Alumni and student highlights
Throughout May our Alumni made a significant contribution to the wider industry, not only with recognition in the form of awards and nominations but with originality and dedication, that makes LFS alumni stand out from the crowd.
We’ve been delighted to see that MA Filmmaking alumnus, Miguel Faus is developing the first European film to be funded by NFTs. Calladita is based on Miguel’s award-winning Grad Film. Digital artworks inspired by the film have been created by multidisciplinary artists to also support the funding of the film.
It was a double success this month too when we saw the announcement of the 50 Emerging Creative Directors selected for the Apicharpong Weerasethakul Lab: filming in the Amazon workshop. Both Kaki Wong and Naomi Pacifique have been selected for the workshop where, for ten days the directors will work with Apichatpong Weerasethakul to develop their short films under a methodology created by Abbas Kiarostami, adapted by Werner Herzog and now revisited by Apichatpong.
Angela Franklyn, a MA Screenwriting graduate was previously selected for the Writers Lab UK & Ireland, a development and marketplace programme for women screenwriters. Her feature script Mozart’s Don Jane, has since been picked up producer Dee Ryder’s Misfits Entertainment.
We were delighted to hear this month that Domitius, a musical written and produced by LFS alumnus Henry Cao, is showing at Edinburgh Fringe online. The show will run from 5th to 29th August.
It was once again fantastic to see LFS alumni join forces after their time at the School and create some impressive projects. The Bitter Tears of Zahra Zand has been written and directed by MA Screenwriting graduate Vahid Hakimzadeh and co-produced by MA Filmmaking graduates Sameer Patel and Danny de Warren. This a Farsi language adaptation of Werner Von Fassbinder’s 'Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant’ is set in London in the early 1980’s after the Iranian revolution. It was shot in London in November last year.
Great news from a student currently studying MA Screenwiting, Said Zagha’s film, Weedestine (Pal-Jor-Swe) is the first project from Palestine and Jordan that has been selected for Frontières Co-Production Market organised by Fantasia International Film Festival with the participation of the Cannes Marché. Congratulations to Said on the revenge / thriller.
MA Filmmaking alumnus Onyinye Egenti has been selected by Paris-based talent platform Wscripted for the Cannes Screenplay List showcasing a selection of scripts by female and non-binary writers. Onyinye’s screenplay A Season in Talgarreg was selected for the Cannes Screenplay List, created in partnership with streaming service Mubi.
We also want to recognise the achievements of our dedicated faculty. Roger Hyams who has taught Screenwriting at LFS for 17 years with a longstanding connection to the school that goes back even further, has published a book. The Lightman System is out late June. Congratulations to Roger on his novel, we’re looking forward to reading it.
LFS Graduate Film Highlights
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Glorious Revolution screened at Cannes LACINEF and won joint Third Prize! Huge Congratulations to the cast and crew! Writer-Dir-Editor: Masha Novikova, DoP: Pablo Garrido Carreras. Read more on our blog post here.
On Your Behalf kicks off with a Spanish premiere at Festival de Alicante 2022 on May 7 and was also part of NEW YORK INDIE SHORTS AWARDS – New York. Writer-Dir: Ana Garcia Rico, Editor: John Powell, Prod: Maya Wills.
The Viewing Room continues its Nordic run with a screening at Stockholm Independent Film Festival (Sweden) on the first week of May. Writer-Dir: Love von Hauswolff.
Third Solar Term continues a wonderful festival run and was part at 14th International Film Festival of Larissa (Greece) and at prestigious LGBTQI Festival Inside Out (Canada). Writer-Dir-Editor: Zhanfei Song, Prod: Naixin Liang, DoP: Tong Liu, Prod.Design: Aoya Su, Art Dir: Xiaojing Ma.
Odh Ghori was part of the online edition of the London International Student Film Festival April. Writer-Director: Rochna Kumar.
After a very busy month of six screenings all over the globe in April, Locarno premiering after a room which premiered at Locarno, screened again at 16th Elbe Dock 2022 and at Mieres Under 60' (Spain) at end of May. Writer-Editor-Dir: Naomi Pacifique; Sound Design: Pablo Garrido Carreras; Producer: Rafael Manuel.
The grad films Summer Shade (Dir: Shira Haimovici), Caravan (Dir: William Anderson), School Ties (Dir: Oscar Albert) and Macchiato (Dir: Prospero Pensa) went to across the water to Ireland for Fastnet Film Festival, held at the end of May.
Caravan also screened earlier in May in London at the niche Close Up Film Centre via as part of rather lovely Film On Film – From The Silver Screen. Dir: William Anderson; DoP: Eng Teck Ng, Editor: Nailah Robinson.
Grad film August Sun (dir: Franco Volpi) began airing on SHORT TV on 2nd May as part of The Best of the Month, a special program that will air throughout the month of May. It will be added to Spain's Amazon Prime from June.
Grad film Sink or Swim is now on Omeleto Channel. (Dir Alisa Tritenko, Prod Ksenia Rubina DoP Norbert Strehle). Check it out here and do leave a comment!
We love to hear about the achievements of our alumni. Please email Holly at firstname.lastname@example.org with any news or updates you’d like to share.
Photo Credits (top to bottom)
Image from Calladita directed by Miguel Faus, Director of Photography, Robert C. Carrera
Weedestine from Said Zagha
MA Filmmaking alumnus Onyinye Egenti
Image from of The Lighthouse System by Roger Hyams
Masha Novikova, (far left) the Jury and the prize winners of La Cinef 2022 © Jean-Louis Hupé / FDC