Second year Media Production student Meera Darji has won the overall prize at the 2013 Brighton Youth Film Festival with her short documentary ‘Struggle with Life & Race Against Time’.
The film follows the story of her grandfathers life and his struggles and triumphs against adversity, and has garnered huge praise from the competition judges. Meera says, “the project was formed during my first year Documentary module, in which I was eager to capture my Grandads’ story in Film. After talking to my tutors, I invited my Grandfather all the way from India to the UK to complete the shoot. Initially the Documentary was 3-minutes, which included students: Natasha Harmar, Fiona Lockwood and Katie-Marie Lynch. However, after the module finished, I shot more footage of my Grandfather independently and created a longer film which was then sent to several international and local Film Festivals. The response that it has had so far has been amazing.”
Part of Meera’s prize includes a professional placement at Channel 4 where she will be mentored by a range of production staff including directors, editors and producers.
Meera’s film has also been included in the official selections & screenings at Cinematique Film Festival, RATMA Film Festival, Jumpcutt Film Festival (Top Ten shortlist), Brighton City’s Big Screen and the Peckham & Nunead Film Festival in September.