Student film festival held at Ayrshire College

Student film festival held at Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College students behind ACTV – a broadcast channel ran by students and staff from the College’s media department – have successfully held their 2019 film festival.

Guest judges at the film festival included film director Charlie Francis and BBC Scotland’s journalist Carole Erskine and social affairs correspondent Chris Clements. Johnnie O’Byrne, Curriculum Manager for Arts, Fashion and Media at Ayrshire College, completed the four-person panel.

Three finalists from each of the College’s Introduction to Broadcasting, NC Film and Broadcasting, and HNC Media Analysis and Production courses presented their films at a ceremony held at the Ayr Campus, with a winner chosen from each course.

‘Riverside’ by Joe Pettigrew was announced as the winner of the Introduction to Broadcasting category. The NC Film and Broadcasting winner was a called ‘Detox’ by Euan Millar, while ‘Verdes do Brazil’ by Natasha Colborne was named the winner from HNC Media Analysis and Production.

‘Riverside’ was a television soap series concept, ‘Detox’ was a 60-second film about a person detoxing from drugs, while ‘Verdes do Brazil’ was about a Brazilian adjusting to living in Ayrshire.

ACTV was launched on YouTube in December 2017 by Ayrshire College’s media department, in order to produce and promote the creative work of media students and the creative department, while also engaging students and teaching them applicable video skills.

To date there have been almost 200 videos uploaded to ACTV, amassing an incredible 34,000 views. Content ranges from student short films that were produced for assessment purposes, to personal projects and specially commissioned videos for Ayrshire College and external partners.

Johnnie O’Byrne, Curriculum Manager for Arts, Fashion and Media at Ayrshire College, said “Congratulations to all of the winners. This year saw a very high standard of entries, so it was a really difficult decision. I’d like to thank the guest judges for giving up their time at this event, and I hope that they enjoyed our students work.

“The ACTV film festival is a fantastic collaboration between our media department and our core skills team, and the standard is getting better and better each year.”

7 June 2019

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