MA Filmmaking graduate Franco Volpi's grad film has had a very exciting run, from a Student Oscar finalist and Student BAFTA shortlist to 26 festivals around the world, including Palm Springs, Max Ophüls, and Sao Paolo. This number continues to increase, as Sol de Agosto has been selected for the highly respected Edinburgh International Film Festival 2019!
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LFS CONNECTS is a series of industry and alumni focused events, connecting London Film School to the surrounding filmmaking community, showcasing programmes and opportunities in London and beyond, and celebrating our extensive alumni achievements. With varying events and discussions happening throughout the term, LFS Connects provides a well-rounded film education.
Canneseries Series | Greg Simmons "TV is taking things to another level in terms of deep level storytelling"
April saw the return of Canneseries, the major annual TV festival running alongside Cannes. Within the Festival ran Canneseries Institute, a series writing residency which welcomed eight international students to Cannes, from March 5 to April 11, 2019. Two such students proudly came from London Film School – MA Screenwriting grads Greg Simmons and Päivi Kotro-Brenner.
Our final Berlinale Talent, Joshua Magor, grew up in South Africa and graduated from London Film School in 2017 with the feature film ‘We Are Thankful’, which had its world premiere at Locarno and was recently awarded Best Performance at Slamdance. He spoke to us about the profound experience of making this film in his home country, why he chose LFS, and why you should never be afraid of failure.
Sophie McVeigh: What was your journey like from growing up in South Africa to coming to London Film School?
London: February 4 2019: The London Film School, the UK’s longest-standing institution for nurturing filmmaking talent in the UK, has announced Academy Award™ winning director Asif Kapadia as an Honorary Associate of the Academy.
Lorenzo Nera graduated in 2016 with an ambitious film which is just now entering the festival circuit. He’s the perfect example, though, of how maintaining your network, working with fellow grads and diversifying your skills can be a path, not only to festival recognition but also to building a sustainable career post-film school. He talked to us about taking your time, using what you know, and how it feels to be one of this year’s Berlinale Talents.
Berlinale Talents Series | Lara Zeidan: “A big part of filmmaking is questioning what’s around you and having something to say about it”
Lara Zeidan will take part in this year’s Berlinale Talents after having won the Teddy Award at last year’s Berlinale with her graduation film ‘Three Centimetres’. The one-take film, which was shot on a Ferris wheel with Beirut as its backdrop and follows three girls as they attempt to cheer up their friend after a breakup, has had an almost unstoppable festival run and was recently awarded the prestigious London Critics’ Circle Best British/Irish Short Film of the Year.
If being chosen for Berlinale Talents is a bell-weather for future success then being chosen twice is surely a sign of great things to come. Jacqueline Lentzou was born in Athens, Greece (1989) and graduated with distinction from London Film School in 2013 with her film ‘Thirteen Blue’.