STUDENT FILM MONTH: The Cycle (dir. Jessica Ashman)

The first student film to be featured as part of our Student Film Month has an interesting connection to Cannes in a Van. The director of this film The Cycle is experienced animator Jessica Ashman, who, way back in 2011 was the very first recipient of a BEST FILM Van d’Or Award for Fixing Luka at the inaugural Van d’Or Independent Film Awards, held at The Roxy Bar & Screen in London Bridge.

Currently studying for an Animation MA at the Royal College of Art, Jessica already has a sterling track record, directing for title sequences, music videos and deservedly garnering a Scottish BAFTA nomination for Fixing Luka (the film won for its original score).

This featured film, The Cycle concerns the repetitive process of love and heartbreak, seen from deep within the body and is apparently inspired by the anatomical illustrations of Fritz Kahn. We hope to see more from Ashman very soon.

Student Film Month
In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In Transit competition, we’ve launched Student Film Month at Cannes in a Van. Every day throughout February, we’re publishing a student film from somewhere in the student film-sphere. It might be a student classic like the 1965 long-short Boy and Bicycle from a young Ridley Scott… an award-winning masterpiece… or a film directed by you.

We’ll be publishing a wealth of moving images from the infamous to the obscure, each film worthy of it’s place on our humble little stage. So what’s stopping you picking up that mouse, tablet or phone and sending us your own student short? You never know where the big yellow van might take you!

We’re even hosting a special Student Film Screen Social very soon in London so look out for more on that coming up.

It’s simple to submit…
Email us at and tell us what you’d like to show, then fill in the Screen Social submission form (please include details of production) and we’ll do the rest!

We look forward to screening your film.




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