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Film students hear from experts
Andrew Davies
Leading writer Andrew Davies talked about his TV drama adaptions
Two major movie and TV award winners have given student master classes at a film festival in Ceredigion.

Four-times Bafta winner, the writer Andrew Davies and film editor Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for The Killing Fields, took the workshops in Aberystwyth.

The Ffresh festival is a showcase for Wales' talented young film-makers.

Film director Mike Leigh was also supposed to give a master class on Friday but pulled out due to illness.

Around 500 students attended the two-day event which finished on Friday.

Some young people have been presented with awards for their short films too.

Organised by film agency Sgrin, the festival attracted about 50 industry experts this year - the most since it started in 2002.

Oskari Korenius
Student film-makers needed more money for projects, said Oskari Korenius

Two students from Newport University's international film school said they had enjoyed the festival.

Nick Davies, 31, said: "I think it's crucial to have something like this for young film-makers and a forum for feedback."

Oskari Korenius, 23, and originally from Finland, said he had enjoyed Jim Clark's workshop.

"He (Clark) was very entertaining and interesting and talked about the industry worldwide.

Film student Nick Davies
I think it's crucial to have something like this for young film-makers
Film student Nick Davies

"It was nice to get a glimpse from something working on creativity from the other side of the camera."

But Mr Korenius urged the film industry's decision makers in Wales to stump up more money for student films.

"Many of us have to use our own money for our graduation project films," he said. "It's impossible for students to get funds and this is the time of career when we're experimenting."

Andrew Davies, originally from Cardiff, recently adapted the BBC series Bleak House, from the Charles Dickens novel.

Other adaptations have included Pride and Prejudice and Tipping The Velvet, as well as his own original series, A Very Peculiar Practice.

Jim Clark has also worked on the James Bond blockbuster, The World is Not Enough, The Mission and Vera Drake.

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