LFS SEPTEMBER ROUND-UP: STUDENT AND ALUMNI NEWS

Congratulations to the following alumni with work at this year's BFI London Film Festival:

  • Oliver Hermanus (MAF 161) screens his latest film Moffie after its Venice Biennale premiere. Read a stellar Guardian review of the film here.
  • Theo Krekis (MAS 10) presents his short film Memoirs of a Geeza in the Push the Button shorts programme, while Svetla Tsotsorkova (MAF 147) brings her latest drama Sister to the Journey strand.
  • Fateme Ahmadi (MAF 171) worked on documentary Coup 53 as 1st AD, Aaron Reid (MAF 159) worked on the short film Martha, which screens in the London Calling shorts programme and Gavin Poolman (DF95) was the executive producer on the Headline Gala feature Hope Gap.

Coming up at this year's Oaxaca FilmFest we've got Franco Volpi's (MAF 187) graduation film Sol de Agosto, Falcon Sakr's (MAF 190) Batul, Cat Watson's (MAF 191) Dance of the Porcelain Demons, Miguel Faus' (MAF 192) The Death of Don Quixote, and a project by Marcelo Veloz (MAF 194), made outside of LFS, titled ¿Le Vas a Decir?. Graduate film Sol de Agosto also won First Prize and the Audience Award at the Frame Light Short Focus Film Festival, and has been accepted to the 18th International Student Film and Video Festival of the Beijing Film Academy. Cat Watson has also been selected to pitch a TV series to the HBO panel at the festival. 

Guy Wilson’s (MAF 187) Cry also took home an Audience Award from the Frame Light Short Focus Film Festival. Kaki Wong (MAF 187) pitched her short film project Wild Child at the 6th Drama Pitching Lab at the Short Film Fest in Drama, Greece, and was awarded a post-production service award. Her first feature film project, Fire Room, has now also been selected to participate at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum Film Lab. The Sound of Falling, an LFS graduation film, will also screen at the Kaohsiung Film Festival in Taiwan, alongside Yu-Lin Chung's (MAF 189) The Angler.

Zhannat Alshanova (MAF 186) was the 1st AD on new film The Horse Thieves which opens this year's Busan Film Festival. At the SeaShorts Film Festival in Malaysia, Amanda Nell Eu (MAF 170) took home the Next New Wave Award and the SeaShorts Best Cinematography prize for her short film Vinegar Baths.

Hilary Burgoon (MAS 13) and her script Duck have advanced to the quarter-final round of the ScreenCraft Shorts Competition, while Jessica Romagnoli (MAS 10) and Federico de Manachino (MAF 187) are We Screenplay TV quarterfinalists with Queenside.

Amy Corrigan’s (MAF 188) graduation film Bound will premiere at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York. Also in New York, at the New York International Film Festival, alumnus Sofia Bost’s (MAF 178) short film Dia de Festa screened in the International Shorts competition.

Massimo Zannoni’s (MAF 189) La Petite Folie has been selected for the Monochrome Film Festival in Brixton. "Are you going to the toilet wrong?" Sam Tibi (MAF 190) has been busy directing short films for the BBC Ideas platform to let us know! Watch his work here.

Three LFS films will screen at the Aesthetica Film Festival in November - Tung Ying Hsieh's (MAF 189) The Field, Rafael Mendoza's (MAF 192) Dogeater, and Chien-Yu Lin's (MAF 188) The Sound of Falling in the NAHEMI showcase. Rahul Sharma's (MAF 191) graduation film The Binoculars will premiere at the 13th Alexandria Film Festival.

Joshua Magor's (MAF 185) film Siyabonga screened at the Hilton Arts Festival in South Africa. 

Chris Brake's (MAF 190) graduation film Cactus Boy will premiere at the Film Fest Tucson on 12 October. Juri Ferri’s (MAF 191) graduation project Meidagen premiered at the Film by the Sea Festival in Vlissingen. Antonio Sequeira’s (MAF 192) project made outside LFS, A Son Like Others, has been accepted to the 2019 FilmFest Osnabruck.

Anne Madeleine Mancosu brings the moral dilemma of today’s refugee crisis into sharp focus in At Sea at the Earls Court Film Festival.

Alvaro Gago’s (MAF 175) latest short film 16 De Decembro will screen at this year’s Reykjavik International Film Festival. The film also just won a Special Jury Mention at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt where alumnus Aboozar Amini (MAF 179) was also awarded with the Bronze Star for Documentary Film and the NETPAC Award for his work Kabul, City in the Wind.

Congratulations to all!