Hat-trick for Pantheon at National Student Film Awards

Director Frederick Lloyd on the set of Pantheon. Photo by Sam Francis.

A graduate film by students from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham picked up three awards at the National Student Film Awards in London.

Pantheon, which was made by students on UCA's BA (Hons) Film Production degree, won Best Film, Best Score and Best Production Design on 23 March 2013.

It's the second successive year that a UCA film has won the top prize at the National Student Film Awards after BA (Hons) Animation graduate Bexie Bush won Best Film in 2012.

Pantheon director Frederick Lloyd said: "It's fantastic to win these awards and we are all really humbled that our hard work and effort was recognised by Screentest, one of the longest running student film festivals in the country.  

"It was also great to receive the Best Film award from last year's winner Bexie, and to see UCA do so well here for another year running.

"These awards help to show what we are capable of as filmmakers and we hope it's the first of many to come for all of us in the future."

Frederick Lloyd (director), Matt Vahey (DoP), Jonathan Flint (DoP), Roxanne Ibbetson (Editor) and Francis Fagan (Production Designer) Pantheon, which tells the story of an astronaut stranded in space, was praised at the time by former Steven Spielberg cameraman Chris Pinnock, who now works at UCA Farnham, for the ambitious space station that they created inside the film studio.

Frederick said: "We're really pleased that Francis Fagan picked up the award for Best Production Design as his talent was a huge factor in what made this film a success - and it's great that he's been recognised for that.

"I'd also like to add that without the support of UCA and our tutors the film would never have been made so we are ever thankful for the opportunity they gave us and the achievements we have gained from it."

Three UCA films received eight nominations in total. Jonathan L. Flint's Like a Dying Duck was nominated for Best Comedy and Best Script, while Febrianto Pudi Utami's Lofty Thirst was up for Best Animation.

The National Student Film Awards take place during Screentest Film Festival on London's Southbank, a national student film festival dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of aspiring British talent.

Two other UCA films were chosen to be screened at the Festival: Eep and Uff by Animation student Joanna Brooks and Grandad by Illustration student Natalie Charles were screened to an audience of film professionals and enthusiasts over the weekend.

Students from UCA's film and Animation courses regularly go on to win awards and forge successful careers in the film industry.

ParaNorman Courtesy of Focus Features.  1996 graduate, Gareth Edwards, is directing the Hollywood remake of Godzilla after achieving critical acclaim with his independent film Monsters.

Three BA (Hons) Animation alumni have gone on to win Oscars and many more have won BAFTAs and other international accolades.

Chris Butler was nominated for an Academy Award for ParaNorman in March 2013 and last year Grant Orchard was shortlisted for his BAFTA-winning animated short A Morning Stroll.

The award winning Pantheon crew consists of: Frederick Lloyd (director), Alexandra Devai (Producer), Arron Amo (screenplay), Jonny Flint (director of photography), Matt Vahey (cinematographer), Francis Fagan (production designer), Roxanne Ibbetson (editor), Simon Haines (sound) and Sam Francis (stills).

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939
E: dreilly@ucreative.ac.uk

Twitter: @UniCreativeArts

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