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A shot from Jozephine Czyrko's Heartbeats video

A shot from Jozephine Heartbeat's video

Kettering win for 'Heartbeats'

BBC Blast presents its first film festival at the BFI in London, featuring the videos of a number of competition winners including a girl from Kettering.

On Saturday, 12th January 2008, BBC Blast presents its first film festival at the British Film Institute (BFI) on the Southbank in London.

This event is borne out of the competition Blast launched last autumn in partnership with BBC Drama, Framestore and Draw Pictures. The competition received around 400 entries which were short listed by the Blast film panel and the finalists and winners were selected by representatives from competition partners. 

BBC Blast

BBC Blast

Each winner of the three categories; music video, drama and animation was awarded a £3,000 bursary to work with professional mentors from BBC Films, Framestore and Draw Pictures to make a short film within their chosen genre.

To celebrate this achievement Blast Film Live will be showcasing the winners and finalists at the BFI. The winners are:

Music Video: Heartbeats directed by Jozephine Czyrko (aged 17) from Kettering:

Jozephine is currently studying A levels, including media studies. Although she has made other short films, her winning entry is both her first music video and the first time that she has entered any of her work into a competition.

After taking A levels, Jozephine wants to (not surprisingly!) go into directing or filmmaking, whether through extra study or straight into work. She was inspired to use Jose Gonzalez' track when she saw it used in the much-talked about Sony advert. Although she loved the images of the advert, Jozephine felt that the visuals did not reflect the narrative of the music, so set out to make her own version.

The other winners:

Drama: Possession directed by Josh Alward, 19, from South London.

Animation: The Bad Knights directed by Callum Cormie, 18 from Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Jane Quinn, BBC Learning Executive says: "Blast Film Live represents a new departure in film festivals, bringing together, in workshops and master classes, the practical skills development characteristic of Blast with a film showcase from some of the most talented young filmmakers from Blast 2007."


On the day there will also be a host of free workshops and master classes to inspire young aspiring filmmakers. Workshops include:

  • So you Wanna be a Critic?
Filming on a camera during the Blast competition

Filming on a camera during BBC Blast

Film critics Helen O'hara from Empire magazine and Jason Soloman from the Guardian/Observer let you into the secrets of what they do. Learn about the process of constructing a film review and put the professionals' advice into practice by writing one of your own during the workshop. 

  • Q & A with Paul Williams

Paul Andrew Williams began his career as an actor but has since made his name as a writer and director for films including the award winning London to Brighton. With a raft of awards and nominations including the new directors award at the Edinburgh film festival, most promising new comer at the Evening Standard Awards for London to Brighton and a number of nominations including a BAFTA nomination for the most promising newcomer. This is your chance to ask him about his career, working life and what being a director is really like.

  • Make a Film in a Day

Are you ready to take the challenge of creating a film in a day? Work with filmmakers from renowned group Yeast Culture to devise, film and edit a film ready for screening at the end of the day. NB: Your finished film will be shown in the NFT studio at 8.15pm following the main show screening in NFT1. 

  • BBC Three Idents

Get inside the head of a casting director and learn the ins and outs of what makes a great screen-test. This session will be run by BBC Three, who are currently looking for new faces for BBC Three idents (images between programmes).

*NB: This workshop is suitable for 16+ only.

  • Other workshops featured are:

SFX on a Budget.
The rise of the rapper/actor.
Composing music for film.
Filming for a live band.

last updated: 11/01/2008 at 07:53
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