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Our November successes for our students and alumni: Huge congratulations to LFS alumnus Hamish Summers, the series producer of BBC One's DIY SOS which will be honoured with a BAFTA Special Award at a 20-year anniversary tribute event in December.
Congratulations to the following alumni with work at this year's BFI London Film Festival:
CONGRATULATIONS to our Chairman Mike Leigh on winning another award. This time the BAFTA AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR for his latest film "VERA DRAKE". Congratulations also go to his leading actress Imelda Staunton on winning Best Actress in a Leading Role for the same film.
Norma Nebot has won BEST FILM DIRECTING AWARD for her film "ANNA" - Part 1 of the portmanteau film "SENSES" at the 2nd International Students Festival of Film Art, Balchik, Bulgaria, 22-26 September, organised and sponsored by the Student Film Forum Foundation - Bulgaria.
The jury's comment under the listing for the award was "for the elegant sensitivity of the tone of our time".
"I AND THOU" BY FEDERICO SPOLIANSKY WON BEST PRODUCTION IN THE EXPERIMENTAL SECTION OF FESTIVAL IN CHILE
Federico Spoliansky's graduation film "I AND THOU" has won the Award for Best Production in the Experimental Section of the International Festival de Cine
Universitario UNIACC, Chile, 14-16 December 2004.
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.
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.