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.
The London Film School produces over 180 films each year, and with festival season in full swing, here are some of the LFS festival appearances from around the world.
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 As the days move on and her grandmother’s condition worsens, Nazha begins to feel more and more isolated and withdrawn, emotional stunted and numb.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.
As 2016 comes to a close and the world winds down for another festive period, one person who is going out with a bang is LFS filmmaker Elzbieta Piekacz. Inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky’s STALKER, Piekacz’s AND YOU SLEEP, a story about love and the search for the meaning of life, was was officially selected at the International Festival of the Film Schools in Tetouan in November.
Being a student in a capital city is never easy, and London is no exception, as our WHEN ALUMNI CONVENE series has highlighted. However, there are several organisations out there who offer financial support schemes. While one example is the Creative Skillset bursary, which alumni such as Koby Adom have benefited from, another is the John Brabourne Awards (JBAs).