VIDEO: Future Film Makers Learn their Fate

Winner Jester Watson with Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of Leftcoast

Published: Monday 9 March 2015

Young filmmakers saw their productions screened in front of a packed theatre at the finals of Blackpool and The Fylde College’s inaugural Film Competition Awards.

The competition challenged entrants to produce a short film, less than five minutes, about a topic of their choosing. It was organised by Mark Harris and Gaby Watson, Lecturers on the BA (Hons) Digital Production and Film Making, to raise awareness of film making as a career and encourage creativity among young people.

Thirteen short films were selected to be screened on the awards night including documentaries, animation, music videos, art films and short narrative films and featured a range of topics including skateboarding, autism, gaming, dating and even rats!

Michael Trainor, Artistic Director of Leftcoast, was present on the night to assist with judging and hand out the awards. He said: “I think it’s great for Blackpool and The Fylde College to encourage young filmmakers with events such as these and give something back to the booming creative industry in Blackpool.”

The winning film was by student Jester Watson, won the Best Film Award 2015 and the £100 worth of vouchers for his film The Creeping Beard; a surreal but humorous black and white film about a man who can make people's heads explode with just one look. The same film also won the People's Choice Award which was voted for by the audience on the night.

Trainee photographer Saffron Sutcliffe won the Highly Commended Award for her documentary film Very Awesome, which features her autistic brother and challenges perceived perceptions of the condition.

Other stand out submissions included The Box by Arron Buckley and Nathan Monteith, Girl Gamers by Lucy Hale and This is How we Never Met by Dalumuzi Moyo. Rats, by Jordan Hempstead, was a particular favourite with the younger members of the audience but not for the squeamish!

Commenting on the awards, Gaby Watson said: “We opened the competition to sixth forms and high schools across the region as well as our own students as we wanted to engage them with film making and promote the opportunities that a career in production offers, particularly with Media City located less than an hour away. The standard of entries was exceptionally high and I’d like to congratulate each of the finalists who made it to the awards night."

Blackpool and The Fylde College offers a BA(Hons) degree in Digital Production and Film Making. Anyone interested in finding out more or applying to start in September can contact

Winning and Highly Commended Film Entries


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