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Just a Minute film competition

Karen Smith

During lockdown pupils were encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in the Canford Collaborative Film Competition. The theme for the competition was ‘Just a Minute…” based on the idea of a minute, as a measure of time or as a commonly used phrase. Pupils were invited to make a short film, individually or with others from their house, focused on any genre, under one of two categories, a stop motion animation or film (live action or documentary.) Pupils were asked to aim for a professional outcome, but the importance of a good story above the quality of production methods should be considered. Nicola Will, Canford’s Head of Art was delighted with the range and quality of films submitted, she said: "It is a challenge working effectively within a team, and producing a creative outcome. Solving the problems around the limitations of remote working to make artwork, has been testament to their excellent communication and organisation skills. We are hugely impressed!"

Prizes were awarded as follows:


Animation 1st Prize – ‘Just a Minute’ by Mary Sorokina, Lucy Hancock and Henry Barham, Lancaster House: https://youtu.be/BwBPhCVgXyo

Animation 2nd Prize – ‘Just a Minute’ by Charlotte Mendelson and Lucy Thorne: https://youtu.be/5Im26qFG_f8

Highly Commended Animation – ‘Just a Minute’ by Amelia Frost: https://youtu.be/EiIpTzU_JiU

1st Prize – Film ‘Kits Grave’ by Will Walters: https://youtu.be/UCZtvk0JZmk

2nd Prize Film: A Car (Advert) by George and William Vessey - https://youtu.be/fF1SmvtAhYI

Highly commended:

‘It only takes one to break a cycle’ – Salisbury - https://youtu.be/AJ7PzVJZgw0

‘Just a minute’ – A.Frost - https://youtu.be/EiIpTzU_JiU

‘Wimborne’ - https://youtu.be/h97q7FLar6U

‘Beaufort’ - https://youtu.be/kkMAXepyv3o

Congratulations to all prize winners and thank you to everyone who submitted entries for consideration.

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