Finmere filmmakers win in school awards

Young filmmakers from Finmere CofE Primary School have won critics’ approval in this year’s Bicester Schools Film Festival.

A film produced by Year Five and Six pupils, School of Dreams, was awarded the prize for best drama in its age category.

Headteacher Veneeta Rayner said: “I was so proud of my children. It was the first time they’ve entered, and I was so proud they took it so seriously. They came up with a brilliant idea, and executed it so well.”

The festival, now in its third year, is open to students in the Bicester Partnership of Schools.

More than 350 students were involved in this year’s competition.

Participants are given a chance to produce a short film on any subject of their choosing, and can produce an animation, a documentary or a drama.

Completed films are sent away to be judged by representatives from the national Film Club UK organisation.

Winners were announced at a gala award ceremony held in the Performance Hall at the Cooper School in Bicester on Tuesday last week, and the event was attended by eight Finmere pupils from Year Five and Six.

The festival sees students do everything from writing scripts and filming to producing their own soundtrack.

Some films used stop-motion animation, while others were more traditional dramas or documentaries.