Oliver Cowton, LSFM Grad | Best Doco, Midlands Movies Awards

Congratulations to Oliver Cowton, filmmaking LSFM postgraduate, who won Best Documentary at the Midlands Movies Awards 2018 (on 3rd March). Oli was originally commissioned by Channel 4’s Random Acts to direct and produce Portrait (2017). It is a 3-minute short film and he said:  It’s a great encouragement to receive this award from Midlands Movies. 

Making films is always hard work. But I was lucky to have an amazing team, mainly made of staff and students at the University of Lincoln, that helped bring this story to life.

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Indie-Lincs, 15-18 March 2018 | International Film Fest at LPAC

Indie-LincsIndie-Lincs-15-18March-logo International Film Festival, held in Lincoln (UK), ‘champions low and micro budget films and filmmakers’.  You can watch over 60 original films and meet the indie creatives with some Special Guests at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) from 15th to 18th March 2018. Organisers said: Our aim is to help the best independent filmmakers from around the world showcase their original work and network successfully with their audience, other filmmakers and the independent filmmaking community. Films will compete for awards in several categories. Here’s the 2018 Trailer.

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Hannah Skidmore, Class of 2014 | Aesthetica Fest BAFTA-Recognised

HannahSkidmore-ASFF2017_photo-by-Jim Poyner PhotographyIt was always my aim to remain within the film industry after graduation.It’s all happening in London. You want a job in film, London’s is the place to be.” Now if I had a pound for every time this was said to me, I might have been able to afford to live in London! But truth be told, moving to London never really crossed my mind. I don’t buy into the fact that you must be in London to have a good job. It’s easy to get caught up in people telling you how important it is to work in the “big city” but I couldn’t disagree more. There is a wealth of talent right across the country that all too often gets overlooked. Don’t get me wrong, London works for many people, but just not me. I’m a big advocate of taking some of the focus off London so that other amazing cities across the UK, such as Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds etc. can flourish and develop. It’s this desire to stand out from the crowd that drew me to Aesthetica. 

Aesthetica-Mag-CoverHere was this incredible business that produced not only one of the most successful arts and culture publications, Aesthetica magazine, but had its own BAFTA-Recognised film festival, international Art Prize and Creative Writing Award. To top it all off, it was right on my doorstep!  Since joining the team last September as Aesthetica’s Marketing Coordinator, it’s been a complete whirlwind. In less than three months I’ve been front and center for the launch of three issues, we’ve opened both the Art Prize and Creative Writing Prize, and hosted the 7th edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

I can’t begin to explain how rewarding it is to go to work each day and be surrounded by people with as much passion and excitement for film. The Aesthetica Short Film Festival (ASFF) is one of the world’s leading international short film festivals, celebrating independent film from around the world and it really does pride itself on being an outlet for supporting and championing filmmaking. The festival takes place each November across the city of York, showcasing over 300 films from both established and emerging filmmakers, along with numerous industry masterclasses, guest programmes, premiere screenings and special events. To submit your short this year visit: www.asff.co.uk/submit. Entries close 31 May 2018. Here’s ASFF 2017 trailer.  Continue reading

Jessica (2017), LSFM | TWO RTS Midlands Undergrad AWARDS

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Congratulations LSFM on RTS Student Awards!  Jessica (2017) won TWO Royal Television Society Midlands Undergrad Awards for Best Drama and Best Editing Craft tonight (30.11.17) at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

We are proud of our 2017 graduating RTS student team Patrycja Reimus, Saul Tyler, Isaac Tingey, Matt Captieux and Laura O’Brien with audio support from Ethan Adamson Joseph. They were captured on the RTS/BIF TV stream at the award ceremony. NICE.

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Meet the Graduates 2017 | Vox Pop on Job-hunting

Thanks to our alumni who shared their experiences of the working world with Lincoln School of Film & Media’s students at our networking event Meet the Graduates (8th Nov). Head of LSFM Professor Steven Peacock said: There was a real buzz about the place. It was fantastic to see so many of our past and present students coming together to share news of such wide-ranging professional achievement.

On this vox pop our graduates give their job-hunting tips.

Thank you to LSFM’s New Media Lincs crew for this vox pop – on the shoot were James Foster (Class of 2017) & student Jake Hatton and the post production editor was student Jack Jolly.  Continue reading

Dave Clancy, Class of 2007 | My Career Update

DaveClancy-2007GradI can’t believe over four years have passed since my last update. As ever, loads has happened since then! Recently, I have returned to freelance life, after spending over five and a half years working at Linney Create, a rapidly expanding film production and digital agency based in Mansfield.

My time there was a real rollercoaster, working with a dedicated team of camera operators, producers, editors and writers to create around 400-plus films a year for clients ranging from Royal Mail to Triumph motorbikes. I was lucky enough to travel the world and work on some fantastic projects whilst at Linney, and really developed my own technical, creative and managerial skills. During my time at Linney I worked as a camera operator, editor, producer and also led the team of up to four in-house camera operators – a real juggling act! I also completed the required training and assessments to be granted permissions from the CAA to operate drones commercially – it was very exciting to be at the cutting edge of this new technology. My latest showreel demonstrates the variety of films I worked on during this time.

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Lewis Coates, Class of 2014 | Ch4 Random Acts: When Voices Unite

Random_Acts_logo_RGBHi all – hope you had a great summer! I regularly enjoy reading what fellow Lincoln grads are up to in the media world, so thought I’d discuss my most recent project. In February I was commissioned to write and direct a short film about social media for Channel 4’s ‘Random Acts’. When Voices Unite (2017) has been broadcast by them on their online platforms it has recently been shortlisted for an award at Danny Boyle’s Shuffle Film Festival in London and Cinemagic in Belfast!

Since graduating, I’ve been working for a creative video production agency in Lincoln, filming and editing adverts and web videos for clients such as Mercedes-Benz, smart and Volkswagen. After 2 and a bit years, I’m now Lead Video Production Continue reading

Dani Moseley, Class of 2007 | Multimedia Career update

Actors HeadshotsDani Moseley’s creative career has clocked up ten years from acting (film & TV) to award winning script writing, as well as modelling and facilitating workshops, after graduating in media production. She’s one of our inspirational industry mentors and also, er, our annual blogger! It’s nearly been a year already since I last posted in … Meet the Graduates was great. Lovely meeting some of you and my mentee, who I have been in contact with all year and glad to hear she’s applying for as many things as she sees fit regardless of the outcome, as you just never know.

LA and New York were amazing. Got management out there before I even landed, which was cool. It was just nice to be there, by myself, seeing how life could be. It was the first time in a long while that I got to solely focus on my acting and it was heavenly. Did a few auditions, signed up to a few casting sites out there, caught up with my agent who I met early that year and we’re still very much in-tune with each other which is great. Continue reading

Meet the Graduates, LSFM | Q & A Clip: Getting a job in the media

Meet-the-Graduates-logo-1024x435Love LSFM’s former students sharing their experiences on getting a media job. Thanks to our audience with alumni who were captured at last year’s Lincoln School of Film & Media’s networking event Meet the Graduates. New Media Lincs student crew were Daisy Sadeh, Bradley Nicholls, Filip Grzejszczyk and James Hunter. See this Question & Answer clip on jobs our graduates do to get by when they’re pursuing their passions … 

Grad Panel: Jane Hearst, 2016 | Alex O’Brien, 2014 | Dani Moseley, 2007 | Ayodele Ogunshakin, 2015 | Aleysha Minns, 2013 |Jack Johnston, 2009 | Matthew D Bayfield, 2010 | Declan O’mara, 2014 | Jack McQuone, 2015 | Host Daniel J. Layton, 2012

NEXT network event ‘Meet the Grads’ | 8th Nov 2017 @2pm in SLB

Uni of Lincoln | Gold Award, Teaching Excellence Framework

University of Lincoln has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. TEF is an independent assessment of teaching quality, student support and graduate success in Higher Education. A gold rating means our university degree courses are of the highest quality found in the UK.

Uni of Lincoln was ranked as one of the 59 Gold standard Higher Education providers – from 295 that entered the TEF – and you can read the news story here.