MA Filmmaking has a long history of short film production. Over an eighteen month period, students develop and practice their specialist areas, coming together in collaborative combinations to make cinematic stories. In an intense, practice-based curriculum, student interaction becomes the key to deliver complex narrative and technique. Past graduation hits in the international film festival circuit bear out our long tradition of success, and we are delighted that so many graduates have gone on to become industry stalwarts.
This year's graduating cohort collaborated on a slate of four shorts ranging from science fiction to drama to the supernatural. There is a meditation on life filming in rural Ireland (Ballast), an ambiguous story on ghosts or psychological breakdown (Eva), a battle for control with an AI carer (Fearfully Made) and a man on the edge meeting his political hero with shocking results (Union). Filmed in Autumn 2019, some of these projects have been out to festivals already and picking up appreciative audiences. Alongside the core MA teams, the film crews benefitted from significant voluntary support from talented BA students. It's a strong year, and we are looking forward to seeing these films getting the wider industry attention they richly deserve. Whilst the students are still working on trailers for three of the films, we are pleased to present Ballast.