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Published: 16 October 2017 at 12:51

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Anglia Ruskin hosts exhibition of the region’s most exciting new three-minute films

A selection of some of the region’s most exciting and accomplished new short films will go on display at Anglia Ruskin University from Thursday 19 October, as part of the Cambridge Film Festival.

The three-minute movies, all made by filmmakers and artists aged 16-24, were commissioned through the Screen South Ignition Network, in association with Arts Council England and Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Focusing on outstanding films made in the East of England, the Ignition: First Acts exhibition will showcase a range of stories told through dance, spoken word, sharply-crafted drama and animation.

The 17 short films, displayed on screens in the Ruskin Gallery at the heart of Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge School of Art, include six made by graduates of both the MA and BA (Hons) Film and Television Production courses at Anglia Ruskin.

Four of these (Voyager, Asafo, First and Seven Pleats, Seven Vows) were produced in collaboration between students and staff from the BA and MA Film and Television Production courses, providing an opportunity for students to work at industry level and to an exacting brief and budget.

Voyager, directed by Cameron Turnbull and produced by Alejandro Ahedo-Perez, has recently been selected as one of only 12 films to screen in the Screendance Short section of “Screen. Dance. Now” in Michigan, United States.

Asafo, directed by Lola Ogunrinde and produced by Luke Tsamados, was selected for this year’s Aesthetic International Film Festival and, along with Voyager, is one of the 15 films screened at this year’s Trans(mit) International Film Festival in London.

Sophie Jackson, Supervising Producer on several of the films and Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Production at Anglia Ruskin, said:

“What’s remarkable about this exhibition is seeing how such a diversity of voices, concerns and creative approaches is possible in just three minutes of film.

“We all know young people are ‘media savvy’ but these young filmmakers and artists are pushing the boundaries of the medium in really exciting ways.”

The Ignition: First Acts exhibition is open to the public, is free to attend, and is on show at the Ruskin Gallery in Cambridge from 19-28 October. More information is available here https://aru.ac.uk/arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/ruskin-gallery.

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