Jacob Schwar

Jacob Schwar

Jacob Schwar studied a BA (Hons) Photography at Barking & Dagenham College, and was awarded a First Class Honours Degree after writing, producing, editing and directing a documentary film entitled 'It's All Changed Round Here'. It examines the regeneration and gentrification of East London and Essex and was filmed during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

As part of the course, students are actively encouraged to use additional mediums including film, video, writing, installation and sound. This gave Jacob the perfect opportunity to fulfil his creative ambitions.

Once it was complete, Jacob decided to submit his debut film to the Romford Film Festival, where it was selected for public viewing. Jacob said: “It was a real surprise having my short film selected for this year’s festival. It’s reassuring to be part of a local festival that really promotes upcoming filmmakers like myself, as having my film screened to a public audience is a major step for me.”

Jacob excelled in his determination to make a film. It was a delight and a privilege to see his film being screened for the first time in a cinema auditorium. Watching the film I could recall the assessment screening in the College just months earlier, thinking to myself that Jacob had a bright future ahead of him. The screening at the Romford Film Festival proved me right.

David Bennett, Programme Leader for Photography