14 February 2008>
Young filmmakers from St Cenydd Comprehensive School have scooped the Best Direction Award in the Zoom Cymru International Young People's Film Festival 2008. St Cenydd Comprehensive pupils working in collaboration with Young Wales Creative Education produced a video titled "James's Nightmare". The video focuses on the many questions and fears that Year 6 pupils have when they move from primary to secondary education.
Special thanks to Mrs Jane Tucker and staff at St Cenydd Comprehensive who were instrumental in supporting the project. All pupils from Year 7 to Year 12 were involved in making the film, and sixth form media students were responsible for all aspects of production.
In a ceremony, that had all the glitz and glamour of the Bafta Awards "James's Nightmare" received nominations in two categories – Best Fiction and Best Direction winning the latter title.
This project was organised by Caerphilly County Borough Council's 14-19 Learning Pathways network and funded by the Welsh Assembly Government.
The students worked with Young Wales Creative, an alternative educational provision based on the Western Industrial Estate, Caerphilly. Now in its third year this social enterprise is providing innovative alternative educational opportunities for young people who express an interest in this exciting industry.
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