Our film was shortlisted as one of the 8 Best Dramas from hundreds of entries from schools in Asia! This was a particular compliment to our work as our GCSE film was chosen in the same category as IB films - some of our rivals were two years older than our group!
The event came replete with hors d’oeuvres, flaunting a red carpet, and paparazzi to boot. Donning brogues and a cravat, I bantered with the auteurs, mocktail in hand, before we seated ourselves at fancy tables before a stage. We were strangers becoming friends, all professing their shared passion. The lights dimmed, anticipation brewed, and with all accoutred parties betraying a twinkle of awe in their eyes, the films began.
From resplendent masterpieces by ten year olds, to enchanting animations by college students, we watched. As lights brightened, we praised each other’s works, vowing to keep in touch once we’d parted ways. Then the awards were presented. Unfortunately, BISS did not win - the winning film was made by IB students from Manila.
We came second out of over 30 films in the public vote for the Audience Choice award. A victory, in achievement, and in friendships forged.
Alastair Choo, Year 11 Student