, Dan Hall and Tom Halkon narrowly miss out. The winning film was Trapped in GBT, which included a cameo from Mr Morgan and saw Jack Stirzaker, Aaron Lad and Zara Povey claim their third trophy of the evening, along with Jennifer Freeman, Kasia Czyrko and Abi Lamb.
Other special mentions should go to Noah Bishop from Year Seven for the first ever Machinima entry with The Story of Dragon-born part one, and to Survivor for its use of drone footage and an underwater fight sequence. The latter of these two saw a zombie apocalypse brought to life by Cameron Taylor, Dan Hall, Tom Halkon, Malachy Larkin and James Larkin.
Well done for all those who entered the competition and also to the organisers for hosting such an entertaining evening.