Congratulations to Joshua & LFS team! Last night they won the production award at Encounters’ NAHEMI for the visually stunning ZAIRE!

The LFS graduation film directed by Joshua BensonZAIRE, has already been screened at the Austin Film Festival, The London Short Film Festival, Sci-Fi London Film Festival, Cinegear Expo , NAHEMI Encounters so far.

The rest of the crew boasts a large array of LFS students past and present including George Kellock (Writer), Erin Phipps (Producer), Alex Grigoras (Director of Photography), Rahdy Elwan (Production Designer) and Gabriel Serrano Denis (Editor).


In ZAIRE, two scientists operate a base on a remote planet with the goal of jump-starting an ecosystem. Success remains frustratingly out of reach and their claustrophobic existence requires constant exertion to simply stay alive. Zaire is desperate to succeed, but must face the looming prospect of failure. At breaking point, he finds a moment of solace in the scale and beauty of the wider universe.

Watch the trailer:

About Encounters: Encounters is the UK’s leading short film and animation festival. The festival discovers, supports and develops new talent in filmmaking, providing a platform for emerging and established filmmakers from around the world, and a unique meeting place for the industry.

About NAHEMI: NAHEMI acts as a forum for debate on all matters pertaining to the teaching of practice in the Moving Image in Higher Education including the theory and history underpinning these practices.

#filmmaking#screenwriting#production Jeff Worden Eric Kolelas Rahdy Elwan George Kellock Alex Grig Dot Wieckowska Kate Cheetham Gabriel Serrano Denis Erin Phipps #ZAIREFilm

Photo Credit: Alex Grigoras