LFS alumnus Andrea Niada’s graduation film HOME EDUCATION continues its reign of terror with an official selection for The Winchester Short Film Festival’s Best British Short, not to mention screenings at Fantasia Festival in July, the 30th Dragon Con and the 11th Sacramento Horror Film Fest in September.
Milan-born Niada, who graduated from The London Film School in 2016, describes himself as “a versatile filmmaker, with a particular inclination towards psychological horror, the absurd, and the darkly comic.” HOME EDUCATION certainly conforms to type, with its macabre tale of a young girl who’s convinced by her mother that they can resurrect her dead father if only they prove how much they miss him. The rotting corpse of the father required the use of 100,000 dead flies, the smell of which almost caused several crew members to pass out or vomit, so it seems only right that such dedication to darkness should be rewarded.
This latest recognition comes off the back of screenings at the “Sundance of Horror”, Screamfest, in Los Angeles last October and the BAFTA-qualifying 30th Leeds International Film Festival in November 2016. Best of luck to Niada, and we look forward to seeing how many more of those flies he’ll be needing if he follows through with plans to develop and shoot the feature version of the script.
The Winchester Short Film Festival has grown from a small festival for Hampshire-based filmmakers in 2012 to a national and now international film festival in just five years, with special categories for foreign and British films and a prize fund of £2,500.
“It would appear that the WSFF is one of those rare projects that has a life of its own, perhaps simply because it happens to have been born at the right place at the right time, though I suspect it also has something to do with the fact that the festival’s life force is entwined with the energy and dedication of the inspired filmmakers who enter.” John Hayes, Festival Director.
Screamfest Horror Film Festival was formed in 2001 and is the longest running horror festival in the USA, discovering and premiering horror classics such as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. The organisers take pride in the fact that many films that are showcased at the festival go on to garner distribution deals.
The Leeds International Film Festival (LIFF), founded in 1987, is the largest film festival outside London. While the festival’s British Short Film Competition is BAFTA qualifying, the winning films in Short Film City's Louis Le Prince International Short Film Competition and World Animation Award are eligible for the Academy’s Short Film Awards.
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