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26-28 March: Westminster Film Forum

20 March 2014

We are proud to announce the first ever short film festival to be held at our University.

Running from 26-28 March at the Harrow Campus, the festival will open with a screening of the BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing and Q&A with producer, Joram ten Brink.

The following day will showcase the shortlisted films, which will be screened from 5.30pm in the Harrow Auditorium. The Harrow Forum will host a Film Festival Doctor Workshop (4-5pm) followed by Q&As with film-makers (5.40-11pm).

The festival will conclude on 28 March with an awards bash and live music. Four industry judges will be on the panel to choose the winning films.

Attendance is free throughout the event, but booking is required:

Opening night.

Closing night.

No booking is required for events on the second day.

Our jury panel

Philip Ilson, Director of London Short Film Festival

Philip Ilson has worked as a programmer for the Curzon Soho and the East End Film Festival, and has worked on larger-scale music and film programming for Latitude Festival and the Branchage Jersey International Film Festival. In 2004 he founded the London Short Film Festival, now in its 11th year. He is also the short film programmer for the BFI London Film Festival.

Tariq Nasir, Artistic Director & Founder of Unusuality Productions

An alumnus of the University of Westminster, Tariq Nasir is a Palestinian-American film director whose works have been recognised by International film festivals around the world. He is the founder of the Let’s All Be Free Project and the Let’s All Be Free Film Festival, of which Tariq is also the artistic director.

Sarah Tierney, BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated former film-maker, founder of We Are Colony

Sarah is the founder of We Are Colony, an innovative VOD platform that connects great filmmakers to passionate fans, launching in May 2014. A former filmmaker, Sarah has produced Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning work, with more than 10 years’ experience across digital and traditional platforms.

Murial D’Andembourg, BAFTA-nominated film-maker

Murial studied scriptwriting and ran a production company in The Netherlands before settling in London. Her graduation film Good Night was nominated for a BAFTA and received a theatrical release within the UK. She has written and directed several award winning documentaries, screened at over 100 major film festivals world-wide.

Our performers

Zara Kershaw and Band are one of the most critically acclaimed acts to come from the University. Their latest hit has been played on the BBC Introducing show on BBC London.

DJ Czarny’s music is a combination of rap, jazz, soul and contemporary electronic. He was the vice-master of IDA World DJ's Competition 2011 and master of IDA Polish DJ's Competition in the Show category. He burst onto the music scene with the Passion, Music, Hip-Hop album, released in 2011.

We are partnered with and supported by the Regent Street Cinema Project, London Short Film Festival, Quidetam Arts & Entertainment Agency, Film Festival Doctor, Smoke TV, Students Union, London Academy of Media, Film and TV, VK and All Star Lanes.

Visit the Westminster Film Forum website.

Download a poster for the event (3.3 MB).

About the University of Westminster:

The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.

We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.

Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.

Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.

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