Premiere screening for Argyll film students

The BFI Academy students were awarded certificates in recognition of their productions.

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Secondary pupils from Argyll took to the red carpet on Sunday when Oban Phoenix Cinema premiered 12 short animated films created by the students.

Screen Argyll brought young people aged 16-19 together at Oban High School in October to participate in a week-long animation course as part of the BFI film academy.

This intensive programme included hands-on filmmaking workshops where participants were given the tools needed to develop an idea from rough sketch to big screen.

The course gave them the opportunity to work with professional animators and film makers, and skills taught include script writing, model making, animation, video editing, lighting for camera and sound design.

The students used these new skills to work together to create their own animations before presenting them at a screening event which they created and coordinated.

BFI Film Academy coordinator Brodie Sim said: ‘We were really impressed by the films created by the Argyll students.

‘During this process they have gained a deeper insight into the industry, enabling them to identify areas that they may want to pursue and a greater understanding of how to progress.

‘It also offers participants the chance to gain a qualification which they can include in their CVs and personal statements and the opportunity to submit their film into a variety of festivals.’

The result was an eclectic mix of animated media which challenged the large audience present at Sunday’s screening.

Following a question-and-answer session all the students received a certificate in recognition of their achievements.

Transition – Alex Moran; Who Am I – Sophie Nichol, with Cameron Collings; Diamonds of Lost Earth – Louis Hendry; Rooms – Joshua Thomson, Liam Campbell, Matthew Houston, Hamish MacDonald, Cameron Collings; SYZYGY – Reed Barrow; Swag Jam – Neve Shannon Davies; The Ballet – Anakaren Maldonado, James Rycroft, Amanda Maceachan; The Moon – Millie Stewart; History of Gems – Suzanne Turner.

Three of the films, Transition, The Ballet and The Moon have been shortlisted for Scottish Youth Film Festival which takes place this weekend (Saturday November 30) in Edinburgh.