Students from the Film Production course at The Arts University Bournemouth have once again excelled in the Kodak Student Commercial Awards in London, walking away with first prize in three different commercial categories and third place overall for their commercial ‘Teenage Moments’ for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

3rd Year Students Nick Rowland, Kavita Lockchander, Jon Hudson and Ciaran Maginn were awarded 1st place in the Best In Brief Award category for their film ‘Teenage Moments’ for the Teenage Cancer Trust which also received 1st place for best Cinematography in the Best in Craft Award category and 3rd place in the Best Overall Award category.

‘Teenage Moments’ asks the question ‘How do you define youth?’ showing the positive and fun aspects of youth and why youth is so important. Director Nick Rowland commented “It was a huge honour to receive the most awards of the night for our film and it’s really encouraging to see that the film students of the AUB are firmly at the top of undergraduate level. The competition was of a very high standard, but the fact that in total, AUB students collected four awards from KODAK goes to show how much we enjoyed working on our entries, and how much effort all the crews put in. It’s great to hear the competition will run again next year so I hope AUB can continue to enjoy more success in the future.”

‘British Drinkers’, a brief for Spitfire Ale by student Declan Hardy (Director / Writer) was also awarded 1st place for Best Script / Copywriting in the Best in Craft Awards category.

The Kodak Student Commercial Awards have been running for over 30 years. The competition invites student filmmakers in the UK and Ireland to produce a 30-45 second commercial off one 400ft roll of 16mm Kodak negative stock following a live brief provided by industry professionals. Following a shortlisting process 22 separate commercials were selected for screening and then judged by a panel of creative industry experts from advertising agencies including Libertine, RKCRY&R and Kodak. The awards were given out by renowned Film Director Sir Alan Parker who directed ‘Evita’ and ‘Angela’s Ashes’. Sir Alan commented “A very well done to all the students involved.

Nick Beaumont, Senior Lecturer on the Film Production course commented “The overall standard this year was exceptionally high from all the film courses, so to win three 1st places and a 3rd Best Overall demonstrates the creativity and commitment our students have to film.”