As part of our series on this year’s selection, we spoke to Zhannat Alshanova about how she went from the corporate finance world in Kazakhstan to being selected as a director for Berlinale Talents all in the space of a few short years.
Sophie McVeigh: You graduated in Autumn 2017. Can you tell us about your background before coming to London Film School?
You only have to look at the fact that films by nine former Berlinale Talents are on the shortlist for this year’s Oscars to understand what a bell-weather for future success this programme is – and this year London Film School has no fewer than five alumni taking part, one of them for the second time.
“It’s very important to foster dialogue and cooperation between the young creatives in Europe” - London Film School to be special guests at German film festival
A delegation of filmmakers from London Film School has been invited to present at the Festival Max Ophüls Preis in Saarbrücken this month.
The festival, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, takes place from the 14 to 20 January and is Germany’s most important forum for up-and-coming German-speaking filmmakers.
LFS Governor Olivier Kaempfer also to take part in Q&A with Director of LSFF and BFI LFF shorts programme, Philip Ilson.
London Film School will be represented by no less than 12 screenings at the upcoming London Short Film Festival, which takes place from 11 – 20 January at independent cinemas and venues across London.
Sophie McVeigh on CanneSeries and signing up with an agent: Sophie graduated from the MA in Screenwriting (MAS) in 2017 and will be known to following MAS cohorts as one of the students that course leaders like to hold up as the golden mean when it comes to essay writing. A prior teacher and hobby writer, Sophie is one of those people who decided to give up on it all in order to dedicate herself to screenwriting, starting with the MA at London Film School (LFS). The results have paid off.
LFS is delighted to announce the appointment of Femi Kolade as Head of Studies, starting from January 2019. This latest appointment at the School brings together a wealth of filmmaking expertise and academic talent, offering opportunities to develop the School as a beacon of excellence, innovation and inclusion in filmmaking education.
London Film Festival already in its second week has garnered praise for successfully managing to achieve gender parity. An astonishing 60% of its programmed feature films were made by or in conjunction with women, whilst across all categories 30% of films were made by women.
Many congratulations to our very talented and recent MA Filmmaking graduate, Koby Adom. Adom has been selected for Screen Start of Tomorrow 2018 and is LFS’ third graduate to be included in this prestigious selection.
He graduated in 2016 from London Film School with his short HOUSE GIRL, travelling to Ghana with the crew to create the film. The short screened at Montréal World Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, Africa International Film Festival and Ann Arbor.
London Film School Appoints COO, Dan Lawson. LFS expands Executive Team, appoints Dan Lawson to a new senior leadership role.
London Film School (LFS) has appointed Dan Lawson as Chief Operating Officer. The COO is a new role and member of LFS’ executive team, created in response to the growth and future plans of the School. Lawson’s appointment rounds out the executive team following the appointment of Gisli Snaer as Director in June 2018, coming after Greg Dyke’s appointment as Chairman in April 2018.