Three groups of BA (Hons) Film Production students have taken this year's DVMission 48-Hour Film Challenge by storm, racking up 6 nominations and winning 4 awards.

Dubbed the UK's premier 48-hour film challenge, DVMission is an annual film competition where teams are given a title, genre and line of dialogue, then have just 2 days to complete a two-minute film. This year's 15th edition focussed on the genre 'Hip Hop Robot Apocalypse' and took place on Friday 28 February – Sunday 1 March 2020, with the awards ceremony at Portsmouth's Wedgewood Rooms on Saturday 7 March.

7-piece crew Sleepy Bandits won in The Audience Raved About It category (sponsored by the Kino Foundation), and picked up an award for Most Cinematic Moment (sponsored by Portsmouth Film Society) for their "wide, bold, ambitious and beautiful" scene of robots walking along the shore, according to judges. They were also nominated for Best Film (Professional), Best Actor and Most Inspired Prop.

Third-year student Joe Martyn won the Portsmouth City Council-sponsored Best Actor award for his outstanding performance that convinced the jury "...[H]e was cruel to a foil-covered box." Joe directed his project with his team, Team Kitsch, comprising members Massimo Matraxia, Sam Jones, Sydney Williams, Seb Stone and Jojo Bossman.

Isaac Lawrence, also in his third year, won the Spirit of DVMission award for his work with Prop Box Youth Theatre, which the judges labelled as "bold ensemble silliness."

Out of the many awards that evening, the University of Portsmouth sponsored two: Best Story (won by A Step Too Far) and Most Astonishing Special Effect (won by The Showstoppers).

This year's DVMission paid homage to the 1951 original of sci-film The Day The Earth Stood Still. First-year students from BA (Hons) Drama and Performance provided the entertainment with an immersive theatre show aided by Art, Design and Performance staff Dr Ben Macpherson (theremin and guitar), Dr Phoebe Rumsey (choreography and staging), Dr Matt Smith (puppetry and mask-making) and technician Russ Tunney.

To watch the winning entries, visit DVMission's YouTube channel.

What a fantastic evening – I was thoroughly entertained by the entries and there were plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and immersive theatre too.
Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development & Deputy Leader