Hollywood beckons for award-winning young Manchester filmmaker

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The winner is announced of the Student Filmmaker Award 2014

The winner

Harriet Edwards

Harriet Edwards, a second-year student of filmmaking from Manchester, England  has won a dream opportunity to work with a Hollywood production company.

The prize

Harriet was selected out of students from across the North of England who entered a Student Filmmaker Award competition mounted by the Insight Film Festival. She has been awarded an expenses-paid trip to Hollywood including a six-week internship with Loyola Productions Inc., an award-winning company based in the heart of the movie industry in Culver City, Los Angeles. Insight’s organisers hope in future years to roll out the award to students around the UK and beyond.

The winning film

Students were invited to make a film on the subject of ‘faith’. They were encouraged to interpret the subject in any way they wished, irrespective of their own background or beliefs. Harriet chose to film a personalised interpretation of a Biblical psalm. Harriet said ‘I took the opportunity to express how I see the world. It’s to do with self-discovery: finding yourself and trying to find a voice.’

The judging process

Entries for Insight Awards are judged by experienced and high-profile media figures. The panel for the Student Filmmaker Award included Usman Mullan of the BBC Writer’s Room North and Fr Tim Byron of Manchester University’s Catholic Chaplaincy, one of the competition’s sponsors. During the Student Filmmaker Award process, entrants were invited to pick up tips from a special workshop conducted by screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. Having submitted films or scripts, three finalists were invited for interview, a process that included in a live link-up with Hollywood.

Reaction to the winner

Festival Director, John Forrest, said ‘We’re delighted that Harriet has won this award among such tough competition. I expect her internship could be an amazing boost to a filmmaking career.’

Background to the Insight Film Festival

Since 2007 the Insight Film Festival has encouraged the making of films around the unusual and sometimes controversial subject of ‘faith. It is supported by people from across the world from all faiths and none and is increasingly establishing a global reputation.

For further information, please contact:

Student Film Award

email: info@insightfestival.com
Website: Student Filmmaker Award pages
PDF version of Press Release: download here

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Website: Sponsorship page

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