Class of 2021 celebrate graduation at Screen and Film School Brighton

17 March, 2022

Decadent Victorian architecture and sunny blue skies served as the perfect backdrop for Screen and Film School Brighton’s recent graduation ceremony, which took place at one of the city’s most iconic seafront buildings, The Grand Hotel on Kings Road.

Nearly two-hundred supportive friends, family, guests and film school staff were in attendance as the graduands arrived to don their ceremonial gowns and caps before posing for official portrait photos – a rite of passage for those who’ve worked so hard during their studies over the past three years.

Executive Principal Dara Kilkenny and College Principal Itziar Leighton were at the forefront of the procession as the Film School’s core academic team took their places onstage to honour and congratulate the class of 2021 in a series of rousing speeches.

The event also featured remote appearances from key lecturers and two of the college’s patrons – UK screenwriter, actor and producer, Graham Duff and internationally renowned cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, whose words of wisdom and advice resonated with the cohort before collecting their certificates during waves of rapturous applause.

College Principal, Itziar Leighton had this to say about the joyous occasion.

“What a brilliant occasion, shared with our graduand’s family and friends. It was a pleasure to see them and acknowledge their tremendous hard work and determination to succeed in such a challenging time for all. Having the opportunity to chat to them afterwards to hear about their progress and successes brought another level of pride to the day’s events.

They truly are a remarkable group of people, who we have no doubt will be successful in their chosen career path. Of course, we look forward to keeping close contact as they remain part of our Alumni Community, and our creative family.”

Indeed, for five years after finishing their degree, Screen and Film School Brighton graduates benefit from a range of continued support initiatives from our Industry Engagement team such as continued job opportunities, equipment access, internship opportunities, exclusive Masterclasses and more.

After the event, we heard from BA (Hons) Filmmaking graduate Amy Collins, whose final short film project Harvey’s Story was playing on the big screen along with other productions from her fellow peers.

“It was a magical day filled with lots of celebrations and joy with close families and friends. I never thought I would make it to graduation, so I’m very proud of myself for sticking it out! I also enjoyed the countless glasses of Prosecco.”

We look forward to following Amy’s story as she begins her post-graduation journey. We hope that our Class of 2021 are all now highly-equipped to enter the film industry and that their student years with us have prepared them for everything that is to come. It has been a pleasure to watch on as these young filmmakers have become real talents, and we will share their future successes as they progress from Screen and Film School graduates to industry professionals.



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