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BAFTA nominated alumna takes first place in London Calling Awards

23 September 2015

Rainbow Party, a short film by Television Production BA Honours graduate Eva Sigurdardottir, was awarded the first prize of £2,000 in the 2015 London Calling awards at the BFI.

Part of Film London, the London Calling awards aims to nurture and champion the capital’s most exciting new talent.

Speaking of why Sigurdardottir’s Rainbow Party was awarded first prize, the jury said: "We felt it was brilliantly performed and incredibly well-crafted, with excellent casting. It is rare to see teenage sexuality so bravely and intelligently interrogated."

The competing films covered genres from comedy to horror and the ceremony marked the end of a year-long process for the filmmakers who were selected from over 620 applications.

Eva Sigurdardottir commented on her achievement by saying "I came to the UK to study at the University of Westminster, and ever since I have continued to produce films in the UK. Taking part in the Film London scheme was amazing as it really felt like I was being welcomed by the London film industry, and winning the award really felt like the town was saying 'welcome'. It was also personally really nice to take part in the scheme which my friend and university roommate Aleem Khan had taken part in (and was nominated for a BAFTA) the year before. I look forward to making more films in the UK."

Her producer credits include the BAFTA nominated short film Good Night (2012), as well as Red Reflections (2014), The Substitute (2014), and Foxes (2014).

Eva Sigurdardottir’s independent production company Askja Films is dedicated to telling stories through the medium of film. Askja Films is passionate about narrative fiction, with a focus on women-driven stories.

Rainbow Party will premiere at this year’s BFI London Film Festival on Thursday 15 and Saturday 17 October.

Learn more about the Television Production BA Honours course.

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