By Press Office 04 July 2018

Students from Queen Margaret University (QMU) are preparing to put their creative talents in the spotlight as part of the University’s annual Film & Media Degree Show at Edinburgh’s Flimhouse, Lothian Road, on Thursday 5th July at 8.30pm.

The showcase event will present work from QMU’s second and fourth year Film and Media students, including a wonderfully varied selection of short dramas and documentaries.

Twelve short films made by QMU’s Film and Media students have made it into this year’s line-up, covering a diverse range of subjects and genres. Dramas include an elderly man’s attempt to attend a football match after years of illness, an enthusiastic runner who tries to fight through constant obstacles that come his way, and a story of inspiring actors and emergency love! There is also a moving tribute screening to the young QMU graduate, Billy Dowling-Reid, who sadly passed away this year (1986-2018). 

All of the films will compete for best film and the audience choice award. Students from previous years have gone on to win Scottish BAFTAs and awards at major festivals, so the standard can be very high. The public are therefore encouraged to come along and enjoy the work from these auteurs of the future.

Dr Richard Butt, Deputy Principal of Queen Margaret University, said: “We are delighted to be showcasing our students’ creative talents at the Edinburgh Filmhouse once again. Our Film and Media Degree Show is a highlight in the University’s calendar. It provides a platform for us to celebrate our students’ creativity, and enables the students to premiere the films they have directed in Scotland's leading independent cinema.

“It is highly rewarding for students to experience the audience’s response to their creative work, the culmination of a filmmaking process that begins with the conception of an original idea and ends with screening the realisation of that idea to an audience of family, friends and film lovers.”

“Many of the films that will be showcased on Thursday evening have been generously supported through QMU’s ‘Become a Producer Initiative’. Donations from the University’s friends and graduates provide production expenses for QMU’s talented student filmmakers. This helps the students with their film production by providing much needed funds for costumes, transport to locations and equipment hire.”

A limited number of free tickets for the event are available for QMU students and staff online at: https://jcutt3.wixsite.com/filmhouse

Additional public tickets can be purchased from Edinburgh’s Filmhouse for just £6 each by calling T: 0131 228 2688 or online at www.filmhousecinema.com/showing/queen-margaret-university-degree-show

ENDS

Notes to Editor

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Communications Manager, Queen Margaret University on T: 0131 474 0000, M: 07711 011239, E: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk.

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