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.
Today marks the start of Sundance 2018. The festival runs until the 28th of January and will feature many of 2018's most promising new films. This year there are four LFS alumni involved in the event.
(Film still from Hero MacKenzie's 'Release'. Director of Photography Arturo Vaquez)
(Film still from Emre Kayis' 'The Translator'. Director of Photography Nick Cooke)
Emre Kayis, the 2013 MA Filmmaking grad, and writer-director of 'The Translator', has been selected for the prestigious Jerusalum-based film lab. Sam Spiegel, which founded the film lab in 2011, has already produced such talents as Laslo Nemes ('Son of Saul') and Nadav Lapid ('The Kindergarten Teacher').
London Film School's Head of Production Design, Matthew Button, has been nominated by the Art Directors Guild for Outstanding Production Design for his work on Loving Vincent. The film, which follows the life of famed painter Vincent Van Gogh, was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 75th annual Golden Globes. Additionally it was a major box office success grossing over $20 million at the worldwide box office.