THREE graduate filmmakers from Coventry University scooped prizes at the Royal Television Society Midlands Student Awards.
The ceremony looked to reward students for demonstrating skills in writing, editing, sound, camerawork and production design.
Portugal’s Adrian Bajireanu claimed the award for best editing for his music video ‘Because of Covid.’
The 23-year-old’s video carries a positive message about the role friends and family played in overcoming feelings of isolation and a lack of motivation during the pandemic.
Adrian said: “It was a really fun film to make – we were doing this during the pandemic and because of everything that was happening at the time, a couple of my other projects fell through.
“I had a great experience in Coventry, the lecturers were very supportive and having access to all the resources from the media loan shop meant I could make professional standard films.”
‘Filha da Terra’, which means ‘The Daughter of the countryside’, won the award for Best Production Design.
The film was created by Edmundo Inacio and Artur Monteiro, also from Portugal, and tells the story of Edmundo’s grandmother as she makes the decision to move from the countryside into the city.
Edmundo, 22, said: “This was a very personal film for me.
“I saw how much my grandfather loved my grandmother and how difficult it was to move away from the countryside, where you’ve grown up and have all these memories.
“It was a surprise to win the award – I was so happy particularly as Covid had caused problems with the initial project.”
Artur added: “This documentary focused on a forgotten and poetic side of Portugal.
“There are many stories like this in our country and across the world, but most are never heard so it was something really interesting to explore.”