Winners of First World War short film competition announced

Officers' 'Long Number Papers': Siegfried Sassoon 1914-1922 (WO 339/51440)

Extract from Siegfried Sassoon’s poem ‘I stood with the dead’ (catalogue reference: WO 339/51440)

We are pleased to announce the winner and runners-up of our First World War ‘Files on film‘ competition.

First prize

Abdul Qualam Aziz, from West Norwood, South London, wins first prize with his short film ‘I Stood With The Dead’ which uses Siegfried Sassoon’s record (WO 339/51440) for inspiration and features his son, Qualam Junior (age 6), reading parts of Sassoon’s famous war poem of the same name.

Abdul Qualam Aziz said: ‘I’m delighted to have won The National Archives competition. It was a brilliant process for both myself and my son to learn about a different aspect of the First World War. Although he’s too young to understand everything surrounding the film at the moment, I’m looking forward to telling him we won and using it as an opportunity to continue his education.’

Runners up

Second prize of £200 went to John Ryder, from Leytonstone, East London, for his short film ‘July 1917’ which also uses Siegfried Sassoon’s letter (WO 339/51440) as inspiration.

Third prize of £100 went to Matylda Wierietielny, from Manchester, for her film ‘Shellshock’, which interprets medical records of servicewomen in the First World War (MH 106/2208) through music and contemporary dance.

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives and Chair of the Files on Film judging panel, said: ‘We are delighted with all the entries received for the First World War Files on Film competition. Using imagination, creativity and filming technique, they explore the diverse collection of records held at The National Archives allowing people to engage with the First World War as never before.’

See our winners and a highly commended entry on our Files on Film page.

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