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Posted 16.12.14

Film grad Tom Kirkman wins it all with ‘Process’

By Sarah Packer

Tom Kirkman, BA (Hons) Film graduate

Tom Kirkman has won 'Best Student's Work' at the Cornwall Film Festival – Cornwall’s only major film festival event that attracts audiences from across Cornwall as well as from the rest of the UK and abroad.

The BA (Hons) Film graduate of 2014 won the competition, which aims to promote engagement, enjoyment, diversity and participation in specialised film, with his film 'PROCESS'. 

"PROCESS investigates the emotions involved in the art of creating. It is an index, a mirror and a portrait that through the exploration and metaphor of one man’s craft, exposes the process of its own production," Tom said.

The film is a documentary, a portrait of all round artist Ig Wilkinson in the remote Hartland Peninsula.

"Tom is an incredibly unique and talented filmmaker."  – BA (Hons) Film Programme Leader Lucy Leake


"The film was shot entirely on expired 16mm Kodak WL 2210 surveillance film through a Bolex H16 and an Arri SR2 then hand processed," he said. "This was a conscious and unavoidable choice due to the subject of the portrait."

Still from Tom Kirkman's winning film 'Process'

The film has grown into a huge success, from a screening at the London Analogue Festival in September to being attributed a Special Mention for The Signs Award at the 12th Festival International Signe de Nuit, which took place in Paris at the beginning of December. The Signs Award honours films which treat an important subject in an original and convincing way.

Lucy Leake, programme leader for BA (Hons) Film, said: "the film team are absolutely delighted with Tom's win at the Cornwall Film Festival and in Paris.

"Tom is an incredibly unique and talented filmmaker. The winning film 'PROCESS' made use of endangered processes and technologies, as well as expired film stock, to explore the nature of creativity and the hands-on craft of filmmaking.

"It is a beautiful piece of work and a well-deserved winner of the Best Student Film Award."

Process from Tom Kirkman on Vimeo.


You can see more of Tom's work on his website. Keep updated on his success on twitter @Tomkirkmanmedia

- Read our interview with BA (Hons) Film graduate Tom German

- Find out more about our BA (Hons) Film programme