Aberystwyth students set for New York’s Tribeca Film Festival

14 March 2017

New York’s world famous Tribeca Film Festival will be the destination for two Film and Television students from Aberystwyth University in April 2017. Gary Evans and Monica Cossu will fly out to New York for a four day visit to the Festival, which runs from 19th to 30th April, after winning tickets in a departmental competition. 

Students at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies were set the challenge of outlining how the trip would enhance their career ambitions and how they in turn would be active ambassadors for the University.

As competition winners, Gary and Monica receive return flights, four nights’ accommodation in New York and a free festival delegate pass, giving them access to many screenings, events, filmmaker’s lounges and VIP areas.

Gary said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the biggest names in film and soak up the atmosphere of a major festival. I have always wanted to work in the film industry and have been inspired by the work of Hirwaun born Gareth Evans, director of The Raid, who has discussed his work with us here at Aberystwyth. Tribeca will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the industry and how it works, and I’m extremely grateful to Aberystwyth University for making this possible.”

Monica said: “Going to the Tribeca Film Festival means a lot to me, and fulfilment of a childhood dream. I’m looking forward to soaking up the atmosphere and being surrounded by so many creative people. Forty percent of the directors at this year’s Festival will be women and I expect the experience to be quite empowering. The Festivals documentary section will mark Earth Day on 22 April, during our time there, and I look forward to the screenings of documentaries that focus on climate change. It is so important that a high profile festival like Tribeca doesn't shy away from these urgent issues.”

Travelling with them will be Dr Greg Bevan, Media Production lecturer at Aberystwyth University and organiser of the visit.

Dr Greg Bevan said: “This is an enviable opportunity for TFTS students to engage with international networks of filmmakers, producers and distributors at one of the world’s top-tier festivals – and all this in one of the world’s greatest cultural capitals.”

The visit by Gary and Monica is generously supported by Aberystwyth University’s Aber Fund, the giving programme for alumni, parents, staff and friends of the University to support projects that directly enrich student experience and development whilst the visit by Dr Bevan is sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies.

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