A journalism student has scooped the top award at a film festival.

Emma Hubbard produced her documentary, An Infertility Diagnosis, as part of her studies.

The eight minute film won the award for best documentary at the festival, which ran between October 15-20.

The documentary follows the trials and tribulations of women coming to terms with infertility and undergoing IVF treatment.

The 22-year-old, who is now an intern communications assistant at Nottingham Trent University, shot the film for her dissertation piece after wanting to learn more about the subject provoked through her own family members experiences.

“I wanted to look into a taboo subject, something many people don’t necessarily talk about.”

She said: “I wanted to look into a taboo subject, something many people don’t necessarily seem to talk about. Many don’t realise the lengths some families will go to, the costs or the physical and emotional pain when dealing with IVF.”

“Once I decided, I definitely wanted to use IVF as my focus subject, I started researching and organising interviews in September 2014. I finished filming around February this year, which is when the long process of editing all my footage started.”

After filming, Emma was put to the gruelling task of editing over six hours of footage and reducing it to just eight minutes.

The documentary offers an insight into the lives of individuals involved in IVF, whether being a woman undergoing treatment, a counsellor, or those looking to conceive.

Now Emma’s documentary has gained the recognition it deserves after being nominated for both a Royal Television Society award and winning best documentary award at the Nottingham International Microfilm Festival.

The festival consists of a variety of activities designed to offer access to this new film sector.

The Nottingham Screen Partnership Student Microfilm Competition is open to all to students, aged 18 or over, registered to study at Nottingham Trent University, The University of Nottingham, Confetti, and New College Nottingham.
The categories are

  • Drama: up to 10 minutes
  • Animation: up to 5 minutes
  • Extreme short: up to 90 seconds
  • Documentary: up to 10 minutes

The entries are judged by a panel of industry experts

The winner from each category receive a cash prize along with automatic entry into the Chinese Student Microfilm Competition.

Talking about her win, Emma said: “I didn’t actually expect to be nominated, let alone win anything!

“I was over the moon because it’s lovely to have recognition from industry professionals for my work that I took a lot of time and pride in creating.”

Steve Lambden, lecturer in broadcast journalism at NTU said: “Everyone at the centre for broadcasting and journalism are extremely proud of Emma and wish her every success.”

“Her success highlights how vigorous and thorough the standard of teaching here at Trent is and why the course is one of the best in the country.”