22 BFI Film Academy students stepped onto the red carpet and into the limelight at Rich Mix Arts Centre on Saturday 30 January to an audience of over a hundred to show the culmination of three months of filmmaking as they premiered 5 shorts.(L-R: Shukri, Harry, Zarmina, Kamran awarded for the Best Use of Special Effects)
Level 3 Creative Media Production student, Harry Binstead (18), premiered A Matter of Time. The film premiere was followed by an award ceremony celebrating the achievements of the 22 young people aged 16 19 who have been honing their craft skills in film working with Hackney based Eastside Educational Trust.
Film Director, and Eastside Patron, Mo Ali welcomed guests to Rich Mix and and talk about how the event was such a good opportunity, a fantastic way to showcase the creativity and talent of young people in from all different backgrounds and a great way for them to start their filmmaking careers.
There was an opportunity for the audience to vote for their favourite film and give feedback to the students who are all working towards a Silver Arts Award. Although A Matter of Time failed to win the audience vote they went on to be award for the Best us of Special Effects.
Throughout the three month course which started in October, the participants met a range of professionals working in every area of the film industry and participated in workshops and masterclasses to develop their skills including sound, editing, lighting and screenwriting. They then worked in five small groups to develop, script, shoot and edit their original ideas producing films that explore a variety of different genres including psychological thrillers, documentaries, and romcoms. Some even got the opportunity to collaborate with Adobe regarding a new platform: Project 1324.