Expresso 90 returns to showcase student film talent

The Expresso 90 Film Festival is set to return to the Mockingbird Cinema this May after the success of last year’s debut event.

The festival, created in partnership between the cinema and Solihull College & University Centre’s BA Creative Film degree course, is set to go from strength to strength.

The event called upon young student film-makers to create compelling and engaging short films. Audiences turned out last year to watch the amazing array of work produced by both the College’s students and film makers from around the region.

Media tutor at Solihull College & University Centre, Matt Prentice states; ‘Expresso 90 was really valuable for our students last year, we’ve had many more submissions this time and even some international submissions. We hope to continue the success of the festival in such a great setting like The Mockingbird’.

At last year’s festival, BA Creative Film student, Jemma Kinzett, took home the trophy for her short ‘Patient Zero’. Jemma has gone on to involve herself in multiple creative projects as a result. ‘After I won the award it really opened doors for me’ Jemma offers. After meeting a director at last year’s event, she then worked as a runner on their new feature film.

Jemma submitted ‘Patient Zero’ to other festivals and was delighted to receive a place in the finalist list for ‘Best Young Filmmaker of 2018’ at Out of the Can film festival.

Jemma’s industry success has also led her to create a podcast for media students looking to work in the industry. The ‘Monday Media Podcast’ is an honest and unique look at life in the industry. Available on iTunes, the podcast is recorded monthly and features interviews with scriptwriters, directors and videographers.

Jemma will be graduating from college this year with a BA in Creative Film Production and has her hopes set on a First Class Honours result.

The second Expresso 90 Film Festival will take place on Thursday 9th May at 7pm at The Mockingbird Cinema in Birmingham.

If you are interested in studying a media course at Solihull College & University Centre please visit www.solihull.ac.uk.