LFS CONNECTS is a series of industry and alumni focused events, connecting London Film School to the surrounding filmmaking community, showcasing programmes and opportunities in London and beyond, and celebrating our extensive alumni achievements. With varying events and discussions happening throughout the term, LFS Connects provides a well-rounded film education.
Canneseries Series | Greg Simmons "TV is taking things to another level in terms of deep level storytelling"
April saw the return of Canneseries, the major annual TV festival running alongside Cannes. Within the Festival ran Canneseries Institute, a series writing residency which welcomed eight international students to Cannes, from March 5 to April 11, 2019. Two such students proudly came from London Film School – MA Screenwriting grads Greg Simmons and Päivi Kotro-Brenner.
London Film School was voted in Variety's Entertainment Education Report: The Best Films Schools for 2019.
This highly respected digital and print publication, established for 113 years, focuses on business analysis and insights of the entertainment industries, included London Film School for the second time around.
There are more ways than ever before to stay engaged with LFS, and as summer approaches, we are delighted to announce a series of events taking place on campus across the Spring Term, including our LFS CONNECTS series, MA Screenwriting Open Evening and MA Filmmaking Campus Tours.
Lorenzo Nera graduated in 2016 with an ambitious film which is just now entering the festival circuit. He’s the perfect example, though, of how maintaining your network, working with fellow grads and diversifying your skills can be a path, not only to festival recognition but also to building a sustainable career post-film school. He talked to us about taking your time, using what you know, and how it feels to be one of this year’s Berlinale Talents.
Berlinale Talents Series | Lara Zeidan: “A big part of filmmaking is questioning what’s around you and having something to say about it”
Lara Zeidan will take part in this year’s Berlinale Talents after having won the Teddy Award at last year’s Berlinale with her graduation film ‘Three Centimetres’. The one-take film, which was shot on a Ferris wheel with Beirut as its backdrop and follows three girls as they attempt to cheer up their friend after a breakup, has had an almost unstoppable festival run and was recently awarded the prestigious London Critics’ Circle Best British/Irish Short Film of the Year.
If being chosen for Berlinale Talents is a bell-weather for future success then being chosen twice is surely a sign of great things to come. Jacqueline Lentzou was born in Athens, Greece (1989) and graduated with distinction from London Film School in 2013 with her film ‘Thirteen Blue’.
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.