SAE Oxford graduate’s film selected as part of London Independent Film Festival

12 Feb 2020

SAE Oxford Digital Film Production graduate Jason Farries’ short film The Voodoo Man has been selected to be screened as part of the London Independent Film Festival (LIFF). 

Hosted every spring at the Genesis cinema – repeatedly voted the best cinema in the UK – the 2020 London Independent Film Festival will screen the work of over 100 filmmakers from around the world in April/May. Stretching over 11 days with numerous industry events, LIFF offers an unmissable opportunity for networking and building collaborations for future projects. 

The London Independent Film Festival is the premiere event for first and second-time filmmakers, micro-budget and no-budget films in the UK. 

Jason said: "I am very grateful to the London Independent Film Festival for selecting The Voodoo Man in their screening. This will be the official premiere screening of our film which is really incredible, most shorts don't get a cinema screening at all, let alone in London. So we're really excited to attend the festival and see all the other amazing projects which will be presented."

The Voodoo Man tells the story of a man searching for a way to murder his boss, whose search brings him to a mysterious location where he meets an even more enigmatic figure that tells him he can help: at a cost. 

Read more: Lights, camera, action - SAE Oxford Film alumni return to campus to make short film ‘The Voodoo Man’

SAE Oxford Campus Director Richard Peirson said: “Jason has already had an immensely successful career to date, and his selection as part of London Independent Film Festival is just one of many achievements. It was great to see him back on campus recently with fellow alumni, using the SAE Oxford green screen to shoot Voodoo Man. We pride ourselves on maintaining close contact with our alumni community, and try to do all we can to support them take their careers to the next level.” 

The Voodoo Man was shot at SAE Oxford, with Production Designer Emily Stanley working alongside SAE alumnus and Cinematographer Ben Eeley to transform the green screen into a shaman’s hut. Other SAE alumni/current students who worked on the project were Charles Asbridge (1st AD), Callum John (Production Assistant), John Todd (Sound Operator), Sam Gosiewski (2nd AD), Tom Payne (Behind-the-scenes Videographer) and William Henley (Re-recording Mixer). 

Jason said: “We have a great deal of support from people who are willing to contribute their time and resources to help produce these films, but it's always a struggle when first starting out to gain any recognition for your work. Since January we have been asking for donations towards our film festival fund, and so far we've had some very generous donations which has helped us submit to a range of diverse festivals both in the UK and internationally, and we're extremely thankful to all our contributors. Film festivals are the best way to have our film recognised by industry professionals and so we're hoping to attend as many as possible. With luck, this will lead to our talented film crew finding great success in their future career prospects.” 

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Find out more about the London Independent Film Festival here.