"VERA DRAKE" Director: MIKE LEIGH

VENICE GOLDEN LION WINNER "VERA DRAKE" directed by our Chairman of the LFS Board of Governors, MIKE LEIGH, took four of the top awards and scooped a total of six prizes at last nights British Independent Film Awards (BIFA's).

The story of a well-meaning back-street abortionist was named Best Independent Film, Mike Leigh was named Best Director and leading actors Imelda Staunton and Phil Davis were named Best Actors. The film also won prizes for Eddie Marsan as Best Supporting Actor and Best Achievement in Production.

"SOLO" WON AUDIENCES AWARD

Marina Simoes 6th term graduation film "SOLO" has won the Audiences Award at the International Student Film and Video Festival of Beijing Film Academy, 1-7 November 2004.

"ALMOST" WINS GRAND PRIX AT IMAGES 2004, SWITZERLAND

Daniel Mitelpunkt from Israel, LFS Graduate 2003. His film "ALMOST" won the Grand Prix Europeen des Premiers Films, IMAGES 2004, Vevey, Switzerland.

"SHEEPDOG" WINS FIRST PRIZE

Joel Perez Irizarry's Graduation film "SHEEPDOG" has won First Prize for Best Short Film in the Puerto Rico International Film Festival which took place in the Puerto Rico Museum of Art in August. You will find more information at www.thefilmfoundation.org. It has also competed in the Griffon International Film Festival in Missouri in October. (www.mwsc.edu/griff/)

"ATASH" WON THE INTERNATIONAL CRITICS PRIZE AT CANNES

An LFS graduate Avi Kleinburger has just shown his film "ATASH" at the London Film Festival after it had won the International Critics Prize at Cannes in June this year.

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