College Students Runners-Up in 72 Hour Christmas Film Competition

Students studying Creative Media Production at The Henley College entered Plymouth College of Art’ film challenge, which gave them 72 hours to write, shoot and edit a 5-minute Christmas film.

The only stipulations in the competition brief were to include a present box and the line “what’s in the box?”

Finlay Bell, Toby Griffin, Matthew Simpson and Amit Pangali, shot and starred in their festive film titled “Nineteen,” about Christmas morning gift giving that takes a suspenseful and comic turn when a mystery gift is found under the tree.

Entries to the competition were judged by a panel from Plymouth College of Art, who awarded 2nd place to the Henley students’ film due to their use of “humour, performance and technical craft which helped create a high-quality narrative.” The judges commended the students’ editing and shot choices, which they said helped to create a good sense of comic timing.

All students involved in the film will take part in a feedback and critique session with Chris Bailey, Senior Lecturer of the BA (Hons) Film and Screen Arts degree at Plymouth College of Art, which will be invaluable for their future film making careers.