“My job is to help out on whatever needs doing to ensure an event is successful. This can be helping with the promotion of events through newsletters or answering questions for the public / members, general logistic…
I couldn’t pinpoint one particular highlight… perhaps just getting to work at the events. It’s really nice to listen to people who you usually see as ‘inaccessible’ just sitting and talking about their craft. You get to be a part of it which is great.
After LAFF I’m working in film programming as I love the idea of seeing people coming to something you’ve helped create and organise. Plus, nothing beats the buzz of going to the cinema or a film festival and watching a really good film. I think this internship has helped me hugely as there is so much that goes into the organisation of an event that I never would’ve even thought about before. I REALLY ENJOYED THIS EXPERIENCE!”
Paola Di Gravina
“I’m Alessandra from Italy and I’m so lucky because I had the opportunity to work in the London Asian Film Festival. I like to work in festivals because they are big events with a fantastic energy and that’s why I was so happy to do an experience in a festival of another country. After some months here, I can say that I really loved to be part of the London Asian Film Festival because his staff is great and thanks to it I had the chance to improve my knowledge of Indian cinema and culture. And it’s wonderful working with such nice and professional people. Thank you Tongues on Fire!”
“At the outset, I am very thankful to the team of Tongues on Fire London Asian Film Festival, in particular Dr.Pushpinder Chowdhury and Saba Syed for having me on board for a three month PR internship program from January to March 2011. I must say I had a really exciting time working for the 13th chapter of this prestigious festival that gave me an excellent platform to showcase my talent and skills and put them to practical use. As part of an internship role, one hardly gets a chance to play an active role but all thanks to TOF –LAFF, with the kind of potential films and film-stars it has in its kitty every year, any person on board would gain tremendous experience and exposure which would do his / her confidence a world of good. If you want to accelerate yourself in the media / arts / communication industry by fast learning the tricks of the trade, this is the place to be.”
“As the PR intern for the 2012 London Asian Film Festival, I had the role of helping deal with the press for each event, the social media and generally assist the team wherever it was needed. The experience I gained, both in PR and event management, has been indispensable while applying for jobs in the media world. Additionally, I couldn’t have chosen a nicer team to have come on board with, willing to give me every opportunity to gain experience in every area that I wanted. It was a small friendly team working with a passion that drove them to achieve something great – it was fantastic to be a part of this. The excitement of this year’s festival will definitely be bringing me back next year as a volunteer!”