Worldwide recognition for a student of the world

"Since graduation in July I've been involved in dozens of projects including commercials for brands such as Apple, B and Q, I-D magazine, ITV Be and Marriot."

Yann Gorriz, BA(Hons) Experimental Film Production

October 8 2014: An international student from the remote Reunion Island situated off the coast of Madagascar has gained worldwide recognition for his Welsh speaking film.

Yann Gorriz has collected a total of six awards for his final year project titled, Glyn which sees a Welsh boy harbour ambitions to be an astronaut only for them to be dismantled by his authoritarian father.

Glyn's popularity has spread across the globe with the film being screened at 28 film festivals, including showings in Macedonia, Puerto Rico and Australia.

Yann explains: "I won six awards, that included the Sandro Bolchi Award in Italy for Best Director and a few awards in the UK and it is long-listed for BAFTA Wales so we will see how that goes.

"The film is in Welsh and about a young boy who lives in a caravan and has an authoritarian dad that wanted him to work on the farm but he wants to be an astronaut.

"His best friend leaves and he becomes very lonely and his dad understands his isolation and they fire a rocket together," he explained. "The idea of making a Welsh film came from a holiday in North Wales. I don't speak Welsh but my partner, Eira Wyn Jones, who shot the film, is from Anglesey and Welsh is her first language."

Yann is currently working in London as a freelance Runner on the production of commercials for big brands.

He added: "Since graduation in July I've been involved in dozens of projects including commercials for brands such as Apple, B and Q, I-D magazine, ITV Be and Marriot."

The 25-year-old BA(Hons) Experimental Film Production graduate, decided on a change of career direction after first completing an Economics degree in Paris and hopes to continue his study of film by completing a Masters degree in the future.

"I was studying in Paris for four years, studying economics and I decided to change and I wanted to study film.

“I didn’t really know the UK or Stoke-on-Trent but it was the Experimental Film Production course and the fact that it was very practical and not just theory.

“I would like to study a Masters at a Film School in England,” he added.

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