Jane Roscoe, director of London Film School, leaves at the end of this term to take up an exciting new opportunity after a busy three years. The LFS Board congratulates Jane on her new appointment as Professor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE (University of the West of England) where she will start in September.
LFS took to Cannes once again this year, returning to the festival where two years ago alumnus Simon Mesa Sota took the Palme d’Or for his graduation film Leidi. As well as hosting a breakfast with thought leaders in the post-production industry, exploring ways the film school can best prepare graduates for new workflows and emerging forms and formats, we spent much of our time promoting the work of our students to producers, commissioners and sales agents, all on the lookout for new talent.
This year marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK. Coinciding with this milestone the British Council and the BFI are reprising #FiveFilms4Freedom, the world’s widest-reaching LGBT online short film programme. Jamie, written and directed by London Film School student Christopher Manning, is among the five shorts selected to be released online for audiences across the globe.
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.