Bill Vinten GTC University winners and shortlisted films 2021

The Bill Vinten GTC University Awards 2021 Winners The 2021 winners: (l-r) Will Marchant, Joseph Knott, Klára Šimonová

The Bill Vinten GTC University Awards held on 10 November at the University of Portsmouth was a triumph for Wiltshire College and University Centre, who picked up the University Trophy as well as the first prize for Joseph Knott’s cinematography.


WINNER: A Thread of Life

Director of Photography: Joseph Knott; Director: Ruben Cleghorn
Wiltshire College and University Centre

When viewing Joe’s work on A Thread of Life, two of the judges simply said, ‘Wow!’ Colin Rogal added that it was the best work he’d seen in our student awards over the last five years. Other judges liked the explosive, ‘rush through’ pace and the convincing action. You can judge for yourself.

The director and producer of A Thread of Life, Ruben Cleghorn, was also nominated for his cinematography on Taller - Hive Tressman demonstrating his talent for creating eye-catching, dynamic pictures. Also present was Peter Gigov, director of Taller - Hive Tressman and first AC on A Thread of Life. Ben Cross’s work on What the hell just happened? also contributed to the winning score for Wiltshire College and University Centre.


(l-r) Petar Gigov, Ruben Cleghorn, Joseph Knott, Kieran Evans, Manca Perko (Wiltshire)

The University Trophy was presented to Kieron Evans, Programme Leader for Film Production and Cinematography at Wiltshire College. Kieron said:

‘The other universities submitted some great films this year, which made our win all the more precious'.

Kieran mentioned that the significance of winning the award was not lost on his students. When welcoming everyone, Professor Trevor Keeble, Dean of the Faculty for the Creative Industries at the University of Portsmouth had already spoken about how the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards were able to spot talent with former shortlisted students working on major television shows and feature films. Lawrence Fish, a 2015 recipient of the award from Portsmouth, has recently worked on the Mathew Vaughn film, The King’s Man and the Bond film, No Time to Die.


Bill Vinten Winner Will MarchantRUNNER-UP:  Room

Director of Photography: Will Marchant; Director: Jacob Bellmore
Falmouth University

Will Marchant who studied at Falmouth University was runner-up for his work on Room. Presenting this award to Will was GTC Council member and judge, John Tarby, who said this was: "a fantastic demonstration of how cinematography can create a dramatic, tense atmosphere".

 

Room


Bill Vinten Awards WinnerTHIRD PLACE: High Note

Director of Photography: Klára Šimonová; Director: Jordan Sellers
University of York

Third place was won by Klára Šimonová, University of York, for her work on High Note, a musical inspired by High School Musical. Any Rudel’s judging comments were that: "the innovative camera movement has adapted very well for the choreography". She appreciated how much work had been put into the creative lighting, transitions and narrative to bring the film to a premium level.

High Note


The audience of shortlisted filmmakers were joined by their lecturers and also students from the University of Portsmouth. It was an opportunity to hear about an area of camerawork with which they might be unfamiliar as Graham Maunder spoke about his 37 years covering both summer and winter Olympic events. He highlighted some of the changes to the coverage over the years and took us through a day in Sochi, arriving at the ski slopes by 5.00am to witness the sunrise, covering the event and finishing in the evening at the medal ceremony 16 hours later.

A selection of clips from the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards shortlisted films will be shown during the GTC Awards 2021 ceremony on 5 December.


The 2021 shortlisted entries

What the Hell Just Happened

Filmed and directed by Benjamin Cross
Wiltshire College and University Centre

What the Hell Just Happened


Holy Grail

Director of Photography: Cameron Hay; Director: Callum Swainston
University of Portsmouth

Holy Grail


Ticking

Director of Photography: Alexander Richardson; Director: Dean Barker
University of Chichester

Ticking


The Bot Without A Voice

Director of Photography: Slaveya Petkova; Director: Ewan McAllister
University of Surrey

The Bot Without a Voice


Heresey

Director of Photography: Drew Bunyan; Director: Callum Brooks
University of Portsmouth

Heresey


Underwater

Director of Photography: Augustas Eskertas; Director: Rebecca Jansen
University for the Creative Arts

Underwater


Remote

Director of Photography: Raul Chereches; Director: Giovanni Morescalchi
University of Surrey


Taller - Hive Tressman

Director of Photography: Ruben Cleghorn; Director: Petar Gigov
Wiltshire College and University Centre

Taller - Hive Tressman


Respite

Director of Photography: Cristian Ionut Necula; Director: Joe Stringer
University of Portsmouth

Respite