Oscar Qualifying Film By LFS Graduate Taking Festival Circuit By Storm

Copa-Loca, the sun-drenched short film by London Film School alumnus Christos Massalas, continues its phenomenal run of success with a nomination for Best European Short Film in the European Film Awards 2017.

The film tells the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. “Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.”

Copa-Loca had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where it was presented in the Directors’ Fortnight section. Since then, it has had a hugely successful run in festivals worldwide and has scooped up awards including Best Short Film and Best Director at the Athens International Film Festival, Best European Short at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Best International Short at the Reykjavik Film Festival and, most recently, Best International Short at the prestigious Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montreal, which qualifies the film for Oscar consideration.

Massalas completed a BA in Film Theory at Kingston University, London, before graduating from the MA Filmmaking course at LFS in 2010. He then worked in London as a freelancer before returning to his native Greece. He is currently based in Athens, working in film and media as director, writer and editor, and is developing “Broadway”, his feature-length debut. “Copa-Loca” is supported by the Greek Film Centre. Massalas has extremely fond memories of his time at LFS: "I had a great time. It didn't feel like studying really. It felt like being given access to a lab, given all the time you needed and the all right resources to come up with your own concoction. The course was almost entirely practical, which meant that you were taught the technical skills but then you had to discover your own way around narrative and style. For me, that seems like the best way to learn. And the LFS gave me the resources to try out my ideas and discover my personal style as filmmaker. It allowed me to form strong collaborations which I keep to this day."

The European Film Awards ceremony will take place in Berlin on December 9th. You can watch the beautiful trailer here https://vimeo.com/217064378 and keep up with the latest developments at www.facebook.com/CopaLoca.film


Festival Information

The European Film Awards have been presented annually since 1988 by the European Film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements. They are held in various European cities, with Berlin hosting every other year. This year sees the 30th anniversary of the festival.


Written by Sophie McVeigh, Photos: Christos Massalas