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Film student captures national award for short film on Nepal?s street children

Film student captures national award for short film on Nepal?s street children

Tara O'Connor

Film student captures national award for short film on Nepal?s street children

A young film producer and former The Windsor Boys' School pupil has won a national student film award.

Tom Cullingham is part of a filmmaking team which made short film, Maya, which follows the life of three young street children in Kathmandu.

The film was directed by Veemsen Lama and written by Tayo Odesanya and saw the filmmaking crew travel to Nepal for two weeks in March to make the feature.

It was awarded the Student Widescreen Film of the Year prize at the Widescreen Weekend Festival in Bradford on Sunday.

It beat competition from entrants from more than 60 universities across the country who had submitted their films into the category.

Tom, 20, lives back in Windsor after spending two years studying film at Ravensbourne University in Greenwich.

Maya was produced as part of the group’s final university project.

Following the devastation of Nepal after the earthquakes in May, the team decided to cancel any crowd funding plans for their film and instead put all of their energy into raising money for victims of the disaster.

They managed to raise thousands of pounds which they donated to Nepalese charities and also stumped up enough cash to help build an earthquake-proof home for production manager, Shyam Khadka, whose family home collapsed in the quake.

Speaking to the Express, Tom said: “We had an incredible response to the film, everyone loved it and seemed to be moved by it.

“At the moment we’ve got the film as far as we can without extra funding but we are looking at taking it to more film festivals.”

The film will feature in the London Short Film Festival in January next year.

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