Posted on 02/12/2010
Kristine Flyholm, Sandra Pennington and Mate Palla - Picture by Neil Smith
Three Media Arts students from Royal Holloway, University of London have come third in a European competition for their short film ‘Something Less.’
Kristine Flyholm, Sandra Pennington and Mate Palla, who are all in their second year, attended a special award ceremony at the European Parliament in Brussels on 1 December where their film was screened in front of a packed audience.
The European People’s Party (EPP) was looking for a 60 second film to address increasing poverty in Europe and a way out of it so the three students decided to put their heads together and enter the competition.
Kristine wrote the script and they all played a part in directing and filming. Kristine said: “People may think having three directors for one film is a bit messy, but I felt that we worked well together and that we built on our idea. Writing the script was just a joy, I love writing scripts and the brainstorm we had together before I started writing, really made a big difference. When you are working on a film, it turns into your "baby", so getting recognition for it is really a nice feeling. I'm glad that I did this with Mate and Sandra - they are both really talented."
All three students enjoyed working as part of a team. Sandra said: “I loved this whole idea of a collaboration on set as this is the first time I worked so closely with two other skilled people together. It was a very exciting experience. We wanted to make this film an exercise for our course to see how much we had learnt in our first year of university so when I heard we had won the third prize I could not believe it. It is an incredible feeling." And Mate added: “It’s so nice working with people you get on with and it’s even better when that work is recognised. Winning third place in a European competition is not a bad start!"
The students’ short film has been published on a designated web page as well as put together on a specially produced DVD.
Professor Jonathan Powell, Head of the Media Arts Department, said: “This is a terrific achievement. They have done so well in an award for which students from all over Europe were competing.”
To view the short film visit: http://www.eppcompetition.eu/index.php?ext_vid=-9tyqzdJN-4