In light of our amazing award as ‘Best Student Cinema’, I would like to thank all at the British Federation of Film Societies for their support and unbelievably kind words at the awards ceremony last night at Institut Francais in London. It was an honour just to be in the company of such long established and prestigious organisations, a truly humbling experience in itself. To be judged by your peers in such a way means so much to us all at CUEAFS.
I would like to extend my heart-felt thanks to all of the students, from the past and the present, who over the last three years have committed so much time, energy and personal sacrifice to this project. I feel very lucky to have had the privilege of working alongside some wonderfully talented students, whose boundless enthusiasm and creativity have been central to all of the good work that CUEAFS have done. We have come a long way in such a short space of time.
I would also like to thank the range of people who have supported the CUEAFS project since its infancy: our sponsors Adam Torel at Third Window Films and Joey Leung at Terracotta Distribution, and of course Nissan Infiniti; festivals such as Udine Far East Film Festival, Terracotta Far East Film Festival and Zipangu Fest (in particular Fei Phoon and Jasper Sharp). A huge thank you goes to John Gore at the Warwick Arts Centre for his belief and support of East Winds: A Third Window Film Festival. Also the academics who have taken time to talk to our students: Colette Balmain, John Berra and again Jasper Sharp.
Over the years we have had the pleasure to meet so many people (far too many to mention!) at festivals and events, who have supported and championed what CUEAFS is about – and more importantly they have become our friends, so thank you to all of you on behalf of everyone at CUEAFS.