The second week of the BFI London Film Festival is in full swing and following on from our recently published top picks from Film Studies, Programming & Curation MA students (which you can check out here: bit.ly/2mfO7v2) the NFTS would like to congratulate the extensive list of NFTS students and alumni involved in the must watch films selected for this year’s festival.

Included in the line-up are two NFTS graduation films, #FollowMe and Eldfell.

#FollowMe is a short film that introduces you to the Iraqi women weaponising social media platforms to challenge norms and traditions in their country.

Stills from #FollowMe
Stills from #FollowMe
See the #FollowMe NFTS crew:

Director - Anna Bruun Norager
Producer – Barbara Miszczyk
Editor – Raluca Petre
Sound Design – Zoltan Kadnar
Composer – Fabio Amurri
Graphics and Titles Designer – Emma Beinish
Production Manager – Catherine Lynn

The VR documentary Eldfell is an impressive testament of the Eldfell volcano eruption off the Icelandic coast, mixing interviews of survivors with original footage from the tragic incident. Eldfell is screening as part of the LFF Expanded strand - the festival’s new showcase of XR and Immersive Art.

See the Eldfell NFTS crew:
Director – Alyssa Mello
Sound Recordist – Alexander Preddy
Sound Designer – Harry Parsons
Composer - Darryl O’Donovan

Good Thanks, You? was written and directed by an NFTS graduate, Molly Manning-Walker. The short was initially developed and supported via the NFTS Bridge to Industry scheme which supports and develops emerging new NFTS talent into the film industry.



Good Thanks, You? features Top Boy stars Micheal Ward and Jasmine Jobson and was made by a predominantly female led HoD crew, including fellow NFTS graduates Cinematographer Anna Macdonald and Editor Stella Heath Keir.

The film explores how a 16 year old girl is thrown into further emotional trauma from the authorities' response to her sexual assault.

Mandem is a ten minute short directed by John Ogunmuyiwa, made as part of the ground breaking NFTS Diverse Directors Workshop scheme, which aims to increase the number of women working in screen direction as well as people from minority ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities. The Mandem crew features a host of NFTS graduates and offers a surprising peek into the daily lives of two South London drug dealers. Heading out to parties, selling to insanely posh folk and eating patties, these are the little things that make people more than just friends.

#FollowMe, Good Thanks, You? and Mandem are all are in the running for Best Short Film at LFF and should they win, will be eligible for the Oscars! We are so proud to see these films make it this far. This year’s winner will be decided by a public vote, so if the films impress you, don’t forget to cast your vote before 12 noon on Saturday 17 October here: bit.ly/3lycA7Z.

NFTS alumni have worked on a huge number of the productions being shown at LFF 2020.

Take a look below:

Feature Film Strands

Journey

“Whether it’s the journey or the destination, these films transport you and shift your perspective.”

Another Round | Production Designer Sabine Hviid
Limbo | DoP Nick Cooke; Editor Lucia Zucchetti
The Reason I Jump | Executive Producer Jonny Persey; Composer Nainita Desai; Sound Recordist Sara Lima; Production Assistant Misia Pawlowska

Dare

“In-your-face, up-front and arresting: films that take you out of your comfort zone.”

Mogul Mowgli | DoP Annika Summerson; Editor Hazel Baillie; Sound Designer Paul Davies; Supervising Dialogue/ADR Editor Ian Morgan; Location Assistant Hannah Cole
Wildfire | Writer/Director Cathy Brady; Producer Carlo Cresto-Dina; Editor Matteo Bini; Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor/Rerecording Mixer Nikola Medic

Love

“Sweet, passionate, tough – love is a complex and many splendoured thing.”

Ammonite | Producer Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
Herself | Composer Natalie Holt
Supernova | Producer Emily Morgan; Boom Operator Thomas Markwick; 2nd Assistant Sound Kirsty Wright

Cult

“From the mind-altering and unclassifiable to fantasy, sci-fi and horror.”

Possessor | Executive Producer Daniel Negret

Debate

“Riveting films that amplify, scrutinise, argue and surprise.”

Industry (Episodes 1, 2 & 4) | Executive Producer Lachlan Mackinnon; Producer Lee Thomas; 2nd Assistant Sound Catherine Duffy; DoP Daniel Stafford-Clark (episode 1); Editor Maya Maffioli (episode 1)
Mangrove |  Sound Mixer Ronald Bailey; First Assistant Sound Nik Stojkov

Short Films

Kids Will Be Kids

“Children worldwide can be unruly, wild and unmanageable. This is all part of growing up, even if it sometimes means going beyond the limits. These films, from the backstreets of Accra in Ghana and the Australian Outback, to rural life in India and Wales, and the dog-eat-dog world of a British estate, perfectly illustrate this.”

An Everyday Act | DoP Nick Cooke; Editor Andonis Trattos

Secrets & Lies

“Less peaks, more troughs. Whether it’s secrets or lies, these very personal stories range from the everyday to the far out, with characters who exude resilience and self-determination.”

Stray Dogs Come Out at Night
| Sound Designer/Sound Editor Odinn Ingibergsson

This is the Rhythm of My Life

“Music, film, faith, costumes and colour lift our spirits and allow us to dream. Strip them away and life might be simpler, but it's the strength we find in these things that brings us together and, like the characters in these films, makes us eternally interesting.”

Mother | Directors Jas Pitt & Kate Stonehill; Editor Nse Asuquo; Composer Pablo Scopinaro; Sound Designer Odinn Ingibergsson

UK Focus

“A chance to see some of the best in UK filmmaking talent, with a varied and diverse selection of stories. Crossing genres and styles, from horror and comedy to animation and powerful drama, this is a vital snapshot of new British filmmaking that’s not to be missed.”

Dolapo is Fine | Producer Millie Marsh; DoP Yinka Edward; Editor Xanna Ward Dixon
Expensive Shit | Editor Stella Heath Keir
Good Thanks, You? |  Writer/Director Molly Manning Walker; DoP Anna Macdonald; Composer Jo Paterson; Editor Stella Heath Keir; Sound Designer/Sound Mixer Ines Adriana; Sound Recordist Ben Band
Hungry Joe | Composer Hollie Buhagiar; Boom Operator Natasha Roper; Visual Effects Artist Nicola Borsari
Mandem | Producer Emily Everdee; DoP Pep Bosch Calvo; Production Manager James Campbell-Smith; 1st Assistant Director Julian Lara-Cid; 2nd Assistant Director Aline Leduc; 3rd Assistant Director Marguerite Poupinel; Production Coordinator Paida Mutonono; Floor Runners Millie Farquhar & Gabriel Lippe; Sound Mixer Jake Hickey; Boom Operators Marc Canivell & Griff Miles; Assistant Camera Davide Scalenghe Migliarini; Key Floor Runner Jeroen Cocquyt
Two Single Beds | DoP Diana Olifirova; Editor Mdhamiri Á Nkemi

We Built A World

“In a year that has faced many challenges, we look to the perspectives of those we often do not see. In doing so we hold a mirror up to the world we live in. These films offer a moment to reflect and question, as well as engage with communities and their stories.”

#FollowMe [NFTS] | Director Anna Bruun Nørager; Producer Basia Miszczyk; Editor Raluca Petre; Sound Designer Zoltán Kadnár; Composer Fabio Amurri; Graphic Designer Emma Beinish; Production Manager Catherine LynnA Horse has More Blood than a Human  Director/Editor Abolfazl Talooni; Editor Pawel Stec; Producer Anna Snowball; Composer Filip Sijanec; Sound Designer Rob Szeliga
 

LFF Expanded Strand

“Step into a new dimension of storytelling with XR and Immersive art.”

Interactive works

Eldfell [NFTS] | Director/Producer Alyssa T Mello; Sound Recordist Alex Preddy; Sound Designer/Dubbing Mixer Harry Parsons; Composer Darryl O’Dononvan

Augmented reality installation

Leave the Edges | Colour Grading Carl Thompson

Applications are still open for a few NFTS courses. Don’t miss your opportunity to stand out in the film and television industry, visit nfts.co.uk/places-available.
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13/10/20