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UEL 'Future Shots' screens at hip East End Film Festival

Filmmaking and animation showcase part of University’s partnership with popular festival

The University of East London’s (UEL) best student filmmakers got a taste of the red carpet this week with their own screening at the prestigious East End Film Festival.

The UEL Future Shots showcase, which took place at east London’s Genesis Theatre, offered an eclectic mix of documentaries and storytelling, highlighting the best work coming out of UEL’s film and animation and illustration programmes.

The showcase is an integral part of the ongoing partnership between UEL and the East End Film Festival. UEL is now in its second year of primary sponsorship of the festival, one of the largest of its kind in the UK.   

Paul Gormley, UEL Principal Lecturer in Film, said, “The chance to show work in an international public setting such as the East End Film Festival is a great experience for our students, and gives them a real taste of things to come.”

He added, “The partnership between UEL and the East End Film Festival has been an overwhelmingly positive collaboration."

As part of its sponsorship, UEL hosted the festival’s gala screening of South African apartheid drama Shepherds and Butchers, starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, at the Hackney Picturehouse.

The Future Shots screening included BA Film graduate Teresa Duran, who showed Digging Deeper, a short documentary about the exhumation of victims executed during the Spanish Civil War.

She said, “I wanted to do a documentary, and I thought ‘What can I do? I want to do something useful’.

“There’s a huge movement in Spain, a lot of people volunteering with the exhumations and trying to draw attention to the Civil War. The government hasn’t done anything for families of victims,” she said.

Teresa, 39, came to UEL as a mature student. 

“I wanted a course that mixes practice and theory. I had a little bit of practise but I didn’t have any theory. I wanted to learn history and film theory and this programme has all that,” she said. 

Paris Love, a graduate of the BA Animation and Illustration programme, created a short mixed-media animation about mental illness in an ordinary family. 

Paris said mental health issues run in her own family, adding, “I wanted to show it, not as a positive thing, but I wanted to show that it’s not all negative, because I never had a negative upbringing.”

“I’ve never had the chance to show my film to a wider audience, and to see their reaction. I was so excited about showing at the East End Film Festival.”