It’s been another great month of achievements at LFS – here is our June round-up of everything our students and alumni have been up to!
We’re enormously proud of the work and continued successes of our students and graduates! Here we have a selection of the festival acceptances, screenings, and awards they have enjoyed over the last month.
First, MA Screenwriting graduate and PhD student Gonzalo Maza’s (MAS 12) first feature film, Ella es Cristina, will be released on 13 June 2019. Maza is the writer-director on the film, produced by Salma Hayek’s Ventanarosa Productions.
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’.
As part of our series on this year’s selection, we spoke to Zhannat Alshanova about how she went from the corporate finance world in Kazakhstan to being selected as a director for Berlinale Talents all in the space of a few short years.
Sophie McVeigh: You graduated in Autumn 2017. Can you tell us about your background before coming to London Film School?