“Mind Or Matter?” Short film to be shown at 2012 Olympic Games

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Award WinnersMind Or Matter? has been nominated in the best Documentary/Experimental aged 14-16 category at              The Film Nation Shorts Awards 2011.

Earlier this year staff from the AmmA Creative Learning Centre in the SELB worked with young people form Portadown College to make a series of films based on Olympic themes as part of a UK wide film making competition run by the UK Film Council. This week three of the students, Connor Weir, Eddie Quinn and Phillip Chong travelled to London to a presentation ceremony and were elated to come home  as winners of the 14-16 age group in the 2011 Experimental and Documentary section.

The winning film, “Mind or Matter?”, was entered into Film Nation Shorts, a UK-wide shorts filmmaking competition for young people. The lottery funded initiative offered young filmmakers throughout the UK an exciting opportunity to take part in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games under the banner of Film Nation.


As a professional partner in this project, the AmmA centre worked across two schools involving 40 young people  over 4 days to produce 5 films. Graeme  McNeill who managed the project in the AmmA centre was with the three young film makers and their teacher, Zara McAleece in London when the announcement was made. He Commented “The students were nervous when they discovered that their category was up first. Clips were played from each of the nominated films, which all looked great. Lily Loveless (actress from Channel 4’s ‘Skins’) Got up to announce the winner and our jaws dropped as she read out ‘Mind Or Matter?’. The students were lost for words as they took to the stage and it was a great end to a great project.”


The aim of this project was to enable young filmmakers to work alongside professionals in the making of more than 20,000 films celebrating sport, participation, achievement and excellence in the spirit of the Games.Winners Back at School
School based workshops covered everything from camera skills to how to develop a story through to direction and how to successfully work with actors. By bringing together youth and experience in this way, Film Nation aims to develop young people’s skills, showcase their amazing creative talent and help break down the barriers to entry into the film industry.

Run in partnership with Panasonic and the UK Film Council the film, “Mind or Matter?” will reach an even bigger audience as it takes its place among the best of the best to be screened at venues during the 2012 Games, as well as on the giant Live Site screens around the UK, on the London 2012 website and on a dedicated Film Nation Website.



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