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PQA Students Make Finals of National Film Competition

Talented students at the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts in Cheltenham have reached the finals of a national film competition designed to encourage young people to think about democracy and law making in a fresh and creative way. The competition, aimed at young people aged between 11-18, challenged students to think about new laws they would like to see passed and to create three minute films to highlight the issues they chose. Students in PQA’s Red Group, entered three films, ‘Animal Justice’ an Orwellian style drama which introduced the idea of testing medical and beauty products on high security prisoners; ‘Sophie’, a film which called for the ban of size zero models in magazines and ‘Bus Passes’ which looked at new laws to ensure bus travel for students at £1. The judges emphasised that choosing which films to put through to the final was hotly debated throughout judging week, and many judges felt that ‘Animal Justice’ should have gone through to the final because of the controversial subject matter and the fact that the film was entirely written, produced and edited by the students themselves. Ultimately, ‘ Sophie’ by Hannah, Jodie, Rob, Jake  and Molly was one of only five films chosen to go through to the final, taking place at the Houses of Parliament in March, where finalists will be given the opportunity to debate the issues raised by the films. Sue Day, Principal at PQA Cheltenham, is delighted that the students’ hard work has been recognised by the judging panel. ‘The children have all worked incredibly hard on their entries, coming up with ideas, writing the scripts, and putting the productions together, all within a very limited time frame. The end results are very impressive and the judges’ comments on all three films demonstrate the high quality of their entries, and their teacher Vikki Chandler's input. I am so proud of all the students and their hard work and we’re very excited about the trip to London in March where the winning entry will be announced.’ The winning team will receive prizes including a day at Pinewood studios, video equipment and cinema vouchers.

PQA News Cheltenham
Posted on February 22, 2011

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