August Graduate Film and Alumni Highlights

Graduate Highlights

LFS graduation film after a room won the Silver Swiss Pardino at Locarno in the Pardi di domani - National Competition in August!

Huge congratulations to the whole crew and cast! Director - Editor, Naomi Pacifique, Producers Juri Ferri and Raphael Manuel, DoP Xenia Patricia, Sound Pablo Carreras, AC Maya Wills, Gaffer Leslie Lin, Production Designers Davide Valsecchi and Shira Haimovici, AD Paisley Valentine.

Raphael Manuel’s grad Filipiñana won both the Best Film, International Competition and the George Lucas Grand Prix for Best of Show at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia 2021, becoming eligible for Academy Award Nomination.

In addition, the film was awarded the Best Short Film at Prague Shorts Film Festival. LFS Alumni also made a strong impression at this premier festival with Alvaro Gago (MAF 175) and Jacqueline Lentzou (MAF 173) both receiving special mentions for their recent work.

Transit (Dir Ariq Khan, DoP Eng Teck (ET) also screens at Oscar Qualifying 11th Bengaluru International Short Film Festival (BISFF), the largest short FF in India.


Grad film Espacios Vacios won Best Narrative Short at the LASA International Film Festival 2021. Congratulations to the team: Dir: Clara Schieber Lorenesi, Editor: Anne Madeleine Mancosu, DoP: Juri Ferri, Assistant Dir: Vasco de Oliveira, Sound Editor: Vassil Kotzev.

My Other Suit is Human screens at Oxford IFF, with 3 nominations and won Best Short Film in World Cinema Section at Phoenix FF! Congratulations to all!  Director: Andrew Montague, Prod design: Rocio Rivera Rosado, Art Dir: Shiyun Gu.

Garças will premiere at the Indie Lisboa Film Festival, screening on August 31st and September 3rd. Dir. Gabriela Nobre Prod: Tyanita Gancheva; DoP: Shuaizhi Li; Editor & Assistant Dir: Ahmet Koroglu.

Lontano premieres in Italy on September 8th, at the AfroBrix Festival in Brescia. Dir. Andrea Banfi, Prod: Alissa Autschbach; DoP: Sheherezade El Moumni Berdai.

Caravan (was part of The Irish for Hope: Short Film Feeling Hopeful of Irish Film London. Also, New York Latino FF presented by HBO and Warner Bros. September 14-17. Dir. Will Anderson, Assistant Dir: Chelsey D'Adesky; DoP: Eng Teck Ng, Editor: Nailah Robinson.

Landing Point (Dir. Sei Hong Cheng) has been nominated for Best Indie Short, Best Student Director (Male), and Best Original Screenplay at the IndieX Film Fest in Los Angeles.

The Beast will be screening in September at the Festival of Cinema NYC and at Dances With Films Los Angeles. Dir Prod & Editor: Luke Howe; Prod: Julien Cornwall, Paul Maziere; DoP: Tamas Apor Meder, Prod Design: Davide Maria Valsecchi; Assistant Dir: Scott Trotter.

We Choose to Go will be part of the New York Latino Film Festival in September. Dir: Marlene Rios, DoP: Hsien Niu, Prod Design: Emily Marquet; Art Director: Tim Archibald; Assistant Dir: Clara Schieber Lorenesi.


Alumni Highlights

The debut feature film of alumnus Emre Kayis, edited by alumnus Ricardo Saraiva, Anatolian Leopard will have its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

A new Variety article spotlights the Edinburgh Film Festival Talent Lab, featuring work by three LFS alumni, Fateme Ahmadi, Celine Cotran and Theo Krekis.

Alumna Maysoon Pachachi and her debut feature film are highlighted in this Arab Times article about her work.  Her film Our River...Our Sky will have its World Premiere at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

Tobia Sempi has been featured in ASC Magazine’s Rising Stars of Cinematography 2021 list.

Hong Eui Jeong spoke to Forbes about her filmmaking career so far and her latest film Voice of Silence, set to premiere at the 2021 Fantasia International Film Festival


Photo Credits (top to bottom)
Still from after a room by Naomi Pacifique, DoP: Xenia Patricia
Still from Transit by Ariq Khan, DoP: Eng Teck Ng
Still from My Other Suit is Human by  Andrew Montague, DoP: Zeta Spyraki
Still from Caravan by William Anderson, DoP: Eng Teck Ng