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Northampton College’s Student Governor has won a national filmmaking award for a piece explaining the importance of voting for young people.

Ada Stone landed first prize in the National Association for Managers of Student Services (NAMSS) annual film competition, fending off competition from colleges from up and down the country.

Media student Ada wrote, directed and produced the film himself, with the support of friends and classmates.

He said: “I approached it from a modern perspective: making it more exciting and less of a lecture, so that’d be most likely to appeal to other teens. I went for a hip hop style with a genuine sounding spoken word, aiming to make it seem like this is dozens of young people pitching in for one goal.”

Ada’s film included students from the college, a script read out by students, views of Northampton and the college campus as well as facts about voting.

The judging panel was so impressed with Ada’s film that it was shortlisted alongside entries from Burnley College and Cardiff and Vale College to receive an award at the NAMSS annual conference gala dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, in Birmingham – with Ada and Northampton College emerging triumphant.

When asked how he will use the experience of entering the competition in the future, Ada said: “I plan to take a film production course in university, and enter the film industry – this experience is invaluable. I shall use this to improve my personal skills as a student and filmmaker, understand a lot more about being prepared, communication and delivering a message.”

You can view Ada’s winning entry by clicking here.

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