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  • COVCREATIVE FILM FESTIVAL

    This year, with the help of Warwick University and UNESCO, we’re going even bigger than ever before, with a series of new categories open to students from ALL Coventry schools.

    The documentary must be on the theme of sustainability or the environment, but this brief can be interpreted any way you wish. For details of the full brief, rules and time constraints, please follow the link below...

    CovCreative Film details 2024

    Welcome to this year’s CovCreative Film Festival. This year, with the help of Warwick University and UNESCO, we’re going even bigger than ever before, with a series of new categories open to students from ALL Coventry schools.

    New Categories:

    • Best Documentary – Primary
    • Best Documentary – Secondary 
    • Best Documentary – Undergraduate 
    • Best ex-student Fictional Short – Max 10 mins, anything over 5 may not be played in full
    • Technical awards
      • Best Director
      • Best Performance
      • Best Screenplay
      • Best Production Design
      • Best Cinematography
      • Best Editing / SFX
      • Best Sound Design

    Rules:

    All films:

    • No copyrighted material may be used (royalty free and Creative Commons licensed are fine as long as they are credited)
    • Fiction Films for Best Ex-Student and ALL Documentaries may be completed in groups of five maximum

    Documentary films:

    • Must be submitted by 31st May
    • May be on any subject related to the theme of the environment or  sustainablity
    • Must be shot on a mobile device
      • Check out our great documentary-making resources from Into Film to help your project
    • Best Documentary – Primary category is open to students of any age in Primary schools, including non-mainstream schools
    • Best Documentary – Primary category films should be between 2-5 mins maximum
    • Best Documentary – Secondary category is open to students of any age in Secondary schools, including non-mainstream schools
    • Best Documentary – Secondary category films should be between 3-5 mins maximum
    • Best Documentary – Undergraduate category is open to students of any age studying at university
    • Best Documentary – Undergraduate category films should be between 3-10 mins maximum

    Technical awards:

    • Technical awards cannot be entered directly: The short-list will be selected from entries across all other categories

    Prizes:

    Primary and Secondary winners will be selected for a filmmaking day at Screenology in Bristol as well as a tour of Bristol UNESCO City of Film

    If you need resources to help you make documentaries, please see these fantastic resources from Into Film:

    Primary School resource

    Secondary School resource

    For further details please email m.gunn@finhampark.co.uk

    New Categories include...

    • Best Documentary – Primary
    • Best Documentary – Secondary
    • Best Documentary – Undergraduate
    • Best ex-student Fictional Short – Max 10 mins, anything over 5 may not be played in full
    • Technical awards
      • Best Director
      • Best Performance
      • Best Screenplay
      • Best Production Design
      • Best Cinematography
      • Best Editing / SFX
      • Best Sound Design

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    The Finham Film Festival started in 2016.

    It was a response to the growing quality of work being produced by Film and Media students within the department, and a desire to show that work to industry professionals.

    Until then, students had been gaining good coursework grades, and winning local competitions, such as the Coventry Digital Creativity Awards. Once our students entered national competitions with their work, their ambitions grew, and since 2016 Finham Park students have been nominated as finalists 15 times for national awards.

    In 2018, we won our first national award, which was quickly followed by two more. To date, our students have won 8 national awards, including 4 in 2022 alone.

    The Finham Film Festival is our opportunity as a department to showcase the best work of all our students, and show the creative industries what we have to offer. Every year, we invite special guests from the film and media industries to watch the films and judge them. Our guest judges include editors, concept artists, production designers and directors who have worked on films such as Rocketman, Avengers, Star Wars, Nativity, Scott Pilgrim vs The World and the Harry Potter series.

    If we can impress them, we can impress anyone in the industry.

     

    Fostering a Film Culture at Finham Park School

    Head of Performing Arts, Mike Gunn, from Finham Park Secondary School in Coventry explains his approach to using film and film making to support the curriculum.

    THE FILMS

    Best GCSE Film Intro Sequence

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    Best Yr12 Short Film

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    Best Year 13 Short Film

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    Best Year 9/10 Film Intro Sequence

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    Best Yr13 Ext Short Film

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    Compilation of 2022 winners

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    PREVIOUS WINNERS

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