Many congratulations to MA Filmmaking graduates Fateme Ahmadi (2012) and Koby Adom (2016), revealed as part of Film London's inaugural list of Lodestars, honouring the bright futures of 25 innovative filmmakers and craftspeople from across the capital! Read the article on the Evening Standard Insider here. The winners are all individuals from Film London’s schemes which include Equal Access Network, Microwave, BFI NETWORK as part of Film Hub London, London Screenings and Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (FLAMIN).
Meanwhile over in Switzerland, for the Locarno Film Festival for one week only, acclaimed director Bela Tarr held a one-week workshop with 15 selected students from all over the world to create 15 shorts from which a feature film, Mountains, loneliness, desire, will be derived and shown at Locarno Film Festival in August 2019. Amognst those lucky participants: LFS MA Filmmaking graduates Naomi Waring (2017) and Zhannat Alshanova (2017). You can read more about the workshop here.
Dekel Berenson’s new short Anna will premiere in competition at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. The film is a Ukraine/Israel/UK co-production.
Gigi Roccati’s (MA Filmmaking 2004) film Luciana: Land Blood and Magic had its Italian premiere at the BIF&ST International Film Festival. The film stars Maia Morgenstern (The Passion), has so far won the Grand Jury Awards for Best Foreign Film, Best Actress and Best Editing at the Houston World Festival and premiered at the Los Angeles’ Chinese Theatre where the screening of Lucania was an integral part of the tribute to Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 and to Francis Ford Coppola, who celebrated his 80th birthday this year.
If you have caught up with Amazon’s latest TV series Hanna starring Esme Creed-Miles, you may have spotted the name of LFS graduate Anders Engström (Taboo, Thicker Than Water, Wallander) (Dip Filmmaking) who directed two episodes of the series.
Belgian-native Jeroen Bogaert (Ma Filmmaking 2009) has AD’d on Pond Life, also starring Esme Creed-Miles and Angus Imrie (Fleabag). Pond Life has just landed in UK cinemas on 26 April. Find a screening near you: www.pondlifefilm.co.uk/screenings
BBC Assistant Producer and MA Filmmaking grad, Oli Sunley (MA Filmmaking 2016), produced, with C24 films and Trademark Films, his latest short The Time Tree and travelled to North Carolina’s Riverrun Film Festival where 700 school children in total watched the film. The film held its world premiere at the incredible Sarajevo Film Festival 2018 where the film screened as part of the Children’s shorts programme.
It’s never too late for one last family holiday... Don’t miss Metroland directed by graduate Benjamin Bee (MA Filmmaking 2015) as part of the Sunderland Shorts Film Festival comedy line-up, 8 - 11 May 2019.
Our graduates develop a wider roster of skills; Kyla Simon Bruce (MA Filmmaking 2013) has a background in video art and has directed promos and documentaries for clients including The National Wildlife Trust, Armani, DKNY and Atlantic Record. Her latest short film Mercury was selected by NISI MASA European Short Pitch for development and won the ShortsTV Pitch at Cannes 2017. The short is touring festivals worldwide, winning so far Best Short Film and Best Actress Awards at the Nice Film Festival 2018, Best Short Film at the London Film Week 2018, Best Short Film at Exeter 2 Short Nights 2018. Other nominations include the Atlanta Film Festival Jury Award for Best Narrative Short, the Jelly Film Festival in Hollywood and the London Short Film Festival. Mercury screened at a sold-out BFI venue for the UnderWire Festival with a nomination of the XX Award and the Screenwriting Award. You can go see the film at the Flagey Theatre as part of the highly competitive International Competition at the Brussels Short Film Festival 2019 on Friday 3 May at 4 pm. Watch the trailer and read more about Mercury here: https://www.kylasimonebruce.com/mercury.
MA Filmmaking graduate Laura Seward (MA Filmmaking 2017) got to shoot her first commercial as a DoP starring Ewen MacIntosh (Keith from The Office) in one clip, a giant cupcake in another and a unicorn. Laura gives a shout out to fellow LFS grads Zeta Spyraki (MA Filmmaking 2017), Maja Jensen (MA Filmmaking 2017) and Tom Rowe (MA Filmmaking 2017) who also worked on the shoots. Laura also shot a commercial for EDF and included familiar crew faces such as fellow grads Zeta Spyraki and Chloé Deleplace (MA Filmmaking 2017).
Remi Itani’s (MA Filmmaking 2017) documentary feature film A Long Breath has been selected to participate in the Beirut Cinema platform which was supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
Graduate Sebastian Lojo’s (MA Filmmaking 2017) Los Fantasmas (The Ghosts) wins again! The film won at the Málaga Film Festival and LABEX Argentina, will compete in the 3rd Latin American Co-Production Forum of the 29th JCC Carthage Film Festival, and screened at Guadalajara Film Festival (FICG).
LFS grad and DoP Yiannis Manolopoulos’s (MA Filmmaking 2014) latest is out! After the feature film Namaste England, Yiannis worked as a DoP on the TV Series The Final Call, a spine chilling Bollywood thriller. Alongside this project, Yiannis and fellow LFS graduate Vincenzo Condorelli (MA Filmmaking 2008) worked on short film The Oak Tree.
For International Women’s Day 2019, ten DoPs from Illuminatrix Rising, who in collaboration with Kodak and Cinelab London ventured out-and-about with Super 8 film cameras shooting short clips to picture this year’s theme of 'balance'. Illuminatrix Rising is a collective of new wave female directors of photography, and the participants’ clips were edited into a two-minute film, highlighting the talents of young women working in the film industry. LFS graduates Cait Lyn (MA Filmmaking 2017), Jackie Teboul (MA Filmmaking 2015) and Chloé Deleplace worked on these pieces. Watch the short film created from the footage from each of the cinematographers on Vimeo here.
Cait Lyn’s latest short Some Girls screened at Rich Mix and Curzon Soho earlier this year as part of the It Takes A Muscle selection of the London Short Film Festival. Shalini Adnani (MA Filmmaking 2017) produced a feature film, Demon, alongside MA Screenwriting graduates Theo Macdonald (2017) and Christina Morelli (2017), and directed by fellow LFS graduate George Bartlett (MA Screenwriting 2016).
DoP Zeta Spyraki’s latest, My Other Suit Is Human screened at the London Seasonal Short Film Festival. Since graduating from LFS, Zeta has been working as a DoP on a variety of short films, some of which have been selected/awarded in worldwide BAFTA-qualifying festivals (Nassau Film Festival, Cymru Carmarthen Bay Film Festival 2017, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest 2017, Mill Valley Film Festival, 2017 Red Rock Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Filmfestival Kitzbuhel 2017, Fashion Week 2015, and others). She also worked on LFS films such as In The Hills (2nd Prize at Cannes Cinéfondation), Siyabonga (We Are Thankful) (Locarno Film Festival 2018), and sparked in feature films Ironbark and Untitled Girls Film. Her commercial camera and DoP work include credits for UBER, Accor Hotels, Magnum, Deliveroo, Time Out London, and Hot Ones (Ricky Gervais and Russell Brand episodes). Zeta recently also photographed LFS alumnus Iain Smith OBE on his recent visit to LFS.
And lastly, if you're looking for something to stream, from 3 May 2019, LFS MA Screenwriting alumna Eva Trobisch’s (2015) grad film All Good has been self-directed and will be released on Netflix. The film received great reviews, including in Variety by fellow MA Screenwriting alumnus, Guy Lodge, which you can read here.
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Application deadlines for September 2019 are 20 May 2019 (International) and 3 June (UK, EU, EEA).