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Awards hat-trick for Staffordshire University filmmakers

"Christian's and Nick's achievement highlights the quality of our students and graduates who are coming through the university, we are delighted they are receiving such high praise by the industry."

Staffordshire University course leader Andy Paton

A horror film created by Staffordshire University filmmakers in just 48 hours has scooped a hat-trick of awards at a national film festival.

Set against the backdrop of 1940’s England, Der Kindermörder tells the tale of a terrifying figure that haunts the woods, lanes, and even lies in wait in the darkest recesses of the bedroom, preying on the souls of innocent children.

The film’s creators, Staffordshire University film student Christian Evans, Staffordshire graduate Nick Clarke and Wolverhampton filmmaker Joe Richards, say they were left stunned after picking up the awards for Best Editor, Best Student Film and Best Actress at the 2 Days Later Film Festival in Kent.

Christian, 25, from Cannock, Staffordshire, said: "We received eight nominations overall which we were ecstatic about as the competition was tough, so to go on to pick up three awards ourselves was a great achievement.

"We will definitely pull together on future projects as it was a great all round experience and we look forward to taking the film to more festivals worldwide."

Each entrant had just two days to make the film, using any medium to film their feature, even entries made using a mobile phones were accepted.

Among the competition judging panel were high-profile film critics Kim Newman, from Empire Magazine, The Guardian critic Damon Wise and David Nicholas Wilkinson, Chairman of Guerrilla Films Ltd.

Speaking at a special public screening held in Margate, competition co-creator, Mick Etherton, said: "Der Kindermörder won the awards for best editor and student film, for the skilful way it told this dark folktale, but it was the startling, assured performance of 10-year-old Caitlin Kerrison which gave the film its power, for which she deservedly picked up the award for best actress."

The student's success comes as both the BSc(Hons) Film Production Technology and BSc(Hons) Digital Film and Post Production Technology courses undertaken at Staffordshire University's Stafford campus have received Creative Skillset accreditations.

Course leader Andy Paton said: "The Skillset accreditation is a great recognition of work being undertaken by both students and academics. The high praise in testimonials from student placements and the wide range of external projects being undertaken by our staff were keys to our success.

"Christian's and Nick's achievement highlights the quality of our students and graduates who are coming through the university, we are delighted they are receiving such high praise by the industry."

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