Highfields’ first ever Young Wolf Film Festival kicked off in style with a trip to the UK’s oldest working cinema and a dazzling awards ceremony that saw the school’s students honoured for their film-making talents.
Sixty-three students from Years 7-13 visited Birmingham’s landmark Electric Cinema to hear a talk about its rich history and watch animated film Coco.
The trip also acted as a reward for hard-working members of the school’s HTV team and Film Club, who have produced masses of great video content over the past year.
In the evening, members of HTV and Film Club took to the red carpet at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre alongside two sixth formers, Jemma Payne and Jack Beckett, for the annual DIGI Awards.
The talented HTV team picked up the accolade for Best Secondary Innovative Practice in recognition of their fantastic work bringing the school’s success stories to life on screen in weekly news bulletins. Jemma Payne also edged out an incredibly strong field to win her second successive DIGI Award for Best KS5 Short Film.
Sadly, Film Club's effort Nova, didn't win awards glory this year, although the team had a great time celebrating at the DIGI Awards, which are held annually to celebrate the achievements of learners and teachers in digital film and creative media.
Film Studies teacher, Mr D Cooper, said: “It has been a fantastic start to our very first Young Wolf Film Festival and we are looking forward to more action-packed days celebrating the world of film over the course of the week.
“Congratulations to all of our students who were involved with the DIGI Awards. They should all feel very proud of what they have achieved.”
The festival runs until Friday 6th July and features a packed programme of events involving dozens of students from schools and Sixth Forms across Wolverhampton, including quizzes, a day of interactive workshops giving students the chance to work with professional sound designers, make-up artists and special effects experts as well as a ‘Night At The Movies’ finale, complete with a sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman.