Meet the Watersprite 2020 Committee!

As Watersprite enters its eleventh year, we kick off this year’s blog posts by getting to know some of the brilliant students who will be in charge of planning, organising and putting on Watersprite 2020.

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Isobel, Festival Director

4th year, MML

Why did you want to be involved in Watersprite?
I’ve always loved events and film and as a first year, I heard about Watersprite and it seemed like the perfect way of combining the two. As an Events Officer, I got to see what a huge event it is and see the panel talks I planned and found speakers for come to life at the weekend. For the 2018 festival, I became Head of Events and saw even more how the different teams contribute and make the festival so special. Being Festival Director this year means growing and shaping the festival in new and exciting ways and I want to ensure that not only our filmmakers, speakers, partners and audiences enjoy and benefit from the festival, but that the committee loves creating the eleventh edition of the festival as much as I do.

What are you most excited about for this year’s festival?
For this year’s festival, I’m thrilled that we're launching two mentorship programmes - Women’s and Non-Binary and LGBT+ - and can’t wait to meet the nominees for these mentorships as well as getting to meet all our other amazing filmmakers at the festival. I’m very excited about Watersprite’s rebrand and to bring more audiences, especially school and sixth-form students, to the festival! Watersprite 2020 is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Do you have a favourite film?
There are so many incredible films that I can’t choose one… but one of my favourite past Watersprite award-winning films is ERNIE from 2018. The production design and plot come together so beautifully and the director’s vision is expressed so uniquely, that it’s one I always look back on when we receive our submissions each year.

 
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Francesca, Head of Events

4th year, English

Why did you want to be involved in Watersprite?
I worked on Watersprite in 2018, running the festival's social media, and was amazed at what a group of students were able to achieve. Coming back this year as part of the Events team is super exciting (and maybe a little more up my street than posting on Twitter), and I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of festival we create for 2020.

What are you most excited about for this year's festival?
I'm super excited about the programme of events we're developing for the 2020 festival. It was really important to me from the start that we put together a programme that reflects the film industry as we want to see it: somewhere that celebrates creativity, diversity and innovation. Watersprite as a festival is about looking forwards and creating the next generation of filmmakers, and it's amazing to be a part of that.

Do you have a favourite film?
I've seen Lady Bird at least four times, and sobbed at the airport scene every time. And I'm still listening to the soundtrack -- it's incredible. But I also have a lot of unashamed love for A Cinderella Story, and I feel like that needs no explanation.

 
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Jungmin, Head of Communications

2nd year, English

Why did you want to be involved in Watersprite?
When I volunteered for Watersprite last year, I was struck by its fun and creative atmosphere. So this year, I wanted to play a greater role in organising and publicising such an exciting event!

What are you most excited about for this year’s festival?
The re-brand! The Communications Team are super keen to spread Watersprite’s new image on our social media platforms in the lead-up to the festival. It’s bold, bright and brilliant - want to find out more? Follow us on @waterspritecam and like us on Facebook!

Do you have a favourite film?
Would it be acceptable for someone on an international student film festival committee to say Toy Story 3?

 
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Sabrina, Head of Partnerships

4th year, Management Studies

 Why did you want to be involved in Watersprite?
I wanted to combine my love of film with practical experience of being part of a student organisation with a significant impact on other young people, and one that contributes to the progress of the visual arts as a whole - and hopefully breaks down some barriers to accessibility while doing so. I also saw it as an amazing opportunity to gain some practical skills that could be applied to many different industries – not just film and TV - as well as more experience working at a professional level alongside doing my degree. I saw Watersprite as a chance to dip my toes into working in the professional creative industries.

What are you most excited about for this year’s festival?
This year I’m most excited to see Watersprite put on our first day of school and college dedicated events. We’re a festival that works to improve accessibility within the screen industries and to develop young people’s ambition, so I hope this continues to be a big part of what we do in the future. In a similar vein, it’s fantastic that we will also be launching LGBTQ+ and Women and Non-Binary Mentorship Awards, really expanding the practical support we offer under-represented filmmakers.

Do you have a favourite film?
Probably The Social Network or The Darjeeling Limited.

 
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Eleanor, Festival Secretary

4th year, MML

Why did you want to be involved in Watersprite?
One of my friends was on the committee last year and found it really rewarding, so I decided to get involved because it seemed like a really fun and unique way to engage with up and coming talent. 

What are you most excited about for this year’s festival?
I'm most excited for the new awards we're introducing this year!

Do you have a favourite film?
Cheesy as it sounds, my favourite film is When Harry Met Sally, because it's the most delightfully charming film I have ever seen, with witty dialogue and a plot that avoids classic love story clichés. I think it really is one of the best-written films!


We’re currently recruiting for roles on our student committee to produce the eleventh edition of the film festival. If you’re a current student at Anglia Ruskin University or the University of Cambridge, join our Events, Partnerships or Communications teams and work towards creating the best experience for student filmmakers and film-enthusiasts possible!

To find out more, click here.