Taking the Best Student Film and Best Original Story titles, Plamen Dimitrov’s film, Cleaning Up, was also credited in the Best Supporting Actress, Honourable Mention: Actress, and Best Score awards.
Plamen, who has just graduated from the Maidstone-based course, says: “It definitely feels flattering for my film to have won these awards – and in a way it’s reassuring to know that other people are thinking of my work as being good.”
Cleaning Up tells the story of a nurse who is sentenced to community service and has to clean the house of an obnoxious recluse.
“It’s a story about unexpected bonding and dealing with the past,” Plamen, who is 23 and from Bulgaria, adds. “It all started with a bunch of scripts that I wrote. Only one of them, Cleaning Up, moved into the production stage. I had to take on roles including casting, location scouting, co-producing, editing, digital colouring and perhaps even more. It was a long process and now I am confident that I can make good films in half the time it took me to make this one.”
Festigious Film Festival is a monthly festival which aims to promote independent filmmakers worldwide and help achieve gender equality in filmmaking.
“I have three more short films lined-up and a feature planned for autumn,” Plamen says of his post-UCA plans. “I’ve never had a problem with coming up with at least two good film ideas a day, as well as ten bad ones! I don’t want to pursue anything other than creating films.”
Television production at UCA is taught at Maidstone TV Studios and UCA Rochester by television and film production professionals with extensive industry experience.