Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


MFM students take on 36-hour filmmaking challenge

The judging panel

It was an early start as over seventy Filmmaking students met in the Silverstone Building at 7.30am on a Saturday for the start of the 36-hour filmmaking challenge.

The event, organised as part of the CineCity film festival, started with the draw in which groups received a prop, a location and a mystery parameter. These included many familiar Brighton locations alongside props such as a candle, a pitch fork, wind chimes and a bunch of grapes. The students also had to get 'CineCity' into their film.

Students worked in teams to produce 5-minute films that were screened on Sunday evening at Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) in front of a public audience and a panel of judges. 

The judging panel included University of Sussex Vice Chancellor Adam Tickell, ACCA's Creative Director Laura McDermott, Head of School for Media, Film and Music Kate O’Riordan, and former filmmaking student (now a Technician Demonstrator) Nikoline Gjoertz.

The Vice Chancellor commented that '[the students] produced some amazing work, variously funny, poignant and moving'.

Co-organiser Joanna Callaghan said, 'Congratulations to all those who participated in the 36-hour filmmaking challenge. We had a packed audience and the judges had a tough job of deciding the winners.'
The winners were:
Best Film - Gorillas in the Mist for their film ‘Despondent’.
Best Effort - The Fantastic Five for ‘In the Moment’.
An honourable mention went to Just for Fun for ‘Mediator’.

Tom Chester from Gorillas in the Mist said, 'The challenge proved to be exactly what it says on the tin - a challenge! Nevertheless, it was a fantastic experience and we were able to push our creativity, push ourselves physically and engage with so many other fantastic filmmakers.'

Watch the completed films

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Last updated: Friday, 22 November 2019


25 March 2011



Dr Sharon Smith

Dr Sharon Smith, who was employed by the University in 2008-09 as a postdoctoral researcher, died on 13 March following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Sharon was part of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies.

Sharon was an ordained Buddhist in Triratna (formerly Western) Buddhist Order UK, where she was named Vijayatara.

Her research report on LGBTQI Buddhisms in the UK - for the 'Queer Spiritual Spaces' project - was exemplary. It was complex and interpretive in understanding socio-cultural differences and intersectionality, showing a profound depth and range of historical and textual knowledges.

Sharon was a commensurate professional and produced work to the highest academic standard; her writing was detailed and managed to convey an immense expertise together with insight and grace.

Sharon was a very special colleague, who had a peaceful and warm presence, an unusual patience and gentle humour. She was supportive and generous, honourable and kind.

We were very fortunate to have her as part of the team, and to have her wonderful company.

Professor Sally Munt Director, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies