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TV Production student wins first prize at Film South Expo

One of our first-year Television Production students has won the chance to turn her script into a short film, having been awarded the top prize at the Film South Expo.

Ida S. Frank won this exciting opportunity for her script which tells the story of a boy who discovers his sexual orientation after falling in love with a depressed man’s lost diary. She will now be able to turn her winning script into a ten-minute film, thanks to a prize package which includes kit and crew for three days of filming.

“It's a coming of age story, which revolves around losing and finding oneself,” said Ida, who is originally from Spydeberg, Norway, and now lives in Rochester and studies at our specialist location, Maidstone TV Studios.

“It’s a fractured narrative about a meeting between two people who actually never meet, inspired by my generation’s diversity, old taboos, and controversial issues. I hope the story will contribute to the rights of equality and the normalisation of all gender relationships, no matter what the orientation or origin.”

Having navigated the first round of the competition – which saw Ida enter a synopsis for a film that should last no more than ten minutes – she was invited to submit a full script for the project. Along with nine other finalists from across the south of England, Ida then took part in The Pitch Factor at Southampton Film Expo, where she successfully presented her project idea to a panel of six industry judges.

“I see this win as a great possibility to challenge myself – doing what I love on a bigger scale and working with a lot of new people to get hands-on experience. This is definitely a great opportunity for me, which might lead towards getting further work opportunities in the future. I will definitely sign it up for festivals, which will help get my name out there and, hopefully, cause some debate.”

Simon Welsford, Course Leader for out Television Production degree at Maidstone TV Studios, “Ida wrote the script as part of her first project on the course, and it was immediately clear she has a special talent for screenwriting. We always encourage our students to enter competitions and festivals to broaden their experience, so it was great that Ida had such success in this instance. We are all super proud of her and look forward to seeing the project develop into the full film.”

Our TV Production course is a unique practical degree which gives our students the opportunity to learn their craft in a fast-paced professional studio, working with prime-time productions such as Later…with Jules Holland, Take Me Out and Strictly Come Dancing. You can find out more about it here.