LFS May Round-Up: Student and Alumni News

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.  

A very special congratulations to LFS staff and alumni winners and nominees at this year's BAFTA Television and Television Craft Awards 

  • Winner Best Single DramaMatthew Button (Head of Production Design), Anna Bouwman (MAF 185), Nia Fausset (MAF 184) & Lorenzo Nera (MAF 185) for Killed By My Debt
  • Winner Photography & Lighting FictionWoo-Hyung Kim (MAF 125) for The Little Drummer Girl 
  • Nominee Photography & Lighting Fiction: James Friend (CEPC2) for Patrick Melrose 

On the festival circuit, screenwriting alumnus Murat Çetinkaya's (MAS 8) short Ad Infinitum will screen at this year's Sci-Fi London Film Festival after success at the Malatya International Film Festival, and screenings in Trieste, Ithaca, and Dublin.  

Current student Antonio Sequeria (MAF 192) has been accepted into this year's Short Shorts Film Festival, the FEST New Directors New Films Festival, and the ONE Country ONE Film Festival with A Son Like Others 

Franco Volpi’s (MAF 187) graduation film Sol de Agosto will screen at Edinburgh International Film Festival as part of the Academies strand. Elsewhere at the festival, alumni Emily Kate Harris (MAF 141) and Sasha Collington (MAF 162) feature in the Best of British strand with their new films. 

Frederico Nobre de Carvalho (MAF 188) is off to InsideOut Toronto with his graduation film Lisboa-Santarem! The film features in the Shorts: Ready to Run programme. Guests at this year's IndieLisboa Festival will also have the chance to catch the film in the festival video library.

Documentary work Can She Kill It?  by Eliot Gelberg-Wilson (MAF 192) and produced by Andrew Montague (MAF 192) screened at the Davis Feminist Film Festival.   

Alumnus Aboozar Amini's (MAF 179) Kabul, City in the Wind will have its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest in June. Aboozar also just received the Jury Special Mention at the Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, where he pitched his upcoming feature Ways to Run.  

Alumnus Christos Massalas (MAF 165) was also in attendance at Cannes this year, taking part in the 2019 L’Atelier with new project Broadway.  

Great news for Christopher Manning's (MAF 186) graduation film Isha - it will have its North American premiere at Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival. The film will also enjoy June screenings at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival and the Sicilia Queer International FilmFest. 

Zhannat Alshanova's (MAF 186) graduation work End of Season has been accepted into the 21st Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. 

We have three LFS graduation films selected for the Palm Springs ShortFest International Short Film FestivalBastard (dir. Daniel Guliyev (MAF 189)), The Chairs (dir. Orkhan Aghazadeh (MAF 186)), and About Bintou (dir. Dezhou Li (MAF 188)). 

MA Screenwriting graduate Benjamin Cleary (MAS 6) took home three awards from this year’s Fastnet Film Festival for his film and script Wave.  

Alumna Amanda Nell Eu’s (MAF 170) feature Tiger Stripes is heading to the Bucheon International Film Festival as part of the BIG NAFF It Projects development programme.  

Tarig Elmakki’s (MAF 193) fifth term film Songs of Solitude will screen at the Marbella Film Festival 

Josh Magor's (MAF 185) graduation film Siyabonga - We Are Thankful has won Best Feature at the Santa Cruz International Film Festival. 

Elsewhere, it’s always awards season at LFS:  

Alumna Celine Cotran (MAF 183) has been announced as one of this year's h Foundation Emerging Creatives. The programme is designed for talented 21-35-year-olds who are looking to progress their career in the arts. 

Current students Daniel Christophersen (MAF 195) and Oscar Albert (MAF 195) are Papaya Young Directors finalists! They'll now be shooting a commercial for Coca-Cola to be put forward to the final judging panel.

Congratulations to current student Luke Howe (MAF 192) whose script El was selected as one of five finalists in the Film Pipeline Short Script Competition, and as one of 15 finalists for the Shore Scripts Short Film Fund. 

Shalini Adnani's (MAF 196) graduation film Somebody's Daughter is premiering online for NoBudge FilmsSee the film and read an interview with Shalini here.

We have two alumni on the semifinalist shortlist for the 6th Annual ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship. Congratulations to Federico Manachino (MAF 187) and Jessica Romagnoli (MAS 10)! 

Congratulations to graduate Marietta Pappa (MAF 189) who is a finalist in the CIAK Greece-Puglia cooperation film competition. Her entry, Lotus, will be filmed by another alumnus, Antoine Billon (MAF 189). Good luck! 

Graduate Elzbieta Piekacz (MAF 185) had three films in the final competition for the Best UK Experimental Short Film at the London International Motion Picture Awards 2019: EmbraceTango Shoes, and grad film At Dawn the Flowers Open the Gates of Paradise, which took home the prize! 

Work by alumnus Christopher L. Thomas (MAF 171) as part of the Miracle Workers Collective will appear at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia for the Finnish Pavilion. 

Congratulations to all!