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News: Creative and Digital Media students benefit from the BFI Into Film Festival

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Film students on a trip to the British Film Institute

Many of our Digital Media students on our TV & Film courses are getting to benefit from the College’s partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI) once again. 166 Students over 8 days got to take part in the Annual BFI Into Film festival. The festival took place from 6 – 22 November, and the Into Film Festival helps educators bring learning to life for 5 – 19 year olds across the UK by inspiring young people to watch, understand and make film in new and creative ways.

One of the films that a group of students were taken to see was The Swallows of Kabul’ (2019). — In 1998, Kabul is under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love, and despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.”

Another film they got to see was Limbo’ (2020) at local independent and arthouse destination, Broadway Cinema. The film is A wry and poignant observation of the refugee experience, set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new arrivals await the results, ahead of the Refugee Week”.

They also got to take part in an Q & A afterward too. Of which some students got to test out their reviewing skills saying: 

Seb Barker: It was like nothing that I’ve ever watched before, mind-blowing, dealing with such a delicate topic, handling it with such care and elegance, whilst still being one of the funniest films I have watched. I loved the Q&A 10/10”.

Morgan Jenkins: I really loved this film. It was visually beautiful; I felt the cinematography and slow pacing really demonstrated the bleak reality for refugees in this country. It’s a sardonic and meaningful representation of such a pressing issue and was explored sensitively with care however the film remained funny. Overall, one of the most perfect films I’ve ever seen, I highly recommend 

Creative Media students, some journalism students and other TV & Film students also got to experience other films throughout the 8 days of the festival, including, Following the events of COP26, the film A Beautiful Planet (2016) on the IMAX screen in Cineworld, Astronauts aboard the International Space Station capture breath-taking footage of the natural wonders of Earth. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

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  • 30th November 2021 (2:25 PM)
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