“I am” is a short film about bullying, how being bullied can make you feel isolated and how the effects of bullying can linger into adult life. “I am” the poem was written by a 12 year old girl called Laura and donated to the charity Bullying UK. PQA Coventry were kindly given permission by Bullying UK to use this poem in the film.
“I am” – Pauline Quirke Academy Coventry Empire Cinemas Film Festival 2012
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“I am” was presented as one of the winning 16 films at the first PQA / Empire Cinemas Film Festival on 11th November 2012. Selected from over 100 nationwide entries, “I am” also won the Best Film award in its age group category.
This prestigious event has seen the Pauline Quirke Academy partner with Empire Cinemas to showcase the very best film-making talent from across their 45 academies in the UK and Europe. Students at PQA receive training every Saturday in film & television alongside modules in musical theatre and comedy & drama and students worked for many months writing, shooting, acting and editing their short films for the competition. Students who created and starred in the 16 winning films were presented with medals and received a trophy for their academy, before posing for an official photo with Pauline.
Entries were judged by a host of industry professionals, including actors, film producers and TV directors as well as representatives from both PQA and Empire Cinemas.
“The quality of these films is simply outstanding,” said Pauline Quirke. “The students have worked incredibly hard on these projects and it’s so exciting to see how they’ve used the techniques of television and film to tell some brilliant stories.”
Paul Baxter, Operations Director of Empire Cinemas added, “It’s great to be showcasing some of the young talent that PQA are nurturing at their academies. We very much share PQA’s vision of making film-making accessible to all and recreating the magic of cinema for all to enjoy. And what better way to see your work than on huge screen at Empire Leicester Square!”
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I am – PQA Coventry
Ella Demarinis –mc mahon
Conor Mc Kervey
(Dad) – Chris Parkins
Lilly –Therese Pulcian
Caden Ellis Wall
Director: Simon Marriott
Director of Photography: Jay Langdell
Principal, PQA Coventry: Sarah Tuson
Composer: Chris Pemberton
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About Empire Cinemas
Empire Cinemas is the largest independently owned cinema chain in the UK. Currently operating 162 screens in 16 cinemas across the United Kingdom, Empire Cinemas screens everything from mainstream blockbusters to art-house classics in quality cinemas, staffed by individuals who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about film. In 2011, Empire Cinema’s opened its doors to 7.5 million customers, showing over 500 different movies across its screens. The community is at the core of Empire Cinemas, with money-saving schemes including SAV£RDAY Tuesday, Empire Jnrs and Empire Seniors helping to give every customer a unique cinema experience.
Operating since 2005, Empire Cinemas takes its name from The Empire, Leicester Square, the flagship site within the group which will be celebrating its 116th birthday this year, with the company drawing on a rich heritage of over a century of experience bringing moving pictures to the public.
About The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts
PQA opened their first academy in Penn in 2007 and have since expanded to 40 academies teaching around 2000 children between 4-18 years every weekend. Students receive tuition in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television and have the opportunity to perform in the West End as well as see their films on the big screen at the cinema.
Green Group winners
Still from “I am”
Additonal photos of the awards cermoney and event are also available on request.