Regent’s film graduate scoops two festival awards

Student holding flowers

Dora Martynyuk, a recent BA (Hons) Film & Screen graduate, has scooped the awards for Best Short Film and for Best Female Director at the London Independent Film Awards this week. 

In her graduate film Dilemma, the corpse of a young woman is transferred to the morgue of forensic doctor Pavel Borisovich who is asked to perform a dubious autopsy. During the procedure he finds a USB stick in the victim's belly.  

Dora Martynyuk said: ‘I had the idea for Dilemma for a really long time, it was something I had to make. In the script, I wanted to touch upon the subject of abuse of young women which is not often dealt with in Russia. I hope what the female character does in the film makes people question their morals. In terms of the production, lockdown was difficult but working with my supervisor at Regent’s was invaluable due to their encouragement and expertise. I am extremely happy with the awards. It’s means all my hard work was worth it!’

The London Independent Film Awards aims to give the directors, writers, animators, and actors involved a helpful step forward in their future careers. 

Dr Ken Fero, Regent’s lecturer in Directing said: ‘It was a real pleasure to supervise Dora on this film in which she showed great resilience and passion. Film & Screen students like Dora are consistently making great impact with their work and are a credit to the University.’

Tristan Tull, Course Leader on BA Film & Screen said: ‘The degree aims to prepare the next generation of filmmakers entering a range of rapidly developing media industries. They engage in film practice providing a broad understanding of global film industries as well as specialist skills in film-making and post-production.’

About the London Film Awards 

The London Independent Film Awards is an IMDB qualifying monthly festival with annual screenings, recognising and awarding the work of independent filmmakers worldwide. The aim is to give the directors, writers, animators, and actors involved a helpful step forward in their future careers.