ARTS THREAD will be at Student Film Festival London next Friday 3 February to Sunday 05 at London College of Communication – drop by our stand to say hello! We are alongside our partners Prime Cuts with whom we will also be handing out an award – more on that later! In the meantime, we preview the festival and the work of up and coming international student filmmakers, set designers, animators and more – and highlight the key events that bring together industry experts and young creatives.
Alex Barrett, the Head Programmer for the festival says: ‘Since opening our call for submissions, we have seen literally hundreds of imaginative, gripping and moving films arrive in the office…. With so many great films to choose from, pulling the programme together has not been easy. But I’m very proud of the final result and I believe there will be something to suit all tastes, from explosive westerns to wordless wanderings.’
For the awards, which range from Best Animation to Best Directing and Best Soundtrack, there are three or four judges per category and you can read all about each judge and their background. The entries are truly international; looking at the Competition Shorts for example, there are entries from universities and colleges from Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Argentina, New Zealand, Israel, Spain, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy, Austria, Singapore, Estonia, and of course, from host country the UK.
Full length films range from Song and Moon, a love story set in the ethnic Dong community in China directed by Wu Na to a nostalgic documentary, Tren Paraguay, describing a railway journey between Argentina and Paraguay, directed by Mauricio Rial Banti and Gabriela Cueto.
Outside of the competition, there will be a number of screenings. A special screening on Saturday at 10.00 celebrates the Spanish film school ECAM (Escuelas de Cine y Televisión de Madrid), whose students present a wide range of work in fiction and animation. There are stories of misunderstood vampires, a washing machine playing Cupid, zombies, a cathartic destruction of a home, unlikely friendships, a very odd girlfriend and edgy animations (including a clever noir and one about a vengeful chicken!).
Sunday at 10.00 sees a screening in which five lecturers (four from the UK, one from the U.S) talk about their work and how it relates to their teaching methods. Look out for Neil Fox, Bedford College, Rachel Davies and Polly Nash from LCC, Chris Dundon, Brunel University, Nick Reed of CORE Workshops and Jeremy Moss from Franklin & Marshall College, Pennsylvania.
Educational events Friday include the Yomi Ayeni Multiplatform Workshop, Commissioning for International Documentary ideas, International Documentary Master Class and From Student to Filmmaker.
Saturday’s educational talks include Pinewood on ‘Post Production’, Rushes Soho Shorts’ Monetizing Short Format Content, Truth and Lies: The Art of Screen Acting, “Page One” Script Editing Workshop, culminating in the Film Quiz and Midnight Madness in the evening. On Sunday, don’t miss Meet the Programmers and Building a Career in Film Curating and finally the Award Ceremony and Closing Night Party from 19.00 onwards.
See the festival programme
Student Film Festival London takes place Friday 3 February to Sunday 05 at London College of Communication, London.
Tickets cost £15 for a student festival pass and £20 for a non-student and individual event tickets are £3/£5.