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Xaverian College celebrates rising stars at glittering Film Studies and Media Studies Awards Evening

Xaverian College held its highly anticipated annual Film Studies and Media Studies Awards Evening on the last Friday evening of the academic year, honouring the outstanding achievements and creativity of its talented students. The glitzy event brought students and teachers together to celebrate the College’s young filmmakers and media enthusiasts.

The Awards Evening was the culmination of two-years of hard work and dedication by students studying A Level Film Studies or Media Studies, courses that have long been known for nurturing aspiring Filmmakers, Screenwriters, Producers, Directors and media professionals, offering a comprehensive education that combines practical experience with theoretical knowledge.

One of the standout moments of the evening was the screening of students’ work, which highlighted their excellent storytelling skills, technical finesse, and unique perspectives on a range of themes. From thought-provoking social commentaries to gripping narratives, the work showcased a diverse range of cinematic styles and genres.

Speaking about the Awards Evening, Phil Drinkwater, Curriculum Leader – Film Studies, expressed his pride in the students’ accomplishments and the dedication of the department. He said: “This evening is a testament to the talent and hard work of all our students and teachers. We firmly believe in the power of media to shape the world, and it is heartening to see our students embracing this responsibility with such creativity and passion.”

Full list of winners (Film Studies):

  • Best Actor – Reebie Hughes
  • Best Cinematography – Luca Ponsillo
  • Best Concept – Carmen King
  • Best Director – Hannah Quigley
  • Best Editing – Samuel Wild
  • Best Film – Lucas Duffy
  • Best Mise En Scene – Olivia Quinn
  • Best Screenplay – Isaac Nesbitt
  • Best Sound Design – James Samuel

Full list of winners (Media Studies):

  • Best Mise En Scene – Sofia Curtis
  • Best Music Video – Aisha Ashgar
  • Best Photography – Reuben Dubowitz
  • Best Print – Otis Gregory
  • Best Scholar – Evie English

Sofia Curtis, former Parrs Wood High School pupil, has just completed her A Levels in Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Media Studies. Commenting on her College experience, Sofia said: “Media Studies has been a great subject to study! We do two lots of practical coursework, where we use a combination of learning practical skills and creative ideas. I chose the theme of LGBTQ+ identities, and to do this I learned how to use Final Cut Pro and Photoshop to make a video, front page and double-page spread for a magazine.”

Aisha Ashgar, who has her sights set on a career as an Independent Filmmaker, Editor or Screenwriter, studied A Levels in English Language, Film Studies and Media Studies. Speaking about her College highlight, Aisha said: “Being accepted onto the BFI Academy made me feel really proud and happy. We’ve had great support from the Teachers, who helped us apply for places on the Academy, and really encourage us to make amazing films. It was such a great experience! I worked with industry professionals to produce my own film which was screened at the cinema.”

The Film Studies and Media Studies A Levels at Xaverian are run by industry professionals who teach students the mix of skills needed to excel in the creative industries.

As one of the largest providers of post-16 education in the region, Xaverian College offers exciting opportunities to over 2800 students. To find out more, visit xaverian.ac.uk.

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