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THE BRITISH AMATEUR VIDEO AWARDS (BAVA) 1994

The complete 10 winners of the competition organised by Camcorder User, What Camcorder and What Video, sponsored by Scotch Videocassettes, as premiered at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on November 12, 1994.

1. IN THE RING
Bradley Souber
A documentary about the All Stars Youth Club, a boxing club located in a deprived, inner city area. Its manager, Isola Akay, and champion boxers like Gary Mason and Alan McKay, express their views about this tough and dangerous sport.
BAVA Trophy, Best Sound-track 1994

Documentary
15.mins


2. 32b
Steven Thomas
A homage to the work of Ridley Scott, this is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world where military rulers struggle to quash rebel uprisings. New recruit Alice Eden turns up for work at the army-style base and, together with her 'babysitter', Gonzo, is immediately assigned to a dangerous, fast-shooting expedition through the highly-radioactive industrial landscape.
UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
BAVA Trophy, Best Lighting 1994

Storr
11.mins


3. REQUIEM FOR A BLUE PLANET
Leandro Blanco (Spain)
It is the year 2500. The sun is on a collision course with the Earth and the last space- shuttle has left for the new motherland. The wild animals that populate a small group of islands in the South Pacific are the only creatures that remain to witness the last sunrise, a nightmarish scene in which flames engulf both land and sea. Stunning images, superb special effects and a fine music track written and performed by the maker himself.
BAVA Trophy, 1st prize, Best Music Video 1994; IAC International Award, Best Photography Award, Best Sound 1995

Visual
11.mins


4. BLEAK HOUSE
Richard von Kaufmann (Cumbria)
An imaginative illustration of the opening pages of Charles Dickens' famous novel, using a rich mix of drawing styles and video animation techniques.
BAVA Trophy, Best Animation Award 1994; IAC Gold Seal (Youth) 1994

Animation
4.mins


5. THE BOX
Michael Bassett
An hilarious account of the lengths to which a jilted lover goes to win back the affection of his girlfriend; flowers, champagne, chocolates, etc. all fail, but then he has a bright idea ... A good, old-fashioned, comedy with a sprinkling of contemporary zest.
BAVA Trophy, 2nd prize, Best Comedy 1994

Humour
15.mins


6. KEEPER OF THE LIGHT
Graham Gardener and Geraldine Warren (Essex)
A warm-hearted, amusing documentary in which Handel Bluer, BEM, as his retirement day approaches in May 1993, reminisces about the isolated, south-west of England lighthouses he has looked after as keeper since 1956. Filmed at Pendeen Lighthouse, Cornwall.
BAVA Trophy, 3rd prize, Best Documentary Award 1994; IAC International Award 1994

Documentary
11.mins


7. FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY
Robin Plant
A night watchman guarding a large London building is watching TV when he is paid an unexpected visit by an unlikely criminal. Shot in Widescreen format, this is a fast-paced drama with a tragic and chilling conclusion. The maker is now an independent, professional film-maker.
BAVA Trophy, Best Drama 1994

Story
b&w
15.mins


8. COLD WOOD
Kelly Smith, Benet Simon and Mike Minder (Reading)
The Bandaged Stranger (Gareth McClennan) steps bloodied and battered into the bar, with a strange tale to tell his fellow drinker (David Bennett) and the bartender (Phil Brenkley).
BAVA Trophy 1994; IAC International Award, Best Youth Award 1994

Story
2.mins


9. TURNING BACK
Tony Greenan
A girl is kidnapped while collecting bark samples in a remote clearing of a forest. Her abductor is a dangerously-disturbed man with a haunted past ... A superbly executed thriller with some truly suspenseful moments.
UNSUITABLE FOR CHILDREN
BAVA Trophy, Best Camerawork, Best Editing Award 1994

Story
11.mins


10. WORDS OF DECEPTION
Kristian Digby (Devon)
A powerful and moving autobiographical account about dyslexia which looks back at how the 17-year-old maker was treated at school, particularly prior to his diagnosis at 16. Excellent computer graphics and animation give a taste of what it is like to be dyslexic - words, letters and numbers become confused and, as the maker puts it, '. . .move and dance around on the page'.
Guernsey Lily 1995; BAVA Trophy, Best Experimental Video 1994

Master tapes donated by WV Publications.

Documentary
4.mins


Price:  £3.00   Total running time VHS / S-VHS 99 mins.


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