Big win for NFTS at Rhode Island Fim Festival

National Film and Television School students have scooped two top prizes at this year’s Rhode Island International Film Festival, winning accolades for Best Director and Best Experimental Film.

The Best Director award went to fiction film Present, which is directed and co-written by Meg Campbell, co-written by Oliver Henderson and produced by Ser En Low.

The animated film A Love Story – which is directed by Anouska Naanayakkara, produced by Khaled Gad and written by Elena Ruscombe-King, took the Best Experimental Film award.

Campbell, who was at the festival along with producer Ser En to pick up their prize, said: “Winning the prize for Best Director at the Rhode Island International Film Festival is a tremendous honour and a testament to the hard work and creativity of our entire team. For our First Year film to be recognised and rewarded in such a way is incredibly exciting and I am thrilled that Present, a project starring three complex female characters, is being so well received by the festival jury and audience members alike.”

About Present: With her sister slowly succumbing to early-onset Alzheimer’s, Beth struggles to balance her responsibilities as a carer and a mother, whilst dealing with her own fear of developing the genetic disease.

A Love Story director Naanayakkara said: "It's really great to see that people are connecting with the film. The production process was incredibly challenging. But I was lucky to work with a super creative and supportive team. The school has been brilliant as well. Thanks!"

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About A Love Story (pictured above): A beautiful short animation taking place in a universe entire made of wool. It’s love at first sight for our two beings… but will their relationship survive the onslaught of depression that takes over their lives?

If you would like to follow in these award-winning students’ footsteps, applications are open for selected courses now – for more information, please visit

Vicky Hewlett is the Head of Communications for the National Film & Television School

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