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Bathroom shot from a film scene

Student talent model helps university gain regional reputation as top film and TV educator

Samantha Babrovskie, Senior Lecturer in Production Design, talks about Harrogate Film Festival.

26/02/20
Booklet from the event

Stardom and the Archive

Director of Research for Leeds School of Arts Prof Robert Shail delivers a paper regarding the historical collection of press books held by the British Film Institute at the Stardom and Archive Conference 2020 in Exeter.

Ayyappadas Vijayakumar

Oscar winning graduate encourages students to showcase their work at public events

Leeds Beckett University Masters graduate Ayyappadas Vijayakumar was part of the 1917 Oscar winning visual effects team and has opened up about his road to success ahead of Harrogate Film Festival (HFF).

18/02/20
Dr Steven Gerrard holding award

Top five horror films for couples to enjoy this Valentine’s Day

As lovers everywhere gather their thoughts about what to buy their loved ones for Valentine’s Day, perhaps they would be better suited thinking about what horror films they could watch. Dr Steven Gerrard, a Reader in Film at Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University, has recommended his top five films for couples to enjoy whilst curled up on the sofa together.

Northern Film School official education partner of Harrogate Film Festival

Harrogate Film Festival

The Northern Film School reflects the increasing importance and significant growth of the Creative Industries in the UK economy, in particular, the screen industries.

Disclosure - Film Poster

Disclosure at Palm Springs International Film festival

Feature film crewed by students & staff from the Northern Film School (NFS) to receive its world premiere at the Palm Springs International Film festival in January 2020.

19/12/19

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Northern Film School Production Co-ordinator, Laura Torenbeek, attended the Aesthetica Short Film Festival with 30 students and a group of Northern Film School staff and Alumni. Attending the international film festival for the 4th time in a row, Laura was excited to tell us all about it. Laura said, "I always schedule my days at Aesthetica thoroughly and because events and masterclasses and screenings happen simultaneously, I’ve had a few difficult decisions to make. However, I made most of my time at the festival and here are some of the highlights..."

12/11/19

Creating an Advert: Dreamers of the Day

Sam McNally, 2019 film graduate, talks about how he and other students from the Northern Film School created the Dreamers of the Day advert for Leeds Beckett. Based on the T.E. Lawrence poem of the same name, Sam, along with the rest of the cast and crew, took the project from the intial spark of inspiration through to the finished film.

11/11/19
Leeds Beckett Logo Sam McNally

Northern Film School Successes - Winter 2019

A roundup of some successes, stories and achievements from some of the graduates from the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University.

08/11/19
Leeds Beckett Logo School News
Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge (1888)

Louis Le Prince and the Birth of Film in Leeds

To mark the 2nd Louis Le Prince Experimental Film Lecture featuring prizewinning filmmaking Ben Rivers on 19 November 2019, local writer and historian Irfan Shah takes a closer look at the life and cinematic achievements of Louis Le Prince.

22/10/19
Leeds Beckett Logo Irfan Shah
Poster for the film The Last Tree

"The Last Tree" at Hyde Park Picture House

Alex Ashcroft, a senior lecturer at the Northern Film School, worked as Production Sound Mixer on The Last Tree, a Sundance “Grand Jury Prize” nominated film directed by Shola Amoo.

16/10/19
Left to Right: Dr Renee Middlemost, Natasha Parcei and Dr Steven Gerrard

Jason Statham Scholars take work on tour in run-up to book’s release

Northern Film School researchers Dr Steven Gerrard and Natasha Parcei recently took their work to the Fan Studies Network at the end of June, hosted at the University of Portsmouth, to promote their forthcoming book on British action hero Jason Statham.

04/07/19
Natasha Parcei in front of a screen Natasha Parcei
Ruth Parker (Left)

From Graduation to the Film & TV Industries in less than a year...

... another graduate employment success for the Northern Film School.

Congratulations to Ruth Parker who is currently working on the hugely anticipated Netflix series, Get Even!

Harry Lock RTS Awards

Alumni success at RTS Industry Awards

Northern Film School graduate, Harry Lock, won the coveted 'One To Watch' award at the RTS Industry Awards last Friday.

Yorkshire Sculpture International 2019 Logo

NFS students part of a film shoot featuring artist Damien Hirst in partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture International

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a place that I hold close to my heart. Set in beautiful countryside I have experienced many happy moments at the park with friends & family. So when the opportunity to assist a professional film shoot featuring Damien Hirst came up I was thrilled to take part.

04/06/19
Leeds Beckett Logo Frances Farrell–Oscroft
Cover for the book about film

Grimly Fiendish – Horror books success for three LBU staff

The castle on the hill. The fog on the moor. A baying hound howling at the moon. A vampire takes flight. And an evil scientist creates a Man-Made Monster...

Book of monsters

Film School staff pick up seven awards for horror hit 'Book of Monsters'

Support staff at the Northern Film School recently returned from New York City with seven awards for their horror feature film Book of Monsters.

07/03/19
Award winners

Northern Film School students sweep RTS Yorkshire Student Awards

What an incredible evening at the RTS Yorkshire Student Awards which was held at Leeds College of Music. The Northern Film School won two out of the five main categories including the coveted Best Drama Award and also Best Short Form. Our third prize of the evening was awarded to Tobias Gavelle, one of our talented screenwriting alumni who is also a formidable sound designer who won an individual craft award for Best Sound Design for Animation.

Image from the film "A Protest, A Fear, A Mixed Message"

The making of "A Protest, A Fear, A Mixed Message"

Louis Le Prince Experimental Film Prize winner Rhea Storr discusses her new exhibition on West Indian culture.

22/01/19
Rhea Storr Rhea Storr

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