Film Production students take part in Berlin Film Festival

For the first time, University of Portsmouth BA (Hons) Film Production students were able to take part in the Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festival, in February 2016.

Two students’ short films were selected to be screened in an EFM (European Film Market) special screening of New British Talent, organised by WEP UK Productions and endorsed by the British Embassy, the British Council and Creative Skillset.

Tom Evans, one of the BAFP students involved in the festival praised, “The trip to Berlinale was absolutely brilliant and I really appreciate the opportunity given to us by the University. Being able to listen to a panel discussion between programmers from top festivals around the world was incredible. We also had the chance to chat face to face with them after the discussion, which was invaluable and they were all very easy going and willing to help.”

In addition to the screening, the student film-makers benefited from networking opportunities and a day long symposium with very high profile industry professionals held at the British Embassy. It was a very successful event with various leads and follow-ups for both students and the BAFP Course.

Matt Harrison, BA (Hon) Film Production student added, “I expected Berlinale to be big but it was a lot bigger than I expected. We had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a number of different UK production companies in the EFM about our upcoming short film Son of Perdition, and got feedback on some promotional material we took with us such as a trailer, which was really useful.”

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