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The Watersprite Film Festival returns to St John’s

Published: 23/02/18

This weekend St John’s College will host emerging filmmaking talent and internationally acclaimed professionals, such as film director Mike Leigh, as part of the 9th Watersprite Film Festival.

Watersprite, the international student-let film festival, will feature free film screenings, Q&As with film-makers, and talks from industry-leading guest speakers. Every event in the program is free and open to everyone.

Man films in a roller disco

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Over the course of the weekend 29 student films, shortlisted from over 390 entries will compete for this year’s prestigious Watersprite Awards, which celebrate the next generation of international filmmaking. The festival will host shortlisted filmmakers from Brazil, Israel, the USA, Russia, South Africa, the Philippines, Europe, and the UK.

This year the festival also welcomes internationally recognised filmmakers including BAFTA-award winning director Mike Leigh, Sarah Phelps screenwriter and adaptor of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Suzie Davies the BAFTA and Oscar nominated Production Designer of Mr Turner and Swallows and Amazons, and previous Watersprite winner William McGregor who has since directed Poldark and One of Us.

The Watersprite Film Festival Student CommitteeThe Student Committee of the Watersprite Film Festival

Events across the weekend will explore a range of subjects including representation in film, authentic documentary storytelling, and how new online platforms are affecting the industry as well as masterclasses in funding, directing, and editing a film. Attendees will also be able to experience the effects of virtual reality in the Watersprite Mesmerise Hub.

Programme of Events

Watersprite events and workshops are completely free and open to all, making the art of film accessible to everyone.

To book tickets to any of the events listed below, visit the Watersprite Eventbrite page

Watersprite schedule of events

For further information on the annual Watersprite Cambridge International Student Film Festival weekend, click here

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