Published on February 12, 2013 | by Julie Smith


LCC student selected for BFI Future Film Festival

Screen grab from Jessica Bishopp's film Speed

Speed explores the time taken to recover after an incident, in this case death [Jessica Bishopp]

A film made by a student from the London College of Communication (LCC) has been selected for the British Film Institute (BFI) Future Film Festival project

The BFI Future Film Festival, running from February 16-18, aims to inspire young film-makers to kick-start their career.

Jessica Bishopp, 22, who studies BA Graphics and Media Design at LCC, will have her short film, Speed, screened at the BFI on February 18.

Bishopp is currently an intern at a multidisciplinary design studio in The Netherlands, but will be returning for the screening.

“I will feel inspired and proud to see my film on the big screen, but also probably very awkward, like being naked in a public space.”


Bishopp, originally from Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, was encouraged to enter the film festival by a producer at a previous internship.

Bishopp believes Speed was selected because it was something different.

“It is a documentary on the edge of art cinema, or maybe art cinema on the edge of a documentary.

“It opens a dialogue, it doesn’t educate or provoke you in similar ways to a traditional documentary.”

Speed explores the time taken to recover after an incident. The visuals partly draw on Bishop’s real life experience following the death of her Grandfather.

“I am discovering an affinity for film and I love observing people and finding out about their individual lives.” Jessica Bishopp

The film features a split screen of two sets of photographs: one of Bishopp’s family and friends from the 1960s and 70s, and the other of her Grandfather’s house being cleared out.

“I began looking at what happens when an object or person is removed, and how time changes after an incident,” Bishopp said.

“How to portray the passing of time and what role Speed plays in our lives were questions I attempted to answer throughout the filmmaking process.”


In November 2012 Bishopp went to Gambia and launched The Gambia Media and Design Project.

“I taught 18 students from Gambia High School the basics of photography in relation to themselves and their environment,” Bishopp said.

“At the end of the workshop I gave each of the students an open brief and a disposable camera to use over four days.”

The project was shortlisted for a Creative Enterprise Award for Ethical or Social Enterprise.

In the future, Bishopp hopes to make more films.


“I am discovering an affinity for film and I love observing people and finding out about their individual lives.

“I want to make a longer documentary film and see it in a festival on the big screen!” she explained.

The BFI Future Film Festival will include in-depth masterclasses, hands-on workshops and screenings of new films by young, emerging filmmakers.

Each day of the festival will offer a different focus: fiction, animation and documentary.

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