Cambrian News photographer - From left: Dylan Jones, alumni engagement and individual giving manager; Dr Anwen Jones, head of the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies; students Julia Pawlikowska and Agata Rafalska; Dr Greg Bevan; and Hayley Goddard, individual giving officer

ABERYSTWYTH University students will rub shoulders with some of the biggest names in film and cinema when they attend one of the world’s leading film festivals in April.

The Cambrian News reported “Julia Pawlikowska and Agata Rafalska from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies have won a four-day visit to New York’s Tribeca Film Festival which takes place from 18 to 29 April.

Established by Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal to revitalise downtown Manhattan following 9/11, the Tribeca Film Festival is now in its 17th year.

It brings creators, diverse audiences, and the industry together in New York for what is described as an ‘annual storytelling festival’.

Funded by contributions from Aberystwyth University alumni via the Aber Fund, Julia and Agata receive return flights and four nights’ accommodation in New York for their visit.

Dr Greg Bevan, lecturer in film and media practice at Aberystwyth University, will accompany Julia and Agata to Tribeca.

He said: “Attending a film festival of this calibre is a big step up and is an important opportunity for our students to see themselves as film makers rather than students.

“They will meet and discuss their work with some of the best short film makers in the world in a professional environment.

“It is not about being a fan, it is about presenting yourself and your work as a professional film maker. It will also give them an idea of what they need to do to get their work shown here and in similar film festivals around the world,” he said” here.

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