The University Centre Weston (UCW) Dirigo International Student Film Festival 2019 was the biggest edition of the competition so far, with more submissions than ever before and a full house for the showcase event at the Arnolfini on Tuesday 30th January.
The competition for student filmmakers had more than 120 entries this year, with short films submitted from across the world, including from the United States and Canada, countries all over Europe and even as far afield as India and Jordan.
UCW Film and Media Arts Production degree students then selected a programme of 16 films for the festival’s main event at the Arnolfini arts centre in Bristol, with the films competing to win awards in six categories.
Winners this year included black comedy Division by Joanna Korchmalska, who even travelled to England from Poland to collect the Best International Film prize.
Oisin Reilly was named Best Young Filmmaker for directing prison drama Hindsight; the Best Animation prize went to a film directed by James Todd about Death carrying out his lonely job in the last days of earth called Post Mortem; and Scene From The Men’s Toilet At A Ceilidh by Louis Norris won the Best UK Film award.
American filmmaker Yalan Hu’s Doll It Up, which tells the story of the breakdown of an unconventional marriage, won the prize for Best Comedy Film, and also won the Audience Award, which was voted for by the more than 200 festivalgoers on the night.
UCW student and festival director Dan New said: “With so many submissions, it was a really difficult task to pick just 16 films for the showcase.
“It was also great that the event sold out, so we want to say a huge thank you for everyone’s support and for coming along.”
UCW lecturer Richard Edkins added: “The aim of Dirigo is to celebrate and showcase the talent of student filmmakers around the world, and also to give our students experience of organising and promoting a filmmaking competition and public event.
“They did UCW proud!”
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Dirigo International Student Film Festival 2019 winners
Audience Award: Doll It Up by Yalan Hu (US)
Best Animation: Post Mortem by James Todd (UK)
Best Comedy: Doll it Up by Yalan Hu (US)
Best UK Film: Scene From The Men’s Toilet At A Ceilidh by Louis Norris (UK)
Best International Film: Division by Joanna Korchmalska (Poland)
Best Young Filmmaker: Hindsight by Oisin Reilly (UK)