10th Annual Dirigo Film Festival Wows Audiences!


Last week film lovers gathered at the Cube Microplex for the incredibly special 10th anniversary of the annual Dirigo Student Film Festival! Dirigo is an International Student Film Festival directed and produced by BA (Hons) Film & Media Arts Production students from University Centre Weston.  

This festival aims to inspire and showcase the creativity of student filmmakers worldwide. It is an open festival with no set boundaries; new styles, voices and direction are actively encouraged. This year’s festival was a great success, with the show being sold out!  

The night also played host to the Embrace UCW Photography Award. Winner Farid Barari from Tehran, Iran sent a video in which was screened to audiences on the night. Tanya Fairall who is studying photography at Weston College was there to collect her Runner prize for Student Award. You can find out more about Embrace here.

Film & Media Arts Production lecturer Richard Edkins said: “It was great to return to the Cube for this screening and 10th Anniversary, it’s such a great venue, would like to thank all the volunteers that work that for being so welcoming and making it such a success! 

“It was also so great to see so many filmmakers in the audience including Alice Slater who won Best Animated film with ‘Horace: Last day of a life’ and travelled down from Cumbria!” 


The effort and calibre of the films was amazing! The winners and runners up can be found below.  


Best International Film 

Still from 'A Walk' - winner of best international film

  • WINNERA Walk – Directed by Varvara Aleshkevich, Moscow Film School, Russia 
  • RUNNER UP – Babushkas – Directed by Lyubava Yarovaya, Moscow Film School, Russia. 
  • RUNNER UP – The Leak – Directed by Paola Cubillos, KASK & Conservatorium School of Arts Ghent, Belgium 
  • RUNNER UP – Wagon – Directed by Aleksandrs Vasks,  Latvian Academy of Culture, Latvia 



Young Filmmakers Award 

Still from 'Feeling Blue', the winner of best Young Filmmaker award.

  • WINNERFeeling blue – Directed by Alexander Larner, National Film and Television School 
  • RUNNER UP – Expiration date – Directed by Izzy Buhler, Denver School of the Arts, USA 
  • RUNNER UP – You are enough – Directed by Children of St Luke’s Primary School, Northampton, UK 
  • RUNNER UP – Invasion of the dolly snatchers – Directed by Ava Bounds, Capa College, Wakefield 


Best of South West 

Still from Undying Love - winner of the Best of South West Award

  • WINNERUndying Love – Directed by Min Quek, Sean Rump, UWE, Bristol. 
  • RUNNER UP – Buses and bay leaves – Directed by Josh Hooker, Falmouth University  
  • RUNNER UP – Next day delivery – Directed by William Emmet, UWE, Bristol 


Best UK Film 

Still from Biological Clock, winner of best UK film.

  • WINNER –  Biological Clock – Directed by David McMartin, Middlesex University. Nominated for Best UK Film 
  • RUNNER UP –  The Eliminating – Directed by Mengqing Xia,  University of the Arts London. Nominated for Best UK Film  
  • RUNNER UP – Forgotten but not GoneDirector Biography - Boyu Wang, Goldsmiths, University of London. Nominated for Best UK Film 



Best Animation Film 

Still from Horace: Last day of a life, winner of Best Animation Film

  • WINNERHorace: Last day of a life – Directed by Alice Slater, University of Central Lancashire, UK 
  • RUNNER UP – The curse of Dracula – Director – Jack Paterson, Norwich University of the Arts, UK 
  • RUNNER UP – The Water Ghost – Directed by Hongzhou Xue, Royal College of Art, UK 



Audience Award  

The Audience Award was chosen by votes cast at The Cube during the Screening of the films! 

WINNER – You are enough – Directed by Children of St Luke’s Primary School, Northampton, UK 



Congratulations to all of the well-deserving winners! 

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