Students Nominated for National Film Awards

Published 12 July 2023

St Bart’s Year 11 students, Jennifer Bibin and Laura Swanson, have been celebrating after their film was shortlisted from over 200 entries by Media Magazine’s National Student Production Awards.

The students’ film entitled ‘Paranoia’ and described as a ‘Shining-inspired sleepover gone wrong’, had already seen success at the school’s inaugural House Film Evening this February. On the night it was chosen by alumni and cameraman, Omar Soomro, and actor, Adam Kotz (Midsummer Murders, Silent Witness and Holby City) to win the Junior category for Patterson House.

Jennifer and Laura, along with their cast, Year 8 students Irina Pop, Miraya Srivastava and Zara Leadbetter and Year 9 students Tabitha Cook and Olivia Hill, travelled to London on 3 July to see their film projected on the big screen at the home of British cinema: the British Film Institute on London’s South Bank.

Jennifer said, “Not only were Laura and I honoured and thrilled to have our film screened at the BFI, but it was also a wonderful opportunity to see the creative work of aspiring filmmakers. An endless range of imagination, originality and talent was displayed on the screen, and we had the chance to network afterwards to talk to other film students, as well as David Winstone – who is working in the industry.”

Accompanying the students were Film Studies teachers, Mr Keetch and Mr Roberts. Mr Roberts, who led the introduction of the St Bart’s House Film competition, said, “I think it should be noted that this was a film entirely produced by female students; in an increasingly diverse and fast-growing UK film industry, they’ve already taken the first steps to establishing a name for themselves. We’re just so proud of everyone involved and even more excited to see what they produce next!”

Tabitha said, “This was definitely an experience which I will remember forever – and it makes me even more excited for the next House Film.”