“Shorts night: showcasing short films” highlights from UAL ACS Film and Literature Festival!

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L-R: Miho Soon, Ellie Jones, Ethosheia Hylton, George Massey, Mary Nyambura, Shaneika J. Simms, Joel Tshienda

Despite a few technical glitches and a last-minute cancellation, we managed to pull through for yet another worthy event part of our UAL African Caribbean Society Film and Literature Festival at London College of Communication. “Shorts night” showcased short films at various stages; award-winning, kickstarter funded, fresh from edit, film festival submitted, and personal projects, offering a diverse perspective on the creativity of short films.

The event ended with Q&A from the filmmakers, networking and drinks at a local pub to continue the conversations over drinks! We gave out complimentary Chipotle Mexican Grill vouchers from our partners Chipotle.

Thank you to our filmmakers and everyone who attended! CLICK HERE for more events from our UAL ACS Film and Literature Festival

Filmmakers:

**Ethosheia Hylton is an actress and filmmaker. Her film “Lia” is a day in the life of a 15year old girl with sickle cell who decides to rebel against her strict mother and sickness regime for a day. It features a cast of new and established talent from African and Caribbean decent and our theme song is a classic lovers rock song by Claudia Fontaine. Not only is Lia a sickle cell awareness film, it also touches on mother and daughter relationships, peer pressure, love and loss. www.facebook.com/liashortfilm www.eclecticafilmsproductions.com @eclecticafilms @kcilegal

**Mary Nyambura‘s “In Conversation” is a fresh narrative that captures the charming interactions between four friends. In this short we see the lead character, L who is heartbroken after her first serious relationship comes to an end. She arranges to meet 3 of her closest friends at her favourite cafe and one by one they attempt to rekindle her lively spirit.

The short is deliberately simple and is narrated by a composing of electronic sounds from Flying Lotus. What makes this short unique is that there is no verbal dialogue between the characters. We are reliant solely on the body language and their reactions.

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From Mary Nyambura’s “In Conversation”

Shaneika J. Simms is a UAL student working on her biggest project yet- her final year film “Doll Factory“! Doll Factory is a short film about ballet and family relationships. A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to raise the funds to make this film happen. Please consider backing this film which challenges traditional coming of age stories, encourages hard work and positive familial relationships and is set to launch the careers of your favourite young British filmmakers.

You can view the campaign at bit.ly/dollfactory and exciting rewards, including a digital download of the film for £25. @DollFactoryFilm www.dollfactoryfilm.com www.shaneikajsimms.com

"Shorts night" showcasing short films

“Doll Factory” by Shaneika J. Simms

**Lunga Yeni is a director, writer and filmmaker. Her short film “Cutting Edge” deals with the pressure black women are under with regards to beauty.

**Miho Soon and Ellie Jones‘ film “The Sculpted” are students who won Best Picture at the Campus Moviefest last term. They also won Best Director and were nominated for Best Drama, Best Editing, Best Soundtrack, and Best Actress. The short film is a social injustice film about Female Genital Mutilation. “We thought it was ridiculous that this was still going on in the world so we decided to make it as explicit as possible to let people get the grasp of how terrible it is”

**George Massey‘s “Cinderfella” starring Julius Reuben. See trailer:

And LCC student Joel Tshienda‘s music video film ended the evening which was followed by a Q&A from all filmmakers on the panel.

UAL ACS Film and Literature Festival is a student-lead initiative to fundraise for UAL ACS events and our volunteering Haiti Trip (summer 2015), engage BME students with edutaining events, and an opportunity to raise awareness of our amazing Black Film makers/writers! Please support and give generously. THANK YOU!

Supported by: SUARTSLCCThe Africa ChannelThe NublkCaribBe TVTesco and Chipotle Mexican Grill!

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Kai and the ACS team x

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