Young directors at the University of Salford were given the chance to showcase their work at the first Regeneration Film Festival this week.

The festival was organised by award-winning young director Naqqash Khalid, who also teaches at the university, and is the first time an event of this kind has been held at the university.

The aim of the event was to give young film makers a platform and an audience in the hope of launching themselves onto the film festival circuit.

“What I wanted to do with this festival was to create a platform for them so that their work could be seen by an audience.”

“They are incredibly talented and committed to their work. Their ideas are really exciting and fresh and I’m excited to see how their career’s progress.”

Whilst some of the work was original, the majority was adaptations of well-known and popular films or television shows, such as Mean Girls, Friends and The Truman Show.

Students also held a Q&A with the audience which gave them the opportunity to talk about the inspirations behind their work.

Second year student Niamh Mahoney said, “We’ve never done anything like this before so it’s good to show off our work and celebrate it. That’s what I wanted to get out of the experience”

“It was really daunting and nerve-wracking but it was still a good experience.”

Matthew Needham, a fellow second year, “I’ve never been to a film festival before so it’s a nice little insight into what they are like, especially doing a Q&A because that’s the first time I’ve done that before as well.”

It is hoped that the Regenerate Film Festival will become a yearly event for film-making students, allowing them to showcase their work and take that first step onto the career ladder.

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