South Yorkshire: International stardom for budding film directors at Wales High School

Film students with their awards
Film students with their awards
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Celebrations are underway at Wales High School following the international success of the school’s film students.

In October, Jack Marsh’s short horror film, ‘The Residence’, won Best Student Film at the Stockport International Film Festival. The film also came runner-up at the Youth-On Film Festival held in Wisconsin, USA.

At the Kids for Kids Film Festival held at the BFI in London in November, Lauren Bellamy’s comedy short, Action Hero won Best Film in the 13-19 Years category as voted by the Youth Jury.

Katy Hoggard’s short film noir, Angel for Hire won Best Film in 13-19 Years category as voted by the International Jury and Best Overall Film.

Katy and Lauren were unable to attend the festival but fellow students and actors from both films, Eleanor Smith, Brandon Fletcher and Abigail Harris, collected the awards on their behalf.

And there was further success for Katy when Angel for Hire was awarded Best Student Film at the Boston International Kids Film Festival.

Liam Sanderson, who supervises media production at the school, said: “The school has an incredible reputation for producing film-making talent. We’re extremley proud of our students and their amazing films.”