A University of Salford postgraduate student has won a top prize at one of Europe’s most prestigious short film festivals.
MA Animation student Ina Nikolova won presented her script proposal for Run to judges of the INTERFILM International Short Film Competition in Berlin and was awarded the Best Pitch prize after wowing the expert jury in just three minutes, winning the €1,000 prize.
Competing alongside nine other shortlisted candidates, whittled down from hundreds of entrants, Ina presented to experts including Romanian scriptwriter and author Razvan Radulescu, winner of the Berlinale’s Golden Bear in 2013 for Best Screenplay, and Spanish scriptwriter, producer, filmmaker and tutor Sergio Barrejón.
Speaking of her experience, Ina said: “Berlin is a city with a magical atmosphere, and the INTERFILM festival is one of the best I have attended. Volksbühne, or ‘The Theatre of the People’, where the Festival was hosted, in Eastern Berlin reminded me a lot of my hometown city Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Emotions were strong and the films and people I met were great!”
Kate Corbin, Programme Leader for Animation at the University, said: “Ina’s achievement highlights the inter-disciplinary nature of our MA courses, offering a fantastic opportunity for animation students to develop script writing skills under the specialist supervision of tutors.”
Following her success, Ina now has plans to develop her script further by pitching to co-producers across the world.