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Media Arts Students' Film Festival success

Posted on 11/02/2011

The cast and crew celebrating at the end of the shoot

Lavender, a short movie made by a group of final year Media Arts students over the summer, has been accepted into the British Film Institute Future Film Festival and will be showing at the prestigious BFI Southbank on Sunday (13 February) with a Q&A with members of the crew.

Little White Lies Magazine calls The Future Film Festival a showcase for "the best new films from the next generation of UK filmmaking talent."

Students used skills they had learned in producing, directing and sound to create the short film Lavender about a black teenage girl who becomes infatuated with an older man and fantasises about him as the father figure she never had.

The script was written by Victoria Ijeh-Okusanya and produced by Jessica Newark. Naeun Sung was the assistant producer, while Andy Wasyliw was on camera and Amayo Duke was the sound recordist. The crew was completed by editor Doreen Nasimbwa, Jessica Dawson and Gemma Crane, from the Drama Department who were responsible for the costumes.

Director Victoria said: "It was hard work but it will be very exciting to see our work on screen in the BFI. It wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Media Arts department."

Lavender was funded by the Roundhouse theatre, where the script won a pitching competition for new and aspiring filmmakers.

Professor Jonathan Powell, Head of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, said: "It is thrilling to see our students practice the skills they are learning on the course in a real world environment. This success which follows on from Kristine Flyholm, Sandra Pennington and Mate Palla's success in picking up a European award shows that our students have the enthusiasm to seek out opportunities and the talent and persistence to realise them. We are very proud of the Lavender team's success in being accepted for the festival, and wish them the very best in the competition."

You can see more details and book to see Lavender and the other festival films at:



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