Film Students Saim Sadiq & Federico Spiazzi Take Home Prestigious Kodak Scholarships
BY Daphne Palasi Andreades, September 25, 2018
Current students Saim Sadiq and Federico Spiazzi won the Gold and Silver Awards, respectively, at the 2018 Kodak Student Scholarship Program. The Program is an international competition which seeks to “encourage and foster the next generation of filmmakers and [honor] students who demonstrate exemplary skills and creativity in the art of motion pictures.”
Sadiq’s film, Nice Talking to You, which he wrote and directed, won Kodak’s Gold Award. Nice Talking To You “tells the story of how two strangers form a silent bond in the world's loudest city. At an American Sign Language party, a Lebanese girl on her last day in the city, meets a NYC photographer. What sparks is an unlikely romance until the spell is broken by words.” Sadiq won a $5,000 Tuition Scholarship and a $5,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. The film was co-produced by alumnus Joseph Capotorto '18 and alumna Federica Belletti '18. The Director of Photography was Spiazzi, Kodak’s Silver Award winner.
Still from Refuge, co-written by Federico Spiazzi and Fernanda Frotté '17, directed by Federico Spiazzi
Spiazzi’s film, Refuge, which he also wrote and directed, portrays “a crossroads in Athens, where people of different nationalities, including locals, refugees and tourists come together. Only for a moment.” Spiazzi received a $3,000 Tuition Scholarship Award and $3,000 Kodak Motion Picture Product Grant. The film was also written by Fernanda Frotté '17 and produced by Federica Belletti '18.
Spiazzi hails from Italy and works as a freelance cinematographer and editor. He has directed commercials, short docs and narrative short films that screened internationally, according to his bio. Sadiq is a Pakistani filmmaker whose documentary work on religious minorities and children in Pakistan was screened on BBC Free Speech Stories. Sadiq’s first short film, Pasban, was screened at various festivals around the world.