Organsied annually by the British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC), an independent charity and membership organisation, Learning on Screen is the only UK awards celebrating media production in learning, teaching and research.
This year saw a record 144 entries from more than 60 organisations submitted to Learning on Screen: the highest levels since the awards began 11 years ago. Entries educated audiences on diverse topics, ranging from classical music and migration to World War I and Shakespeare.
Submissions to Learning on Screen include student film, educational broadcast productions, resources produced in-house by colleges and universities and curriculum-focused content. All entries and nominations are available on the BUFVC website.
As well as film and TV productions, this year’s entry haul included far more multimedia content than ever before, reflecting how new technologies and user expectations are increasingly influencing how we deliver mainstream education.
Many websites, games, apps, and eBooks were entered into Learning on Screen, as well as, for the first time, several MOOCs (massive online open courses), a trend that could well extend into coming years. The Educational Multimedia Award continues to be Learning on Screen’s fastest-growing category and it will be interesting to see what the judges made of this year’s high-quality entries.
Broadcasters, production companies, education providers, charity staff, museum personnel and student filmmakers will be attending the Learning on Screen ceremony at London’s BFI Southbank, which will be followed by a networking reception with drinks and canapés.
The Learning on Screen winners will receive their awards from broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed, who has over 20 years’ broadcast experience. Samira presents BBC1’s Newswatch and Radio 4’s Front Row and has a special interest in the link between popular culture, politics and social change. Samira has also made documentary films herself, and won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award for her film about so-called ‘corrective’ rape in South Africa.
Each year, the Learning on Screen student categories celebrate the next generation of filmmakers, recognising their incredible achievements and shining a light on tomorrow’s talent. Learning on Screen’s student awards have been expanded this year to include two new dedicated awards for College FE and College HE productions. Colleges have always been encouraged to enter Learning on Screen, and now with the newly created FE and HE awards, colleges across the UK have more opportunity to champion their substantial student accomplishments.
The awards will take place on Thursday 23 April at the BFI Southbank. Details of all nominations are available on the BUFVC website. To book your place for the Learning on Screen ceremony, go to bufvc.ac.uk/learningonscreen