Posted: 5 February, 2020

It’s a wrap! – Filmmaking Finalists in GDST Short Film Competition

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Exciting news that Iman H and Ahana B from Year 11 have both had their films shortlisted in the GDST Short Film Competition 2020.

The theme of the competition was “Time” and both filmmakers chose to examine how their protagonists cope with and respond to shocking events and loss.

As finalists, they will see their films screened at the Everyman Cinema in Hampstead on Wednesday 12 February 2020.

The judges include:

• Karen Krizanovich – is a journalist, writer and broadcaster and Editor-At-Large for Civilian magazine. She is currently the secretary for the London Critics’ Circle Film Section and a member of the international critics’ association FIPRESCI. Additionally, Karen also works in the film industry as a visual/factual researcher.

• Becky Knapp – is an award-winning producer who has worked in various formats for film and television production worldwide for over fifteen years, winning three BAFTA nominations among numerous awards.

• Trish Edwards – Academy-award nominated set decorator best known for her work on the film ‘Finding Neverland’ who also votes on the Oscars.

My Best Friend

Iman’s film is entitled, My Best Friend.

She told us, “Through my acting experience, both at Putney and outside school, I have already been involved in a number of short films, so I was keen to try being behind the camera.”

“This is the first proper screenplay that I’ve written. I put the script and shot list together over the Christmas holidays and the first week back we were filming on Wimbledon Common.”

A cast of family and friends took part and Iman not only wrote but acted in the film, editing it in iMovie.

Lavender's Blue

Ahana wrote the screenplay and directed her film, Lavender’s Blue.

“Writing the script was a challenge because we had quite a short window,” she said. “The story arc really had to make sense and we had to make it so it didn’t just rely on dialogue, but also on cinematography.”

“Writing is something that I love to do – it’s something that I feel truly, truly passionate about!”.

Bella DM and Eleanora GM (also in Year 11) both acted in the film. Eleanora told us, “We have dabbled in screenwriting through the National Theatre’s New Views programme but this was an opportunity to explore the filmmaking side of things.”

Best of luck next Wednesday.

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