Students showcase their movies

Mark Hutchinson
Mark Hutchinson

STUDENTS on media courses at the University of Brighton in Hastings received awards following a public screening of their works at the Odeon Cinema last Monday (June 2).

The collection of more than 40 short films included music videos, drama, animation and political documentaries.

The stand-out film of the day was Mrs Marshmallow, an emotive drama on Alzheimer’s, starring local child actress Emily Carey. The piece won awards for most promising scriptwriter, Mark Hutchinson, Best FdA director, Dan Mckenna and the team award for Best Broadcast Media FdA work.

Peacemaker, a dark, gritty drama based in futuristic New London examined dystopian society. Produced and directed by Kai Zammit, the piece won two awards in the top-up degree category, for best work and best post-production.

Jason Butler won the award for most prolific student, working on nearly every project to help his fellow students to produce their final pieces to deadline.

The guest list included industry contacts, giving students a chance to network and make an impression on potential employers.

Mark Soye, senior lecturer in digital post production, said: “The quality of this year’s work was incredibly high, and as a result it was hard to pick which pieces were screened on the day. Events like this provide a great opportunity for our students to engage and network with industry professionals, as well as the local community.” Also present at the event were the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, as well as family, friends and members of the public. For more information about the courses taught at the University of Brighton’s Hastings campus visit