Call-out for Student Mentors | International Buddy Scheme 2016-17

A great opportunity for our Level One and Two students to mentor an international fresher at Lincoln School of Film & Media in the new academic year 2016-17. International Buddy Scheme 1LSFM International Buddy Scheme (IBS), run by Senior Lecturer Marcella Foster, aims to provide peer support from our students to overseas undergraduates during their first year at the School. Interested? Apply now! Marcella said: Peer student mentors will need to be available for IBS training on Monday 25th April 2016. Continue reading

1215.today Innovation Lab | Express Interest by 21.04.16

1215.today-imageAn invitation from LSFM’s Senior Lecturer and our alumnus Martyn Thayne about an exciting opportunity – to be part of the next 1215.today Innovation LabDo you want to spend a day with other creative minds to re-imagine what our lives could look like in the future? Do you want to work alongside an internationally recognised artist to discuss, debate and develop ideas and artwork that might be commissioned as part of the 1215.today project? www.1215.today is an online creative project that connects and empowers young people across the world to have their say about their rights. People just like YOU. So if you care about democracy, freedom of speech and human rights, join us on Saturday 11th June in Lincoln.  Continue reading

‘Our Lincolnshire’ New App | Choose your heritage objects

MyLincolnshireCollection-AppChoose your Lincolnshire heritage objects, from the Lincoln Imp Brooch to Skegness Model Village, with a new App to help a research project at the University of Lincoln. The team said: selections on ‘My Lincolnshire Collection’ web-app will form part of Our Lincolnshire project’s report, which will gauge people’s perceptions of heritage – what is important to them and what it means to them.

The Our Lincolnshire project team, led by Professors Carenza Lewis and Matthew Cragoe, have now launched ‘My Lincolnshire Collection’, a creative web-app that provides a panel of 100 photographs of interesting and unusual heritage objects from around Lincolnshire, and asks you to create a collection of up to 10 of your favourites. Each object is represented by a photograph and an informative description to help you make your choices, and can be dragged from the panel on 100 into a selection bar at the top of the page. Continue reading

The Forecast (2015) at Cannes | By LSFM Grads, Staff & Students

TheForecast_PhilStevensCongrats! The Forecast (2015) will be at the Cannes Film Festival, 16th-22nd May 2016, Short Film Corner. The film produced by Urban Apache Films was written by 2010 alumni Philip Stevens and Stewart MacGregor. The short has been screened at the London Short Film Festival, Kinofilm Film Festival and it’ll be at the new international IndieLincs Film Festival on 11th and 12th March. Indie-Lincs was established by the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media to champion low budget filmmakers and there will be over 30 shorts screened at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

The film was directed by Phil Stevens, who works part-time as a lecturer at the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media. Head of LSFM Dr Sarah Barrow said: Almost everyone on the production team was a member of staff or graduate, and some were LSFM students at the time the film was made last year. Continue reading

International Indie-Lincs Film Festival | Tickets 11 & 12 March

Indie-Lincs-Film-FestivalNews about a NEW international film festival called Indie-Lincs from the Uni’s PR Officer Rob Wildman: Indie-Lincs was established by the University of Lincoln School of Film & Media to showcase the talents of original and creative filmmakers operating on low budgets, including media students from across the UK and overseas. Screenings and awards will take place on the 11th and 12th March 2016.  Indie-Lincs Film Fest Director is LSFM Lecturer in Film Production Dr Mikey Murray:  We have been delighted by the response to our new festival and we are screening over 30 films from all over the world. We genuinely hope that the local community will get behind us and come down to join in. 

Tickets from Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) Box Office on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus: £10 for a weekend pass (£6 concession) or £6 (£4 concession) per day.  Age restrictions will apply. Tel: 01522 837 600. See the Indie-Lincs trailer by  Continue reading

Chris Riley, Visiting Professor & Filmmaker | Short Poyekhali!

Visiting-Prof-Chris-RileySee the short for British European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake to mark his first orbit of the Earth, today 15.12.2015 at 11.03 GMT. Poyekhali! (2015) is made by filmmaker, who is the University of Lincoln’s Visiting Professor, Chris Riley. The film was created in collaboration with composer Úlfur Eldjárn. “Poyekhali! blends Yuri Gagarin’s preparations for his first historic orbit of the Earth on the 12th April 1961 with those of British astronaut Tim Peake as he prepares to leave from the same space port on the 15th December 2015, to make his own first orbit.” #ForTim  #Principia

See the UK Space Centre site for the Principia Mission.

Frequency Festival 2015 | Trailer & Doco

Frequency Festival of Digital Culture will be on in Lincoln (UK) from 23rd October to 1st November 2015 and you can be a part of it. Organisers said: the biennial festival provides a platform to celebrate the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collision and debate. See the schedule of free events on the Frequency Festival site. This trailer was created by Graham Cooper and David McSherry, Senior Lecturers at the Lincoln School of Film & Media.

From our alumni here is a mini-documentary about Frequency Festival. Footage from Graham Cooling (Class of 2011) & edited by Sarah Worcester (Class of 2015). Continue reading

Janice Kearns, LSFM Senior Lecturer | Sheffield Doc/Fest 2015

cf070a5b3a585c473cf526e2ef70cf96LSFM Senior Lecturer Janice Kearns said: This year’s Sheffield International Doc/Fest (5-10 June 2015) was bigger and better than ever with a mixture of film screenings, presentations, discussions, masterclasses, pitching sessions, live performances, exhibitions, installations and interactive media; as well as opportunities to meet funders and commissioners and chat to filmmakers and other people in the industry. There were several LSFM students and graduates working as volunteers at the festival, which is a great way to get involved.

For me highlights were: a live musical performance of the soundtrack to Michael Nyman’s War Work: 8 songs with film with a screening of the film; a really good pitching session for research funding for an environmentally themed TV series; a session on getting your film funded; some really interesting films including India’s Daughter (dir. Leslee Udwin), The Russian Woodpecker (dir. Chad Gracia ) Star Men (dir. Alison Rose)  and The Look of Silence (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer), a companion piece to the acclaimed The Act of Killing and themed strands featuring films by Albert Maysles and John Akomfrah. Continue reading

co_LAB @ Web We Want Festival | Southbank Centre 29–31 May

web-we-want_logoFrom Deputy Head of LSFM Richard Vickers: Students and academics from the University of Lincoln will be taking part in the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre, 29–31 May, as part of the School of Film & Media co_LAB research group. The Web We Want festival is investigating the past 25 years of the Web and its possible future. The festival is inspired by the work of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and produced in partnership with Sir Tim’s World Wide Web Foundation.

co_LAB_brain-dump_May2015The co_LAB team is running an intensive interdisciplinary workshop (21-28 May) in Lincoln, designed to bring together students from across all the three colleges within the University. The call for participants was aimed at Level 2 students and resulted in students from the School of Film and Media (College of Arts), School of Computer Science (College of Science) and School of Psychology (College of Social Science) collaborating together on a core brief.  Continue reading

The Drift (2014) | Wins Excellence Award at IndieFEST Film in LA

TheIndieFEST-Film_Awards-logocroppedCongrats to our 2008 graduate, an independent filmmaker and LSFM part-time lecturer Darren Scales for winning an Excellence Award at The IndieFEST Film Awards, in Los Angeles, for The Drift (2014).  Darren aBackyard Productions UK directed and produced the science-fiction feature film, which was made over three years on a low budget of £5,000 and with a high number of willing volunteers (100!).  He said: 

Darren-Scales_2008-GradI am so pleased that The Drift has won this award, more so because of the fantastic contribution made by the crew, many of them from the University of Lincoln – at this School. It just goes to show that hard work and motivation pays off, now with an LA award, even when you have a tiny budget! The charitable indie is currently looking for distribution: mail@bypuk.com