2016 London Film Academy Showcase at the British Film Institute, Southbank, London.
The format of the afternoon/evening is to sit in the plush velvety red seats and watch (in this case, 11) short films, written and created by students during the latter part of their film making course. This is followed by graduate presentations and a reception.
The reception is an oportunity to meet with others from all corners of the film industry – writers, actors, producers, etc., established as well as those, like us, who are just starting our careers.
As I’ll be working on a short film project in the new year, this illustrious gathering was a chance to sound out potential cast and crew plus meet up again with actor Henry Douthwaite (Mr. King) and comedian Tommy Rowson, (up-coming tour dates) plus many others who currently don’t have links to include here.
Review of films from the 2016 showcase.
On the night, the film with most votes was Unreal Estate, which I worked on and this may have tainted my viewpoint as the plot twist was not a fresh surprise. Great concept, though, written by Charlie Park.
Rather than review all 11 films, I’ll be selective. Mr. King (obviously) was my favourite non-comedy. And of the comedies… my award for top spot was shared jointly by Obsessively Optimistic (starring Timothy O’Hara and Andrea Vallis) and Run From The French (starring Diljohn Singh and Pat Brackenbury), both wrtten by Ilona Mitrecey.
Merry Christmas & all the best for the coming year!