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NFTS Alumni have over 130 credits on films screening as part of this year’s BFI London Film Festival including the European Premieres of ‘Saint Maud’ and ‘Calm with Horses’ directed by NFTS alumni Rose Glass and Nick Rowland which are competing in the Best Film and Best First Feature categories.

Other film with NFTS Alumni involvement in the Best Film and Best First Feature Category include ‘Fanny Lye Deliver’d’ (Produced by Zorana Piggott), ‘Honey Boy’ (Shot by Natasha Braier), ‘Manos’ (Written by Alexis Dos Santos), 'Make Up' (Produced by Emily Morgan).

In addition to the competition categories there are screenings of ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ (Edited by Peter Lambert); ‘The King’ (Co-produced by Iidiko Kemeny); ‘The Two Popes’ (Production Sound Mixer Stuart Wilson); ‘Our Ladies’ (Directed by Michael Caton-Jones); ‘Rock’ (Directed by Sarah Gavron); ‘The Disappearance of My Mother’ (Directed by Beniamino Barrese); ‘Wet Season’ (Directed by Anthony Chen); ‘Muscle’ (Shot by Stuart Bentley) and ‘Shooting the Mafia’ (Directed by Kim Longinotto).

In the Short Film category, we have ‘White Girl’ (Produced by Jesse Romain and Jack Casey) and the premiere of NFTS Kickstarter project ‘End-O’ (Directed by Alice Seabright and Produced by Kate Phibbs).

“The scale of the NFTS alumni involvement across the film this year is staggering” commented Jon Wardle, Director of the National Film and Television School, “We couldn’t be more prouder of our alumni and the fantastic work they have produced this year”.

Alumni involvement at the BFI London Film Festival:

In Competition:
 
Fanny Lye Deliver’d  Producer Zorana Piggott; Sound Designer Steve Bond; Daily Runner Elliott Edwards (Best Film Award)
Honey Boy  DoP Natasha Braier (Best Film Award)
Monos  Co-Writer Alexis Dos Santos (Best Film Award)
Saint Maud  Writer/Director Rose Glass; Art Director Isobel Dunhill (Best Film Award)
Calm with Horses  Director Nick Rowland; Writer Joseph Murtagh; Editor Nicolas Chaudeurge; Supervising Dialogue Editor Morgan Muse; Rerecording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor Matis Rei; Additional Editor Andonis Trattos (Best First Feature)
Make Up Producer Emily Morgan; Executive Producer Zorana Piggott; DoP Nick Cooke; Sound Mixer Sara Lima; Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor Ania Przygoda; Dialogue & Additional Effects Editor Maiken Hansen (Best First Feature)
Coup 53  Rerecording Mixer Martin Jensen (Documentary Competition)
Cold Case Hammarskjöld  Additional Editor Erika Gonzales (Documentary Competition)
White Girl Producer Jesse Romain & Jack Casey; Editor Mdhamira Á Nkemi, Sound Recordist Chi Limpiroj (Best Short Film)


Other Screenings:
 
The Personal History of David Copperfield  Editor Peter Lambert; Art Director Tom Goodwin; Assistant Set Decorator Violet Elliot; Additional Photography David Katznelson; Assistant Colourist Sara Buxton; Assistant Production Coordinator Simone Tomasi (Opening Night Gala)
The Aeronauts   Graphic Designer Louise Begbie; Draughtsman Jelle Rebry; Rerecording Mixer Stuart Hilliker; Lead Compositor Ruochen Wang; 2nd Unit DoP/Camera Operator Gary Clarke; 2nd Unit Production Assistant Ed Fairweather (Mayor of London’s Gala)
Hope Gap  Digital Compositor Roni Rodrigues (Headline Gala)
The King        Co-Producer Ildiko Kemeny; Art Director Kiera Tudway; Art Department Assistants Ewa Galak & Rosalind Gregoire; Key 1st Assistant Sound Tom Harrison; Assistant Production Co-ordinator Timea Huszar (American Airlines Gala)
Bacurau  Editor Eduardo Serrano (Thrill Gala)
Official Secrets  Bidding Co-ordinator Kieran Nolan Jones (Debate Gala)
The Two Popes  Sound Mixer Stuart Wilson; 2nd Boom Operator Victoria Franzan (Journey Gala)
Blackbird  Production Manager Hussain Casey-Ahmed; Sound Effects Editor Rob Turner (Special Presentation)
Krabi, 2562  Rerecording Mixer Philippe Ciompi (Experimenta Special Presentation)
Our Ladies  Writer/Director/Producer Michael Caton-Jones; DoP Denis Crossan (Special Presentation)
Rocks     Director/Executive Producer Sarah Gavron; Editor Maya Maffioli; Art Director Isobel Dunhill; Dialogue Editor Jussi Honka; Supervising Sound Effects Editor Gunnar Oskarsson (Special Presentation)
The Disappearance of My Mother  Writer/Director/Camera Beniamino Barrese; Additional Photography Brian Fawcett
Nocturnal  Line Producer Alexandra Breede; Co-Producer Chris Hees; Editor Andonis Trattos; Production Manager Lennard Ortmann; Sound Designer Maiken Hansen; Sound Recordist James de Taranto
Pink Wall  Executive Producer Bob Portal; Sound Recordist Caroline Singh
Ordinary Love  Supervising Dialogue & ADR Editor Ian Morgan; Dialogue Editor Morgan Muse
REAL  Rerecording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor Raoul Brand; Dialogue Editor/Sound Effects Editor John Cohen
Trigonometry [TV Episodes]  Production Designer Stephane Collonge
Wet Season      Writer/Director/Producer Anthony Chen; DoP Sam Care; Editor Hoping Chen; 2nd Assistant Director Ivan Tan; Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor Zhe Wu
Country Lines  DoP Sverre Sørdal; Editor Paco Sweetman; Production Sound Mixer Juan Montoto Ugarte; Boom Operators Danny Richards & Doug Templeton
Lynn + Lucy  Producer Camilla Bray
Days of the Bagnold Summer  Production Sound Mixer Tarn Willers; Boom Operator Doug Templeton
Rare Beasts  Editor Hazel Baillie; Dialogue Editor/Rerecording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor Markus Moll; Boom Operator Tim Parris
Divine Love  Editors Livia Serpa & Edouardo Serrano; Compositors Jorge Canada Escorihuela & Florentin Ionita; VFX Editor Roni Rodrigues
Little Joe  Dialogue Editor Rainer Heesch
Muscle  DoP Stuart Bentley
The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain  Composer Jered Sorkin
Monsoon DoP Benjamin Kracun; Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor Gunnar Oskarsson; Sound Effects Editor Christopher Wilson
Perfect 10  Writer/Director Eva Riley; Producer Jacob Thomas; Executive Producer Zorana Piggott; DoP Steven Cameron Ferguson; Editor Abolfazl Talooni; Composer Terence Dunn
The Thief’s Daughter  DoP Neus Ollé; Art Director Isona Rigau
Us Among the Stones  DoP Annemarie Lean-Vercoe; Editor Claire Pringle
Shooting the Mafia [Doc]  Director Kim Longinotto
A Family Affair Dialogue Editor Thomas Blazukas
End-O Director Alice Seabright; Producer Kate Phibbs; DoP Alana Mejia Gonazlez; Editor Stella Heath Keir; Production Assistant Pia Kaiser; 3rd Assistant Director Jeroen Cocquyt & Gabriel Lippe; Re-recording Mixer Adam Shuttleworth; Sound Recordist Bridget Bradshaw
Memoirs of a Geeza DoP Jonathan Flint
Let’s Roll Sound Recordist Andrei-Tudor Grigore
Be Still My Beating Heart DoP David Liddell Production Designer Alexandra Toomey
The Trap DoP Jonathan Muschamp
Martha Writer Iona Firouzabadi
Our Sister DoP Molly Manning-Walker
Something In The Closet DoP Anna MacDonald
JerichO Composer Alexandra Harwood

Second year NFTS Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition MA students recently attended MIPCOM in Cannes, the world’s biggest entertainment market. From blockbuster programming to ground breaking partnerships, every October the global media and entertainment industry converges in Cannes to turn every moment into an opportunity, transforming four days of exchange and networking, meetings, screenings and conferences, into lasting business.

We spoke to Natasha Oldham, Esther Alade and Yung Chang who alongside their fellow students attended MIPCOM, the final field trip of their course. The visit is designed to fully immerse the students in the highly competitive world of B2B in Television and even resulted in them rubbing shoulders with the kings of TV entertainment Ant and Dec, alongside fellow TV presenter Stephen Mulhern!

NFTS Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition Students meet Ant & Dec and Stephen Mulhern

What did you gain from attending MIPCOM and how does it feed into your studies at the NFTS?

Natasha: “I learnt a lot about global emerging trends in future TV formats. It is clear that UK and US dramas lead the way internationally. HBO's Euphoria set the trend for content relating to teenage struggles with identity, invasion of privacy and mental health.”

Yung: “The keynote talks were very informative and helpful in terms of getting us to understand more of the trends and hot topics in the TV industry. MIPCOM mainly focuses on TV and I can really feel how it differs from the film context we are more used to at the NFTS. It reminded me of the territory analysis report we made last year, which was a good way to start building up some knowledge of the TV industry.”

Did MIPCOM live up your expectations?

Esther: “MIPCOM exceeded my expectations! It felt great to be part of the events, from the Keynote sessions which were informative to walking around the different company stands which included Disney, BBC, ITV and Fremantle among many others. We also attended the Diversity Gala awards and the networking events.”

Natasha: “Absolutely! There was a global representation of companies from TV Sales and Distribution throughout the Palais. The speakers ranged from industry heavyweights like Amazon Studios, BBC Studios and Warner Media to some of the most creative minds working in the TV industry such as Jed Mercurio (Line Of Duty and Bodyguard) and Ru Paul (Emmy winning Ru Paul's Drag Race). Listening to their experiences was the highlight of MIPCOM for me.”

Yung: “In terms of the overall experience (the talks and networking opportunities), I would say it was beyond what I expected. I was lucky to be able to speak to some really nice people and have kept in contact with some of them. Even as a student, it is still possible to speak to different people and pick someone's brain at the right time.”

RuPaul is interviewed on stage at MIPCOM

What advice would you give to next year’s Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition students ahead of attending?

Esther: “Make sure you plan ahead, attend as much as possible including the Keynote sessions, try and get an invitation to the invite-only events, they are great for networking. Be confident and speak to as many people as you can. You never know where the relationship or connection will lead to. Bring at least two items of smart clothing, one for the Opening Gala party and another for any other events you might get invited to.”

Natasha: “During the first two days, attend as many lectures as you can and make a list of the companies and/or people you would want to chat to on Wednesday – that’s the day to grab people from your wish-list. They are less busy so have more time to chat with you. Be prepared that some may have already left.”

Yung: “I tried to do some homework before going to MIPCOM. For example, check which talks/screenings/networking events you plan to attend, research some of the companies that will be exhibiting. Last but not least, go to some parties if possible. This may not be for everyone and you don't have to be at parties to socialise with people.”

What formats were you excited by at MIPCOM? Did you spot any key new trends emerging?

Esther: “Key trends that stood out to me were talks around partnerships, for example, Twitter working with ITV and Buzzfeed and the importance of Fandoms when measuring ratings.”

Yung: “I really looked forward to seeing TV formats in different territories, especially from the Asia Pacific region. The reality TV format is still a key trend. In terms of something new, I was surprised by the quality and development of 4K/8K content. Especially in Japan, it's in their national policy to increase 4K content over the next few years. I am very interested in seeing how technology can potentially change TV story-telling and content creation in the future.”

NFTS MDSE students network at MIPCOM in Cannes

Tell us how you came to meet telly legends Ant & Dec and Stephen Mulhern?

Natasha: “We attended a talk with Ant, Dec, Stephen Mulhern and Angela Jain of ITV Studios Entertainment. When we asked for a photo with them, I came to the front as I'm one of the shortest in our group. Dec instantly said, ‘yes, short ones to the front!’ They were so friendly and gracious.”

Esther: “Ant, Dec and Stephen had great chemistry. It really came across how much they love their careers. I was surprised that they were quite tall, I assumed they would be really short!”

Finally, any last thoughts?

Esther: “MIPCOM is not the place to be shy, you have to have your elevator pitch ready at all times and be ready to come out of your shell. It’s a perfect opportunity to get a great insight into the world of TV and meet amazing people who you could end up working with.”

For more information on how to secure a place on the NFTS Marketing, Distribution, Sales and Exhibition course from January 2020 go to: nfts.co.uk/marketing-distribution-sales-and-exhibition

A trio of NFTS graduation films have been shortlisted for the 2019 BAFTA student Film Awards in Los Angeles -  Azaar directed by NFTS Directing Fiction MA graduate Myriam Raja and produced by NFTS Producing MA graduate Nathanael Baring; Heatwave directed by NFTS Directing Animation graduate Fokion Xenos and produced by NFTS Producing MA graduate Priya K. Dosanjh; and November 1st directed by NFTS Directing Fiction MA graduate Charlie Manton and produced by Teodora Shaleva have all been shortlisted for the annual event, which this year, takes place on Tuesday, July 9th at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA.

The three films have been shortlisted out of over 568 submissions from film schools from all across the world.

“We take immense pride in our unwavering support of emerging student filmmakers from around the globe year-round,” said BAFTA LA CEO, Chantal Rickards. “We are delighted that this year, having received a record number of submissions, we will not only be able to recognize students’ achievements but also fund deserving student film projects with the BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant.

Azaar: A coming of age story set amongst a small mountainous tribe of women in 19th century South Asia. Azaar tells the story of a spirited young girl who yearns to wear a veil and become a woman, despite the costs this may entail.

Team:
Director/Screenwriter Myriam Raja; Producer Nathanael Baring; Cinematographer Michael Filocamo; Assistant Directors Oliver Brown, Yelena Guillen Ortega; Production Designer Lauren Taylor; Production Manager Julia Jendrysik; Editor Stella Heath Keir; Production Sound Mixer Chi Limpiroj; 1st Assistant Sound Robert Wynne; Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Ben Goodall; Composer Roshan Gunga; CG Lead Ysabel King; Colourist And Online Editor Liz Glennard

Heatwave: In the midst of a searing heatwave, two little children find a way to cool everyone down.

Team:
Director/Writer Fokion Xenos; Producer Priya K. Dosanjh; Cinematographer Brendan Freedman; Production Designer Antonio Niculae; Production Manager Joseph Phillips; Editor Stella Heath Keir; Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Kevin Langhamer; Composer Andreas Gutuen Aaser; Marketing and PR Alexandre Ermakov; Model Makers Thanos Kantzavelos, Harry Saxon; Colourist And Online; Editor Liz Glennard

November 1st: A mother and daughter travel across state to witness a long-overdue execution.

Team:
Director/Screenwriter Charlie Manton; Producer Teodora Shaleva; Cinematographer Molly Manning Walker; Production Designer Theo Boswell; Production Manager Madeleine Sara; Editor Celina Øier; Production Sound Mixer Carys Ellis; 1st Assistant Sound Ryan Beauchamp; Dubbing Mixer Adam Shuttleworth; Composer Thomas Ross Fitzsimons; CG Lead Paul Robinson; CG Artists Roxana Loncea, Jan Karnkowski, Beatrice Mikulskyte; Lead Compositor Ysabel King

The BAFTA Student Film Awards is an annual event celebrating the works of the next generation of talented and innovative filmmakers in animation, live action and documentary filmmaking.  Featuring an evening of student films selected by a panel of industry professionals, the best films in each category will be chosen on the night for four top prizes – the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event’s panel members.

In 2018, NFTS graduation animation, Inanimate, directed by Lucia Bulgheroni and produced by Lennard Ortmann won the Special Jury Award whilst NFTS Directing Animation MA graduate, Paloma Baeza and Producing MA graduate, Ser En Low both took home Short British Animation BAFTAs for Poles Apart in 2017.

If you would like to follow in our students’ footsteps, please visit www.nfts.co.uk/animation and www.nfts.co.uk/fiction for more information.

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