A group of students from The Wallace High School, accompanied by their teachers, took part in a recent visit to the QFT MIA Showcase 2013. The Showcase is an annual award ceremony, organised by Cinemagic, in partnership with CCEA and the Foyle Film Festival. This is an opportunity to celebrate the very best of films produced by GCSE, AS and A2 level students.
This year, two Wallace students achieved success; TJ Smith received an award for third place in the Best AS Film category, whilst Nathan Stevenson was awarded second place for Best GCSE Animation. Ingrid Arthurs, Education Manager of the Moving Image Arts qualification, introduced the ceremony supported by Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen. Karen Kingham, Filmmaker and Actress (Endless Life), announced the winners, whilst Professor Greg Maguire, Head of Design for Interaction and Animation at the University of Ulster, presented the winners with their awards.
Katherine Lucas, Head of Moving Image Arts at the Lisburn school, commented on the success of both students: “TJ and Nathan have each produced original and creative films. TJ Smith’s film, ‘He had it Coming’, a film Noir inspired melodrama, was beautifully shot in black and white, with authentic locations and a green screen effect, whilst Nathan’s ‘Time’ inspired futuristic animated sci-fi adventure was brilliantly edited, with excellent sound and visual effects. Both students worked diligently on their film projects and deserve this recognition.”
Stephen Calvert, Teacher of Moving Image Arts at Wallace High School shared his thoughts regarding the event: “The QFT showcase is an exciting opportunity and great incentive for any Moving Image Arts student. It encourages the pupils to make their films for an audience and not just the examiner.”
This year marks the 10th Anniversary of CCEA’s Moving Image Arts qualification. A special retrospective of the best films produced by Moving Image Arts students over the last decade was included as part of the Showcase event. The QFT Showcase was a very proud occasion for the school as they have been involved in the subject for nine years. The Showcase was also screened in Londonderry in the Brunswick Cinema as part of the City of Culture festivities.
Last modified: December 11, 2013