Since their graduation in 2021, our BA (Hons) Filmmaking alumni have been taking the international film festival circuit by storm, with a number of their graduation films picking up official selections, and winning awards,
This month we were delighted to hear of the success of three more of our students’ films, with multiple selections and awards being won, notably by our female director alumni.
‘Haunted’, directed by Giselle Turner and written by Alexandrine-A. Haeberli has so far been selected at nine festivals, with new selections coming in every week.
The psychological drama about a young woman dealing with the loss of her mother, and the ghosts of grief that haunt her, also picked up the award for ‘Best Student Short’ at the Robinson Film Awards. See below for a full list of festival selections.
Director, Giselle Turner, had this to say about the film’s early triumphs:
"I'm ecstatic to see the success in the early steps of Haunted's festival run, and I hope this is just the beginning of the success for everyone to come. A huge congratulations to all who worked on it, I'm so proud of the cast and crew."
‘Haunted’ official selections:
London International Monthly Film Festival 2022 (Honourable Mention)
Paris Shorts Film Awards 2022
Lift-Off Global Network Sessions 2022
The Paus Premieres Festival 2022
Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival 2022
Robinson Film Awards International Film Festival 2022 (WINNER: ‘Best Student Short’)
Iconic Images Film Festival 2022
Symbiotic Film Festival 2022
Fortean Film Festival 2022
Director Flora Koller has had recent success with two of her LFA graduation films. ‘I Feel You Staring’ is a short thriller about the female experience, capturing the essence of what a stare can feel like.
Written by Swaen Lievestro, the film was selected at the Reale Film Festival 2022, where it also picked up the award for ‘Best Experimental Film’.
Watch an exclusive clip of the short on our Instagram page.
Flora’s Special Project film, the short documentary ‘Am I Ugly?’ has also been selected to be screened at the Shorts On Tap Film Festival. This documentary in the performative and poetic genre investigates body dysmorphia from the perspective of a group of men who suffer from negative body image issues.
Finally, current second-year BA student, Edoardo Magliarella, has had his horror short film ‘The Hangman’ selected at a grand total of 10 film festivals so far, picking up the award for ‘Best Student Film’ at the Metropolis Film Festival.
Shot during lockdown as part of an LFA school challenge, Edoardo wrote, directed, produced, shot and edited this film entirely by himself, starring Enrico Conte and with a chilling original music score by Belmin Krilcevic.
The film has already stacked up over 12k views on YouTube, and received praise from industry professionals including Director of Photography Maxime Alexandre ('Shazam!', 'Crawl', 'Annabelle' 'The Nun'), as well as film editor Eddie Hamilton ('Mission: Impossible Fallout', 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', 'X-Men: First Class').
‘The Hangman’ official selections:
Metropolis Film Festival 2022 (WINNER: ‘Best Student Short’)
International FIlm Operation 2022
Visioni Notturne 2021
Dead Northern Horror Film Festival 2022
Ethereal Horror Fest 2021
Romford Horror Film Festival 2022
Spook Screen 2021
Heart International Italian Film Festival
Lift-Off Global Network First-Time Filmmaker Sessions 2022
Congratulations to all of our BA students and graduates on their continued film festival success! To read the rapidly growing list of festival triumphs from our emerging filmmakers, head to the LFA blog for the full rundown.