The six minute short Train to Yulichka was chosen for its artistry, as the film beautifully captures the emotional state of being in limbo on long, cross-country train journeys. 

Flickers of light shine between tree branches, and dreamlike pastel landscapes roll past the train window in this simple, yet thoughtful film. Paired with a soundscape that combines gusts of wind as the train flies past each stop, station tannoy systems reciting the day’s schedules and the mechanical noises of the train’s brakes, the layers of site-specific sounds create a tangible sense of travel.

Special mention was also given to Mike Forshaw’s Saturday; a story set on the day of the Hillsborough tragedy on 15 April 1989. Seen through the eyes of a young boy, the 14 minute short captured the human aspect of the event, illustrating how what seemed like an ordinary day, became a nightmarish reality. An audience favourite, produced in collaboration with the Justice for the 96 campaign group, the film pays respect to the victims of the tragedy, with every detail of the set and costumes historically  accurate.

Liverpool Film Night is an annual celebration of filmmaking talent from across Merseyside, giving filmmakers based in or with a connection to the city the opportunity to see their work on the big screen. The longest running competition of its kind, FACT’s event has seen directors go on to find work in film and television, and work with big names such as Pete Postlethwaite and Elton John. 

To reward Koens for his work, Lars received the choice of either a private screening in The Box (ground floor cinema space at FACT), or a team of two student crew members, plus equipment from LJMU university. If you think your filmmaking talent could make it onto our big screen, look out for next year’s competition, when there will be more prizes and opportunities available.