There was great success for Fermanagh at the CCEA Moving Image Arts Showcase as Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (ERGS) student Sean O’Brien won the A2 Best Film award for his film, ‘Ortus’.

Fellow ERGS student Erinn Forster was also recognised at the event for her film, ‘Daylight Robbery’, where she was placed joint fifth in the AS Best Film category.

The Fermanagh students attended the celebratory event alongside more than 600 of Northern Ireland’s most creative young filmmakers and animators.

The two-day event, supported by Northern Ireland Screen, Foyle Film Festival, City of Derry Crystal and Cinemagic Film and Television Festival, once again brought together GCSE, AS and A-Level students to see their work on the big screen.

The showcase was the first in three years, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, and the films and animations on show brought to life an array of genres for the audience.

Hosted at Brunswick Moviebowl, Londonderry, and Cineworld, Belfast, students in attendance benefitted from meeting established industry professionals and attending a careers fair after the Belfast ceremony.

CCEA’s Temporary Director of Examinations, Amanda Swann, said: “On behalf of everyone at CCEA I wish to congratulate every student who was shortlisted for the Moving Image Arts Showcase this year.

“We are delighted to be back and shining a spotlight on the exceptionally high standard of creativity, imagination, and skill of our local students.

“CCEA’s Moving Image Arts qualifications give students the opportunity to develop and refine their audio-visual literacy and creativity through hands-on learning in the craft of moving image arts.

“The quality of the pieces within the showcase this year not only highlight talent and hard work, but also reflect a great deal of resilience from our students, their teachers and parents/guardians after the unexpected learning challenges brought about by Covid-19.”

Each shortlisted film was selected by a panel of experts, including representatives from Northern Ireland Screen, INTO Film, ScreenWorks, Foyle Film Festival, BFI Film Academy the Northern Ireland Creative Learning Centres, Cinemagic and CCEA Senior Teams.

The winning films were chosen for their strong production values, story, originality, and audience appeal.