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Seconds out for Uni film makers in national competition

BT Big Voice Film Fest

Wed 2nd May, 2012

Two films made by a group of University of Bedfordshire students and graduates, in partnership with schools in Hertfordshire and Essex are being showcased online as part of a national film competition sponsored by BT.

One film, Frank, produced by Bedfordshire students Noel Brown, Laszlo Somogyi, Laura Gylanders, Helen Easter and Karol Sapinski and graduates Liliana Grzybowska and Maksim Popov, together with students from Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, focuses on legendary boxing coach Frank O'Sullivan MBE.

Their film discusses respect, friendship and excellence. Frank reveals the secret of reaching the top through the example of boxer Irfan Ali.

Another film, Running High, was produced by Bedfordshire students Karol Sapinski and Laszlo Somogyi and graduates Janis Andrejevs, Liliana Grzybowska and Maksim Popov together with students from Harris Academy, Chafford Hundred, Essex.

Running High tells the story of an aspirational young athlete who gets tempted to do the wrong thing.

The film festival, which covers a wide range of issues, is being supported by BT’s Big Voice – created by BT as part of the Education Programme supporting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

A total of 36 films will be screened across city centres in the run up to the Olympics and Paralympic Games with four BT Film Festivals taking place across the UK, bringing communities together to celebrate the work of young people. 

The Winners will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 16 June 2012.

Igor Drozdov, Production Coordinator in the University’s Division of Media Arts and Production said: “The University is delighted to be taking part in the BT Big Voice Film Festival. This is a great opportunity to showcase filmmaking talent here at Bedfordshire and the work we do with local schools. The films produced clearly demonstrate this.”

Julie Hindley, programme manager for BT said “We’re so pleased with what all the teams have produced. The films are really imaginative, some very moving, and extremely well made. It’s great to see what young people are capable of when they’re given the chance.”

With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games just around the corner, BT wants the public’s help to choose the winner by watching and voting for their favourite film online.

You can view all the films and vote now at

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