One thing is for certain: The probably most glamorous night of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies took place on April 4th and was one for the books – the Golden Boar Awards.
Compared to other award shows, at the Golden Boars not the outfits, the make up or who arrives with whom is important but the movies themselves.
The best video projects of the German 101 and 102, as well as the Dutch 102 courses were nominated in the categories “Best Props & Costumes”, “Best Cinematography”, “Best Acting I”, “Best Acting II”, “Best Writing” as well as “Best Film”. It took the jury long and heated debates to agree on a winner in each category as the competition was extremely strong. In the end, these movies were the chosen ones:
- Best Props & Costumes: “Polizei” (Laura Morales-Pires, Doris Jiang and Charlotte Bond)
- Best Cinematography: “Wunderbar Waterloo” (Noah Debrincat, Sean Zhou, Jeffrey Chen)
- Best Acting I: Adrian Dunlop
- Best Acting II: Laura Morales-Pires
- Best Writing: “Die drei Musketiere und die Zeitmaschine” (Ayza Anwar, Victoria Slegg, Salman Dalla-Ali)
- Best Film: “Scheinverfer” (Gargi Kulkani, Halina Brookson, Kathrine Miller)
The highlight of the evening was certainly the “People’s Choice Award”. Not an anonymous mysterious jury (consisting of German instructors) would select the winner but the audience – those for whom the videos were made for. After a screening of six nominated videos, while indulging in sweet and savoury German and Dutch snacks, the audience made their vote. It was a close vote but in the end “Polizei” won the heart of the audience and took the People’s Choice Award that night.
But most importantly that evening, no matter who won or didn't win: being there was everything. Each semester the Golden Boar Awards present the results of the learning progress the students have made in their courses and in their language learning. This night was to celebrate everyone’s achievement. We look forward to welcoming everyone next time with the words: And the Golden Boar goes to….