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At the 22nd Encounters Short Film Festival, UWE Bristol Filmmaking graduate, Lutia Swan Hutton, was awarded the prestigious NAHEMI Award for Creativity at the Watershed in Bristol.

The Encounters Short Film Festival is the UK’s leading short film and animation festival which ran between the 22nd and the 24th of September 2016. There were many awards given to new and upcoming directors and animators in the film industry, amongst them is the NAHEMI awards.

The National Association of Higher Education in Moving Image promote and organise all of the major film schools and film courses in the UK and Ireland. The NAHEMI awards feature some of the most interesting and moving student films made in the UK this year from institutions across the country.

Lutia won the NAHEMI award for creativity with her film ‘Beauty of a Stateless Mind’. It is a 10-minute documentary about artist inhabitants at the Calais Jungle refugee camp.

The judges told UWE that her “creative and poetic vision” and her “compassion and humane approach to her subject” were just some of the reasons for her winning the distinguished award.

The competition was fierce from all the other film students that entered at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, but Freya Billington, Head of Festivals for NAHEMI told UWE that Lutia’s documentary “stood out to the panel as a genuinely original and powerful film.”

When asked about how she felt, Lutia told UWE she was “extremely grateful and hope this award will provide a platform to continue my path of humanitarian filmmaking.”

She said she was humbled, as she was able to bring the situation “to the attention of the film world, and hopefully, the wider public.”

By Hannah Boulton