March Roundup: Emerging LFS talent to watch out for

It has been a busy month for our students and graduates on the film festival circuit! Below is a selection of the many screenings and nominations in the UK and beyond. 

Recent graduate from the MA Filmmaking programme Orkhan Aghazade, writer-director of The Chairs, is off to Tampere Film Festival and will screen at the Brussels International Short Film Festival in their International Competition whilst fellow MA Filmmaking graduate Frederic Kau's film Rubberneck has just won Best Film at Moscow Shorts.

Christopher Manning's grad film Isha is showing at BFI Flare on Saturday 23 March, and Josh Magor's grad film feature We Are Thankful screens at the Barbican on Sunday 29 March at 6.15pm as the Closing Night film for Chronic Youth Film Festival.

Also at the Barbican is the upcoming screening of graduate Ali Jaberansari's much-lauded Tehran: City of Love on 13 April at 6 pm.

Koby Adom has had a stellar rise from graduating in 2016 to directing the BBC One Drama series Noughts and Crosses. Read an article on Koby here via The Film and Television Charity. You can also read more about Koby's recent journey here.

We've had four grad films accepted into this year's Irish Fastnet Film Festival: Andrew Rose's All You Can Carry, Paisley Walsh's Birch, Camille Nock's Bo & Mei (which also just won Best Film at the Toronto LGBT Film Festival), and Dhruv Tripathi's 10 x 10 ft (for which he won Best Director at the Indian World Film Festival, and will also screen in Boston, New York and Jaipur). 

Dezhou Li's About Bintou will premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival, taking place March 27 – April 9 2019.

UK graduate Naomi Waring's The Eleventh won Best International Short at OFFline Film Festival, and Christine Wu's Ada features in the Visions du Réel 2019 media library. Naomi has also been accepted onto Bela Tarr's residency workshop at Locarno Film Festival along with MA Filmmaking graduate Zhannat Alshanova.

LFS was also very well represented in Cannes this year, with Aboozar Amini selected for the Spring Cinéfondation Residence and Christos Massalas (Copa Loca, 2017 – award list here) chosen for the Atelier.

MA Filmmaking graduate and Newcastle-based Benjamin Bee has been very busy! Ben is working on a feature, Maxwell, one of 12 selected for The Biennale College Cinema 2018/19. The project has also just been selected for Talent Lab Connects at EIFF 2019 and is produced by Maria Caruana Galizia (Candle and Bell) and Keith Bell (Harry Brown, The Descent, Dog Soldiers). The project is currently scheduled for shooting in February 2020. He’s also at treatment stage with the BFI and writing two TV shows with author Matt Wesolowski (Six Stories) amongst the raft of other projects being worked on. 

We also have a Term 1 film, Alexander Hagani's Private Lives, that has been accepted to Chicago's Sound of Silent Film Festival.

Great to see Chien-Yu Lin take home the Auvergne-Rhones-Alpes Festivals Award from Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival for graduate film The Sound of Falling. 

For another win, alumna Victoria Haywood's grad film Softly Softly Catchy Monkey has pick up Best Breakout Film Award at the Bute Street Film Festival.


The Death of Don Quixote by Miguel Faus Jubert screened at London's famous Regent St Cinema last month, whilst the multi-award-winning graduate film Three Centimetres by Lara Zeidan played at RichMix.

And finally, many congratulations to Lara Zeidan and cast & crew for not only winning the Berlinale Teddy and the Iris Award but now winning Best British/Irish Short Film at the recent London Critics' Circle Film Awards for graduate film Three Centimetres!  You can read more about Lara in a recent interview here.


To learn more about the MA Filmmaking programme, click here. 

Application deadlines for September 2019 are: 20 May 2019 (International) and 3 June (UK, EU, EEA). 

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Credits (top to bottom): Lara Zeidan at Berlinale, Koby Adom, Mordechai film still by Ben Bee/DP:Yiannis Manolopoulos, Three Centimetres by Lara Zeidan/DP: Pierfrancesco Cioffi