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!

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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



NAHEMI Talking Shop 2019

This year’s NAHEMI Talking Shop programme has gone live!

You can book your tickets via Eventbrite

The event takes place on Friday 28 June at LCC from 1pm.

You are also welcome to join us at the NAHEMI AGM from 10am.

Look forward to seeing you there!


NAHEMI KODAK Student Commercials Awards 2019

The Nahemi/Kodak Student Commercials Awards 2019, will take place on Friday 17th May at the Regent Street Cinema. The bar will be open from 6pm, and the presentation ceremony will start promptly at 6.30pm. The dress code is ‘smart’.

The presentation will finish at approximately 7.45pm, and will be followed by a complimentary drinks reception until 9pm.

All 51 commercials that were entered will be screened, and there will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each brief, plus craft awards, and an Overall winner, second and third place award. As usual, the competition has been judged by the three advertising agencies that provided the briefs, plus a top commercials director, a representative of Kodak, and the Chair of Nahemi. This year, students from 7 different institutions have won awards!

Three students from each commercial production team can attend the event, plus a total of two staff members from each institution.

Could you please send Sophie Moore ( a list of student names (giving the commercial they represent), and also the staff attending, by Friday 4th May.

Look forward to seeing you there!

NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts Awards 2019

Eat Our Shorts is NAHEMl’s annual festival of student films, a celebration of emerging UK talent. It brings together students and staff from Higher Education courses from across the country working in moving image, to screen their films and discuss current issues of contemporary film production and the future of the creative industries.

This year we were delighted to showcase the 16th Eat Our Shorts at Watersprite Film Festival, Cambridge. We programmed an exciting and dynamic selection of work across 3 screening programmes, and the standard of our UK student films was right up there with the other films in the festival.

The venue, in the main lecture theatre in the Old Divinity School, was indeed divine! Huge thanks to all the organisers of Watersprite who made this such a fun and vibrant event, and to our NAHEMI representatives Jeremy and Sophie for all your hard work in putting the programme together.


The NAHEMI Laurels Awards (voted by the audience at Watersprite Film Festival):

Programme 1

  • Winner Delicious Love, University of Gloucester
  • Runner up Towels, Falmouth University

Programme 2

  • Winner Music and Clowns, Royal College of Art
  • Runner up Virginia, Northern Film School

Programme 3

  • Winner Just Josie, University of Westminster
  • Runner up Girl, University of West of England

The ARRI Eat Our Shorts Awards:

ARRI Best Film

  • Music and Clowns Dir. Alex Widdowson, Royal College of Art

ARRI Best Cinematography Award

  • Jack Armour, Virginia, Northern Film School


ARRI Filmmaking Challenge at Watersprite Film Festival

This year Watersprite is partnering with ARRI to run a very special filming challenge! Open to anyone who can pull together a filming team (5 people recommended) and fancies the opportunity to use an ARRI Alexa Mini. The DoP of the winning team will receive a place on the ARRI Lighting Academy!

Fri, 8 March 2019

13:00 – 14:00

Old Divinity School, St Johns College (Lightfoot Room)

Anyone is welcome to attend this ARRI introductory event, but only teams who have signed up using the form here will be able to participate in the challenge. Deadline – Monday 18th Feb.

This is an incredible opportunity for any aspiring filmmaker to work with the best equipment in the business, flex their creativity and be part of Watersprite’s biggest festival to date!


NAHEMI ‘TALKING SHOP’: Call for Presentation Proposals

‘Talking Shop’ is our annual forum for presenting and discussing members’ recent developments in teaching practice. To date, we have had some great talks about new courses, seen some innovative films and, as many of you know, its a great opportunity for catching up on all sorts of things and swapping news.

We are seeking abstracts for consideration for presentations at Talking Shop this summer.

Please send 150 words to outline your ideas for a 20 minute presentation or a 6 minute Pecha Kucha presentation on any of the following themes:

  1. Best Kept Secrets in your Teaching Practice
  2. Environmental Sustainability
  3. Closing the Attainment Gap
  4. Digital Futures

The deadline for proposals is 29 March 2019. Please email: and

NAHEMI AGM and Talking Shop will be in London on Friday 28 June 2019 (venue tbc)
Please put this exciting event in your calendar!


This year we will be screening NAHEMI Eat Our Shorts at the Watersprite Student Film Festival 2019.  Our member institutes have had the opportunity to submit up to 10 minutes of student work to be screened at this prestigious event. We are now putting together an incredible programme of short films.

All NAHEMI member film students are invited to attend the screening on Thursday 7 March 2019, in Cambridge.

Tickets are free but limited, so please sign up as soon as you are sure you are attending.

Please encourage your students to come along. We are excited to be screening films and animations from 21 member institutions this year, and there is a free evening drinks reception for developing new networking opportunities.

You can book your tickets on the following Eventbrite: EAT OUR SHORTS SCREENING

We look forward to seeing you there!

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NAHEMI Student Screening at Encounters Film Festival 2018

Congratulations to all of the student filmmakers who had their work screened at the NAHEMI programme at Encounters Film festival yesterday, held at the SOLD OUT Watershed Cinema in Bristol.

The award winners (pictured with Freya Billington from NAHEMI/ UWE, Bristol and David Green from Arri ) were as follows :

  • Award for best Undergraduate Film, “Dearly Departed” (University of Gloucestershire)
  • Award for best Cinematography, “Three Centimetres” (London Film School) : Arri have very generously given an extra prize of a three day lighting course worth 900 euros for this award !
  • NAHEMI Creative Filmmaking Award, “Inanimate” (National Film & Television School)





We’re looking forward to the next NAHEMI screening event ‘Celebrating Ambition, Vision and Talent’ at the Aesthetica film festival, in York on Friday 9th November.