Once again the NAHEMI programme at Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol (www.encounters-festival.org.uk) proved to be an outstanding success. Cinema One at the Watershed was completely sold out and a lively and young audience enjoyed a good mix of the best student film making from around the UK. The programme included films from the London Film School, the University of the Creative Arts Farnham, Goldsmiths College, the Royal College of Art, The Cardiff School of Creative & Cultural Industries, Newport Film School and the National School of Film & Television, with films that crossed the genres of animation, documentary and drama.
The NAHEMI award for Creative Filmmaking went to Afarin Eghbal of the NFTS for her film, “Abuelas”, a highly creative animated documentary on the disappearances under the authoritarian military junta that ruled Argentina in the late seventies and early eighties.
The NAHEMI award for best cinematography went to Richard Jephcote and Doreen Fonju of Goldsmiths College for their cinematography and lighting on “Mrs Bates”, a beautifully lit imaginative recreation of the Bates household pre Psycho days.
Both awards were presented by the well known film producer and head of the National Film School, Nick Powell, and prizes of the latest version of Avid Media Composer version 6.0 were generously donated by Kevin Usher of Avid.
In 2012 Encounters Film Festival will be running at the earlier dates of 18th-23rd September, so watch out for a slightly earlier call for entries for the best films from NAHEMI this year !