BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

November 05, 2010 16:16 ET

BCS Digital Revolutions Winners Announced

Award Winning Panel of Judges Select Amateur and Professional Winners

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 5, 2010) - BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has announced the winners of the Digital Revolutions short film competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest. 'This chair is not me' by Andy Taylor-Smith has won the Amateur category. 'The Scanner' by Edward McGown has won the Professional category.

Elizabeth Sparrow, President, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, said:

"We set out to see how technology has changed lives by inviting people to make films. The shortlist was very competitive but the winners stood out for the judges. 'The scanner' is an enlightening film that tells us how innovative information technology is being used to diagnose and treat a rare genetic condition and illustrates the power of IT to improve our health and well-being. 'This chair is not me' is an impressive piece which shows how technology empowers the disempowered."

Kevin MacDonald, Oscar winning Director of One Day in September and competition judge said of 'This chair is not me':

"This film has beautiful imagery. A genuine, touching story, it's well executed and narrated".

Frank Boyd, Creative Director, Crossover and competition judges said of 'The Scanner':

"Within the constraints of three minutes the filmmaker has introduced us to a technology very few of us know about and an illness very few understand. It gives a real insight into an impact of digital technology that is not widely recognised."

The winners were:

Amateur Category

'This chair is not me' by Andy Taylor-Smith

While cerebral palsy confines Alan Martin to a wheelchair and inhibits his speech, he refuses to limit himself. When he gains access to technology that enables him to find a voice, his life is transformed.

Professional Category

'The scanner' by Edward McGown

Dr Alastair Garfield and Kate McAllister MA show how the latest computing technology influences the lives of patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome - a rare genetic condition that causes near permanent hunger, leading in turn to chronic obesity.


The judges were as follows:

  • Kevin Macdonald, Oscar winning Director of One Day in September
  • David Bond, Director of award winning documentary, Erasing David
  • Elizabeth Sparrow, President BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT,
  • Frank Boyd, Creative Director, Crossover
  • Heather Croall, Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest

Further information can be found at: http://sheffdocfest.com/view/digitalrevolutions

To see all the entries received, please see http://www.youtube.com/user/bcsdigirevolutions

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