Film production students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) fought off tough competition from 18 institutions to win five awards at the Kodak NAHEMI Student Commercial Awards, in London last week (9 June).
The Kodak Student Commercial Awards have been running since the 1980s and are now organised by NAHEMI in association with Kodak. The NAHEMI/Kodak Commercial Awards is a competition for student filmmakers to make a 30 second commercial from one roll of 400ft negative film stock. Each year, briefs are provided by professional advertising agencies and entries are judged by a jury that includes representatives of the agencies and commercials professionals. The Competition is open to students who are studying on a NAHEMI member course in the UK or Ireland, and prizes are awarded for craft categories as well as ‘Best in Brief’ and ‘Best Overall’.
Held at the historic Regent Street Cinema in central London, the UWE Bristol students successfully took prizes in the following categories:
- Best Production Design – Ava Galli and Abi Peszel for their work on ‘Punkits’.
- Best Sound Design – Daniel Marriott and Michal Kaldon for their work on ’The Big Crunch’.
- 3rd in Brief for The Soil Association Pledge for Our Planet – Nikki-Marie Brooks and her team for ‘Fast Fashion Mountain’
- 2nd in Brief for The Soil Association Pledge for Our Planet – Olive Sant and Amy Smith and their team for ‘Footprint Follows’.
- 2nd in Brief for The Savourists Crunchits – Eileen Jamieson and Simon Sofowora and their team for ‘Punkits’.
John Podpadec, Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking, said: “Congratulations to all of our students who were involved in our submission this year and especially to those who were successful in such a strong field. UWE Filmmaking has been involved with the Kodak Commercials Competition for a number of years and it provides our students with a unique opportunity to experience the rigour involved with working on 16mm film at the same time as responding to real world commercial briefs.”
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