Filmmaking graduate scoops prestigious NAHEMI Award

Issue date: 06 October 2016


Lutia Swan-Hutton pictured right receives her award

UWE Bristol Filmmaking graduate, Lutia Swan-Hutton, has won the 'NAHEMI Award for Creativity' at the 22nd Encounters Short Film Festival, which ran at Bristol's Watershed between the 22-25 September 2016.

The NAHEMI is the National Association for Higher Education in the Moving Image and represents all of the major film schools and film courses in the UK and Ireland. Each year, at Encounters, NAHEMI screens the best student films from across the UK and Ireland.

Lutia's film, 'Beauty of a Stateless Mind', is a poetic documentary on the plight of refugees at the Calais Jungle refugee camp. The judges cited Lutia's, 'Compassionate and humane approach to her subject,' and her, 'Creative and poetic vision,' as reasons for her winning the prestigious accolade, amidst competition from all of the other film schools in the country, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Lutia says, “I am humbled to have received such a prestigious award, not solely for my own efforts, but in regards to having helped humanise an ongoing situation, bringing it to the attention of the film world and, hopefully, the wider public. I am extremely grateful and hope that this award will provide me with a platform to continue my path of humanitarian filmmaking.”

Freya Billington, Head of Festivals for NAHEMI, says, “NAHEMI is committed to showcasing some of the most exciting, dynamic and diverse student work made in the UK each year. The standard of submissions is very high and The Beauty of a Stateless Mind stood out to the panel as a genuinely original and powerful film, extremely deserving of this year's new Creativity Award.

Alistair Oldham, Senior lecturer in Filmmaking at UWE Bristol, says, "This is obviously a great award for Lutia to have received. It puts her film in the top echelon of the films produced by film schools, in the UK, at both postgraduate and undergraduate level in the last year.

“What is special about Lutia's film is its combination of a compassionate eye and a poetic and creative vision, which audiences clearly respond to. The film's narrative has been constructed in a very subtle way, which embodies both the optimism and the darkening tragedy of the events that took place at The Jungle Refugee Camp over the past year.

“Credit should also go to the rest of her production team, particularly Harvey Quirke (Editor), Lydia Johnson (Sound) and Tess O'Shea (Second Camera) for their roles in making in this such a successful production."

The two other awards, for Best Film and the Audience Award, both went to films from the National Film and Television School, for the drama 'Present' and the animation 'The Alan Syndrome'.

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