Students from a Screen Academy Scotland programme have scooped a major honour at the Cairo Film Festival. The Kinoeyes’ project Roof Knocking won the Cinema of Tomorrow International Competition for Short Films.
Roof Knocking is one of the first short films produced by students on the Kinoeyes Masters programme, a two year European Masters degree in film, funded by Erasmus + and run as a partnership between Lusofona University in Lisbon, the Baltic Film and Media School at Tallinn University in Estonia, and Screen Academy Scotland at Edinburgh Napier.
Students are recruited into specialisms (writer, producer, director, cinematographer, editor, sound) and develop their craft skills, theoretical and industry knowledge over four taught semesters, spending time in each of the partner schools.
In semesters three and four, students combine into teams to make a short film in Scotland, Estonia or Portugal and to develop a feature film package. Roof Knocking, directed by Sina Salimi, tells the story of a mother in Gaza, who struggles to abandon her home as she receives a phone threat giving her 10 minutes to leave. James Mavor, Edinburgh Napier-based Kino Eyes course leader, said: “This is a fantastic achievement by students on this exciting new programme.”
“Roof Knocking is a typically ambitious and international project – set in Palestine and filmed in a studio in Estonia, with a creative team from Brazil, Mexico, Estonia, Iran and many other countries working together to develop, produce and now exhibit a short film of international quality.”
“We hope this is a sign of the strengths of the programme and hope this will spread the word about our dynamic and outward-looking film school without borders.”