(Hugh Welchman and Dorota Kobiela receiving their award)

Both Loving Vincent, co-directed by Dorota Kobiela and NFTS alumnus Hugh Welchman, and Lady Macbeth, directed by William Oldroyd and produced by NFTS alumna, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly won top European Film Awards last night in Berlin.

(Stephen Frears presenting William Oldroyd with his award)

The world’s first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent, which is about the life of painter Vincent van Gogh won ‘Best European Animated Feature Film 2017’, while Lady Macbeth – described as a “brilliantly chilling subversion of a classic” in a recent 5-star review in The Guardian -  won the ‘European Discovery Award 2017’. Directing fiction tutor and visiting NFTS Fellow, Stephen Frears presented William with the award, for which fellow NFTS alumna, Ralitza Petrova was also nominated, for her film, Godless.

(William Oldroyd and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly at a recent NFTS masterclass)

Both Loving Vincent and Lady Macbeth filmmakers have recently delivered inspiring masterclasses at the NFTS. Read a write up on our Q&A with William Oldroyd and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly on making their “Anti-Bonnet Period Drama with Bite” here.

The Party, directed by NFTS alumna, Andrea Harkin was also nominated for ‘Best European Short Film’.