Koby Adom, who was born on the Ivory Coast and grew up in London, graduated from London Film School in 2016 with the critically acclaimed ‘House Girl’, set in Accra, Ghana, where his family comes from. When we last spoke to Koby at the end of 2017, he had just been selected for funding by Film London’s highly competitive London Calling Plus scheme to make his next short, ‘Haircut’. Now he’s floating on air after winning the London Calling Plus Award, selected by legendary Director of the final four ‘Harry Potter’ films and ‘Fantastic Beasts’, David Yates.
North America’s biggest short film festival, the Palm Springs International ShortFest, takes place this month, with three recent LFS graduation films selected and two alumni screening their work:
Creative Skillset's Trainee Finder has helped place trainees on UK Feature Films, Children's TV and High-End TV Drama across the UK. Some of the great work trainees have found through the initiative have included roles on ‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Jurassic World’, ‘God's Own Country’, ‘Breathe’ and ‘Lady Macbeth’, and on High-End TV Dramas such as ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘Poldark’.
So far accepted onto the shortlist for the BAFTA Student Film Awards and admitted to the Palm Springs International Film Festival, we think it is safe to say that director and LFS graduate Franco Volpi’s graduation film is doing pretty well!
'Sol de Agosto (August Sun)' is a dramatic comedy, the film is a character study about a ‘son reconnecting with his ailing mother while mired in bureaucratic paperwork, heavy traffic, long queues and bad manners’.
Following his success, Franco sat down with us to talk about his time at LFS and how it has shaped his practice.
This week is the kick off of Canneseries, a five-week long immersive screenwriting residency. The residency, which has been developed by UCA in association with Serial Eyes (DFFB, Berlin) has selected eight talented international authors to develop projects over the course of the programme. Sophie McVeigh, a 2017 MA Screenwriting graduate has been selected for the first intake of this prestigious programme. When asked for comment, Sophie stated:
Zeidan, whose graduate short film, ‘Three Centimetres’ was screened as part of the generation 14plus selection won the Teddy Award for Best Short Film. The jury released the following statement about their decision:
LFS MA Filmmaking graduate, Lara Zeidan, from Beirut, Lebanon, made her way to the Berlinale '18 this past week. Lara's short ‘Three Centimetres’ was selected for the Generation 14plus competition, a section that is "home to cinematic works that are thematically and aesthetically linked to the experiences of children and young people."
Carla Simón has been selected by the TorinoFilmLab for their 2018 ScriptLab. The programme was founded in 2008 and since its inception TorionoFilmLab has supported over fifty projects. In 2016, seven TorinoFilmLab supported films were selected by Cannes Film Festival. Five of which went onto to win major prizes.