Young Filmmakers Honoured at Foyle Film Festival’s Moving Image Arts Awards

Young Filmmakers Honoured at Foyle Film Festival’s Moving Image Arts Awards

Sponsored by City of Derry Crystal, the awards celebrate the best work produced by Moving Image Arts GCSE, AS and A Level students across Northern Ireland.

The winning films and animations were given their first cinematic screening during the ceremony in Brunswick Moviebowl, which was attended by Professor Ian Christie, a renowned British film scholar.

Quinn Barnett from Limavady Grammar School received the top award for Best AS Animated Film while Jack Foley from St Columb’s College and Holy Cross College pupil Paul McGinley were placed second and third respectively in the same category.

The success continued for Holy Cross College as Year 14 student Joe Gallagher took home first prize for Best A2 Animated Film.

Emma McNeill-Atkinson from North Coast Integrated College, Coleraine won third place for GCSE Best Animated Film.

Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programmer said: 'It is with a great deal of pride and pleasure that Foyle Film Festival provides a platform for the work of these budding young filmmakers, their talent and enthusiasm is endless.

We were also delighted to welcome Professor Ian Christie to the event. It was a fantastic opportunity for the young people to hear about the development of cinematic storytelling and editing.


‘On behalf of the Foyle Film Festival, I wish all the students continued success in their studies.'

- Bernie McLaughlin, Foyle Film Festival Director and Programmer


Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at Northern Ireland Screen and chair of the judging panel commented: 'Congratulations to all the students who have had their work screened at this years’ Moving Image Arts Showcase, you all have so much to be proud of. Northern Ireland Screen is privileged to have worked so closely with CCEA in the development of the Moving Image Arts qualification and to support the annual showcase.

Northern Ireland Screen’s education work has focused on developing creative skills for young people that can be used across the world of work, and in particular, the creative and screen industries. Coming up with new ideas, decision-making, teamwork and meeting deadlines are key skills that every employer looks for. Moving Image Arts provides all these skills and has proved to be a great starting point for many young people wanting to develop careers in this exciting area.'

This year the Foyle Film Festival, Northern Ireland’s only Oscar®-affiliated festival welcomed a host of special guests that included Richard E Grant and Jim Sheridan to celebrate its milestone 30th anniversary. The ten-day programme was brought to a close on Sunday 26 November with the Light In Motion Awards ceremony and screening of The Man Who Invented Christmas.

Foyle Film Festival is funded by the Department for Communities through Northern Ireland Screen and by Derry City and Strabane District Council. Venue partner is Brunswick Moviebowl.