It’s a wrap as film students get prize in can

STUDENTS on an art and design course at Todmorden Community College have won the three top prizes in a college film competition, scooping £250 of prize money.

They beat students at all levels during the recent Calderdale College challenge to produce a short film about life at Calderdale College.

The films were viewed as part of “Refreshers Week” with students voting for the winning film.

There were a number of films produced from across the college featuring entries from hairdressing, computing, travel and tourism, beauty and art and design.

After viewing the 17 entries the audience voted for two films to be crowned the winner.

The first winning entry focused on the journey made at Calderdale College and showed life at the out centre at Todmorden as well as at the main site at Francis Street.

Its film maker Yasmin Blackburne particularly enjoyed the planning and making the film and said: “The idea for the film came to me through music and films I enjoy.”

The joint winning entry entitled “Creative Eye” was submitted by level 2 art and design group students at Todmorden and showed the classes’ love of graphic art.

The film showed a spray paint picture being developed through the backdrop of college life.

One of its film-makers, Stephen Johnston, said the group enjoyed making the film and took it in turns to film each other and work in front of the camera.

The third placed film “Dragonman” showcased a love of Japanese music and culture blended into the setting of Calderdale.

The tutor of the winning film, Jeannie Forbes, said she was very proud of the learners who had submitted their entries and was pleased that the art and design learners of Todmorden had stormed the show by taking the top three spots.

Carol Gladstone South, programme manager for creative arts said it was a great start for the 16 to 18 course at Todmorden Community College.

“This group of young people have been given a chance to show what they can do and they have worked closely with tutors to produce some very exciting and creative film work,” she said.

The two first prize films are available to view on Youtube at or

Interviews are beginning shortly for next September’s intake for full time 16 to 18 BTEC Art and Design courses at Todmorden.

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Carol Gladstone South said: “No previous qualifications are required for the level 1 course - just a passion for creative arts.”