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Andover Campus celebrate the success of students’ Homebrew Film Festival 

Level 3 Digital Content Creation students from Andover Campus are celebrating the roaring success that was the ‘Homebrew Film Festival’ which took place at the Andover Odeon Sunday May 22. 

Hosted by Odeon in Andover the event received close to 100 submissions from filmmakers across the UK, catching the attention of Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode’s popular national podcast, Kermode and Mayo’s Take.  

The students are offered practical experience relating to their technical or vocational qualification The students spent over 350 hours of this Industry Placement developing the event, putting great consideration into branding, funding-raising and all-important outreach to the local and wider film making community to raise the necessary funds and sponsorship to support the festival.  

The event, a true credit to the students’ commitment and planning culminated in an entertaining evening supported by college staff, fellow students, and the paying public, who enjoyed a variety of short films. 

Peter Hearn, lecturer on the Digital Content Creation course said of the event “This will hopefully be something the students will remember for years to come. For a group of 17/18 year old students to put on a festival like this shows a great determination to get things done. It was lovely to see how much the students matured between year 1 and year 2, and a lot of this was down to this project and the final event itself. I’m proud of them.” 

Homebrew’s success draws attention not only to the dedication of the students but also the vital experience gained through the Industry Placement put in place by the college.  

The Homebrew team were able to apply their knowledge directly to the industry, developing vital communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills whilst being able to put their career choices to the test prior to leaving the college to embark on their next steps.  

Ashley Wassell, Work Placement Liaison Officer at Andover said: “this is what an industry placement is all about: Bringing students and employers together to engage with a vibrant, creative project and produce an exciting film festival outcome that develops students’ skills and meets the needs of customers and business alike.”