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Graduate Show 2021 Showcase

Featured: Behind the scenes of group film 'Sleuth'

This collection represents some of the best film output from final-year students on the BA (Hons) Film Production course. 

Over the past 18 months, Covid has presented a great many challenges to our students. This body of work demonstrates incredible resilience to adversity, and engages audiences through some very compelling short films in 2020 and 2021. 

In their final year, students take the skills and technical training gained throughout their three-year course and write, produce, film and edit ambitious 1315 minute short films. These shorts are collaborative works produced using industry-standard equipment under working conditions that simulate real-world professional practices.

Several of our final year students' films have won awards for technical excellence and have been shown at festivals in the UK and abroad. The industry-acknowledged quality of BA (Hons) Film Production output is a testament to the creative vision, dedication and passion of our student teams. The films our graduates make are calling cards, opening doors for them in feature films, television, and all areas of the screen industries.

Watch our BA (Hons) Film Production Graduate Show 2021 showreel
Class of 2021

Watch snippets of the best film projects and shorts from our 2021 final-year Film Production students.

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Watch Karle Webster's final year project

I have a real passion for conveying compelling stories interwoven with eye-catching visuals, all while creating a clean and elegant aesthetic.

Moving forward, I hope to work my way up from being a production assistant within the industry to one day, finally achieving my dream of being a director and screenwriter. Ultimately, I will look back at my time here at the University of Portsmouth fondly and simply look forward to wherever my next adventure will take me.

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Watch Cristian Ionut Necula's final year project

I aspire to be a cinematographer in the film industry, hoping to see my projects on the big screen one day. My camera department credits already include work on short films, music videos, commercials, and even a feature film. I continue to fuel my creativity through freelance work and my passion for analogue photography, while I put my technical expertise to good use in a new job at a film equipment rental company.

Watch Oliver Mill's final year project

Throughout my time at the University I took advantage of using the Arri Alexa Classic, because why not? Being one of the few in the year who was trained on the camera, it led to many opportunities being a Camera Assistant for short films and music videos at the University, and outside of the course to get on every possible project. This experience has built up my showreel and CV, leading me to getting proper industry work in the camera department with brands such as Sony and Atlantic Records.

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Watch Ellie McKay Cross's final year project

I'm a London-based producer with credits in both fiction and documentary, as well as being a founding member of videography company Gone South Media. I hope to become a Line Producer in the industry, one day.

Watch James Reilly's final year project

I'm a producer and casting director based in London. After graduating from the University with a First Class Honours, I'm looking forward to working on more exciting projects with talented filmmakers.

Film group work

Watch trailer for 'Are You Scared'

Mike is a video blogger who makes his money from immoral prank videos. After swindling his neighbour into giving him his computer printer, strange things begin to happen around him. Unique messages and strange phenomena push him to the edge and revive memories of an accident for which he was responsible.

Production team

Yifan Xu (Director) | Kunwen Chen (Director of Photography) | Junmeng Hua (Writer) | Haokai Yang (Editor/Producer)

Watch 'Crowded Town' 
Created by: James Reilly (Producer), Benedict Webb (Director), Red Welsh (Writer), Ina Dungyova (Director of Photography), Lewis Weatherill-Podbury (Editor) 

Watch short group film 'Crowded Town'.

Watch 'Holy Grail'
Created by: Callum Swainston (Director/Writer), James Vine (Producer), Eddy Wilde (Editor), Cameron Hay (Director of Photography)

Two government agents are put to the test when the combination of a ruthless terrorist, a  psychedelic drug and their own deepest insecurities will force them to make amends to  their broken relationship in order to survive the night.

Watch 'Sleuth'
Created by: Ellie McKay-Cross (Producer), Jaspar Cumiskey (Writer/Director), Tom Aldous (Editor), Michael Manning (Sound), Barnaby Rye (Director of Photography)

Watch short group film 'Sleuth'.

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