Whatever stage you find yourself in your filmmaking career, it cannot be denied that a strong festivals strategy is key to getting your name and film out into the world, whether to gain funding for your next film project or to get noticed as an emerging talent.
Met Film students and graduates have screened at some of the biggest festivals in the world, including the BFI London Film Festival, Cannes and Tribeca. Recently this trend has continued, with graduates from an array of different programmes and disciplines seeing their work screened and awarded at significant festivals which celebrate independant filmmaking across the world.
BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking graduate Jonathan Schey’s short film ‘I Wanna Be Happy Cha Cha Cha’ and Six-Month Practical Filmmakinggraduate Christina Hardinge’s ‘Another Green World‘ both won special mentions at last week’s London Lift-Off festival, with an invitation to screen at their festival in Liverpool (Another Green World) and Amsterdam (I Wanna Be Happy Cha Cha Cha) next year.
The award for ‘Another Green World’ at London Lift-Off Festival
Earlier this year the popular ‘DepicT!’ film competition returned, which focuses on the difficult task of recruiting films with distinctive, imaginative and engaging content which are under 90 seconds long. At the Awards Ceremony at Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, emerging filmmaker and One-Year (Cert HE) Practical Filmmaking graduate Daniel Chisholm picked up not one, but two DepicT! Awards for his excellent short Nati, an honest portrayal of a 90 year old man living and (still!) working in Liguria, Italy. Watch it here!
Nati, which was chosen from just under 600 entries from 49 different countries, scooped both the DepicT! British Special Mention Award and the DepicT! Shooting People Audience Award, and won Daniel a whole host of career development opportunities with BAFTA, the National Film and Television School and Shooting People!
And it continues! BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking graduate Che Grant has won ‘Best Screenplay’ and a $300 prize towards the financing of his next project, following a screening his graduate film ‘One Night Only’ at the Early Bird Student Film Festival last month.
Congratulations to all graduates, and we look forward to seeing the films from all students and graduates screening in festivals next year!