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Innovative filmmaking goes on show at LUMA Film Festival

Posted on 10 June 2013

Students from the University of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television aim to open up the fascinating world of filmmaking to the public as they celebrate and champion their work at the annual LUMA Film Festival.

Using the Department’s superb facilities, the second LUMA Film Festival from 22 to 23 June, will include presentations and master-classes from world-class industry professionals, practical training workshops, and screenings of student films.

Speakers at the event include Peter Lord CBE, co-founder of Aardman Animations, Greg Dyke, Chairman of the British Film Institute, and Emmy Award winning documentarian David Hickman, from York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television.

Part of the York Festival of Ideas, LUMA is a chance for emerging filmmakers to showcase their work to industry professionals, as well as to reach out to a wider audience.

University of York student Sam Meacock, one of the organisers of LUMA, said: “By throwing open our doors and putting on these screenings, talks and workshops, we're really hoping to engage the public in the entire filmmaking process - from writing, to shooting, and through to post-production.”

Films showcased at LUMA 2012 went on to win three Royal Television Society Yorkshire Awards, as well as recognition at a national and international level.

The film festival offers the first opportunity for the public to see some of the finest examples of student filmmaking in the country

Sam Meacock

Sam Meacock said: “Work submitted for LUMA 2013 has raised the bar even higher and the film festival offers the first opportunity for the public to see some of the finest examples of student filmmaking in the country.”

A judging panel, including cinematographer and ten times Academy Award nominee Roger Deakins (Skyfall, True Grit), editors Tariq Anwar (The King’s Speech, American Beauty) and Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire, Les Misérables), will select three films at LUMA to be screened at the inaugural University of York Film Showcase at BAFTA in October.

The Sunday showcase will also include screenings of the best York Festival of Ideas Schools and Colleges Film Competition entries - films made by school and college students from across the country on the topic of North and South, the theme of this year’s festival. The winners of this competition, as well as the LUMA Film Festival Audience Choice Award, will be announced by Greg Dyke.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television is also celebrating the inaugural graduating class from the Department’s BSc in Film and Television Production this year and Creative Skillset accreditation.

Professor Andrew Higson, Head of York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, said: “This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience of what we get up to in the Department on a daily basis. We're very much looking forward to showing off just how much our staff and students have achieved in the last three years. With the generous support of our world-class speakers, LUMA looks set to be a fantastic weekend of film, and an annual highlight in the region's media calendar!”

All the LUMA Film Festival events are free to attend, but as space is limited, booking is advised. Further details and booking information is available at

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