Preview: University of Southampton Student Film Festival 2017

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Following last year’s award-winning event, The Edge and Wessex Films are proud to present the second annual University of Southampton Student Film Festival, which will take place in The Cube this Thursday, 23rd March.

Founded last year by former Film Editor Ben Robins and former Wessex Films President Pippa Short, the University of Southampton Student Film Festival seeks to celebrate the best of student-film-making here on campus.

From union societies dedicated to creating new exciting pieces of visual art, like Wessex Films and SUSUtv, to hidden talents who get creative in their spare time, we are so excited to be able to exhibit the films shortlisted by our judging panel. A screening of the short-listed films will be followed by an awards ceremony, in which the best of the best are rewarded with trophies and society-sponsored prizes for their efforts.

The 16 short-listed films this year, in running order, are:

Nora – Dir. Emily Llewelyn
A-1 – Dir. Iman Bahmanabadi
Undercurrent: Sexual Consent – Dir. David Williams
The Good, The Bad, And The Awkward – Dir. Wasamunu Hudson Sitali
Turn It Off- A Ghost Named AJ – Dir.Georgina Morgan
Fighting Chance – Dir. Karim Shabankareh
Concrete Paradise – Dir. Liam Beazley
Brian – Dir. Pippa Short
Fortune Cookie – Dir. Leo Barton
Safe Zone – Dir. Red O’Sullivan
From Russia With Murder – Dir. Benjamin Hughes
An Infinite Jest – Dir. Julien Mathus
Letting Go – Dir. Liam Beazley
Statera – Dir. Karim Shabankareh
Blind Love – Dir. Tom Pethick
EVE – Dir. Emma Whelan

Speaking of the upcoming event, this year’s organisers, Pippa Short and Hollie Geraghty expressed their excitement: “The quality of the films entered this year is incredible. We’re so excited to showcase the talent of our student filmmakers. With help from Union Films, Wessex Films, The Edge, and a number of other societies, we have some fantastic prizes on offer, and it’s looking to be a really fantastic night.”

“It’s looking to be a much bigger event than we ever could have imagined. Last year we were a small group in a lecture theatre, and now we’re able to showcase the film-making talent at the university on the big screen with Union Films. The festival is looking to be a wonderful event, and we can’t wait for Thursday to come around!”

Taking place in the heart of the Union, from 6-9pm, this year’s event looks like it’ll be bigger and better than ever with a fun photo booth, a special Snapchat geo-filter and priority popcorn and prosecco for the first 100 ticket holders. The Edge and Wessex Films really have gone all out this year to create a night that could rival the glitz and glamour of the Oscars.

Tickets for the event are FREE and selling out quickly! Make sure you get your e-ticket from our Eventbrite page. For all the latest updates and information, you can also follow the Facebook event.

Watch last year’s Audience Award winner, ‘Cycle’, below.

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