Student wins top film award for tale about bullying

"It was such a great experience to see my film shown on one of the only 70mm IMAX screens in the country. It feels brilliant to have won!"

Matt Jeffrey, BA (Hons) Media (Film) Production

A Staffordshire University film student has won a prestigious award for his film about a young boy's experience of bullying.

Matt Jeffrey, studying BA (Hons) Media Film Production, won the Student Widescreen Film of the Year at the Bradford Film and Media Museum’s Widescreen Film Festival held last week.

Matt's film 'Henry' was chosen from 500 entries to win the award which recognises films created on any accredited film course in the UK. As part of the prize Matt and three members of his film crew have won a workshop with Red Camera technologies at Pinewood Studios.

Matt said: “It was complete surprise. I noticed that a lot of MA films had been entered so didn't expect to win.

“It was such a great experience to see my film shown on one of the only 70mm IMAX screens in the country. It feels brilliant to have won!”

The short film tells the tale of loner Henry, a victim of bullying, who one day finds himself in a fight or flight situation and is made to make a serious choice.

A crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo helped fund the film which was shot in the cinematic mill town of Burnley where Matt is from.

He explained: “'Henry' is a film about bullying, bringing attention to what some young people have to go through every day of their lives. This film is really important to me and is about a topic that I feel very strongly about.”

The film is gaining recognition around the globe and has been shortlisted for 'Best Editing' in the World Independent Short Film Awards at the Grand Off festival in Poland. The festival is funding Matt's trip to Poland next month to take part in the event.

Senior Lecturer in Media (Film) Production Colin Mottram said: “It's really great to see all the hard work and passion that Matt has for his films recognised at national and international level.  I'm really excited to see what he produces for his next project.”

Matt, who has just started his final year of study, hopes 'Henry' will help kick-start his career as a director in the film industry.

His next project is a Romeo and Juliet inspired love story set in Spain and he is currently writing a script for the feature film with Spanish film producer Nacho Recio.

“I spent 10 years living in Spain so it’s really nice to go back to my roots on this new project. In the meantime I want to get Henry into more festivals and fingers crossed we will have even more success.”

Find out more about Matt Jeffery's film work here.


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