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Successful COSMAT 2014 conference sponsored by Brighton Film School

Every year as part of Brighton's Cinecity Film Festival, the Cosmat Conference invites successful film industry figures to show their films to A level students from across Sussex and talk about how they were made. The event was once again sponsored by Brighton Film School.

This years conference began with young filmmaker Jamie Stone screening and discussing his amazingly inventive Orbit Ever After, a short which pitches love-struck Nigel into a hopeless quest to unite with the girl of his dreams.

Guest Feature Film Writer Peter Straughan told students all about the making of Frank which he co-wrote with Jon Ronson and which opened to critical acclaim last June. Micheal Fassbender plays the title character encased for almost the whole time in an outsize papier-mache head. The film successfully combines ideas about mental illness, genius versus talentlessness and courting the mainstream versus 'keeping it real'. The student audience loved it and readily grasped its subtle mix of serious and comic elements.

A common theme that ran through both talks was around how to enter the British film industry, with both speakers recommending film school as a route into the industry. Indeed, Jamie Stone spoke extensively about the filmmakers he collaborated on Orbit Ever After were made up in the majority from colleagues he met whilst on a film school course. This made the presence and partnership with Cosmat and Brighton Film School even more interesting to those in attendance as students were able to find out more about the range of post-college Filmmaking HND and Art Direction HND courses as well as options for the Summer School.

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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 and Art Direction and Production Design HNC/HND, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting, 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/.