Hartlepool student’s music film a hit at awards night

From left: Tony Edwards, the festival director, Ely King, Ashlyn O'Donnell, Olivia Grace Earl and Rachel Teate, BBC TV's Woofblood star.
From left: Tony Edwards, the festival director, Ely King, Ashlyn O'Donnell, Olivia Grace Earl and Rachel Teate, BBC TV's Woofblood star.
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Winning a television award was music to a Hartlepool teenager’s ears.

Ely King, a student at Hartlepool Sixth Form College scooped an award at the Young Peoples’ Media Festival this week.

Sally Pickford.

Sally Pickford.

Organised by The Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and the Boarders, the festival is about celebrating young people with a passion for broadcasting and filmaking.

Hartlepool Ely, 18, was announced the winner in the Entertainment category for her music film, Goner.

Ely produced and directed the piece and two of her fellow students, who were the actors in the film, Ashlyn O’Donnell and Olivia Grace Earl, were on hand at the awards to celebrate the win.

Sally Pickford, tutor and curriculum developer at Hartlepool Sixth Form College, said: “Ely was thrilled with winning, we are so very proud.”

Ely was thrilled with winning. We are so very proud

Sally Pickford

The teenager used the song, Goner, by Twenty One Pilots, to create a film looking at depression and anxiety among young people.

Sally said: “She did really, really well and was well praised by the judges.”

An award ceremony was hosted by BBC Senior Producer and Presenter Chris Jackson at the University of Sunderland.

BBC TV’s Wolfblood star, Rachel Teate, Festival Director, Tony Edwards and Graeme Thompson, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Sunderland and chair of the RTS Education Committee, presented the winners with their specially designed trophies and certificates.

This showcase event for young filmmakers has been running in the region for more than two decades and aims to celebrate work from students, schools and colleges.

It has also proved to be an important stepping stone for would-be producers and directors.

This year there were 26 entries, involved nearly 100 young people, and they were judged for their creativity, storytelling, craft skills, originality and the creativity shown by the entrants.

Sally said it was a huge achievement both for Ely, who will be heading to Leeds University to study media, and for the college, which has now won an award at the event three years in a row.

Tony Edwards, Festival Director, said: “The Young Peoples’ Media Festival allows us to showcase the creative talent of young people, not only in the North East but beyond. It also provides an opportunity to give reward, recognition and encouragement for their creativity and commitment.

“We have seen some truly exceptional work this year.”