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Awards night brings success for student filmmakers

University Centre Peterborough (UCP) hosted its first ever Student Film Showcase in partnership with Gateway Film Festival this week.

On Tuesday night (8th November), the red carpet was rolled out and creative students from both Peterborough College and UCP attended the awards ceremony, as well as family and friends, and members of the creative community.

From a shortlist of 14 entries, including music videos, documentaries and short films, three students from Peterborough College won awards on the night for their hard work and creativity.

Lily Izzo, Riley Edmett and Jack Lewis were the worthy winners on the night, as voted by local filmmakers, Jay Gearing from Red 7 Productions and Judi Alston from One to One Development Trust.

Photo taken by Lauren Irving

Emily Steele, who runs the Gateway Film Festival, also helped to decide on the winners, she said: "The students' work was amazing, we saw 14 amazing diverse films ranging across fiction, documentary and music videos.

“It was really difficult for us to pick the winners and we ultimately chose the films we awarded based on their creativity and technical achievements.

“The event had such a lovely and supportive atmosphere and the students are a credit to the brilliant teaching at Peterborough College and UCP.

“Thank you to all the staff and students who took part in the event."

Curriculum Leader of the Media Production and Journalism degrees at UCP, Rachel Pishhorn said: “We were delighted to host our first ever Student Film Showcase as part of the Gateway Film Festival, and our students were so excited to have their films shown on the big screen.

“They should all be very proud of what they have achieved, and I hope we can host more events like this to enable collaboration between creatives in the community.”

Lily Izzo won her award for her music video titled ‘It will all end in tears’, an emotive piece which focused on the negative effect that social media has on young people.

A favourite amongst the judges, Riley Edmett's winning documentary ‘Let the music play’ looked into the uncertainty around the future of the live music industry following the Covid pandemic.

Jack Lewis, who won best short film, produced an experimental piece that pushed all of the boundaries of filmmaking.

The winning films, along with those who made the shortlist, will be shown on this blog over the coming days, so keep your eyes peeled!

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