Born in Singapore and having spent most of her formative years in Mumbai, LFS filmmaker Natashja Rathore’s affinity towards Hindi cinema is understandable: "India has done as much for cinema as America, and there are as many great Bollywood films as there are great Hollywood films. However, despite being the second largest movie industry in the world, Hindi films are often indefensibly ignored.”
The London Short Film Festival (LSFF), now in its 14th year, has been recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge UK independent film, while now accepting international submissions. Renowned for daring cross-arts programming, they have showcased the very best of the country’s raw talent for 12 years. Every year the Festival’s large and loyal audience flock to screenings and events, and this network has grown steadily over a decade and beyond.
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The London Film School (LFS) alumnus Alberto Boldini started writing scripts for short films while he was studying Literature and Philosophy in Italy. After joining LFS, he developed his technical skills by working as a cinematographer and editor whilst also discovering an unexpected interest in documentaries, the focus of term 3 for filmmakers on the MAF course.
Nazha, 22 years old, is the main protagonist of Remi Itani’s short film by the same name. When Nazha’s terminally ill grandmother comes back to live with her and her mother, she finds herself unable to feel or fully process her grandmother’s inevitable death. As the days move on and her grandmother’s condition worsens, Nazha begins to feel more and more isolated and withdrawn, emotional stunted and numb.
Often referred to as ’The Gay Oscars’, the IRIS Prize Festival in Cardiff is undoubtebly highly respected in the LGBT festival circuit, having been identified as one of the top 50 film festivals in the world for the second year running by Movie Maker Magazine. The BAFTA-qualifying short film festival also offers a £30,000 prize, the largest prize for a gay and lesbian short film in the world, to fund a BBC iPlayer distributed film.