Film graduates make the cut at global festivals

“The films being screened could be selected for other film festivals or even be picked up to be shown on TV around the world so it's a really exciting opportunity.”

Daniel Hopkins, Award Leader for Media (Film) Production

Filmmakers from Staffordshire University are showcasing their talents at two of the world's biggest film festivals.

Alistair Little graduated from the BSc (Hons) Film Production Technology course in 2011 and is the cinematographer for stop-motion animation Pombo Loves You (pictured) which has been shortlisted at the Sundance Film Festival, taking place in Utah over the next fortnight.

The film was made while Alistair studied MA Cinematography at the National Film and Television School and he has since returned to Staffordshire University as a part-time lecturer.

Alistair said: “It's a tremendous achievement for us all, we're absolutely delighted. It's an amazing opportunity and will hopefully help the film reach a much wider audience”

Alistair's former lecturer Andy Paton commented: “Alistair was a great student and we always had high hopes for him but even we're surprised how quickly his career has progressed.

“Sundance takes on very few non-American films so for a European film to get shortlisted is quite an achievement.”

Media (Film) Production students and graduates are also making an impact on the festival circuit and will showcase their work during the Berlin International Film Festival next month.

Short films directed by graduates Josh Tilley, Sophie Piggott, Yann Gorriz and Dominic Mathews, as well as current student Richard Edmunds, will be screened at the British European Talent Screening, an event launched by British film company WEP UK Productions.

Alongside the screenings will be a talent forum, featuring a consortium of UK Universities and industry professionals, which will host sessions about film and television production, distribution and finance.

A group of ten current students and graduates will attend the event with lecturer Dan Hopkins who believes this is a unique opportunity for the young filmmakers.

“More people go to the Berlin Film Festival than any other in Europe so this a fantastic chance for our students to create links with professionals from within the industry.”

“The films being screened could be selected for other film festivals or even be picked up to be shown on TV around the world so it's a really exciting opportunity.”

Staffordshire University offers a range of film related degree courses. Find out more information about studying a course here.

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