Short Film Competition 2020

In response to the remote campus this term we launched the short film competition that was open to all pupils across the college. We challenged participants to make a film of no more than five minutes in response to the word ‘Liberty’, and we received some outstanding entries. There were some fantastic films that made the shortlist, which were all screened at a live event on Wednesday 24th of June.

The shortlisted films were:

Lower School
Zac Creasy (C2 Re) So is this Liberty? (winner)
Tom Høgevold (LI Sh) Trapped (runner up)
Joe Baldock (CO Re) Bang!
George Turner (TU Sh) Liberty

Upper School
Tate Oliphant (MO U6) Liberty. Lost. (winner)
Felix Sutton (CO U6) Liberated (runner up)
Nicole Egorova (EL L6) The Abuse of Liberty
Dorothy Johnstone (NC L6) Libertée

The films were judged by a panel and assessed for their stylistic innovation, technical mastery and their creative response to the stimulus. The two winning films showed a remarkable mix of techniques that were innovative and thought provoking.

Tate Oliphant submitted a superb piece of documentary film making – no easy task for a short film. It is bursting with purpose and empathy. In such a short space of time Tate is able to make the viewer feel as if they have spent much longer with each individual; sophisticated work drawn from clever editing and real empathy for the subject. The original sound track of the mouth organ, the mixture of radio news footage and original interviews gave us a film that is not introspective but outward looking, providing insight into her local community and how the lockdown has impacted some of our most vulnerable groups. This is a mature and fascinating piece of work.

Zac Creasy’s film ‘So is this Liberty?’ was a wonderful response to the stimulus that really captured the connection between our liberty and our individual identity. It uses an innovative mix of techniques, bringing together animation and live footage that heightens the sense of claustrophobia and entrapment. This showed outstanding creative instincts and a lot of promise for the future.

My congratulations to all the shortlisted films – and many thanks to all who participated in this competition. I hope that it inspires more of us to take up cameras this summer and document the extraordinary times we are living through.

David Kenworthy
Head of Drama

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