LFS alumni are well represented at the 2019 British Independent Film Awards nominations! Congratulations to all nominees!

  • Several nominations for Oliver Hermanus' (MAF 161) film Moffie  including Best Director for Oliver himself, as well as Breakthrough Producer and Best Cinematography.
  • Fateme Ahmadi (MAF 171) worked as 1st AD on Coup 53 alongside Honorary Associate  Walter Murch, which is nominated for Best Documentary. Also nominated in that category is a new Netflix documentary, Tell Me Who I Am,  shot by Erik Wilson (DF129).
  • Ole Bratt Birkeland (DF131) is up for Best Cinematography for his work on Judy, while Flora Lau (MAF 161) is part of the Monos  team nominated for Best International Independent Film. 
  • Honorary Associate Asif Kapadia receives 5 nominations for Diego Maradona - Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Music, Best Editing, Best Sound, and Best Music - while Sorry We Missed You (by Honorary Associate Ken Loach) has nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Actor.

Chris Brake (MAF 190) won the Audience Award for his graduation film Cactus Boy at the Film Fest Tucson.

At the Busan Film Festival, Zhannat Alshanova (MAF 186) picked up the ArteKino International Prize in the Asian Project Market for her feature debut, Mother Tongue. Zhannat’s latest short film project, Paola Makes A Wish, made during her time at the residency with Bela Tarr at Locarno, will screen in the non-competitive section of this year’s POFF Shorts Film Festival. Featuring in the competitive Shorts New Talents competition at the festival are Kinsey Zhang (MAF 189) with the world premiere of her graduation film April, and Masha Clark (MAF 191) with her graduation film Señor.

Alumnus Amanda Nell Eu's (MAF 170) short film Vinegar Baths will screen in the Shorts International Live Action competition at POFF Shorts also before she heads to Tokyo for the Berlinale Talents filmmaker development scheme there with her feature film Tiger Stripes. Vinegar Baths also just won the Best Cinematography prize and the Next New Wave Award at the SeaShorts Film Festival.

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Luc Mollinger's (MAF 187) graduation film  The Mermaid of Mevagissey has picked up three festival acceptances in the last few weeks. The film will screen at the  Austin Film Festival,  Visioni Fantastiche, and the London Short Film Festival, where it will be joined by Chien-Yu Lin’s (MAF 188) The Sound of Falling 

The Sound of Falling also recently won both a special mention for the Signs Award at the International Festival Signes de Nuit, and the NAHEMI Cinematography Award from the showcase at the Encounters Film Festival.  

The cinematography of  Christopher Manning's (MAF 186) graduation film Isha has been recognised by the British Society of Cinematographers. Congratulations to the team and DoP  Simona Susnea who has been nominated for the BSC Emerging Cinematographer Awards. 

Alumnus Svelta Tsotsorkova's (MAF 147) BFI London Film Festival-accepted feature  Sister received a Special Mention for the  Kutxabank - New Directors Award  at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Read a new review of alumnus Aboozar Amini's (MAF 179) award-winning documentary  Kabul, City in the Wind  by  The Hollywood Reporter, and a Guardian review of Ali Jaberansari’s (MAF 167) Tehran: City of Love which enjoyed a UK cinema release this month and is now available on Curzon Home Cinema in the UK.

MAS alumnus Angela Franklyn's (MAS 13) feature-length script  Monsieur Baret has reached the 2nd round of the  Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.

Sofia Bost's (MAF 178) latest short film  Dia de Festa screened in the International Shorts programme at the  New York International Film Festival. 


Paisley Walsh (MAF 186) took home a University Film Award from the Hamptons International Film Festival for her graduation project Birch. 

Amy Corrigan's (MAF 188) graduation film Bound has been accepted to the Cork International Film Festival.

The International Film School Festival in Tetouan and the EuroShorts Young Filmmakers Festival 2019 will screen Rahul Sharma's (MAF 191) graduation film The Binoculars. 

Alumnus Alvaro Gago's (MAF 175) short film 16 de Decembro will have its UK premiere at the Leeds Film Festival, Oliver Hermanus will also screen his latest film Moffie.

The independent distributor Studio Soho have announced a UK cinema release for the film Undocument, co-written and directed by LFS alumnus Kyla Simone Bruce (MAF 173).

Now screening for Kinoscope members is alumna Jacqueline Lentzou's (MAF 173) Cannes Semaine de la Critique-winning short Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year.

Remi Itani's (MAF 185) new documentary A Long Breath will have its world premiere at IDFA in November in the mid-length documentary competition. 

Matt Thomas (MAF 187) and Braden LuBell (MAF 191) have made it to the finalist stage of the ScreenCraft Short Screenplay Competition, with their script Residue.  

Luke Howe’s (MAF 192) Term 5 film, Sauce for the Goose, received a Silver and Bronze award in the Romance and Comedy categories of the Independent Shorts Awards and earned a Special Mention at the  London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival.


Photo Credit (top to bottom)

Cactus Boy - Writer/Director: Chris Brake, DP: Pierfrancesco Cioffi

The Mermaid of Mevagissey - Writer/Director: Luc Mollinger, DP: Nathalie Pitters

Birch - Writer/Director: Paisley Walsh, DP: Vincenzo Marranghino