The Student Academy Awards are run by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organisers of the most prestigious film awards in the world, The Oscars®. A gong from the Student Academy Awards is the highest accolade a student film can be awarded, which is exciting news for the film’s team!
For Elsie is written by Vincent Klueger, produced by Gemma Priggen and directed by David Winstone. It tells the tale of Glenn, a piano teacher whose dreams of a career as a concert pianist never took off. His life is turned on its head, however, when a Russian gangster offers Glenn £10,000 to teach his daughter Beethoven’s ‘Für Elise’… in a day.
If the film wins, Winstone and his team will join the likes of Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Bob Saget, John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis as Student Academy Awards winners, and the victory will be the pinnacle of the wide range of awards the film has already won around the world, including Bronze at the 2011 International Film and Video Festival in Beijing, and the Audience Award at the 2011 VGIK International Student Film Festival in Moscow. It would also be a great victory for the University of Westminster, and a boost to its already burgeoning reputation as one of the best universities in the world for Film and Television Production courses.
For the UK film industry, too, it’s a glimpse into the future, and a welcome reassurance that there is always exciting new talent out there, just waiting to be discovered.