UNDOCUMENT, a feature film by London Film School alumni Kyla Simone Bruce and Amin Bakhshian which follows the stories of UNDOCUMENTed migrants, has taken home a slew of awards including Best Feature Film at the Bucharest Film Awards.
The film, which was the vision of Kyla and Amin and produced, edited and DOP’d by LFS graduates Khalid Jabaly, Reza Jouse and Simon Shen respectively, as well as having a crew made up largely of fellow students, also won Best Director and Best Screenplay, with the actress Maryam Davari nominated for Best Actress.
UNDOCUMENT is comprised of four short stories, each depicting the different dilemmas that undocumented people go through and exploring the complex theme of illegal immigration. These character driven dramas take place in Iran, Greece and England and concern different stages of an individual's journey to Europe, the place which they hope to call home. Following its successful Kickstarter campaign, the film premiered at The East End Film Festival in July 2016 to rave reviews. It was also long-listed for two BIFAs, for Best Debut Director and Most Promising Newcomer.
Amin Bakhshian was born in Ahvaz, Iran, and after working as assistant director for short films and TV drama he decided to learn the art of filmmaking. He obtained his first degree in Film and Media and then enrolled in the MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School, which helped him to learn about the technical craft of filmmaking. He graduated in 2013 with his graduation film Deep Breath and his next short film, Cold Birth, is currently in post-production.
Kyla graduated from the MA Filmmaking programme with Distinction in 2013, with her film The Interpreter, which was nominated for several awards, long-listed for the BAFTA Short Film Award 2015 and awarded ‘Best Student Short’, as well as receiving a special mention for 'Best Woman Director' at last year’s London Short Film Festival. She is based in London and has a background in video art, having directed promos and documentaries for clients including The National Wildlife Trust, Armani, DKNY and Atlantic Records.
Kyla has just wrapped on her short film Mercury - a proof of concept for her next feature THE COCKATOO INN, written with Serbian writer Gorana Jovanović - a comedy road movie based on the themes of identity and female friendship, which has been selected for Zagreb film fest script workshop, the Nisi Masa European Short Pitcg, and won funding at a pitch competition in Cannes from Shorts TV. DOP Simon Shen and Editor Reza Jouze, both LFS graduates, are also on board. Her documentary, SILVER RAILS, has been licensed by the BBC.
You can support the Kickstarter campaign for Mercury at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mercuryshortfilm/mercury-a-short-film
The Bucharest Film Awards take place in Romania’s capital city twice a year, in summer and winter, promoting short and feature films from around the world with 18 awards in 3 categories. Their mission is to create a platform where both experienced and new filmmakers can share their art, enhance their work and connect to diverse audiences. The jury of film professionals looks for creativity, talent, powerful ideas, quality and attention to detail, regardless of the experience of those involved and the budget of the submitted works.