Student films screened at local cinema for climate change action festival

7 December, 2021

On Friday 12th November 2021, students from Screen and Film School Brighton, had their short films screened at Lewes’ Depot Cinema as part of a two-week Climate Action Festival, which coincided with COP 26, the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference.

Organised by Lewes and Eastbourne Councils to provide a local focus on the climate emergency, the festival and cinema screening has since been hailed as a success by local Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Matthew Bird.

Bird, who was closely involved in organising the film event, was delighted with the response by film- makers and audiences that packed into Lewes’ much-loved cinema, Depot.

He said: “First and foremost, I want to thank the huge cast of people who made this wonderful event a reality, their creative brilliance and energy was incredible.  Their vision, translated through the medium of film, projected really powerful messages about the need for climate action.

The students and staff at Screen and Film School, Brighton, Seaford Environmental Alliance, Sussex Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, the Lewes Climate Hub and all those at Lewes Depot deserve special mention and my grateful thanks.”

Claire Webster Principal Lecturer at Screen and Film School added:

“The COP26 Summit Film Project has given Screen and Film School Brighton students the opportunity to express values, challenge differences, share skills and genuinely feel like active citizens. It has been a chance to feel part of something global from a local perspective. Lewes District Council and Lewes Depot have jointly created and supported a unique learning experience, and we are looking forward to a sustainable relationship and new ventures.”

Office and Sustainability Manager Natasha Padbury from Lewes Depot was also very positive about the screening, and said:

“This event was a powerful and reassuring showcase of the many key agents, organisations and individuals taking vital action in our area. It was an honour to premiere Screen and Film School Brighton students’ short films which offered such a fresh, creative youth voice to the festival.”

The five short films from Screen and Film School students are listed below:

On The Verge 

Produced and Directed by Maya Dodwell 
Production Assisted and Edited by Nathan Fox 

Interviews with local people about climate change 

Directors and Cinematography – Ella Riley and Jamie Davis 
Produced by Izzy Page and Aeryn Fletcher  
Sound by Katie Lyons 
Edited by James Dunne


Created by Max Low-Foon, Sol Smith, Alexis Bah, Jude Saward and Ed Poole.

Local children’s views on climate change  

Created by Edgar Lowe, Ben Burchell and Harry Whittingham 

Changing Lewes 

Created by Jake Vaughn and Oliver How 

Screen and Film School Brighton’s relationships with the various charities involved with the Climate Action Festival are ongoing, and we have secured a Social Action Film Festival in collaboration with Lewes District Council and The Depot for our next student cohort, 2022.  

The college looks forward to seeing what other short films these relationships produce in the near future.  



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