United Learning has just announced the winners of its very own Oscars. The United Learning Film Awards (ULFAs) challenged pupils in both the Group’s primary and secondary schools to make short films as part of the IDeas Festival – a national event for all of the Group’s schools to explore their local, regional and national identities.
Over 20 films were entered for the competition all of which drew on the theme of identity. The competition entries focused on a wide range of topics linked to identity and culture such as the history of the school’s local area, family heritage and the diverse backgrounds of students.
The films were judged by a panel comprising representatives from United Learning including Dominic Norrish, Group Director of Technology and representatives from the competition sponsors XMA and Trilby TV and its distribution partner Exertis Unlimited.
After much deliberation, the judging panel announced the winners as:
- Best Production: Primary – Ashford Preparatory School for ‘My Parents by N Fisho’
- Best Production: Secondary – Stockport Academy for ‘PIE Radio’
- Most Original Screenplay: Primary – Walthamstow Primary Academy for ‘Castles Retreat’
- Most Original Screenplay: Secondary – Lincoln Minster School for ‘New Sound’
- Best Idea: Cravenwood Primary Academy for ‘Cravenwood School Family’ and Corngreaves Academy for ‘Hashtag Corngreaves’
The winning schools were given TV, film and IT equipment provided by the competition sponsors – TrilbyTV and its distribution partner Exertis Unlimited, XMA, European Electronique, Promethean and Albion.
Dan Bunker, Primary Educational Technologist at United Learning, said:
“The judging panel were incredibly impressed by the quality of the films produced. All the students interpreted the theme of identity in completely different ways and it was fascinating to watch such an eclectic combination of films.
“All aspects of the production – from the scripting to the filming to the editing – were executed impeccably and I am confident that the next Damien Chazelle and Kathryn Bigelow are within our midst!”
Emma Taylor from XMA who judged the competition said:
“It has been great to be involved and I loved watching the films. It’s fantastic to see how engaged and excited the students are. The students produced some fantastic films. I was really impressed.”
Anna Cannizzaro, Assistant Project Lead, Technology at United Learning, who also sat on the judging panel, said:
“It’s been a pleasure to be involved in this project, knowing the students made such an effort to explore the topic of their cultural identity – and had fun in the process. A huge thank you as well to all our sponsors who made it possible and supplied some amazing prizes.”
The Cravenwood Primary Academy production team said:
"Our video was highly focused on friendship. We tried really hard as a team. We cooperated where hard decisions had to be made. We were ecstatic when we found out we won!"
Watch the winning videos