UCA graduate wins BAFTA Award

Poss Kondeatis with his BAFTA for Best Short Film

A graduate from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Epsom won a BAFTA Award at last night's star-studded ceremony in London.

Poss Kondeatis, who studied BA (Hons) Graphic Design: New Media, picked up the BAFTA for Best Short film for Until the River Runs Red, which he produced alongside director, Paul Wright.

The 30-year-old from Wandsworth, London, said: "It was an honour to be nominated but winning feels amazing.

"I was really shocked when our names were read out and it has been crazy being the centre of attention at such a big event.

"I've been overwhelmed by the whole experience and it feels like a dream: I needed to pinch myself when Paul McCartney came over and shook my hand for five minutes saying how much he loved the film – even JK Rowling gave me a wink."

Until the River Runs Red, directed by Paul Wright and produced by Poss Kondeatis. Until the River Runs Red, which is about a girl who believes she is the only daughter of God, was the pair's graduate film at the National Film and Television School and received acclaim at the Edinburgh and Locarno International Film Festivals.

Poss has been working his way up the production ladder in film and television since graduating from UCA Epsom in 2004. He has worked on films, such as The Duchess, which starred Keira Knightley, and commercials for clients as large as O2. 

He is hopeful that the BAFTA will give him the career-boost he was looking for: "Recognition of this magnitude could open so many doors for me, and the opportunities available will hopefully be far greater because it's such a big award.

"I've been trying for a long while to start up a production company to create and distribute content both for film media and interactive so hopefully this will help me find the funding and support that I've been looking for.

"I'm going to aim for the top now and strike while the iron is hot."

Poss Kondeatis (left) and Paul Wright with their BAFTA awards. Photo courtesy of BAFTA. Poss acknowledges that his time at UCA helped him in a variety of way. "It was really at UCA that I began to move from flat design into motion visuals," he revealed. "They supported much of my early video ramblings and brought in edit suites and animation software to help us move from single ideas into narrative.

"I left the university with experience in pitching, concept design, plus invaluable technical skills that I came to rely on in both early employment, as an animator and editor, and later as a producer - it's a level playing field when you know about the processes involved."

UCA is no stranger to national and international film success: four alumni have left the university and gone on to win an Oscar.

For more information contact:

David Reilly, Press Officer, UCA
T: 01252 892939
E: dreilly@ucreative.ac.uk

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