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Welcome F R O M T H E F E S T I VA L D I R E C T O R

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t is our pleasure to welcome you to the 7th annual Watersprite Film Festival here in Cambridge. Over the years we have created a real community of filmmakers, sponsors, partners, mentors, trustees, volunteers and student committee members who share Watersprite’s core values. A sense of wholesomeness stems from this community, a genuine care for leveraging the career of ambitious young filmmakers, irrespective of their nationality, gender or headstarts in life. It is this festival’s goal to celebrate the most promising filmic talent and to introduce more nuanced, but equally influential, areas of the film industry. This year we received a record 360 student short films from around the globe and I encourage you to visit the screenings to discover how powerful these artfully crafted short films can be. The international scope of the nominated films gives you a chance to dip into Hungarian, Cuban, Rwandan, Ukrainian and Burmese cultures all within the hour. It is an honour for us to bring the best international student talent of 2016 together this weekend for the Watersprite Awards and we wish you the best of luck in your categories.

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The Watersprite Awards 2016 are also celebrating a prestigious new award category: Filmmaker of the Future, inspired by Hilary Bevan Jones, Festival Chairman. In keeping with the Filmmaker of the Future award, we will be screening Greenpeace’s How to Change the World at the Arts Picturehouse and Hilary Bevan Jones will be joined by Sir Lenny Henry, Watersprite Awards Host, on the How to Change the World panel event. The beauty of the busy events schedule is that each event focuses on a different strand of the film and television industry, allowing you to tailor your own schedule to suit your personal interests. Finally, I would like to thank the full committee and our steering committee, especially Hilary, for the industry support and dedication to Watersprite over the past seven years, and, of course, thank you Zoe, Nick, Lara and Holly for your creativity, brightness and devotion to the festival this past year. Have a great festival!

Bernadette Schramm Festival Director

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Contents

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Venue Map

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Nominations

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Filmmaker of the Future

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The Watersprite Awards 2016

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Watersprite Nominated Film Screenings

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Festival Schedule

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Festival Events

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Thank You

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Committee

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Prizes

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Venue Map 1& 2

1 MAIN LECTURE T H E AT R E

Old Divinity School, St. John's College

St. John's Street, CB2 1TW

2 LIGHTFOOT ROOM & TEACHING ROOM 1

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PA L M E R S T O N R O O M

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Fisher Building, St. John's College

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St. Catharine's College

St. Andrew's Street, CB2 3AR

Trumpington Street, CB2 1RL

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FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM

D O U B L E T R E E B Y H I LT O N

Trumpington Street, CB2 1RB

Granta Place Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RT

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Nominations FICTION

A N I M AT I O N

Alex Do You Even Know The Treatment Fingertips

About a Mother Cowboyland Edmond Natural Attraction

D O C U M E N TA R Y

The Bus Conductor Rayisi There Are No Whales in France When I Get Home

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ACTING

DIRECTING

Alex Do You Even Know Julia Playfellows

The Blue Sophia Do You Even Know Playfellows When I Get Home

C I N E M AT O G R A P H Y

ORIGINAL FILM MUSIC

Edmond God Bless You Inferno It Could Have Happened, It Had to Happen

Edmond Far Away Lentils Violins

EDITING

S C R E E N P L AY

The Blue Sophia Inferno A Lizard Under the Skin Trash

Deal With It The Treatment Sry Bsy Sparrows and Snorkels

PRODUCTION DESIGN

SOUND EDITING

Beyond the Blue It Could Have Happened, It Had to Happen Manoman Moving in Circles

Cottonmouth The Discovery of Alan Hindley The Shadow Forest Sparks

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Filmmaker of the Future O

ver six years of judging the Watersprite Awards, Festival Chairman Hilary Bevan Jones and the Watersprite Team noticed that there are student filmmakers with urgent stories to tell and new perspectives on global issues. This year two films have been awarded runner-up and winner of Filmmaker of the Future that accomplish the spirit of this award with artistic and conceptual excellence. This prize is awarded to the filmmaker who most successfully tries to make a difference in the world, by addressing a political, social or environmental issue through the medium of film. We are delighted to announce that the 2016 Filmmaker of the Future Award goes to A Political Life from Yangon Film School, Myanmar, and the Runner Up is Safe Space from the German Film and Television Academy. For more information on these films and when you can see them at the Festival, please see p.15.

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The Watersprite Awards 2016 This year the Watersprite Awards received a record 360 submissions from countries across the globe, including films from eleven new countries. This extends Watersprite’s international reach to 83 countries worldwide. The judging process is rigorous to ensure that the Watersprite Awards recognise the most deserving future talent. In the first round, 170 film school students judge the international short films online. From here,

a shortlist of eight films per category are compiled. In the second round, the shortlist is put to live judging panels in London. These panels are made up of industry professionals, students, academics, members of the press, and past winners of the Watersprite Awards. After a total 24 hours of discussion in London, the nominees and winners of the twelve categories were decided, with Film of the Year to be judged by the Watersprite Committee.

Nominee Screenings All foreign-language films will be screened with English subtitles

MEETINGS AND DISCOVERIES What better way to open the Festival than with a quartet of films about first meetings and new worlds? From the Wild West, to new friends, to a mysterious object, join Watersprite on a journey of discovery.

Saturday 5th March 11:00 - 11:45

FAR AWAY AU LOIN

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According to the justice of the Wild West, thieves must be punished. But when the sheriff’s horse gets ill, and there is no one to oversee justice, it’s hard to predict if justice will stay justice. Country: Slovakia

Language: Slovak and English

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Animation

Time: 4m 46s

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Zhang, an old Chinese man living in Paris, meets young Nicolas who ran away from home to become a musician. This friendship forces Zhang to face memories that haunt him. Country: France

Language: French and Chinese

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Original Film Music

Time: 19m 25s


THE DISCOVERY OF ALAN HINDLEY University School of

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Alan’s relationship with his mother is layered with resentment and repetition. He isolates himself in the attic with his radio, seeking a way to escape. One day, a mysterious object falls from the sky and begins to warp his perceptions. Country: USA

Language: English

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Sound Editing

Time: 6m 14s

HOME AND FAMILY

IT COULD HAVE HAPPENED, IT HAD TO HAPPEN ZDARZYC´ SIE˛ MOGŁO, ZDARZYC´ SIE˛ MUSIAŁO

K r z y s z t o f K i e s´ l o w s k i F a c u l t y o f R a d i o a n d T e l e v i s i o n at t h e University of Silesia

A short film inspired by Marcel Proust's "Swann's Way". Franek is a renowned hair stylist. After many years he returns to his hometown for his mother's funeral. A Silesian belief states that whoever pulls a deadman's finger will fear nothing in his life. Franek still believes it to be true. Country: Poland

Language: Polish

Showcasing three very different family situations and following homecoming, domesticity and relationships, this series of shorts invites contemplation of universal feelings of love and home across different cultures.

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Cinematography

Saturday 5 March 12:00 - 12:45

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In downtown Havana, Tomás and Luis built a home on their own terms. Daily tasks generate a singular choreography between the two men, and we meet the couple days before their 28th anniversary. Country: Cuba

Language: Spanish

Genre: Documentary

Nominations: Directing,

Documentary Time: 14m 23s

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INFERNO German Film and Television Academy Berlin

Erik has been haunted by visions of an apocalyptic inferno that leaves nothing behind. His therapist tries to get to the bottom of these visions, and in doing so, delves into the deepest corners of Erik's soul.

BEYOND THE BLUE

Country: Germany

Language: German

Northern Film School

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Cinematography,

Time: 17m 12s

Editing

Henry gets lost at a crowded fair. A woman called Ann runs towards him and takes Henry home with her. Beyond the Blue is about the unbreakable bond between two people whose lives have changed forever. Country: UK

Language: English

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Production Design

Time: 15m 0s

HUMAN/NATURE What does it mean to be human? Beginning with an epic vision of the natural world followed by acute observations of psychology and behaviour, these films reveal the intertwining relationship between human and nature.

Saturday 5th March 14:00 - 14:45

NATURAL ATTRACTION F i l m aka d e m i e B a d e n - W Ăź r t t e m b e r g

An exploration of the beauty of nature, as a sparse landscape turns into a fruitful source of new life. Sky and earth overlap in images of sensual love, expressing the dependency and perfect correlation of the two. Country: Germany

Language: English

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Animation

Time: 17m 12s

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THE SHADOW FOREST LAS CIENI

K r z y s z t o f K i e s´ l o w s k i F a c u l t y o f R a d i o a n d T e l e v i s i o n at t h e University of Silesia

An old man rows across a lake and lands in a forest glade. He begins tracking a wolf, but suddenly, they are startled by gunfire. In a flurry of movement, people flee into the forest. One of them, a young boy, gets separated from the group. Country: Poland

Language: Polish

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Sound Editing

Time: 14m 4s


SRY BSY HAW Hamburg

There’s no time for anything - not even spelling out the words “sorry” and “busy”. This animation is about obsessions, compulsions and the pressure of keeping up with modern life. Mixing dark comedy and the absurd, Sry Bsy amuses and disturbs. Country: Germany

Language: English

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Screenplay

Time: 3m 23s

GOD BLESS YOU K r z y s z t o f K i e s´ l o w s k i F a c u l t y o f R a d i o a n d T e l e v i s i o n at t h e University of Silesia

During holy mass, a young cleric is reminded of a recent sin. He must make the right decision to continue along a spiritual path. Does one have to sin to become a saint? A story told without dialogue.

THE TREATMENT DIE BEHANDLUNG Filmschool Berlin

Linus is an isolated patient. His rigid routine of meals, exercise and examinations is suffocating. One day, Linus takes the chance to escape. What he sees outside makes him question: Is he really who he thinks he is? Country: Germany

Language: German

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Fiction, Screenplay

Country: Poland

Language: Polish

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Cinematography

Time: 10m 56s

Time: 6m 20s

SELF-QUESTIONING Decisions, decisions… the protagonists of these three shorts are faced with choices that will impact their sense of identity and the lives of those around them. From sin to grief to high school feuds, emotions are running high.

Saturday 5th March 15:00 - 15:45

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Alexandra isolates herself. She runs away from the grief of her partner's death. Her pain was unpredictable. So is life.

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Country: Belgium

Language: French

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Acting, Directing,

Time: 19m 18s

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When high school basketball player Vaughn gets in trouble on picture day, he pins the blame on the star of the team out of jealousy and desperation. His decision to betray a friend sets off a chain reaction causing karma to swing back full circle. Country: USA

Language: English

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Sound Editing

Time: 15m 51s

QUESTS

THE BLUE SOPHIA DIE BLAUE SOPHIA

F i l m aka d e m i e B a d e n Württemberg

A black comedy about one man's obsession with the rare stamp "Blue Sophia." After his wife dies, he hopes that obtaining the stamp will help him overcome his grief. When he asks his brass band for help, the story takes an unexpected turn, and he resorts to ever crazier schemes to purchase the stamp. Country: Germany

Language: German

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Directing, Editing

Time: 10m 22s

Searching for everything from a single stamp to personal enlightenment; driven to be the best in their field, or to simply get to an exam on time: these characters are all on a particular quest.

RAYISI

Saturday 5th March 16:00 - 16:45

Rayisi has only one leg which makes it difficult to support his family. However, cycling – his passion – keeps his spirit up, and he has got high ambitions with cycling competitions.

Kwetu Film Institute

Country: Rwanda

Language: Kinyarwanda

Genre: Documentary

Nominations: Documentary

Time: 18m 5s

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EMOTION

(ADULT THEMES)

Two animated films charged with emotion and frustration collide with a poignant exploration of femininity and sexuality. Please note that these films contain adult themes, nudity and violence: viewer discretion is advised.

Sunday 6th March 12:30 - 13:15

SPARKS Bezalel Academy Design

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The path to spiritual and emotional freedom must traverse dark corners of our consciousness. To spread the light, one must venture into the cave and find the source. A window into the filmmaker's own personal experience. Country: Israel

Language: Hebrew

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Sound Editing

Time: 8m 15s

EDMOND NFTS

DEAL WITH IT U n i v e r s i t y o f T h e at r e A r t s , B u d ap e s t

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A boy who dreams about becoming a successful businessman is studying hard at the library. With an important university exam to take, he must soon rush off to catch a train. But bored and with nothing to do, the librarian decides to throw a spanner in the works. Country: Hungary

Language: Hungarian

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Screenplay

Edmond's impulse to love and be close to others is strong... Maybe too strong. As he stands alone by a lake contemplating his options, he goes on a journey backwards through his life, revisiting defining moments in search for the origin of his desires. Country: UK

Language: English

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Animation,

Time: 10m 9s

Cinematography, Original Film

Music

Time: 6m 38s

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD Following on immediately from our “How to Change the World" panel event, this screening showcases three films which aim to raise consciousness about crucial issues in the twenty-first century.

Sunday 6th March 13:30 - 14:15

PLAYFELLOWS U n i v e r s i t y o f T h e at r e A r t s , B u d ap e s t

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Máté is a self-confident photographer, and Éva his lover and insecure assistant. During a road trip Éva begins to regain her confidence. But suppressed desires and frustrations also surface, destroying the image of a well functioning relationship. Country: Hungary

Language: Hungarian

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Acting, Directing

Time: 18m 15s

THERE ARE NO WHALES IN FRANCE S i n t - L u ka s B r u s s e l

A filmic essay, set in a sleepy vacation village in the North of France, that takes you on a personal search for peace and quietness. The filmmaker and an actress muse about hope, changes and borders.

MANOMAN NFTS

When Glen attends a primal scream class, he releases something from deep within that knows no bounds. Manoman explores the primitive and the carnal, and shows us what happens when we give in to the shadowy realms of the human psyche. Country: UK

Language: English

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Production Design

Time: 10m 41s

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Country: Belgium

Language: Dutch

Genre: Documentary

Nominations: Documentary

Time: 19m 31s


MOTHERS Today is Mothers’ Day in the UK, and Watersprite is celebrating the day with a series of four films themed around women and motherhood, spanning diverse cultures in engaging fictions and poignant documentaries.

Sunday 6th March 14:30 - 15:15

SAFE SPACE

GESCHUETZTER RAUM German Film and Television Academy Berlin

Patrick and Sara are living a love story. But they are also fighting together for refugee rights in Berlin. When a harmless advance turns into sexual assault, the group is forced to rethink their aims and the private story grows to an unwanted public dimension. Country: Germany

Language: German

Genre: Fiction

Runner-up: Filmmaker of the

Time: 13m 2s

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THE BUS CONDUCTOR Yangon Film School

Myat Su Wai is one of Yangon's first ever female bus conductors. This film follows her as she juggles long working hours with bringing up her young daughter. Country: Myanmar

Language: Burmese

Genre: Documentary

Nominations: Documentary

Time: 17m 22s

ABOUT A MOTHER

A POLITICAL LIFE

ПРО МАМУ (PRO MAMU)

Yangon Film School

U Thein Soe dedicated the best years of his life to working as Aung San Suu Kyi’s bodyguard. To please his long-suffering wife and family he has now bowed out of politics – but still can’t help providing the locals with valuable legal advice.

A story about a mother who has given so much that it looks like she has nothing left... But life has a habit of opening up new opportunities. S c h o o l - S t u d i o SH A R Country: Russia

Language: Russian and English

Country: Myanmar

Language: Burmese

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Animation

Genre: Documentary

Winner: Filmmaker of the

Time: 7m 20s

Time: 19m 34s

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RELATIONSHIPS With techniques ranging from the experimental to the intensely emotional, these three diverse shorts look at conflicted relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children

Sunday 6th March 15:30 - 16:15

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Alex was adopted at birth. Now that she has come of age, her biological mother has agreed to meet her. She now chooses between letting this opportunity pass or meeting her at last, as she fears she may lose something precious along the way. Country: Spain

Language: Spanish

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Acting, Fiction

Time: 14m 23s

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An experimental short about a woman dealing with abuse in her relationships. She finally has her partner bound in a warehouse and expresses exactly how she feels, without using words. Country: South Africa

Language: English

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Original Film Music

Time: 5m 5s

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Maria lives with her husband at a military base and dreams of escaping to lead a better life. When her husband does not accept her wishes, Maria is tempted to accept the offer of another officer.

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Country: Russia

Language: Russian

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Production Design

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Ibiza. Bodies on the sand, a warm wind, an eternal sunshine, the chatter of crickets. A child’s eye, a women’s voice. She’s calling her mom, recalling: Maud, four years old, eczema on the face, knees, arms... Country: Belgium

Language: French

Genre: Documentary

Nominations: Editing

Time: 15m 31s

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Alain refuses to accept the diagnosis that his son will remain forever in a coma. One night, he tells his wife and daughter that he intends to bring the child home – but their reaction isn't what he expects. Country: Belgium

Language: French

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Fiction

LENTILS

Time: 16m 52s

LENTEJAS

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YOUTH Discord and disengagement, conflict and curiosity – spanning three cultures, these portraits of young people and those around them foreground universal feelings of what it means to be young.

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Lentils is the story of a girl drowned out by her own environment, looking for an alternative to the noise. A faint melody becomes clearer in the jumble of selfishness and fear, but she can’t hear it over the others - and it’s all or nothing. Country: Spain

Language: English

Sunday 6 March 16:30 - 17:15

Genre: Animation

Nominations: Original Film Music

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Brother and sister clean the trailer inherited from their father. They have hardly seen each other, but while cleaning, sensitive topics surface and conflict ensues. Country: Ukraine

Language: Ukrainian

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Editing

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A house in winter. Tartines, cream cheese, Nutella. An echoing voice: a friend of your mother’s. Julia awaits a smile from her sister. She awaits a homecoming. Will it come? Country: Belgium

Language: French

Genre: Fiction

Nominations: Acting

Time: 12m 40s

Time: 16m 33s

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S ATURDAY 5 TH M AR C H Main Lecture Theatre

Lightfoot Room

Palmerston Room

Arts Picturehouse

10:00 Greenpeace Screening

The Sound of Movies

11:00 Meetings and Discoveries Screening

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13:00

The Art of Storyboarding

So You Think You Can Pitch?

Is It Really Ketchup? An Intro To Practical Effects

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15:00

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Home and Family Screening

Commerce and Creativity: The Business of Content

Human/Nature Screening

Self-questioning Screening Through the Looking Glass: The Ethics and Exploit of Documentary Filmmaking

Quests Screening

17:00

Awards Ceremony 19:00

hosted by Sir Lenny Henry, Fitzwilliam Museum, Invite Only

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SUN DAY 6 TH MA R C H Main Lecture Theatre

Lightfoot Room

Teaching Room 1

Palmerston Room

Arts Picturehouse

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11:00

The Watersprite Awards: Winners Screening

12:00

Technology Fair How to Change the World

Emotion (Adult Themes) Screening

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14:00

Script Lab

How to Change the World Screening

Defying Gravity: Scientific Accuracy in Cinema

Shooters in the Pub Mothers Screening

15:00

The Creative Scope of Animation

16:00

The Spotlight on Your Student Film: Distribution Intro with Man On Mars

Relationships Screening

Youth Screening

17:00

Closing Gala 18:00

Old Divinity School, St. John's College

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OPENING CEREMONY WITH FINOLA DWYER

The Opening Ceremony celebrates another year of Watersprite and student filmmaking at St. Catharine’s College, as we welcome celebrated television and film producer Finola Dwyer. Named one of the top 50 most influential women in film in 2012, and fresh from winning the 2016 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film for Brooklyn, Finola will share her industry experiences and insights about becoming a successful producer. Rounding off the evening will be a screening of the 2015 Film of the Year Kafal Pakyo. Finola is an Oscar nominated and multi BAFTA award winning film and television producer. She runs Wildgaze Films with her producing partner Amanda Posey. Their most recent film Brooklyn has been nominated for three Oscars, making Academy history with Finola and Amanda being the first female producing duo to have two Best Picture nominations, their first being for An Education in 2010.

McGrath Centre, St. Catharine's College Friday 4th March 19:00 - 21.00: Drinks Reception and Talk 21.15 - 21.40: Kafal Payko screening

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Saturday

SATURDAY NOMINEE SCREENINGS All 34 films nominated in The Watersprite Awards will be screened over the Festival weekend. Please refer back to the the Nominee Screenings section for more detail.

Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St. John's College Saturday 5th March | 11:00 - 16:45

THE SOUND OF MOVIES WITH BEN SALISBURY An interview with film and television composer Ben Salisbury (Ex Machina, Life in Cold Blood). Music allows audiences to continue interacting with a film long after it finishes, and with music streaming services, the score is no longer just a part of the film. We discuss the changing role of music in film and the opportunities that film scoring offers in the current music industry. Ben is an Emmy-nominated film and TV composer. His recent credits include Ex Machina and Beyonce: Life is But a Dream. He is currently scoring Ben Wheatley’s upcoming movie Free Fire.

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GREENPEACE SCREENING An exploration into making a difference in the world through a campaigning film. How to Change the World, directed by Jerry Rothwell, explores the history and creation of the global organisation we now know as Greenpeace through archival footage and interviews. This screening is free, though donations in aid of Greenpeace are strongly encouraged.

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse Saturday 5th March 10:00 - 12.00

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THE ART OF STORYBOARDING WITH ROGER MASON

Join us in an interactive session to learn the methods of storyboard design - from initial meetings and ideas, through shot lists and thumbs, to the finished boards. Showing examples from past projects, this session will enable young filmmakers to discover the secrets of the storyboard process. Roger has over two decades of experience as a storyboard and comic artist. His clients include Samsung, BBC and MTV and he has worked on brands including Tesco, Dior, Coca-Cola and Mercedes. His graphic novels, The Mice, have garnered critical acclaim.

Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Saturday 5th March | 11:30 – 12:45

THE WITCH PREVIEW PLUS Q&A WITH RALPH INESON Join Watersprite in the iconic Arts Picturehouse for this preview screening of Robert Egger’s The Witch. We're also delighted to welcome Ralph Ineson for a live Q&A following the preview. Winner of Best Director at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Robert Eggers’ debut is set in 17th-century New England, as an isolated Puritan family living on the edge of a forest are sucked into religious hysteria and accusations of witchcraft. Tickets need to be purchased for this preview event in collaboration with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse. Visit the Arts Picturehouse website for details. ‘Haunting doesn’t even begin to describe it’ Time Out HHHHH ‘Near greatness’ The Guardian HHHH “Strikingly achieved” Variety

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN PITCH?

WITH DONNA WIFFEN, SARA GEATER

& JAMIE WOLPERT

Aspiring filmmakers present their films in a quick fire audition round to qualify for the head-to-head. There they must pitch their concept in under two minutes in front of a live audience and our panel. The winner will have half an hour, one-on-one with the panel to flesh out their film idea, and also win an exclusive tour of Pinewood Studios, who have kindly offered this prize to Watersprite 2016. Donna has worked in TV for over 25 years. She joined Duchess Street Productions from FremantleMedia, where she was Head of Worldwide Drama. Sara's career has spanned TV, film and digital from business and creative perspectives. In 2014 she was elected chair of PACT council having stepped down as CEO, Fremantle Media UK. Jamie joined Rocket Pictures in 2015 as Vice President Creative Affairs. He was previously at the BFI Film Fund, developing scripts including 45 Years, Pride and Frank.

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Saturday 5th March | 12:00 – 13:45

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IS IT REALLY KETCHUP?

AN INTRO TO PRACTICAL EFFECTS WITH LAURENCE HARVEY

Using prosthetics, miniature models, pyrotechnics and more, films have been bringing magic and mayhem to the screen without computer technology for decades. Practical effects can be more immersive than special effects, and sometimes cost a fraction of the price. Find out how this industry is evolving, changing and developing with Laurence Harvey. Laurence has 29 years of experience in practical special effects and weapons. As current special effects workshop supervisor for Game of Thrones, Laurence has 60 Credits and four Emmys to his name. He has also worked on Batman Begins, Harry Potter and Die Another Day.

Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Saturday 5th March | 13:30 – 14:45

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS:

THE ETHICS AND EXPLOIT OF DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING WITH MARCO ORSINI Marco is an award-winning writer, director and producer of film and television. As a founder and current President of the International Emerging Film Talent Association of Monaco, he advocates film education and industry development in Eastern Africa and other emerging nations. Marco is an award-winning writer, director and producer of film and television. As a founder and current President of the International Emerging Film Talent Association of Monaco, headvocates film education and industry development in Eastern Africa.

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COMMERCE AND CREATIVITY: THE BUSINESS OF CONTENT WITH ANNE MORRISON, JAMES BAKER, JANE TURTON, AND CRYSTAL BOURBEAU Join our discussion for young filmmakers and students interested in careers in the commercial side of the entertainment industry. We will cover new distribution mechanisms, career advice, the rise of social platforms in marketing, globalisation of content, and more! Anne is Chair of BAFTA. Until 2014 she was Director of the BBC Academy, having launched it in 2009. Anne's background is in television production, where she started as a director and producer. James is Managing Director of Red Arrow Entertainment and Head of Global Scripted Strategy. He was previously Controller of Sky One and Managing Director, Networked Media at Sky. Jane joined All3Media in 2008 and was promoted to CEO in 2015. Before she was Director of Commercial and Business Affairs at ITV Network. Crystal is Executive Vice President, International Sales at production and distribution powerhouse Lionsgate. She previously worked at GreeneStreet Films.

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School St. John's College Saturday 5th March | 14:30 – 15:45

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Sunday

SUNDAY NOMINEE SCREENINGS All 35 films nominated in The Watersprite Awards will be screened over the Festival weekend. Please refer back to the the Nominee Screenings section for more detail.

Palmerston Room, Fisher Building, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 11:00 - 17:00

THE WATERSPRITE AWARDS WINNERS SCREENING After announcement at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, the winning films in all twelve categories will be screened on Sunday morning at the Arts Picturehouse.

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse Sunday 6th March 10:00 - 12:45

SHOOTERS IN THE PUB Shooters in the Pub is a free monthly networking night run by Shooting People, the independent filmmakers network. The event is regularly attended by a mixture of film creatives: actors, writers, directors and more. This month sees Shooting People bring the event to Watersprite for an opportunity to meet this year's winners and nominees after the Winners Screening.

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HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD WITH SIR LENNY HENRY, HILARY

BEVAN JONES AND LUCIA ZORO An exploration into making a difference in the world through a campaigning film, in recognition of our new Awards category: Filmmaker of the Future. This panel covers how to be heard in a crowded and apathetic world, and combining passion and responsibility. Cambridge graduate and writer Isabel Adomakoh Young will be interviewing Sir Lenny Henry and Hilary Bevan Jones on their own pursuits to make a difference through film and televison. Sir Lenny Henry is one of Britain's best-known comedians, as well as an actor and writer. Throughout his career Lenny has championed BAME actors and diversity in the industry. He was recently honoured with a knighthood for his work with Comic Relief, which he co-founded in 1985. For Comic Relief 2005 Hilary produced Dad in collaboration with age awareness charities. As part of the Make Poverty History campaign, she produced The Girl in the Café which went on to win two Primetime Emmys. It also went on to receive a Humanities Award in recognition of its humanitarian message.

Lucia is Film Producer at Save the Children UK and produces films, photographs and case studies for the charity. She is passionate about film as a catalyst for change.

TECHNOLOGY FAIR

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 12:00 – 13:15

The Watersprite technology fair, reminiscent of the old Crystal Palace exhibitions, showcases modern cinematic technology – cameras, screens, 3D technology and more. Join us to learn about the next revolutions in the cinema experience, and the technology that today’s filmmakers are using to tell their stories in extraordinary and emotive ways.

Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 11:30 – 12:45

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SCRIPT LAB

WITH TOM NASH, KRISTIN IRVING

AND PHILIPPA TSANG

In a popular returning event, the two winning screenwriters from this year’s Script Lab competition will receive face-to-face advice on their scripts with top development executives. Their ideas will be discussed in detail on stage, followed by questions from the audience to the writer. Thank you to Cambridge Film Unit for sponsoring this event. Tom is Head of Television at Endor Productions and has worked on William Boyd's Restless, The Escape Artist by David Wolstencroft, and most recently, Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime. Kristin Irving is a Development Executive at the BFI Film Fund. Prior to joining the BFI she worked at Portobello Pictures and Cascade Pictures. Philippa works in development at Film4. Before that, she was at Hanway Films and Brilliant Films, a production company affiliated with the Independent Talent Group.

Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 14:00 – 15:15

THE CREATIVE SCOPE OF ANIMATION

WITH WILL BECHER

Animation is a unique and exciting aspect of filmmaking – from the childish and the silly, to the intricate and the serious, animation is as diverse and varied as live action. In this event we join Aardman's Will Becher to explore the importance of animation, where it is heading as an industry, and the trials and tribulations faced by those in the craft. Will joined Aardman Animations as trainee assistant animator on Wallace & Gromit's Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Since then he has worked on features, commercials and TV shows including Creature Comforts and Shaun the Sheep, and has also written and directed three independent shorts.

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DEFYING GRAVITY: SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY IN CINEMA WITH DR. CAROLIN CRAWFORD, PROF. ANDREW LEVER

AND DONNA SCOTT

Have you ever screamed internally at a science fiction film for the outright abuse of the laws of science? Join our panel of scientists and industry experts to find out why films so often get it wrong. From space, to weather, to medical sciences, find out once and for all if “good science” and filmmaking really can co-exist. Carolin is the Public Astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge. She has over 20 years of research experience and runs outreach at the Institute of Astronomy. Andrew specialises in infectious diseases at the Deparment for Medicine, University of Cambridge. He has a long-standing interest in SF, both books and movies, classic and modern. Donna is Chair of the British Science Fiction Association. She is an editor and writer, and has performed stand-up and poetry nationally. Donna was the inaugural Bard of Northampton.

Lightfoot Room, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 13:30 – 14:45

THE SPOTLIGHT ON YOUR STUDENT FILM WITH OLIVER ROBERTS

DISTRIBUTION INTRO WITH MAN ON MARS Man on Mars launches student films into the international festival circuit and brings them to the attention of distributors, industry professionals and potential collaborators. Oliver Roberts joins Watersprite this year with an informal introduction to Man On Mars to show how they help student filmmakers. If you cannot make this slot, please email Oliver at oliver@manonmars.org to meet up at a different time. Oliver Roberts is Company Director at Man on Mars. He also produces fiction and documentary film.

Teaching Room 1, Old Divinity School, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 15:00 - 16:15

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CLOSING GALA Presented in partnership with A+E Networks and Lifetime, the Closing Gala will highlight Broad Focus, an industry-wide initiative advocating for more women behind the camera and will feature a special guest to be revealed. The evening will be a spectacular celebration of women in film and television during which there will be a conversation around the need for more women in influential content creation roles throughout the media landscape. Join us as we bring the next generation of creative leaders together to discuss how we'll transform this industry.

Old Divinity School, St. John's College Sunday 6th March | 18:00 - 20:00

Lifetime’s Broad FocusTM is a global movement dedicated to developing and supporting women directors, writers and producers.

CLEVELAND ABDUCTION – Alex Kalymnios

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WHITNEY – Angela Bassett

A DEADLY ADOPTION – Rachel Goldenberg

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PERFECT HIGH – Vanessa Parise

WITH THIS RING – Nzingha Stewart


Thank You from the Chairman Watersprite is proud to have Hilary Bevan Jones, the first ever female chair of BAFTA, as its chairman. As a producer, hilary is also MD of Endor, an independent film and TV production company. Her many award winning credits include Roald Dahl’s esio trot starring Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench, The Escape Artist, State Of Play and Richard Curtis’ The Boat That Rocked starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Bill Nighy. Hilary is passionate about supporting the next generation of international filmmakers.

Watersprite gives a unique opportunity for the very best of student directors, producers, writer, actors and technicians from around the world to gather in Cambridge. This year we are thrilled to have instigated the Filmmaker of the Future Award which will recognise and reward those who want to make a difference to the world through the medium of film. Along with our Award Ceremony host, Sir Lenny Henry, we have a fantastic array of international speakers.

My thanks to all the tireless and brilliant Watersprite team, headed by Festival Director Bernadette Schramm, to Ellie Rofe, Marianne Styger and to all our sponsors, mentors and friends without whom this Festival would not be possible. All films are the result of people playing to their strengths and having the courage to take risks. I hope that this year’s Watersprite once again serves to inspire and initiate the great films of years to come.

Hilary Bevan Jones Festival Chairman

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The Committee

Bernadette Schramm

Festival Director

Nick Chawla

Head of Finance and Sponsorship

Lara Ferris

Holly Tibble

Zoe Liu

Head of Awards

Head of Events

Head of Marketing

Alexander Johnstone

Festival Secretary Emily Baycroft Katie Polglase Liss Chilley

Amanda Ekstrรถm Imogen Folland Helena Kernan Jake Rashbass Bianca Schor Katie Wong

Gary Zhexi Zhang Maja Maciejewska Marina Anastasi Maya Yordanova Amelia Oakley Conrad Jeffries Alex Kemp Eilish Brown Lucy Irving Will Roberts Edd Elliott

The Steering Committee Hilary Bevan Jones Anne Morrison Brian Woods Marianne Styger Ellie Rofe

Chairman Trustee Trustee Strategy Consultant & Student Mentor Strategy Consultant & Student Mentor

We would also like to thank for their support: Anglia Ruskin University, Luke Tsamados, Lola Ogunrinde, Ella Bucklow, ADC Theatre, Karoliina Pulkkinen, Hannah Taylor, Rob Eager, Jen Hutchings, Catarina Rodrigues, Mรกrton Gork

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Prizes Donated by FILM OF THE YEAR

FILMMAKER OF THE FUTURE

CINEMATOGRAPHY, DOCUMENTARY & DIRECTING

ANIMATION

ACTING

FICTION

SCREENPLAY

Robert Sterne of Nina Gold Casting EDITING

SOUND EDITING

PRODUCTION DESIGN

ORIGINAL FILM MUSIC

ALL NOMINEES

Thank you to Endor Productions, Red Arrow and The Union for hosting the live juries at their London locations. Thank you also to our jurors: Isabel Adomakoh-Young, Basi Akpabio, Alice Allen, Hunter Allen, James Baker, Amy Banks, Amy Basil, Hilary Bevan Jones, Farhana Bhula, Alex Blue, Chris Born, Crystal Bourbeau, Kerry Bradley, Gary Brown, Nigel Bunyon, Megan Burgess, Tom Burton, Charis Coke, Barney Couch, Suzanne Crowley, Rob Curry, Ben Dalton, Mark Danciger, Catherine Davies, Rebecca Davies, Rhys Davies, Suzie Davies, Char Dean, Maddie Dewhirst, Jake Dickson, Richard Dobbs, Owen Donovan, Corinna Downing, Stephen Driscoll, Aitan Ebrahimoff, Olivia Emden, Jojo Erholtz, Georgina Evans, Alice Fiennes, Emily Fitzell, Sascha Fromeyer, Loreta Gandolfi, Genevieve Gaunt, Erica Gornall, Jonathan Green, Dominic Halford, Greg Hinks, Peter Hollywood, Maartje Horchner, Neil Hunter, Savannah James-Bayley, Alfie Johnson, Sandy Johnson, Phoebe Katis, Aisling Kiely, Nick Kitchin, Christine Kretschemmer, Milan Krsljanin, Angelica Lena, Ben Lingard-Lane, Rachael Olga Lloyd, Tom Lowthion, Una Maguire, Hong Manley, Lauren Mannion, Stephen May, Laura McMahon, Harry Michell, Ole Mienert, Margarita Jane Milne, Maria Montague, Charles Moore, Shaun Moore, Madeleine Mullet, Tom Nash, Sam Nevin, Andrew Nickolds, Tim O’Brien, Erline O’Donovan, Yosra Osman, Alistair Payne-James, Emily Rees Jones, Damian Reynolds, Alice Robinson, Ellie Rofe, Johannes Ruckstuhl, Pete Saville, Xiaotian Sh i, Helen Simmons, Wayne Simmons, Emilija Talijan, Gabriel Tate, Lewis Taylor, Lara Thompson, Jack Trewin, Matt Turner, Ottavia Virzi, Keidrych Wasley, Ruby Wasmuth, Imogen West-Knight, Emma Wilkinson, Jonathan Williams, Adam Woodward, Carolynne Wyper, Gary Yershon.

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