Students from Cornwall College saw their name in lights after a clean sweep at the Cornish Oscars.
Media students won all four categories open to college students – entertainment/music video, animation, fiction and factual - at the Cornish Film Festival 2013.
Kai Delaney, 18, from Pool, winner of the music video category and co-director of the best fiction feature at the event in Newquay’s Lighthouse Cinema last week, said: “It’s unbelievable. I didn’t expect to win and I am so proud to not only to get an individual award, but one which my whole class worked so hard for.
“The opportunities we have had on the course, for example filming our feature on a £60,000 camera with some of the top guys in the industry, have been incredible and an opportunity most students would never get.”
The awards were part of the Screen Actions event at the festival which provided a unique opportunity for young people to see their work on the big screen, as well as engage in a range of industry-led workshops.
The winning awards went to Camborne’s James Bunt, 22, who collected best factual for his documentary on animation, Callum James, 18, from St Ives and Kai Delaney won best entertainment/music video for the film ‘I fed Him on Banana’s’ (see link below) and Michael Barnell, 19, from St Austell, who won the best animation for his piece ‘Hard Boiled’.
The best fiction category was jointly won by Cornwall College’s Kai Delaney and Aphra Perring, 17, from Redruth, for Billy No Mates along with Red Butterfly directed by Truro College’s Keiran Sebille, as the judges were unable to pick between the two.
The awards are not the first success for the extended diploma media production course at the college having already scooped gongs from the Royal Television Society and boasting students producing on The X-Factor and American Idol.
Panel judge BBC cameraman Nigel Walters, whose credits include Kavanagh QC said: “As judges we were amazed by the quality of entries, the camera work, editing and storytelling was exceptional. There can only be a few winners but there are certainly no losers here today.”
Rory Mason from Cornwall College said: “Winning all four categories is a monumental achievement and testament to all the hard work the students put in. The department staff are so proud, especially given the industry experience of the judging panel.”