Tuesday 23rd January, 2018

Student films selected for local film festival

Media students from Stockton Sixth Form are currently celebrating after their films were selected for inclusion in the Harrogate Film Festival 2018.

The student films ‘Silkworm’ & ‘Up and Coming’, were chosen from 400 entries from 40 countries and will be screened at the Everyman Cinema, Harrogate on March 4th at 3pm & 5pm.

Silkworm’ which will be featured in the Crime category of the festival’s short film competition, is an original idea by Robert Jones about the relationship between a bent cop (John Brooks) and his quarry (James Ridae).  The eventual 50-page screenplay by Chloe Rowe (also Director) for Dark Moon Media expanded the relationship into a complex, life-and-death struggle for supremacy, played out like a metaphorical game of cards.

Up and Coming’ which will be featured in the Documentary category of the festival’s short film competition has already received critical acclaim after winning a Royal Television Society Award, for Best Film, Senior Factual Category in 2017. It was an original idea by the talented ex-Acklam Grange student Chloe Rowe (also Director). The film examines the complex relationships between musicians and their audiences in the internet age. The film involves musicians from both the U.S and U.K and uses an innovative range of techniques including Skype interviews.

Student Chloe graduated from Stockton Sixth Form last year and gained a place at the prestigious Northern Film School.  It can be no surprise that she was also named as the college Media Student of the Year in 2017.

CEO at Tees Valley Collaborative Trust & Principal of Stockton Sixth Form, Joanna Bailey said:

“This is an amazing achievement for teacher Paul Wheatcroft and all the students involved. I am particularly proud as it is quite a small course in a small sixth form college that is punching well above its weight in terms of outstanding creative output.  Building on our success with awards at the Royal Television Society Awards last year, it shows how studying at Stockton Sixth Form can present you with opportunities that you didn’t realise were available to you.

“When Chloe arrived with us from Acklam Grange she was on the path for a career in the sciences but a year into her studies she decided to change direction to concentrate on filmmaking – a decision which has been vindicated by her exceptional success.

“Here at the college we like to set students up for success in whichever area they choose and we can certainly say the media department is helping our students achieve their dreams”.

Take a look at all of the amazing work our Media students produce on their YouTube channel here.