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Film London alumni hit the high notes

Date posted: 06.10.2017

The last few months have seen an abundance of Film London alumni screenings and successes at festivals and events around the world.

Awards at Dinard

London Calling short We Love Moses recently won the Hitchcock award for best short film at Festival du Film Britannique de Dinard. Also screening at the festival were London Calling shorts White Riot: London and Domestic Policy. Additional award winners were Daphne, which went through the first round of our Microwave scheme and won the award for best screenplay, and God’s Own Country, which went through our Build Your Audience scheme and took the Golden Hitchcock award for best film.

Festival fiesta

Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film that takes place every November in York. This year, the programme includes London Calling shorts Pregnant Pause, The Distant Sea, Firecracker, Switch and We Love Moses. Also in the programme are new shorts from alumni we have previously supported, including Dominique Lecchi, Ruth Grimburg, Christiana Ebohon, Nour Wazzi and Ben Mallaby.

Six London Calling short films will be screening at Underwire, the UK’s largest film festival celebrating female filmmaking talent across the crafts. The films appearing at the BAFTA-recognised festival are The Distant Sea, Domestic Policy, Oysters, White Riot: London, The Purple Plain and Men Talk About Mother. The programme also includes new films from alumni including Ruth Pickett, Nour Wazzi, Eva Sigurdardottir, Dominique Lecchi and Ruth Pickett.

Screening at both Aesthetica and Underwire is short film Abandon by Georgia Parris, which was the basis for her Film London Microwave feature film Mari, currently in development.

Other short films appearing at festivals this month include We Love Moses and Rink at the Iris Prize in Cardiff; Pregnant Pause at Nottingham International Film Festival; The Distant Sea and A Girl Goes for Dinner at Cambridge Film Festival; Men Talk About Mother at Kerry Film Festival; Afro Punk Girl and We Love Moses at Black International Film Festival in Birmingham; and a selection of this year’s London Calling shorts at the BFI London Film Festival.

Last month Film London shorts shown at festivals included Pregnant Pause, We Love Moses and The Baby Shower at Encounters Festival; Vibration at Milan Film Festival; White Riot: London at The Smalls Short Film Festival; Rink at Reeling Film Festival; and We Love Moses at Toronto International Film Festival, along with our UK-India co-production feature The Hungry.

In cinemas

An exciting variety of Film-London supported features are coming to the big screen soon, with some already available to watch in cinemas.

Peter Mackie Burns’ Daphne, which went through our Microschool in 2014, has been receiving glowing reviews in publications including The Guardian, Empire and Little White Lies. The London-set character piece is in cinemas now, and available to watch on BFI Player and Curzon Home Cinema. Film Hub London is also supporting the film through the BFI Film Audience Network’s New Release Strategy.

A feature documentary which follows a Chinese teen training to be a mortician, Almost Heaven is an alumni of our Build Your Audience scheme, and is in UK cinemas now. The film has received positive reviews from Time Out, The Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily, among others.

Sarmad Masud’s taut Pakistan-shot siege drama My Pure Land will be coming to cinemas soon. The Western-style film has also been selected as the UK’s submission for the foreign-language Academy Award, the first time an Urdu-language film has been submitted by Britain in this Oscar category.

Our UK-India co-production The Hungry will also be screening at BFI London Film Festival this month, as will 22:22, Charlotte Ginsborg’s elegant exploration of static apnea.