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Students focus on film success

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:50 25 August 2010

TWO university students have won a worldwide film competition which will see their films being transferred to the big screen in the run up to the London Olympics.

TWO university students have won a worldwide film competition which will see their films being transferred to the big screen in the run up to the London Olympics.

Film students Fateha Khanam and Icis Lee, 21, from the University of Greenwich, both produced three-minute films in which they were encouraged to document their experiences of living in Britain.

The competition called See Britain Through My Eyes was launched by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in December 2009.

Miss Lee, from Greenwich, was delighted to have won the competition after she had a change of heart and swapped studying law to film studies. Her film is called Digilogue London.

Fateha's film which is about her 16-year-old sister Nahima is called Britain Through Nahima's Eyes.

Miss Lee said: "I was quite surprised when I won because I've never done film making before but I really wanted to make a film."

The competition gives winners the chance to re-make their films with professionals from production company Lion TV.

The re-made films will be screened worldwide to promote Britain in the run up to the Olympics.

She added: "I came here from Korea when I was quite young. The film is about my view of this country and the place that I live. It deals with how I see London and the UK differently from people who've lived here all their lives, and tourists.

"Making the film gave me the chance to prove to myself that I could do it. I want to be a good director - I've always felt I could edit and shoot - but without making a film there's no objective way of seeing if you are any good."

Lecturer at the university Mairead McClean said: "The FCO were extremely impressed by the diversity of voices and stories from the Greenwich students but Fateha and Icis stood out as being particularly driven.

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