Budding film makers awarded Outstanding International Student Film
The award winning film, Border Patrol, was an MA graduation project from a Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Editor collaboration of Peter Baumann, Nishad Chaughule, Simon Bolton-Gabrielsen, Justin Litton and James Gover, who were all final year students on the Filmmakers' MA at our Northern Film School.
Peter Baumann, who wrote and directed the film said: "To win an award is a great feeling because it's like a pat on the back and assurance that we are moving in the right direction. When you write a script and feel it's working, you still can't tell if it will work on the screen. I feel we worked a lot for this film and by having this award, we can all be proud of the achievement."
The students' short film was shot in Germany and tells a story of two German border force officers, Karl and Franz, who, whilst working on patrol on the Austrian border of Germany come across a dead body hanging in the woods. The team describe how the film "shows us the powerful relationship between the younger cop Karl and the old worldly-wise Franz, while packing a strong comic punch and a strong dose of the macabre."
Nishad, the film's producer said: "I was extremely surprised that we won the 'Outstanding International Film Award' in Beijing considering the best of the universities and film schools like AFI, UCLA and Hamburg Media School, to name a few, were in the competition. It gives me immense satisfaction to see Border Patrol winning recognition on an international stage.
"I hope this is a breakthrough for the film and we will win more awards in the future. The film has already been selected for Camerimage International Film Festival in Poland which is the world's best festival dedicated to cinematography and has also been selected to screen in festivals in Bucharest and Moldova."
The team will attend the 17th CineMAiubit International Student Film Festival in Bucharest between 2-5 December where their film has been shortlisted for an award.