24 September 2019

MetFilm School MA Directing Graduate Nominated at Third Annual PIEoneer Awards 2019

By Georgia Morian | Categorised in News, Graduate Stories

MetFilm School MA Directing graduate, Juliana Matsubara, was one of the finalists for International Alumni of the Year at the third annual PIEoneer Awards, held on 19 September 2019 at London’s historic Guildhall.

Although Julianna lost out on this occasion to a very deserving winner, Azzen Abidi, Tunisia – National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (The Stevens Initiative), USA, MetFilm School were delighted with her nomination as well as the opportunity to join Juliana at the event, which attracted over 400 attendees from around the world

Juliana said: “To be an international nominee in an event like The PIEoneer Awards is such an honour. I come from a small city in Brazil where filmmaking is more a far and impossible dream, but moving to London and studying at MetFilm School allowed me to finally have the support I needed to explore my ideas in a meaningful way to the society. The PIEoneer Awards is a very important recognition of that long journey and meeting so many people from all over the world with outstanding achievements was a humbling and lovely experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.“


Launched in 2017, The PIEoneer Awards are the only global awards that celebrate innovation and achievement across the whole of the international education industry.

With a distinguished judging panel representing geographical and professional diversity, The PIEoneer Awards recognise both individuals and organisations who are pushing professional standards, evolving their engagement or redefining the international student experience.

The PIE is an independent media, recruitment and events company connecting a global community of professionals working in international education.

International Alumni of the Year category is open to alumni who have graduated from 2015 onwards, and who have made a huge contribution to either their institution and/or the wider community in which they live, with examples of super assimilation and inspiring achievement.

Juliana who graduated from the MetFilm School London MA Directing degree in 2018 is now back at the School’s London campus as Teaching Assistant on the BA Content Media & Film Production (ScreenSpace, delivered in partnership with University of West London); as a tutor on the BA Practical Filmmaking, and on the MA Courses Moving Camera Exercise.

Juliana’s Graduation Project Southpaws – a short film about being left-handed and stereotypes – won the Diversity category at the MetFilm School annual Smart Screen Creative Awards in 2018.

The PIE is an independent media, recruitment and events company connecting a global community of professionals working in international education.

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