We are thrilled to announce that the graduation film of Rafael Mendoza (MAF 192), Filipiñana (see film still above), will have its World Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Berlinale Shorts competition! A huge achievement for Rafael and the team.

Also heading over to Berlin will be three of our graduates: Shirley Bruno (MAF 173) and Oliver Sunley (MAF 182) will join the Berlinale Talents programme for 2020, while Ricardo Saraiva (MAF 177) attends as editor of a film in the Panorama section, Nardjes A, by Karim Ainouz.

At the British Shorts Berlin Film Festival, graduation film Rara Avis screened (dir. Luis Felipe Moncada - MAF 188), alongside work from our alumni: Memoirs of a Geeza by Theo Krekis (MAS 10) and Mercury by Kyla Simone Bruce (MAF 173). 

los fantasmas

Huge congratulations to alumnus Sebastián Lojo (MAF 185), whose debut feature Los Fantasmas (film still above) premiered in the Bright Futures programme at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020 - read Screen Daily's cover of the film here. As well as Sebastián, congrats go to other LFS alumni crew members, including Remi Itani, Vincenzo Marranghino, Keenen Yong, Terrence Chim, Zhannat Alshanova, Paisley Walsh, Cem Demirer, Piero Cioffi, Chloe Deleplace, Adam Robinson, and Joan Vicente Dura. A short film shot by LFS grad JP Garcia (MAF 179), titled Rouge, also screened.

Read a new article on Locarno with graduate Zhannat Alshanova (MAF 186), following her path from a Locarno workshop with the master, Bela Tarr, to premiering a new short film at the Sundance Film Festival.

Congratulations to alumnus Ali Jaberansari (MAF 167) on the DVD release of his feature Tehran: City of Love. On 11 February, we are inviting Ali to screen his film as part of our LFS CONNECTS series - come along for a chance to see this wonderful film! Book your free ticket here.

I Draw Inside A Sheep

Ka Ki Wong's (MAF 187) graduation film I Draw Inside A Sheep (see film still above) has been longlisted for Aesthetica Art Prize 2020 and will be featured in Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology: Future Now, while her first feature Fire Room, now in development, has been selected for the 18th Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum in March this year.

Two of Amanda Nell Eu's (MAF 170) short films, Vinegar Baths and It's Easier to Raise Cattle, will screen at the 5th edition of the Final Girls Berlin Film Festival in February.

Emelie Mahdavian spoke to Bertha DocHouse about the release of the documentary she wrote, produced, and edited, Midnight Traveler.

"42 European films to tempt festival directors in 2020" includes LFS alumna Jacqueline Lentzou's (MAF 173) debut feature film Selene, 66 Questions.

And last but not least, a huge congratulations to Julien Cornwall (MAF 192) for The Lost Scot, which adds the Pendance Film Festival to its roster along with the Manchester Film Festival and Crystal Palace Film Festival

[Photo Credits: Top: still from 'Filipiñana' by Writer/Director Rafael Mendoza, DP Xenia Guenther // Second: still from 'Los Fantasmas' by Writer/Director Sebastián Lojo, DP Vincenzo Marranghino // Bottom: still from 'I Draw Inside a Sheep' by Writer/Director Ka Ki Wong, Ingvar Haukur Godmundsson DP]