Coventry University East Asian Film Society (CUEAFS) beat off competition from rival cinema clubs at the universities of Warwick, Sheffield and Exeter to claim the ‘Best Student Cinema’ prize, impressing the judges with its range of activities, level of professionalism and its links with industry.
The award rounds off a successful year for CUEAFS, which in March saw the society play host to a leading international Asian film event at the University – the East Winds Film Festival – which attracted a host of industry luminaries including award-winning movie star Grace Huang.
Several students in the society also secured media accreditation for the Udine Far East Film Festival in April, travelling to Italy to interview actors and directors and write reviews for the popular UK film blog CineVue.
In another coup, the society recently secured its place as the home of a major film archive following the donation of five 35mm film prints worth around £6,000 from Terracotta, one of the UK’s leading distributors of Asian cinema.
The latest accolade, which was presented to CUEAFS during the 43rd BFFS Film Society of the Year awards ceremony at the Institut Français in London, was awarded in recognition of the society’s work in promoting film culture to broader communities.