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


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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