November | Graduate Film and Alumni Highlights

LFS Graduate Film Highlights

We are thrilled to share the news that recent graduate ET Ng (MAF 192) has won the  British Society of Cinematographers Student Short Film Award  for his work on the graduation film  Caravan! Huge  congrats  to the team: Dir William Anderson, AD Chelsey A’Desky, Editor Nailah Robinson, Sound Zhizi Hao, Rafael Manuel and Winnie Kengpol, Gaffer Rory Baynham, Spark Leslie Hsien. This is the second year running for a LFS (London Film School) graduate to have won this prize. 

Three graduate films with their UK premiere at the wonderful London Short Film Festival in January 2022. The films are: after a room (Dir-Writer-Editor: Naomi Pacifique, Sound: Pablo Carreras, Producer: Rafael Manuel). Some Manifestations of the South (Writer-Dir, Editor and DoP Zhiyi Wang) and Garcas (Writer-Dir Gabriela Nobre, Prod Tyanita Gancheva, DoP Shuaizhi Li, Editor and AD Can Koroglu. Congrats! 

Two films premiered at  Camerimage  Lontano  (Dir Andrea Banfi,  Prod: Alissa Autschbach, DoP: Sherry El Moumni Berdai), in competition and  Glorious Revolution, (Dir, Editor, Co-Producer and Co-Writer Mariia Novikova, DoP: Pablo Carreras, and graduates, Prod: Paisley Valentine; AD: Anastasia Savinova). 

Fresh after screening at Locarno last summer after a room  (Dir-Writer-Editor: Naomi Pacifique, Sound Design: Pablo Carreras, Producer: Rafael Manuel) continues its great film festival run with a North American Premiere at  Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema  and having screened at the prestigious Message to Man IFF  (Russia). The short also went to Italy,  screening at Festival de Popoli, Doc at work Future Campus.   

Summer Shade  screened this week  at the German  Munich School FilmFest in competition.  Credits: Writer-Dir: Shira Haimovici, DoP: Tamas Apor Meder. Two films from the LFS back catalogue also screened in a retrospective presentation: The Eternal Not  (2012,  Dir: Joe Spray) and  Drift  (2011, Dir: Ben Caird). 

School Ties  premiered  in the USA at the prestigious Chicago International Children's Festival. Congrats to the Writer-Director: Oscar Albert, Prod: Christophersen, Daniel, DoP: Fyras Slaiman, Assist Dir: Maya Wills, Editor: Stephany Abou-Jaoude.

The Third Solar Term (Dir-Writer-Editor: Zhanfei Song, Prod: Naixin Liang, DoP: Tong Liu). screened at the Beijing Queer Film Festival and at the high-profile Poitiers Film Fest and the Seoul International PRIDE Film Festival.  

Odh Gohri received its German premiere at the 36th Unabhaengiges FilmFest Osnabrück and earlier this year, screened at the UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter  Through Women’s Eye Film Festival and Moscow Shorts. Credits: Writer-Dir: Rochna Kumar; AD: Sam McFarland. 

A Firecracker Story4th Youth Image Hangzhou 2021 was nominated for the Golden Lotus Award for Live Action Short Films. The short also screened at the Canadian festival Yellowknife IFF and at the Polish  International FF Etiuda & Anima. Credits: Writer-Dir: Zhizi Hao, Prod: Naixin Liang, DoP: Guyuan Ma, Prod Desigr: Yiling Ding, Editor: Xiao Ding, Art Dir: Cheng Li. 

Transit  was awarded Best Cinematography at the inaugural  Hummingbird International Film Festival in Kolkata, India. Congratulations to the team: Writer-Dir: Ariq Khan and DoP: Eng Teck Ng.

Señor  was awarded with the  Best Student Film at Lone Start FF  (USA) prize. Many congratulations to Writer-Director-Editor-Producer, Masha Clark. 

Blue Hollywood  (2016, Dir: Francesco Gabriele) screens at Chelmsford in November 2021. You can read the full interview with the director  here.  

The Cow of Fire  (Writer-Dir: Vasco de Oliveira; Prod: Rocio Rivera Rosado) screens at  The Indianapolis LGBTQ+ FF  in the USA. 

Student film exercise Tsunami screened at this year's edition of the  Aesthetica Film Festival here in the UK. Credits: Writer-Dir: Alissa Autschbach, Prod Design: Chen-Ling Liu, Editor: Kilian Vratnik, DoP: Haotong Xue, Prod: Nouran Elkhateeb. 


Alumni Highlights

MAS alumnus Benjamin Cleary’s debut feature film Swan Song, starring Mahershala Ali, Glenn Close and Naomie Harris, will be released in cinemas and on Apple TV+ on 17th December. 

Ana Rocha de Sousa’s Venice 2020 title Listen has been picked up by Bohemia Media for a UK and Ireland release in cinemas and on Bohemia Media’s new streaming platform.  

ViacomCBS has launched a first-look deal program with five U.K. writers, including MAS alumnus Kaamil Shah. The writers will have the opportunity to pitch five ideas to Viacom CBS over two years and the company are committed to commissioning at least two projects to the treatment stage of development, with at least one of them being taken to the script stage. 

Remi Itani joins our graduates at London Short Film Festival UK Competition. With her most recent work the short film 5 Stars screening on MUBI also. Congratulations to all!

Photo Credits (top to bottom)
Still from Caravan by William Anderson, DoP: Eng Teck Ng
Still from after a room by Naomi Pacifique, DoP: Xenia Patricia
Still from The Third Solar Term by Zhanfei Song, DoP: Long Tiu