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Film-maker of the future celebrated for award-winning animation

Student Joshua Millyard has won the award for Best Animated Film at the CEA Moving Image Arts showcase.

The prize was awarded for his film, Idée fixe, a bittersweet 3D animated short in which a nurse dreams of true love; a piece that demonstrates Joshua’s creativity, unique talent and hard work.

Joshua, 19, who achieved an A grade in A Level Moving Image Arts, competed against 1,800 students from all over the UK. Just 26 films were selected to be exhibited on the big screen at the Brunswick Cinema, Derry-Londonderry and Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast.

Film-maker of the future celebrated for award-winning animation | December 2015Each shortlisted film was selected by a panel of experts, which included representatives from Folyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland Screen, Cinemagic and the Council for Curriculum Examination and Assessment. Joshua’s film was chosen as a winner for its strong production values, story, originality and audience appeal. His award was presented by author and screenwriter Colin Bateman.

Joshua said: "It was nice to receive the award after putting in all the hard work. I worked about 12 hours a day on the animation, so it was great to get some kind of recognition for it.

"The story of a nurse falling in love was a cliché but I deliberately used this cliché so I wouldn't have to develop characters in the short space of time in the film. I was inspired by a TV show I had watched - that's where the idea came from.

"I was so surprised to have won the award. I thought my animation was mediocre and that the thousands of other entries would be amazing. My tutor Sean Stubbs-Tyler was really encouraging and gave me some great advice. It’s the first award I have won since primary school!"

Media teacher Sean commented: “The professional and sophisticated standard of moving image work that is produced at Havering Sixth Form College is exciting, and Josh’s work - having being recognised for such a highly competitive award - reflects the high standards that are promoted here and the creative environment that we are nurturing. The success stories of past students and the outcomes produced really give us the feeling that we are training the film-makers of the future.”

A free showcase of Joshua’s film along with other film productions from Havering Sixth Form College students will take place at Premiere Cinema, Romford, at 2pm on December 15. Joshua's film can be viewed here