The tenth annual East End Film Festival begins today in east London. The festival, which celebrates both local and international rising talent, will run until the 29th of April and will screen three projects from LFS grads and alumni during its run. Those projects selected are Monica Santis' 'Hacia el Sol', Hero Mackenzie's 'Release', and Toby Wharton's 'Master of Ceremonies' - the last of which LFS graduate Laura Seward DP'ed.
Congratulations are in order once again; Matthew Button, LFS' Head of Production Design, had an exciting award show season last year, with several nominations for his work on the critically and commercially successful animated feature film 'Loving Vincent'. Yet again, Matthew's work takes centre stage in another well-received project.
This year marks the eighteenth annual East End Film Festival. The East London based festival celebrates homegrown UK talent, as well as, independent international projects. An LFS alumni collaboration, 'Master of Ceremonies', has been nominated for 'Best UK Short Award'. The film is writer-director Toby Wharton's first short film debut.
Zeidan, whose graduate short film, ‘Three Centimetres’ was screened as part of the generation 14plus selection won the Teddy Award for Best Short Film. The jury released the following statement about their decision:
LFS MA Filmmaking graduate, Lara Zeidan, from Beirut, Lebanon, made her way to the Berlinale '18 this past week. Lara's short ‘Three Centimetres’ was selected for the Generation 14plus competition, a section that is "home to cinematic works that are thematically and aesthetically linked to the experiences of children and young people."
Carla Simón has been selected by the TorinoFilmLab for their 2018 ScriptLab. The programme was founded in 2008 and since its inception TorionoFilmLab has supported over fifty projects. In 2016, seven TorinoFilmLab supported films were selected by Cannes Film Festival. Five of which went onto to win major prizes.
This week the annual Polish Academy Award nominations for 2018 were revealed, and 'Loving Vincent' is (or 'Twój Vincent' as it's known in Poland) up for five awards. No stranger to praise, LFS's Head of Production Design, Matthew Button, has been nominated for 'Best Art Direction' for his work as production designer on the film.