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Film and TV student bags first prize at Chorleywood Film Festival

Up-and-coming film producer Molly, who’s currently studying Media at West Herts College, has bagged first prize at a local film festival.

Last month, the Level 3 Film and TV student submitted her first short film to Chorleywood Film Festival.

She explains: “The film festival is judged by age group, so I entered the category for 16-18-year olds.

“My short film is also a silent film and relied upon the camera work, lighting, music and the actor’s expressions to tell the story. I was inspired by the DC Comic character, the Joker.

“The sole character is a clown and the short film tells the story of his ‘Lunchbreak’ which is also the title. It’s quite a sad story.”

Molly worked with her fellow students to create her award-winning piece. Joined by other Media students to help with lighting, props and costume, ‘Lunchbreak’ also starred Level 3 Performing Arts student, Fletcher.

Molly added: “I worked really hard and I was so happy when they told me I won!

“I spent at least two hours every day making the film. Pre-production was really difficult but once we started filming, we managed to get the shots together quite quickly. I’m really proud of the result.”

Her prize is the exclusive chance to visit the set of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in Leavesden and meet the director of the films, David Yates.

Her course tutor, Jonathan Taylor said: “I’m so delighted for Molly. She’s still only in her first year here at West Herts and her work is fantastic.

“She has dreams of being a director one day, and I can’t wait to see what she does. She’s just brilliant.”

To find out more about studying Creative Media at West Herts College, click here.

 To watch Molly's first prize winning film, click here.