Barton Peverill College Sixth Form student Anas Sfagsi made his short film, Odd output, entered the Sharjah International Film Festival. The festival will be held from October 10 to 15 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The film has been submitted to the festival by IntoFilms, an organization that supports aspiring young filmmakers and which earlier this year awarded Sfagsy the Best Short Film Award for April 2021.
At the festival, Sfagsi, who previously studied at St George’s Catholic College, will take part in the opening ceremony, a screening of his film, a tour of Sharjah and an awards ceremony.
Anas Sfagsi talked about his success:
It was honestly incredible, the fact that IntoFilm submitted it to the festival themselves showed that they believed in the project.
“We did the project online via zoom about a week later during a British Film Institute (BFI) workshop. There were four of us making the film, and we all did different things, but I concentrated on directing and editing. The team included Phoebe Coggins, Louise Cade and Daisy Dean and this project would not have been possible without them and their expertise.
“I’m looking forward to going to the festival and it will be a completely different and exciting experience.”
This is not Sfagsi’s only success this year. Sfagsey and his Barton Peverill colleague, Joshua Films, won a Young Filmmaker’s Fund Award from Neck of the Woods Films for the documentary SO14. The couple attended the awards ceremony at Solent University on Wednesday 20 July 2022.
Speaking about the success of her pupils, Barton Peverill, Director of Media, Film and Technology, Samantha James, said:
“Anas Sfagsi and Josh Fields consistently pushed themselves to create ambitious and creative projects while studying media production in college. I am very proud that they entered the competition and won the Young Directors Fund Award from Neck of the Wood Films this year. This helped them in the production and screening of their insightful documentary SO14, a short film about a community in Southampton. What a fantastic achievement.”
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