Sparks Film School Students Selected at Little Venice Film Festival

In even more film festival success this week, young film students from Sparks Film Schools took part in the Little Venice Film Festival.

Young filmmakers from Sparks Film Schools in Balham, Highgate and from Sparks Communities CIC had their work selected for inclusion in the 2023 screening programme.

The films How Do You Feel? by filmmakers from Sparks Highgate, Chair Farm from filmmakers in Sparks Balham, along with The Heart of Harlesden by young filmmakers attending a partnership project between Sparks and the Young Brent Foundation were among 9 other films selected for the National Youth Showcase as part of the festival.

Team members from the Sparks Film School Head Office team attended the screening of all three films, at the unique Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice.

The night was a celebration of youth filmmaking and animation, with a wide array of styles in film presented in a quirky and unique style on the Puppet Theatre Barge. It was a fantastic night full of creativity, talent, and filmmaking success from young people all over UK and the world! The film productions were met with great responses and reactions from the audience.

All the young filmmakers involved should feel proud of their hard work being awarded the recognition it deserves, especially as part of such a diverse and ambitious screening programme. Well done to all the young filmmakers involved in producing these fantastic films!

About the Little Venice Film Festival

The Little Venice Film Festival is an annual independent film festival and competition that, along with supporting independent filmmakers, will champion inclusivity by supporting female, LGBTQ+ and Global Majority filmmakers, amplifying underrepresented voices in cinema, removing cost barriers to entry and attendance, and putting on specialised screenings for disabled, deaf and neurodivergent audiences.

Set in the heart of Little Venice, the festival will showcase features, documentaries and shorts encompassing the lives and experiences of marginalised groups alongside established independent filmmakers from the UK and abroad. The festival is backed by Westminster Council’s Community Events Fund and Hyde Park Ward.

The final night awards event took place at the Curzon Mayfair, in support of the Save Curzon Mayfair campaign.

Watch the Films…

Chair Farm – by Filmmakers at Sparks Film School Balham

Chair Farm was produced by filmmakers in Studio 5 at Sparks Film School in Balham. As well as a screening spot at the Little Venice Film Festival, Chair Farm has been selected for screening at the Barnes Film Festival and a number of other events

The Heart of Harlesden – by filmmakers in Brent

This is the first film festival selection for the Heart of Harlesden, a fantastic documentary film made by young filmmakers from Brent. This film was made as part of a partnership between Sparks and the Young Brent Foundation

How Do You Feel? – by Filmmakers from Sparks Film School Highgate

How Do You Feel? was made by young filmmakers from Sparks Film School in Highgate. It has been selected for many film festivals and has also won an award with Into Film.

Film Festival Success Stories

Sparks Film School students haven’t just seen success at the Little Venice Film Festival.

Earlier this week, students from Sparks Film Schools in Hove, Guildford, Teesside and North Yorkshire were screened and won tops awards as part of CIFFOW 2023.

Students from Sparks Film Schools all around the UK have also been involved in film festivals all over the world. Find out more about their film festival success stories here >>

About Sparks Film School

Sparks Film Schools help young filmmakers to realise their ambitions, to develop their skills and creativity, and to shine.

From our 30+ film schools around the UK, we work with young filmmakers aged between 5-18.

We offer filmmaking and animation classes, along with courses during school holidays, after school club programmes and special events. We love to welcome aspiring young filmmakers to free trial sessions.

Find your nearest Sparks Film School here >>

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