WINNING a 48-hour film competition was the icing on the cake for a group of friends.
The 11 members of the team called Broken Bricks not only won the Best Film prize in Portsmouth’s DVMission contest, they also picked up two awards at the Winchester Film Festival on the same weekend.
The team also won a ‘spirit of DVMission’ award for a short film they made about bullying for 16-year-old school pupil Chloe Hind, 16, from Leigh Park.
Scott Castles, 25, director of the team, said he was thrilled with their success.
‘DVMission is a chaotic weekend but we were quite blessed with this one and everything went as planned,’ he said.
‘It was a really exciting time.’
The competition had 19 teams striving to make a two-minute film with the theme ‘cyberpunk’ over two days, leading up to a screening and awards ceremony at the Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea.
It was the 10th year the competition had been held and the final year it has been led by its founder, Jinx Prowse, of Southsea.
Mr Prowse said he was delighted with how the contest went.
He said: ‘I think it was probably one of the best DVMissions that we’ve done because the atmosphere was so good.
‘People come from all over the country to take part and they’re very supportive of each other. It was a wonderful night and I was given a really nice send off which was quite tearful as well.’
Mr Prowse said he was stepping down to focus on his job as chief executive at Music Fusion, a charity which helps young people through music.
He said: ‘They’ve received a 47 per cent cut in funding over the past year, all of my focus and energy has to go on that now.’
Mr Prowse said he was impressed with Broken Bricks’s entry as well as their anti-bullying video.
He said he had met Chloe through Music Fusion and asked the team to make the film.
He said: ‘She had been badly bullied, and she started her own project called Beat the Bullies and needed a film to go with her music.’