To celebrate the new Green Heart of campus, this year’s One Minute Movie Competition invited submissions inspired by the question ‘how green is your heart?’. There were 12 entries from across the University, which were screened on Wednesday evening alongside a showcase of work by students in the Department of Film & Creative Writing.
After a welcome from Dr Richard Langley, the event commenced with two MA Guided Editing projects in the form of an emotive visual poem and a short documentary about how and why international students sometimes choose an English name. These were followed by Polymers, a dissertation comprised entirely of archive footage that, in keeping with our green heart theme, looks at the development and impact of plastics on our planet.
The second half of the evening comprised two more Guided Editing projects – comedy film The Guests and the more abstract My Platonic Odyssey – and an undergraduate video essay about the juxtaposition of veganism and masculinity in the media. Finally, the One Minute Movie entries were screened and the winning entries announced.
Five judges, including academics from the Department and industry professionals, had independently reviewed all entries. The winners were:
- 1st place: Synchronicity (Ruby Hartley, BA Sociology)
- 2nd place: The Duel (Rory Applin, BA English and Film)
- 3rd place: How Green Is Your Heart? (Jun Zhang, MA Film and Television)
There was an impressive range of responses to the theme, and many that emphasised what was a tangible thread throughout the evening of the need for more sustainable lifestyles and the urgency to protect our environment. All the entries can be watched on the Department of Film & Creative Writing Vimeo channel.
A big thank you to everyone who entered the competition, our panel of judges, and to all who attended the event.