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Festival success for Brighton Filmmaker

Brighton Film School graduate and local filmmaker, Liang Hu, is celebrating the success of a short film he made whilst a student at the school.

“James” is a touching dramatisation that follows the story of an old man in Brighton and it explores themes surrounding loneliness and sexuality. The film is being shown at several festivals around the world, including Brighton’s own film festival, Cinecity, which runs from November 15th to 2nd December.

As well as being selected for Cinecity in the “Short Brighton Shorts” category, “James” is also being shown at Spokane GLBT Film Festival in the US, has been nominated for “Best Short Film” at the Merlinka International Queer Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia and is also entered for the “Short Film” category at the Serile Filmului Gay International Film Festival in Romania.

Liang Hu commented on hearing of these nominations and selections:

“I was thrilled to have been selected by these festivals. Knowing my film has touched the judges and going to be seen by a lot of people makes me feel awarded.”

Liang also credited Brighton Film School with providing him with skills and confidence to enter the film industry:

“Brighton Film School has great tutors and guest lecturers, who are willing to share their knowledge and experience as well as give us advice. Students also have access to up-to-date equipment and edit suite, which are used by industry professionals. I am truly grateful for what Brighton Film School has offered me.”

Liang is also hopeful that another of his short films, “March” will gain further recognition as it is also being screened as part of the Cinecity Festival.

"James" by Liang Hu

"James" by Liang Hu

Liang Hu was a student at Brighton Film School in 2012 and graduated from the Cinematography and Direction Pre-Masters course which focuses on teaching high level filmmaking skills. As well as this high-level filmmakers course, Brighton Film School also teaches the Filmmaking HNC (equivalent to 1st year of a degree) that is suitable for College graduates and those looking to gain a foothold into the industry. There are also short courses in filmmaking, acting for the screen, art direction and screen writing available for complete beginners.

Brighton Film School is accepting applications for all of these courses with start dates in January, March and September 2013. For more information please visit www.brightonfilmschool,co.uk

“James” is being screened at The Nightingale Theatre on the 2nd December at 6.00pm. Tickets are available through Cinecity.