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Optometry undergraduates win film award

City team win prestigious Association of Optometrists (AOP) Film and Television award


Optometry students from City University London have been named the winners of this year’s Association of Optometrists (AOP) Film and Television award for their Hunger Games-inspired entry.

Directed, filmed and edited by second-year undergraduates Amritha Nandakumar and Sana Esoofjee, the City entry focused on the fictional ‘Optom Games’ and saw contestants battle it out to get on the General Optical Council registers.

Hosted annually by the AOP, the awards are designed to promote optometry as a career in a fun and engaging way to 14–18 year olds, with the winner revealed during the AOP Student Conference, which was held at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest resort.

The film also featured Niraj Patel, Mohamed Joda Al-Rbeae, Esoofjee, Nandakumar, Jasmin Matharu, Neal Takodara, Prianna Gandhi, Nabihah Manzoor, Shanice Joshi, Anisha Vekaria and Gurkavel Mahli. Students Sepideh Akbarian-Tefaghi and Mandeep Kaur-Bains also starred in the film.

Speaking about the video, Amritha Nandakumar said: “We did the Optom Games. It was originally Prianna’s idea, and she said we should do a take on the Hunger Games and the idea built from there. It was so much fun, and it brought us a lot closer together as a group as well. Winning felt really good. We were unsure throughout the day what was going to happen, but when they said City we were really, really happy.”

Jasmin Matharu, who played one of the characters in the film, said: ‘My role was Volkniss, and basically I was one of the winners [in the film]. It was really fun to be involved in something other than revising and it was good to bond with these guys and make new friends. It was a great experience.”

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