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BA Film, Photography and Media student Mia Frank wins the inaugural Cultural Institute Short Film Prize

May 2nd, 2017

A film co-produced by Mia Frank (BA Film, Photography and Media student) and Hermione Oldham (BA History of Art student) has won the first Cultural Institute Short Film Prize in Digital Creativity at the University of Leeds.

Their film, Virtual Holocaust Memory, was inspired by the technologies that allow us to engage with and preserve Holocaust memory. Mia and Hermione worked with Dr Matt Boswell, University Academic Fellow in the School of English, to produce a short film influenced by his research.

Kyle Withington, who is a MA Film, Photography and Media student in the School of Media and Communication, acted as mentor, project coordinator and technical and creative adviser to the film crews throughout the Film Prize. Kyle also made a highlight reel featuring behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the filmmakers.


Student filmmaking crews and leading researchers from the University of Leeds recently came together to produce short films, covering the latest innovations in digital creativity and responding creatively to new research, from capturing community memories, to diversity in computer gaming.

A screening of the shortlisted films took place at Leeds University Union on 24 April when the winning team was announced and presented with a £1,000 prize.

After the screening, there was a chance to hear from the filmmakers themselves and to find out more about the research projects they drew on to create the films. Col Needham, founder of IMDb and alumnus of the University of Leeds, judged the competition alongside Karen Emanuel, Managing Director of Key Production.

Digital Creativity is a major strand of the University of Leeds’ Culture research theme, facilitated by the Cultural Institute. This event was part of Leeds Digital Festival, a multi-venue, city-wide festival in Leeds celebrating digital culture in all its forms.

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