UWE graduate film wins two awards

Issue date: 18 December 2007

'Isabella' A film by Geoffrey Taylor, a Media Practice graduate from the University of the West of England, has become the first ever to win both the Creativity Prize and the Cinematography Prize of the NAHEMI/Kodak Award at the Encounters Short Film Festival (held in Bristol 21 – 25 November). The Kodak Cinematography prize was actually awarded to Tom Reynolds, who worked with Geoffrey on the winning film 'Isabella'. This is also the first time that a piece shot on video has won the Kodak Cinematography Prize.

'Isabella', (UK, 11mins 26 seconds) directed by Geoffrey Taylor, was made on a budget of £900, proof that award-winning films can be made on a budget.
This is not the first time Geoffrey's film Isabella has won an award. He also won the Pinewood/Vividas prize for Isabella earlier this year see:

Geoffrey, who achieved a First Class Honours Degree from UWE, says, “I am delighted that 'Isabella' has won these awards - it is a credit to all those who worked on the project with me. It is great to be acknowledged by a jury and to have all the hard work recognised. All the UWE films were made on a really small budget compared to many of the others, so it is really positive to have them stand up in this way. For me I hope this award is another step in getting noticed – because it is so important in this business.
“My time at UWE gave me the opportunity to nourish my creative skills. In my final year I decided to make a dance film for my main piece, using musicians and dancers. Isabella is a film that is heavily influenced by movement and music. I chose to focus on movement rather than dialogue - in the film Isabella dances with a body in a morgue.

“We were encouraged to collaborate with other students on the course, who specialise in different areas of production. I got a passionate group of students to work as camera, sound and lighting and editor and together we made my film 'Isabella'.

“Bristol is a vibrant and interesting city for media production and the arts. I am hoping to stay in Bristol to work in a production, importantly staying in touch with people in and out of university who I have met to work with on future projects.”
Credit for the NAHEMI/Kodak Cinematography Award is also due to fellow students Tom Reynolds, Vasilis Karatziva and Charlie Stoddart who worked with Geoffrey on 'Isabella'.

Another UWE student, David Gilbert, won one of three Audience Awards, for his short film 'The Picnic' at the Encounters Short film Festival. 'The Picnic' won the DepicT! Audience Award - one of three awards – each chosen by festival and/or online audiences. David receives a bundle of benefits from Shooting People, the online news service and resource bank for film-makers.

Dominic Grant, Programme Leaders says, “UWE students have won both prizes in the NAHEMI student shorts section, beating a strong national field including Bournemouth, National Film and Television School, Goldsmiths, Glamorgan, London Met. This is the first time that one film has won both awards and continues a run of successes in this competition. I am really pleased for the students but also for the programme as I think the awards reflect the central tenets of Media Practice here at UWE: original ideas, high production values and a willingness to take risks.”

The Encounters Short Film Festival announced the winners of its 13th annual international competition to find the best new animated and live action films of fewer than 30 minutes length on Saturday 24 November at the Watershed, Bristol, UK. 11 principal prizes were awarded after a judging process that began in June, with the submission of 1,750 shorts from a record 66 countries.

Editors' notes

Full details of the other prizes and awards can be found at:

See: http://www.firstlightmovies.com/funding/index.php?id=37 for an interview with Geoffrey Taylor.

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