NAHEMI Co-signs Higher Arts Education Networks’ SZFE Solidarity Statement

AEC, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA, NAHEMI and GEECT stand in solidarity with colleague institutions in Hungary and SZFE Budapest in particular.

As European higher arts education networks, we express our deepest concerns regarding the recent direction and implementation of Hungarian policy, which is severely affecting free development of education in the arts. We particularly condemn the undermining of the autonomy of the University of Theatre and Film Arts (SZFE), a renowned 155-year-old higher arts education institution. Free development of education in the arts, together with freedom of artistic expression and freedom of research are cornerstone values of European societies and cannot be negotiated.

We urge the Hungarian government and policymakers to guarantee freedom of development and organisational autonomy for SZFE and all higher arts education institutions in the country. AEC, Cumulus, EAAE, ELIA, GEECT , NAHEMI



NAHEMI Encounters Film Festival Programme 2020

We are pleased to announce the NAHEMI programme for Encounters Film Festival 2020, Digital Edition.

The programme is longer than usual this year, as the Encounters Film Festival is going to be entirely online due to the continuing COVID19 pandemic.

The selection was made by an online judging panel of six members of NAHEMI affiliated film schools who also awarded prizes for Best Creative Filmmaking, Best Cinematography, Best Undergraduate Film and Best Postgraduate Film…..We’ll be sending out full details of those winners soon!

So, CONGRATULATIONS to the crews of the following films (listed below in no particular order!) who will have their work screened at Encounters 2020.

Down There The Sea Folk Live (15.56) Goldsmiths, University of London

Darkroom (8.31) Kingston School of Art

Behind the Mask (5.14) Arts University Bournemouth

UFO (16.29) University of West of Scotland

Things That Happen (6.00) Anglia Ruskin University

Christmas at Broadmoor (3.29) Northern Film School

Jude (9.52) Northern Film School

La Volpe (8.00) Plymouth College of Art

Ethical Sauce (12.33) University of Westminster

Ragpickers (10.54) Coventry University

My Name (8.30) Coventry University

Shoegazing (12.48) London Film School

Spaghetti (3.16) University of Plymouth

Parachute (11.00) Manchester Metropolitan University

Nurse’s Diary (9.21) University of Bedfordshire

Tickets available for TALKING SHOP 2020

We are pleased to release the tickets for our annual ‘Talking Shop’ symposium.

Book your tickets through Eventbrite


NAHEMI Talking Shop 2020

Part 1: Friday 26 June, 3pm – 4pm

“Film Production Education as Lockdown is Lifted”

Keynote Speakers:

Annabelle Pangborn, Director of Northern Film School, Leeds and Jon Wardle, Director of National Film and Television School, share their plans for teaching film production post COVID19 lockdown.

Q and A hosted by Lucy Brown

Part 2: Friday 3 July, 3pm – 4pm

“Teaching Production During a Pandemic”

NAHEMI members share five-minute presentations, addressing important questions raised from our current situation, sharing best practice, and discussing issues of the day concerning film production education.

  • Alexandra Sage, Roehampton University, Teaching Film in Lockdown and Beyond
  • Marek Budzynski, Arts University Bournemouth, How I’ve Been Doing It During the Pandemic
  • Dr Shane O’Sullivan, Kingston School of Art, Archives for Education
  • Freya Billington, UWE, #TEAAT3WITHMAMFROMAGE

Q and A hosted by David Wheeler


NAHEMI Annual General Meeting

Friday 10 July 2020, 3 – 4pm

Meeting Links to follow

NAHEMI Talking Shop 2020 CFP

‘Teaching Production During the Pandemic’

Call for Presentations

 Talking Shop is NAHEMI’s annual conference where we have the chance to meet, share best practice, and discuss the issues and highlights of teaching moving image production in UK Higher Education. This year, like so many other organisations, we are moving online for our conference. Full details to follow

We are inviting five minute presentations that address the important questions raised by our current situation – finding new ways to teach production during a pandemic. This could be a Pecha Kucha, reflections on a case study, a verbal presentation, or a slide show with commentary, but it has to be prepared with online presentation in mind. We hope by sharing your ideas now, we can inform and support NAHEMI members as they consider graduation screenings and preparations for the next academic year.

Below, are some essential themes in the on-going debate we would like you to address:

  • Is it possible to teach filmmaking online?
  • What is ‘blended learning’ in a practice-led programme?
  • What are the challenges and positive outcomes of the pandemic situation?
  • How can we support first year students to experience real film production?
  • What can be done to replace the degree show?
  • What constitutes a good online teaching experience?
  • Has online teaching provided better access to professionals in the film and TV industry, what are your experiences?
  • Are we able to give students their money’s worth with online teaching?
  • What are your strategies for online group learning?
  • What is your approach in teaching practical workshops and cleaning equipment?

Please submit a 200 word proposal, based on one or more of the listed themes or related areas, to along with a brief bio by Friday 15 June.

The WINNERS!!! NAHEMI Kodak Commercials Awards 2020

Congratulations to all our student filmmakers on your ambitious ideas, and creative talent – we were super impressed with all the entries for this year’s Kodak Commercials Competition.

Our first-ever live stream of this event is over, and the awards have been presented, and we would like to celebrate the fact that we had more than 300 people watching which is more than would have had the opportunity to be a part of this event had we been in the beautiful Regent Street Cinema. With every cloud there’s a silver lining eh?…

So, in case you missed the winners, below is a full round-up of all the award winners.
Congratulations everyone and please tag us in your celebrations and acceptance speeches #nahemikodak2020


Overall Winners

1st Place: Gift of Time, Anglia Ruskin University

2nd Place: Braincare, University of Westminster

{3rd Place: Forbidden, London Film Academy

{3rd Place: Your Charles Tyrwhitt Shirt, University of Westminster



Craft Awards

Best Cinematography: Gift of Time, Anglia Ruskin University

Best Script: Vortex, Arts University Bournemouth

Best Sound: Mud, Northern Film School, Leeds Beckett University

Best Production Design: Braincare, University of Westminster

Best Styling and Make-up: Forbidden, London Film Academy


Category Awards

Charles Tyrwhitt

1st Place: Your Charles Tyrwhitt Shirt, University of Westminster

2nd Place: Be a Better You, University of Gloucestershire

3rd Place: Suits Him, University of Greenwich

Harvey Nicholls

1st Place: Gift of Time, Anglia Ruskin University

2nd Place: Forbidden, London Film Academy

3rd Place: Treat Yourself, University of Westminster


1st Place: Braincare, University of Westminster

2nd Place: Mental Fitness, IADT National Film School

3rd Place: Boxed, UWE


1st Place: Sweet Sensation, University of Derby

2nd Place: Pops Van, Arts University Bournemouth

[3rd Place: First Taste, Arts University Bournemouth

[3rd Place: It Pays to Break the Ice, Middlesex University



See you all again next year!

NAHEMI / KODAK Competition Screening and Awards Ceremony ONLINE!


 You and your students are invited to tonight’s ceremony where we will be screening all the fantastic commercials shot by students across the UK.

Sponsored by Kodak, and supported by Libertine, Mindshine, TBWA, Harvey Nichols, Charles Tyrwhitt and Pops, the competition asked film students to create a 60-second advert for 1 of 4 professional briefs.

Join us tonight, using the link below, to watch the results, and to see who will scoop the awards. 

We look forward to seeing you all there! Good luck everyone!





How to teach Moving Image in a Coronavirus environment?

With forced closures of universities, colleges and arts institutions due to COVID19, as well as film and TV industries halting production, how can we make sure our current and future moving image students are supported to achieve their ambitions of making quality film, animation, games and TV?

NAHEMI will be opening up a conversation that we invite you all to participate in. How have you managed student expectations? How have you begun to think about a transition to online delivery? How will you manage your degree shows? What best and worst practice can you share?

Please watch this space! We will be sharing a forum soon and invite you to participate.

Take care and stay safe

WINNERS! Watersprite Film Festival 2020

Watersprite Student Film Festival this weekend, 6 – 8 March, was a fun-filled event, showcasing student work from across the UK. We are pleased to announce the winners of the NAHEMI prizes at our Watersprite Showcase Screening 2020.

NAHEMI Best Film was awarded to Building Bridges, by UWE student Josephine Cressy.

NAHEMI’s ARRI-sponsored award for Best Cinematography was awarded to LFS student Luis Felipe Moncado for his work on The Sound of Falling.

Well done to all the participants who were selected for screening in the NAHEMI showcase, and huge congratulations to our winners!

Watersprite NAHEMI 2020


The Bill Vinten GTC University Awards

The GTC (Guild of Television Camera Professionals) held their film awards for students, the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards, at the University of Portsmouth in October. 

Collecting the top prize, the Bill Vinten GTC University Trophy, was Mark Adams, Film and TV Course Leader from Bath Spa University, with the University of Lincoln in second and the University of Chichester in third place.

“We were bowled over last year by the sheer quality, so to be recognised today by the GTC has been incredible,” said Mark. “We’ve really excelled this year and I’m so proud of our students.”

Mark Adams, Bath Spa University (Photograph by Helen Yates)

The University Trophy is awarded for demonstrating excellence in the teaching of camera skills across several genres.  Each film submitted is awarded points primarily on the camera skills of the undergraduate and their ability to execute shots that enhance the production and storytelling.

The top three scoring students receive paid work experience, a years membership of the GTC and an impressive trophy based on Vinten’s Fulmar studio pedestal and the GTC’s logo.

The winner of the student award was Mylinh To from Bournemouth University. Mylinh was DoP on Firing Line – The Coward set in the World War I trenches. Mylinh said, “I was shocked, amazed. I didn’t expect first place at all. I’ve never done such a big project. It took two weeks of filming, I was the only camera person so that was massive for me.”

Mylinh will join GTC member Jamie Cairney for a work experience placement on a new Jimmy McGovern drama. 

Dennis Griscenko from the University of Portsmouth was in second place for his work on Before Nightfall. ‘The experience was amazing, I did not expect it. A lot of the examples of work were outstanding and it was a good competition. I’m proud of myself and proud of the team that we made something that was worth awarding.’

Dennis will be joining DoP Martin Hawkins on a new ITV sitcom written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkins, the writing team behind Outnumbered, Drop the Dead Donkey and Ballot Monkeys.

Boryana Dzhivdzhanova studied at the University of Chichester and collected the third prize for her camerawork on Relevé. She will return to the UK during a break from her further studies in Bulgaria for paid work experience at the BBC Drama Village in Birmingham. “I’m really proud to be here and I’m really happy that our work has gotten recognised because it’s been really hard work.”

Mylinh To, Dennis Griscenko and Boryana Dzhivdzhanova (Photograph by Helen Yates)

Details of next years Bill Vinten GTC University Awards can be found on the GTC’s website under the Awards section or by contacting the awards organiser, Alan Duxbury, 


NAHEMI Kodak Commercials Competition: The WINNERS!!!

The Regent Street Cinema, London was full to bursting for this year’s NAHEMI Kodak Commercials Awards evening. We screened all 51 entries and presented awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each brief.

We also presented Craft Awards for Script, Cinematography, Concept, Production and Sound, as well as the much coveted Overall Winner, Second, Third and (this year) Fourth place awards.

As usual, the competition was judged by the advertising agencies that provided the briefs, plus top commercials director, Susannah Hayes,  Kodak’s Sam Clark, and the Chair of Nahemi, Suzie Hanna.

Judges: Suzie Hanna; Charlie Inman; John Wood; Mark Brandis; Susannah Hayes

The Awards were presented beautifully by Andy Golding, Royal Photographic Society, and Dougal Wilson, Commercials Director, whose work includes multiple John Lewis Christmas ads, John Lewis ‘Always a Woman’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, Channel 4 Paralympics, Lurpack, and Ikea ‘Ghosts’  (

Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition – it was fantastic to see such a variety of ideas and concepts from undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over the UK. Let’s keep keeping film alive! #filmforever

Here is the complete list of winners:

Craft Awards

Concept: Invisible | UCA Farnham

Cinematography: Kindness Takes You Forwards | Arts University Bournemouth

Script: The Hands That Look After You | University of Gloucestershire

Production: Rough Hands | NFTS

Sound: Through the Looking Glass | Arts University Bournemouth


The Savourists

  1. Not for Kids | NFTS
  2. Real Snacks for Real People | Arts University Bournemouth
  3. Hungry Mobsters | NFTS



  1. Your Comments Follow You | University of Westminster
  2. Next Time | NFTS
  3. Attenborough | NFTS



  1. A Life in a Day NFTS
  2. Rough Hands | NFTS
  3. = You Gotta Nursem | London Film Academy
    = The Hands That Look After You | University of Gloucestershire



  1. Mission White | University of the West of England
  2. The Only Strip You Need | University of Westminster


Overall Winners

  1. Not For Kids | NFTS
  2. A Life in a Day | NFTS
  3. Your Comments Follow You | University of Westminster
  4. Mission White | University of the West of England


Thanks to Ross Dixon for the Photography.

See you again next year!

#filmforever #NAHEMIKodakAwards2019 @kodak @nahemiuk