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.
The Watersprite Film Festival, now in its 8th year, is the Cambridge International Student Film Festival, which aims to recognise and reward emerging talent by showcasing the best student shorts. This year, two short films from The London Film School will be vying for multiple awards between 10th and 12th March in venues around the city of Cambridge.
Many people will be familiar with the tragic tale of British Antartic expedition to the North Pole led by Captain Scott. While the actions of Scott are well documented, Azerbaijani Director Javid Zaidov chose to retell the story in his short film, OUTSIDE, but from the perspective of one of Scott’s men.
When he was at high school, a young Radu Ghelbereu experienced tragedy when one of his friends died on the way to buy a suit for his prom. While Ghelbereu was obviously saddened that he’d never see his friend again, this difficult scenario stayed with him until he used it as inspiration for his graduation film at The London Film School.
The UK Film Festival (UKFF) annually celebrates the best of filmmaking from around the world in the heart of London. This year, three London Film School shorts will join the illustrious list of films screened at UKFF, who within 5 years, have established a tradition of promoting films that later have gone onto to be Oscar nominees and winners.