Jane Roscoe, director of London Film School, leaves at the end of this term to take up an exciting new opportunity after a busy three years.  The LFS Board congratulates Jane on her new appointment as Professor,  Pro-Vice Chancellor, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education at UWE (University of the West of England) where she will start in September. 

LFS took to Cannes once again this year, returning to the festival where two years ago alumnus Simon Mesa Sota took the Palme d’Or for his graduation film Leidi. As well as hosting a breakfast with thought leaders in the post-production industry, exploring ways the film school can best prepare graduates for new workflows and emerging forms and formats, we spent much of our time promoting the work of our students to producers, commissioners and sales agents, all on the lookout for new talent.

Originally entitled BEGINNING OF AN END, Golnaz Jamsheed’s AVO has long been lighting up cinema screens at festivals around the world.

This year marks 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK. Coinciding with this milestone the British Council and the BFI are reprising #FiveFilms4Freedom, the world’s widest-reaching LGBT online short film programme. Jamie, written and directed by London Film School student Christopher Manning, is among the five shorts selected to be released online for audiences across the globe.

The London Film School produces over 180 films each year, and with festival season in full swing, here are some of the LFS festival appearances from around the world.

Atlanta Film Festival 

The Watersprite Film Festival, now in its 8th year, is the Cambridge International Student Film Festival, which aims to recognise and reward emerging talent by showcasing the best student shorts.  This year, two short films from The London Film School will be vying for multiple awards between 10th and 12th March in venues around the city of Cambridge.

OUTSIDE

Love is a many-splendored thing, and trying to explore its true nature is by no means a simple task.  This is what confronts Hamilton on a daily basis in the short film ON PAPER, directed by The London Film School’s very own Nicholas Nazari.  The Entry Clearance Officer is in charge of scruitisinig newlyweds who have recently applied for a spouse visa.

New York is becoming a greener city.  There are rooftop farms, community gardens, an abundance of bike lanes, better buses and grocery stores which shelve only organic products. But that’s not all.  Chickens are popping up everywhere in the city - as pets, egg providers, and of course as free range dinner options. With this shift towards a more sustainable, high-tech animal friendly city, New Yorkers are feeling the pressure to align themselves with this new urban lifestyle.

Congratulations to our LFS staff, students and alumni who presented work at the 67th Berlinale. These were London Film School films through and through - brave, daring, surprising and tackling complex issues, and each made an impact.

The judges awarded LFS talent with 4 major awards this year at the Berlinale 2017:

GONZALO MAZA, LFS SCREENWRITING STUDENT | ‘UNA MUJER FANTASTICA (A FANTASTIC WOMAN)’ : SILVER BEAR FOR BEST SCREENPLAY, TEDDY AWARD - BEST FEATURE FILM 2017, INDEPENDENT JURIES, ECUMENICAL JURY, SPECIAL MENTION

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