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NFS Film Festival Update March 2019

The latest round up of festival news from the Northern Film School.


HOME (BA (Hons) Filmmaking, 2017)

Home is a tense science-fiction drama set in the distant future. In the midst of a violent rebellion, William has chosen to raise his niece in a remote woodland, far from the battles fought by her revolutionary mother - but when the war comes to his doorstep, he must do all he can to keep his family safe.

Director: Christian Holtappel

Producer: Jeanine Guerida

Festival Screenings

  • 2018 Anarchy Film Festival, Portugal
  • 2019 Manchester Film Festival



Virginia (BA (Hons) Filmmaking, 2018)

Virginia, a psychic medium living in a petrol station with her son, recalls an old tragic memory of a fire. Unsure about what she sees, she will have to decide if to tell it to her son.

Director: Francesco Puppini

Producer: Kayleigh Platt

Festival Screening

  • 2019 Watersprite Eat Our Shorts, Cambridge


AMOKA (MFA Documentary Making, 2016)

Amoka is a documentary that shows life along the Caqueta River, with the difficulties of gold mining and other bonanzas.

Director: María José Bermúdez Jurado
Director of Photography: Juan Sebastian Diaz

Festival Screening

  • 2019 Dumbo Film Festival, USA


Evan, a Survivor’s Story (MA Documentary Making, 2018)

Evan Poster 

Evan, is a survivor from ISIS attack. He is from Kurdistan in Middle East who had to leave his homeland and his family unwillingly.  Now he lives far away from his family and all he wants is to touch and smell his children once again. 

Director: Rafiq Yarahmadi

Festival Screening

  • 2019 Watersprite International Student Film Festival



Busstop Romeo (MA Filmmaking, 2018)

Bus Stop Romeo Poster

After Romeo meets Lara at the bus stop one night after his shift at the pub, he goes back every night in the hope to see her again.

Director: Aymeric Nicolet

Producer: Luz Llano


  • 2018 One Reeler Short Film Competition, USA – Winner Award of Excellence


Léo (MA Filmmaking, 2017)

Leo Poster 

Léo comes from a place where people do bad things to get ahead. He accepts a job smuggling a refugee couple through France. While on this seemingly simple journey, Léo learns that the expectations he and his passengers carry are not in line. How far is he willing to go for these strangers he had no intention of helping.

Director: Julian Alexander

Producer: Pilar Cartró Benavides

Festival Screeings

  • 2019 Santa Fe Film Festival, USA – Official Selection
  • 2018 Souq Film Festival, Italy
  • 2019 Start Short International Film Festival, Azerbaijan


Silence in this Solitude (MA Filmmaking, 2017)

A young woman must face insurmountable odds to be with her lover one last time. "Silence" follows the story of Isla and Madeline in a world of madness, cult and crime: between the walls of a mental asylum, the two lovers must find a way back one to the other.

Director: Martina Girlanda

Producer: Diara Diakhoumpa


  • 2019 Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain – Winner Best Woman Filmmaker



The following have been selected for the Royal Television Society Student Awards:

  • Argot (BA (Hons) Filmmaking) – Drama
  • Tulip and Yannis (BA (Hons) Filmmaking) – Animation
  • Footfalls (BA (Hons) Filmmaking) – Short Form
  • Tobias Gavelle has been nominated for a Craft Award for sound for Tulip and Yannis




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