Film success for students

Phoebe Wild got her Stockport Film Festival award from Mark Herbert of Warp Films

Phoebe Wild got her Stockport Film Festival award from Mark Herbert of Warp Films

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Budding student film makers from Wales High School are revelling in success after back-to-back wins at two national film festivals.

The school won three of the top awards at the recent Kids for Kids Film Festival in London.

Neal Russell and Andrew Senior with their awards outside the BFI in London

Neal Russell and Andrew Senior with their awards outside the BFI in London

And another scoop saw a sixth form student pick up a gong at the Stockport Film Festival.

The annual Kids Film Festival film competition took place at the BFI Southbank with children and young people travelling from all over the country to attend screenings in the 6-12 years and 13-19 age categories.

Sixth form media studies student Andrew Senior won Best Film in the 13-19 age category for his film You Have Reached Your Destination.

Year 10 student Neal Russell picked up the award for Best One Minute Film, also in the 13-19 category, for his Halloween themed animation Trick or Treat.

And Wales High School’s film and animation club won the Grand Jury Prize in the 6-12 age class for their film The Test.

The film tells the story of a bunch of students who go to extraordinary lengths to cheat in their maths test.

The awards follow success at Stockport Film Festival where sixth form media studies student Pheobe Wild picked up the award for Best Under-18 film.

Phoebe won with her short film The Blonde which she made as part of her A-level coursework.

She was handed the Screen Stockport glass trophy at the Stockport Plaza cinema by none other than Mark Herbert, head of Sheffield based Warp Films and producer of films like This Is England, Four Lions, and Submarine.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our talented students who had the opportunity to showcase their work on the big screen at two of the best cinemas in the country,” said Liam Sanderson, who heads up media production at Wales High School.

“Their success further cements Wales High School’s reputation for producing some of the country’s best new film makers.”

You can see a selection of students’ films by clicking the links below:

The Test by Wales High School film and animation club www.waleshigh.com/the-test

Trick or Treat by Neal Russell www.waleshigh.com/trick-or-treat

The Blonde by Phoebe Wild www.waleshigh.com/phoebe-wild

You Have Reached Your Destination by Andrew Senior www.waleshigh.com/andrew-senior