‘We want students to get even more creative’

Saffron Sutcliffe, who won the highly commended award for her documentary film Very Awesome, which features her autistic brother, in Blackpool and The Fylde College's inaugural Film Competition Awards

Saffron Sutcliffe, who won the highly commended award for her documentary film Very Awesome, which features her autistic brother, in Blackpool and The Fylde College's inaugural Film Competition Awards

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Aspiring Steven Spielbergs took their first steps into the film making world during Blackpool and The Fylde College’s inaugural Film Competition Awards.

The college screened short films by entrants to its competition in front of a packed theatre, which included leading figures from Blackpool’s art scene.

The competition, organised by Mark Harris and Gaby Watson, lecturers on the digital production and film making degree, challenged entrants from schools and sixth forms as well as the college to produce a short film on a topic of their choosing.

The pair were hoping to promote film making as a career and encourage creativity among the young people.

Ms Watson said: “We wanted to engage young people with film making and promote the opportunities that a career in production offers, particularly with Media City located less than an hour away.

“The standard of entries was exceptionally high and I’d like to congratulate each of the finalists who made it to the awards night.”

A shortlist of 13 films were selected to be screened on the awards night including documentaries, animation, music videos, art films and short narrative films.

These featured a range of topics including skateboarding, autism, gaming, dating and even rats!

Michael Trainor, artistic director of Leftcoast, helped with judging and handed out the awards on the night.

He said: “I think it’s great for Blackpool and The 
Fylde College to encourage young film makers with events such as these and give 
something back to the booming creative industry in Blackpool.”

The winning film was by student Jester Watson, who won the Best Film Award 2015 and the £100 of vouchers for his film The Creeping Beard; a surreal but humorous black and white film about a man who can make people’s head explode with just one look.

The same film also won the People’s Choice Award, which was voted for by the audience on the night.

Trainee photographer Saffron Sutcliffe won the Highly Commended Award for her documentary film Very 
Awesome, which features her autistic brother and challenges perceived perceptions of the condition.