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23 September 2021

Hallam students celebrate Yorkshire for film competition

Four Sheffield Hallam University media student groups have reached the final of the inaugural Welcome to Yorkshire Student Film Competition, an initiative that’s set to continue as an annual county-wide event

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A still from a student film, titled Dracula's Day Out, submitted into the Welcome To Yorkshire student film competition.
A still from one of the films, titled Dracula's Day Out, submitted into the Welcome To Yorkshire student film competition.

The competition, created by Sheffield Hallam University, Screen Yorkshire and Welcome to Yorkshire, received eleven film submissions covering a diverse range of Yorkshire topics.

All films were produced, scripted, directed and acted by students from Sheffield Hallam University and gave them the chance to tell their Yorkshire stories and to showcase the county.

They also received mentoring and guidance from some of the film industry’s top professionals with Screen Yorkshire, as part of their Connected Campus initiative which aims to forge close links between TV and Film professionals, production companies, broadcasters and students.

Principal lecturer in media arts and communication at Sheffield Hallam University, Annie Watson said: “This cross departmental, industry commissioned project was a fantastic initiative for our film students.

“To experience such a direct connection with the industry and one that extends beyond the initial project (through the competition and the public screenings) is of vital importance, in terms of ambition, development and inspiration.”

Director Sam Donovan (The Crown, Last Tango in Halifax, Utopia), who delivered teaching sessions, said: “As a former Hallam University student it was a pleasure to help current students bring their projects to life. There are some really imaginative stories.”

Richard Knight, career support manager at Screen Yorkshire, said: “The students received direct input and guidance on their films through development, shoot and edit from the crème de la crème of the UK film industry, which represents everything that our connected campus programme is about.”

“Added to that the fantastic opportunity for the best of the films to be showcased on yorkshire.com thanks to Welcome to Yorkshire’s involvement, and the result is an incredible learning experience for the students. I am so proud of all they have achieved.”

James Mason, Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive said: “This is an amazing opportunity for Yorkshire’s incredibly talented students to show top industry specialists their skills and creativity, whilst showcasing our beautiful county far and wide.

“Yorkshire has a rich history of world-class TV and film production, with ideal locations including breathtaking countryside, stunning coastline, vibrant cities, contemporary and heritage sites, from impressive stately homes to gritty industrial settings.

“Working closely with Screen Yorkshire and Sheffield Hallam University on this exciting initiative highlights just why Yorkshire is the perfect place to Visit, Live, Work and Study, something Welcome to Yorkshire continues to promote. Good luck to all the fantastic finalists!”

The final four films are:

Film 1: Out of Tea Out of Time – Director Phin Fredrick
Film 2: Dracula’s Day Out - Screenwriter Sean O'Reilly
Film 3: Victoria Street – Co-directed by Asma Kabadeh & Aaron Hopper
Film 4: Keeping up with the Brontës - Director Katie Williams

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

All votes submitted will be entered into a prize draw to receive a Welcome to Yorkshire badge and snood.

Watch and vote for your favourite film here

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