LFS celebrates year of graduate achievements

By StudyLink

Over the past year The London Film School has put into greater focus key aspects of its overall mission, ‘to make a world-leading centre for film education’.

Since 1956 The London Film School has trained thousands of film professionals now working across the globe. It is the most truly international film school anywhere, with 70% of its students from outside Britain. It is a wholly independent non-profit school, with a focus on craft excellence, innovation and artistic freedom.  Alumni include many great filmmakers and successful technicians, covering all kinds of cinema – names like Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Tak Fujimoto, Roger Pratt, Ueli Steiger, Ann Hui.
LFS offers a core 2-year multi-disciplinary MA Filmmaking programme, a 1-year MA in Screenwriting, a newly launched MA in Film Curating and an expanding range of targeted professional training courses, under the LFS Workshops banner. It is now one of only 3 UK film schools accredited as a Skillset Film Academy, identified by the UK industry training body as a ’centre of excellence‘.

The school makes around 180 films each year and in 2010 LFS students had films playing in more than 150 festivals, winning over 30 prizes, 5 of them ´firsts´, including a Student Oscar nomination.  LFS currently has two filmmakers in competition at the Clermont Ferrand Short Film Festival.
In 2010 LFS graduates also emerged on world festival and theatrical circuits with first or second features. Duncan Jones was awarded the BAFTA Award for Outstanding debut award for his first feature Moon. His eagerly anticipated second feature Source Code, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the SXSW Film Festival.

Shirley Adams, first feature of MA filmmaking graduate  Oliver Hermanus and co-written by MA Screenwriting graduate  Stavros Pamballis, won all three top awards at the South African Film and TV awards. Babak Jalali released his first feature Frontier Blues, described by The Standard newspaper as “a world-class director at work”. LFS graduates won two of the three Tiger Awards; Paz Fabrega from Costa Rica for her first feature Agua fría de mar and Mexican director Pedro González-Rubio for his second feature Alamar.

Three acclaimed independent UK films were shot by LFS graduate cinematographers: The Arbor (Ole Bratt Birkeland), The Disappearance of Alice Creed (Philipp Blaubach) and Submarine (Erik Wilson).

Mike Leigh, LFS Chairman and 1963 graduate said, “It’s wonderful to see that LFS, with its tradition of important film making careers in independent film over the last fifty years, is now feeding new artists trained at the school since 2000 into the feature film world at the highest level. Oliver Hermanus, Duncan Jones, Babak Jalali, Paz Fabrega, Pedro González-Rubio are all excellent representatives of our institution– ambitious, hard working, inventive, taking on real problems in the real world. They’re working in Europe, in South Africa, Iran and Latin America. This is what LFS is about.”
Further info Kate Hughes 07788 432 852, k.hughes@lfs.org.uk

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