This year marks the eighteenth annual East End Film Festival. The East London based festival celebrates homegrown UK talent, as well as, independent international projects. An LFS alumni collaboration, 'Master of Ceremonies', has been nominated for 'Best UK Short Award'. The film is writer-director Toby Wharton's first short film debut.

In addition to the award screening, the short will premiere on 14 of April as part of the Fim Fest's 'Shake It Out' selection at the Curzon Aldgate. The logline for 'Master of Ceremonies' states: "The internal workings of a young man’s mind reveals how his false sense of identity rapidly disintegrates until he is forced to confront his own isolation."

Laura Seward, fellow LFS alumni and DOP on the project commented on the nomination:

"For this film I was the DOP and it was the first time I’d ever worked with Toby Wharton, our writer/director. We were introduced by screenwriting LFS alumna Laura Nucinkis so she deserves a massive credit toward this film! It was a fantastic experience and we only had 16 hours total to shoot the entire film with almost no budget, so it’s incredible to see it all come together and be given such a great reception. It is still one of my most enjoyable filming experiences thanks to the phenomenal cast and crew and I also want to thank Johnny Colley at Arri UK for giving us our amazing camera and lighting package."

The East End Film Festival runs from the 11th of April to the 29th at cinemas all around the city. Don't miss the product of these talented up and coming filmmakers.

Director: Toby Wharton
Writer: Toby Wharton
Language: English
Runtime: 10 minutes