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Brighton filmmaker receives global recognition for ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’

A talented new filmmaker from Brighton has been making waves internationally with an award-winning short film that sheds light on Asperger’s Syndrome.

Nicholas Bayfield’s film, titled ‘Asperger’s Syndrome’, explores a condition on the Autism Spectrum that affects over 1 in 100 people in the UK. The film has so far won six awards, including ‘Best Experimental Student Short’ at the high-profile Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. It has also received widespread critical acclaim and success elsewhere, including selection at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival, Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival and Miami Independent Film Festival, with the highlight so far being an award of a Merit at the Best Shorts Film Competition by a panel of Emmy, Telly, Communicators award nominees and winners.

Bayfield is an alumni of Brighton Film School’s BA (Hons) Film Production top-up validated by the University of Brighton. He created ‘Aspergers’ Syndrome’ as his end of year graduation film, in part inspired by his own experience of the condition.

Bayfield explained:

“Asperger’s syndrome is something that I was diagnosed with at a very young age. It’s basically a mild autism where you may struggle with social interaction, social communication and have issues with the five senses (sound, taste, touch, sight and smell). You may also see the world differently from the way others view it.

“Asperger’s Syndrome’ is an experimental short, looking into the world of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and the way they interact with their environment. It’s a semi-autobiographical film that was made with limited resources, money and crew, which ended with positive results.”

Gary Barber, Head of Brighton Film School said:

“We are all very proud of Nicholas and what his film has achieved. His tenacity, organisation and commitment to telling his story is commendable and we wish him every success with future projects”.

‘Asperger’s Syndrome’ will be screened during the Cinecity Brighton Film Festival 2016, and can also be viewed world-wide at international film festivals throughout the remainder of this year, and 2017. You can follow Nicholas Bayfield and any screening announcements on Twitter at @nicholasb269 or at www.facebook.com/aspergersexperimental.

Brighton Film School is a specialist training facility which has been run by its current owners since 2011. This industry respected institution offers a range of full and part-time courses taught by practising filmmakers, technicians and artists. For more information or to apply please visit brightonfilmschool.co.uk


For more information, images or quotes from either Nicholas Bayfield or our Head of School, Gary Barber, please contact Richard Campbell, Marketing Manager, on 01273 602070 or email richard@brightonfilmschool.co.uk

Brighton Film School is a specialist, independent training facility located in central Brighton. The school offers two 2-year HNC/HND (equivalent to the first two years of a degree) programmes in Filmmaking and Set Design for Film and TV, a third-year BA (Hons) Film Production Top-up Degree, as well as an industry recognised Cinematography and Directing Diploma and Set Design for Film and TV Diploma. Brighton Film School also offers evening classes inFilmmakingScreenwriting and Set Design, as well as courses for young filmmakers and Summer Schools.

For more information or to apply please visit www.brightonfilmschool.co.uk