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‘Leeds Actually’ showcases student talent

 July 6, 2015 | Simon Jenkins

Leeds cinema and photography students took the chance to showcase their own talents – while creating films about the Campaign for a special cinema themed event in London.

Students were invited to submit their screenplay ideas for short films covering one of three projects supported by the campaign: the IntoUniversity programme, Special Collections and brain cancer research.

The winning film-makers each picked up a cheque for £500  – and have spent time making and editing their films, which were shown to a specially-invited alumni audience at the Mondrian cinema and hotel complex on London’s South Bank. The event was hosted by Col Needham (Computer Science 1988) who established internet movie database IMDb.

The audience on the night voted ‘Leeds Actually Is You’ by third years Stacey Kendall and Alice Greenfield as the winning film – for which the two girls received a further £500 prize:

‘Raiders of the Lost Archive’ by second years Kyle Withington, Rebecca Daniel, Nick Strydom, Nastassia Winge and Robert Altoft looked at the University’s Special Collections.

A third film, ‘IntoUniversity’ by first years Ishan Siddiqui and Chris Werrett and Masters student Zhao Pan, examined the work of the IntoUniversity centre in Harehills:

And this film shows the motivation behind the students’ ideas – and the process they went through to create the finished films:

‘Leeds Actually’ showcases student talent