12 months on competition winner returns as a judge

Kerri Donohoe pictured with former Solihull MP Lorely Burt when she received her winner’s certificate for the ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament’ film competition

Kerri Donohoe pictured with former Solihull MP Lorely Burt when she received her winner’s certificate for the ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament’ film competition

The Midland winner of a competition for young film-maker run by the Houses of Parliament has returned one year on to judge the contest.

Kerri Donohoe was featured in the May 2014 edition of The Harp after winning the secondary film category of Parliament’s Education Service’s ‘Lights, Camera, Parliament’ film competition.

The competition asks young people aged 7-18 to tell Parliament what new law they would introduce in the UK in a three minute film.

Kerri, a year 11 student at Tudor Grange Academy Solihull, was invited to sit on the judging panel of this year’s competition on April 27. The awards were presented on June 16.

Speaking about her experience on ‘the other side’ of the competition Kerri said: “As one of the judges, my job was to score each shortlisted film according to five criteria that were of different weightings – the content had a weighting of 70 per cent, whilst the presentation had a weighting of 30 per cent. There were four each of primary and secondary shortlisted films to judge, and two upper secondary also.

“First of all, we judged the primary shortlist. A vast variety of laws were proposed, all of which were expertly conveyed in film.

“They presented excellent reasoning that clearly highlighted the parties affected by the implementation of their proposed law.

“As judges, we found each one of the films inspiring in their own unique way. However, the spreadsheet that calculated the totals for each entry proved to be a clear asset that helped to determine the clear winner.”
Kerri and the judges then moved on to the secondary category judging, which proved a more tricky task.

“The result from this category presented a challenge as the spreadsheet calculator demonstrated that a draw had been reached between two entries, when all of our scores had been combined,” said Kerri.

“Thus, we had to decide on a winner based on our own opinions of the films. It was great being able to have my say and to influence the verdict.”

The final task for the judges involved the upper secondary category.

“The two entries proved to be both informative and entertaining,” said Kerri.

“A winner was eventually decided, after scores were taken in. Also, there were two extra categories for films that we believed deserved recognition. These were for the ‘best comedy’ and ‘best researched and edited’ entries. As judges, we all agreed that both of the films up for consideration were worthy of an award.”

Speaking about the overall experience of judging the competition, Kerri said: “All in all, I believe that sitting on the judging panel was a fantastic experience that enabled me to express my views, as a young person, on the laws presented. It was great to witness how the whole judging process worked and to see how my entry last year was dealt with.

* For more information about the competition and to find out this year’s winners, follow this link: https://www.makewav.es/lcp.