Edinburgh-based film students win cash prizes from training programme

TWO Edinburgh-based students have won cash prizes from an European training programme set up to support new and emerging filmmakers.

Guillaume Quetel and Alex Nevill both study at Screen Academy Scotland. And they both received €2,500 after successfully pitching their projects to a panel of film and television commissioners as part of ENGAGE, which, says a media release announcing the success, is a six month-long programme providing “a series of workshops and development activities aiming to foster creative collaboration between students and recently-graduated filmmakers in Europe”.

Quetel studies MA Screen Project Development at the Edinburgh Napier University-based film school, while Alex Nevill is a student in MFA Advanced Film Practice.

Says Screen Academy Scotland: “Now in its sixth year, ENGAGE has just been awarded €150,000 from MEDIA – a financial support programme for the audio-visual industries. The training programme is run in collaboration between Screen Academy Scotland, the National Film School at IADT in Ireland, the Baltic Film & Media School at Tallinn University and the University of Art & Design Helsinki.”

It continues: “Guillaume impressed judges for his work on Goodbye Soviet Union, a feature length drama written and directed by Lauri Randla, while Alex was praised for Ferroequinology, a documentary feature exploring the lives of several railway enthusiasts which is produced by Kaisa Astikainen.”

Screen Academy Scotland is one of only two dual-status Skillset Film & Media Academies in the UK and is a collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh College of Art (eca).