BA (Hons) Film Production Senior Lecturer, Marek Budzynski, has won another award at an International Film Festival for his film The Turtle and the Sea
The film has won Best Feature at the Maykop Film Festival in Russia and Marek says his latest success came a a complete surprise.
He said: “This win came right out of the blue. Best Feature Film at an International Film Festival is a real cause to celebrate.
“We used current students and alumni from Bournemouth Film School on the shoot. They were the best crew I’ve worked with for a while and I’m looking forward to working with AUB alumni on my next project.”
The film previously won a prize at the Birmingham International Film Festival in 2016 before two years later Marek was announced as the winner of the Best Director in the Feature Film category at the Buddha International Film Festival in Pune, India.
It has also been accepted as an Official Selection for the Five Continents International Film Festival.
The Turtle and The Sea follows the story of a Chinese Kung Fu master who travels to England to try and raise money for his mother’s heart operation.
He falls in love with a British singer. Against a backdrop of deep cultural divisions and the violence of inner city Birmingham, they find themselves in a race against time to save his mother’s life, and their own.
The film is based on a true story, between singer, Lena Jones, (played by Cat Goscovitch,) and Kung Fu master, Jai Zheng (played by Shifu Yan Lei.)
The Turtle and The Sea features his astonishing ‘Steel Jacket’ technique, and some stunningly shot and brutal fight scenes from one of the world’s greatest exponents of Shaolin fighting.
Marek has also made a documentary feature called Never trouble trouble, until trouble troubles you which has been accepted as Official Selection at two American film festivals: Impact DOCS Awards in La Jolla, California and Docs Without Borders in Nassau, Delaware.
Find out more about the BA (Hons) Film Production course, BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production or the BA (Hons) Creative Writing courses. You can watch the trailer and find out more about the film here.