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Film school student wins 'Film of the Month' award

A current student at Brighton Film School is part of a small film crew that has won a prestigious online film competition.

Charlie Bentley, 21 and originally from Chichester, is currently in his 2nd year of a 2-year Higher National Diploma course at the specialist film and moving image school located in central Brighton. He was credited with the role of Production Manager for the film ‘Closer’, a 10-minute short which won the First Job in Films Movie of the Month Competition sponsored by movieScope Magazine.

The award was the result of a public vote held online, in which thousands of fans voted for their favourite film, with ‘Closer’ emerging as the narrow favourite and winner. ‘Closer’ explores themes of loss and the relationships you have with your father and grandfather when you are young and is the latest short production of BoxClever Films, a production company based in Chichester that Charlie and two friends created whilst they are still studying. ‘Closer’ was written, cast and set in a week and shot in just three days and is set in a quiet seaside town shortly after a young boy has lost his father.

Charlie Bentley said:

We were all set to shoot an entirely different story, when I became inspired to write something after I lost a ring that was given to me by my grandfather. I felt really bad about this loss and it became the inspiration and a symbol for the resulting story about a boy who has lost his father and his subsequent relationship with his Grandfather.

We were so happy with how well the film was received and we were really pleased with the finished project and couldn’t have done it without the support of our friends and family and the skills I learnt whilst studying at Brighton Film School.

‘Closer’ can be viewed online here:

Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in Central Brighton. The school offers 2-year degree level programmes in Filmmaking HNC/HND, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes in Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Art Direction and Editing as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer School. For more information or to apply please visit http://brightonfilmschool.co.uk/.