UCW film festival goes global


UCW Dirigo Film festival 2018

This year’s Dirigo International Student Film Festival attracted a record number of submissions from across the world, with the winning entries recently showcased at a special event in Bristol.

More than 100 film fans attended the Festival at the Arnolfini, with short films from Australia, Belgium, Costa Rica, Germany, Iran, Singapore and the UK shown on the night.

The programme was put together by students from the Foundation Degree in Film and Media Arts Production at UCW, which is delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.

The students organised, promoted and managed the Festival, which included reviewing 113 films submitted from 28 countries.

The student filmmakers competed in three categories, with the UCW students deciding on the best animation, the best film from the South West and the best international film.

After watching the selected films on the night, festivalgoers then voted to decide which film would win the coveted audience award.

The winning films this year were a Belgian animation poking fun at the spirit world, an Australian animation warning about the perils of social media, a documentary discussing the impact of the illegal trade in wild birds in Indonesia, and an Iranian comedy on themes including community and greed.

Andrew Davies, who produced this year’s Festival, said: “With so many entries from filmmakers all around the world, we are very pleased with the overall success of Dirigo 2018.

“There was an amazing turnout at the Arnolfini in Bristol on the night, and it was fantastic to see so many people interested in this great art form and for the filmmakers to see it all on the big screen.”

Please click here to find out more about the FdA in Film and Media Arts Production at UCW.

Dirigo 2018 Winners

Audience Award: ‘Count Your Curses’ by Lorene Yavo (age 23, Belgium)
Best Animation: ‘Count Your Curses’ by Lorene Yavo (age 23, Belgium)
Best in South West: ‘Tainted Love’ by Eleanor Parish (age 27, UK)
Best International: ‘Turquoise’ by Roozbeh Misaghi (age 29, Iran)
Best Young Student: ‘iRony’ by Radheya Jegatheva (age 18, Australia)