It’s been another great month of achievements at LFS – here is our June round-up of everything our students and alumni have been up to!
We’re enormously proud of the work and continued successes of our students and graduates! Here we have a selection of the festival acceptances, screenings, and awards they have enjoyed over the last month.
First, MA Screenwriting graduate and PhD student Gonzalo Maza’s (MAS 12) first feature film, Ella es Cristina, will be released on 13 June 2019. Maza is the writer-director on the film, produced by Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions.
MA Filmmaking graduate Franco Volpi's grad film has had a very exciting run, from a Student Oscar finalist and Student BAFTA shortlist to 26 festivals around the world, including Palm Springs, Max Ophüls, and Sao Paolo. This number continues to increase, as Sol de Agosto has been selected for the highly respected Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019!
"I have the right to live my life"
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.
“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.