Welcome to a new Met Film blog, which will be published here regularly, coming from Jonny Persey and others in the Met Film Leadership Team, and will draw together selected themes and activities within the Met Film community and the wider industry.
First of all a few celebratory thoughts, as this week we head into London’s West End on Thursday for the screenings marking the end of the latest One Year Practical Filmmaking programme, and on Friday, our latest MA programme – all this in the middle of a season of endings and beginnings, with some 200 students starting new programmes across both our programmes over the last month. Meanwhile, as I write, I’m still on a high from last week’s MA screenings and last month’s graduating BA students in Berlin. The quality of the work on display marks yet another leap forward for Met Film School, the trademark professionalism of our graduates being evidenced in narrative storytelling, powerful and inspirational stories, production value, and technical excellence.
I always enjoy talking about our graduate success stories and statistics, and the many and varied paths our graduates tread across the creative industries and beyond, in a fast changing world where digital, technological, and economic evolutions are creating more and more opportunities for professional and entrepreneurial storytellers. If you’re interested in how to make You Tube work for you, it’s worth looking at this advice from Met Film Chief Operating Officer, Neil Peplow, in last week’s Guardian.
Congratulations to our patron, Stephen Frears, who has been honoured with a BFI Fellowship. Greg Dyke says of him: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike.” Click her to read about it in Screen, with thanks to Screen for making this article free to view for MFS blog readers – you can see more at ScreenDaily.com.
And finally, huge congratulations to our fabulous documentary, experimental, and screen arts tutor, Mairéad McClean, who last week won the Mac International Art Prize for her excellent piece, No More, and to Met Film Production’s documentary team for last night’s nomination for The Great Hip Hop Hoax at the Grierson Awards. And good luck to the following films screening during November – Rhys Brisenden’s MA graduation film Midnight Snack, Paloma Lommel’s BA graduation film Little Hurricane, Caleb Wissun-Bhide’s Dawn, and Guy Lubin’s BA graduation film Bistro Caprice all screening at the Aesthetica Film Festival. Meanwhile Bistro Caprice joinsSometimes in competition at the Munich International Festival of Film Schools, with the latter, a commercial made as part of the BA Berlin programme by Rusanna Danielia, also being nominated for the Hofbräu Trophy.