Film prize for Media Practice student

Issue date: 04 December 2009


Film still by Laure Fernandez

UWE Media Practice student Laure Fernandez has won the NAHEMI-KODAK award for creative film making at the Encounters International Short Film Festival in Bristol.

NAHEMI is the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image. The award panel was hosted by film schools from across the UK and chaired by well-known producer and head of the National Film School, Nick Powell.

Laure, an exchange student from Strasbourg, completed the film as part of the Screen Narratives film-making module on the Media Practice course. Her film, of a skype conversation with her sister in France, is described as an ethereal, abstract musical portrait featuring a haunting piano score. It has since been selected to be part of Electric December and the London Short Film Festival.

Gill Sandford, Associate Dean at the School of Creative Arts, commented "For the cost of a skype phone conversation Laure created a film that was imaginative and intriguing. UWE Media Practice students often win awards for their work and have their films screened at national and international festivals such as Encounters. This is testament to their talent and hard work, as well as the support and experience of Media staff. "

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