Avid Announces Winner of ‘Be Inspired’ Student Short Film Competition

By in Education, Video Editing

Avid is pleased to announce the winner of its student short film competition, ‘Be Inspired’. Nicola Matiwone from Bournemouth University in UK won with her film Rita: My Inspiration.

In line with its on-going commitment to media education for young filmmakers, Avid launched the student competition earlier this year, encouraging young people throughout EMEA to produce a two minute short film using Avid Media Composer. The theme encouraged the entrants to tell the story of what truly inspires them.

1. Rita: My Inspiration, Nicola Matiwone (UK)

Nicola’s winning film follows an elderly lady named Rita, who is the film-maker’s friend and a lover of Mozart. Despite Rita’s poor short-term memory and chronic pain, Nicola notes how Rita is always smiling, upbeat and positive and thus acts creatively as Nicola’s motivation through her own search for inspiration. The judges remarked that Rita had a good documentary style with an interesting topic, and the result was a very moving story.

2. A Burning Passion, Kathrin Unger (Germany)

In second place with A Burning Passion, Kathrin Unger from Germany, studying at the European Film College in Denmark, based her film inspiration on the physical heat of passion by reconstructing and recounting events of a pyromaniac. The judges noted that the film had a good concept and an interesting style.

3. Be Inspired, Ruben Fernandez Martinez (Spain)

In third place, Ruben Fernandez Martinez from Spain, enrolled at the CICE School in Madrid, produced a short film, highlighting the realms of inspiration following the perspective of a young boy’s imagination as he travels across the world in a cardboard spaceship. The judges said that the film had a good flow, and was a nice interpretation of the theme.

The entries were judged by some of Europe’s leading professional editors including Anne-Sophie Bion (The Artist and Micmacs), BAFTA-winning Mick Audsley (Everest, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin), Toni Froschhammer (Pina) and Paddy Bird (Home for the Holidays, The Secret Millionaire).

“It was a very hard job to judge these films, but we were pleased to see the imagination and technical abilities of the students shining through their work.”

—Anne-Sophie Bion

All three winning students will enjoy a range of prizes including a mentoring day with a well-known editor in London, a year-long subscription to Inside the Edit courses, and Media Composer and Pro Tools software.

“It was fascinating to see how all the students approached the topic in such different ways, and very encouraging to see the level of professionalism in many of the entries,” said Tom Cordiner, VP International Business at Avid. “We congratulate the three winners and look forward to following their careers as they further hone their skills in the post-production sector.”

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