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Learning On Screen Awards nominations announced

Awards celebrate the best of film and media production in education

Posted by Hannah Oakman | March 22, 2016 | Higher education

The nominations have been announced for the 12th annual Learning On Screen Awards. The Awards, held by the British Universities Film & Video Council, are the UK’s only celebration of film and media production in education. With special categories highlighting productions from students at UK colleges and universities, the awards aim to recognise the innovative ways organisations use film and media to educate.

This year the judges nominated 44 submissions in 12 categories, including Student Documentary, Further Education Student Production, General Educational Broadcast and Educational Multimedia. 

Nominated in the Student Production Further Education category, Just Some Morning Tea, a stop-motion animation from Truro College, particularly impressed the judges. As did A Portal Too Far, the entry submitted by students of Heart of Worcestershire College. The film, which blends live action and computer game graphics, was nominated by judges for the Student Production College Higher Education Award.

In the higher education student categories, nominations include: Leon, a drama telling the violent story of a recently initiated skinhead in 1980s London, Little Garden, a documentary detailing a close-knit Chinese community coming to terms with the demolition of their neighbourhood, and Life At A Snail’s Pace, a fascinating exploration into the life of self-proclaimed ‘Snail Wrangler’ Marla Coppolino.

Nominated for the General In-House Production Award was, We Are He For She At The University Of Leicester, a short film promoting the global gender equality campaign. Receiving a nod in the General Education Non-Broadcast category was, The Rosetta Mission, an animation from the Royal Observatory Greenwich telling the story of the Rosetta space exploration mission.

Amongst those nominated in the General Educational Broadcast category was the BBC documentary ’The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms’, presented by Marcus du Sautoy. Also nominated was Sleeping Lions, a drama tackling the issue of child sexual abuse penned by BAFTA award winner Neil McKay, and Dementiaville, from the Open University

Chair of the Judging Panel, Ian Wall, Managing Director of The Film Space, commented: “The standard of this year’s entries was outstanding and making decisions on nominees proved quite a challenge to the juries. The entries illustrated not only the amazing pool of current talent in screen production but also the wealth of new talent emerging from our film schools and colleges.”

The winners will be announced at the Learning On Screen Awards ceremony on 28 April 2016 at the BFI Southbank in London, where historian and broadcaster James Holland shall be a guest speaker. 

A list of full nominations is available on the the British Universities Film & Video Council website at:

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