Film buffs pick international festival winner

October 29 2018
Film buffs pick international festival winner

FILM buffs from Downend School were given the tough job of picking a winner at an international short film festival.

Five members of the school’s Into Film Club were invited to the Encounters Short Film Festival at Bristol’s Watershed centre, to become judges choosing the winner of the festival’s Children’s Jury Award.

The Year 9, 11 and 12 students were given VIP treatment as they attended a screening of films that had been shortlisted by Fairfield School in Bristol before the event. The Downend club had shortlisted the previous year’s festival entries.

After watching the ten shortlisted entries, by filmmakers from across Europe, America, Iran and Japan, the jury held a discussion before awarding an overall winner.

Jane Coulter, of Into Film, said: “Competition was tough but the eventual first place went to Departure, by Aiofe Doyle, an Irish animation that captured the story of an older lady’s departure from loneliness.” An animated comedy about Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Los Dias De Los Muertos, came a very close second, with special mentions for UK animation Things You Can Do With Extendable Arms, Lotte Reiniger, The Unsung Heroine of Early Animation – a documentary-style short film about one of cinema’s pioneers - and Sweet Tooth, an 89-second UK-made film with “beautiful animation”.

Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people’s educational, cultural and personal development.

More than half of the nation’s schools are involved in its Into Film clubs, special cinema screenings, and resources and training to support classroom teaching. Downend’s club meets once each week at the school’s innovation centre, to watch and discuss a selection of new and classic movies.

Into Film provides five to 19-year-olds with opportunities to learn about film and develop a passion for cinema, supported by the British Film Institute through the National Lottery, and by the film industry through Cinema First.

More details of its work can be found at