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2017 BUFTA Winner – Harry Weston

1. How did you hear about BUFTA and why did you decide to enter the competition?

Studying media at Guildford Grammar, we are always told about the BUFTA Awards, and former winners or nominees from Guildford Grammar. The competition is held in very high regard and is something, as young students, we strive for. When we reach Years 11 and 12, our media teachers will enter our films regardless so we all have a chance of making it. So essentially its through our school I heard about the competition and decided to enter it due to the encouragement of our teachers. 

2. What was the most rewarding experience you gained from the BUFTA experience?

It’s hard to say, but the most rewarding experience (apart from winning the scholarship of course) was seeing the appreciation and respect people showed my film. When I was making the film I didn’t think anyone would be interested in it until the BUFTA Awards Gala when many professionals and other media students and their families enjoyed my film and appreciated it, as well as understood its message.

3. What is your favourite film genre and why?

Sci-fi/ Fantasy because they require and showcase a massive use of imagination – which is something I think is the most amazing thing about filmmaking: the use of the imagination. Also, there are some amazing films in these genres such as the Star Wars franchise and The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

4. How long did your film ‘Dulce et decorum est, pro patia mori’ take to make from start to finish?

Collectively 7 months or so, it began in early March and finished in late September.

5. What is your ultimate career goal?

To become a successful and well renowned filmmaker.

6. Do you have any advice/tips and tricks for future BUFTA entrants?

In my opinion, the most important thing for future BUFTA entrants to consider and abide by is to create a film that they want to make, not a film they think will give them a win or the film everyone thinks they should make, the film they want to make. Making a film you love and want to make is the most rewarding experience, and makes the film better because it’s made with passion. Do what you want.