The first Screen Academy Wales student co-production clinched the Best Short Film Award at the 16th Annual BAFTA Cymru Awards Ceremony, which was held on Saturday 28 April in the Cardiff International Arena.
Mummy's Boy, by Oskari Korenius, Nick Davies, Steve Jones, Josh Cowdry and Joe Naftalin (IFSW) and Ed Casey (Film Academy) won in the competition, competing against Scratching by Matt Brown and This Mortal Coil by Wyndham Price.
The film, which was a 15minute graduation project by the International Film School Wales third year BA Film and Video students and Ed, who was completing the MA Film Producing at the Film Academy, University of Glamorgan, was shot over a week at Treowen House in Monmouth during the summer of 2006, and cost £5,000. The film also involved crew members from IFSW and the Film Academy and one of the lead roles was undertaken by Liz Barnett, IFSW BA Performing Arts student.
"As young, ambitious film-makers winning a major industry award like a BAFTA Cymru Award is a dream come true," said Ed Casey.
"We are all very proud of this achievement and very excited about the opportunities such an award brings. It has been a tremendous amount of hard work but it has been worth every minute. Also, we could not have made this film without all of the support we received from our cast, crew, family, friends, Skillset Screen Academy Wales and everyone else who gave us their help when we needed it most. We would like to thank everyone for that support, we surely wouldn't have got to this stage without it!"
The film has garnered international interest with screenings worldwide including Montreal Film Festival and has won awards including the 2007 Best of Festival Award at the Ffresh Student Moving Image Festival. The film will now go on to be featured at the Short Film Corner in Cannes 2007.
The filmmakers have gone on to work in the industry both in the UK, in Finland (Oskari Korenius) and in Africa (Nick Davies has been working with Welsh director Karl Francis) and Ed Casey has been selected by SSAW to attend the MEDIA Funded Wajda Film School in 2007 and is developing a slate of projects.
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