Wales High film makers scoop international awards

Wales High School pupils celebrate success at the British International Amateur Film Festival
Wales High School pupils celebrate success at the British International Amateur Film Festival

Budding film makers from Wales High School had their movies screened at an international festival - and brought home two of the top gongs.

The British International Amateur Film Festival (BIAFF) took place last month in Chesterfield, showcasing creative work from amateur film makers from around the world.

Wales High School pupils celebrate success at the British International Amateur Film Festival

Wales High School pupils celebrate success at the British International Amateur Film Festival

Students, parents and staff made their way to the Chesterfield Hotel for a special young person’s screening as part of the four day festival.

Impressively, out of the 20 films that screened, seven had been made by students from Wales High School.

And two of these picked up the two top awards in the under 16 categories.

Eleanor Smith and Abigail Harris won Best Under 16 Film in the special young person’s competition for their film War of Words.

Wales High School pupils celebrate success at the British International Amateur Film Festival

Wales High School pupils celebrate success at the British International Amateur Film Festival

And the school’s film and animation club won Best Under 16 Film in the main competition for their movie project The Test.

Liam Sanderson, media technician at Wales High School said: “This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the hard work the students have put into their films.”

“I’m really proud of them all and this success continues the outstanding film making reputation at Wales High.”

“The atmosphere at the festival screening was electric. The students enjoyed watching the other entries, and we had some really positive comments from audience members about how much they enjoyed our films too.”

Now the BIAFF will enter both winning films into further festivals, where they will compete at an international level.