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Alum Heads to Prestigious Film School

In January, North Carolina A&T State University alum, Jelani Elom, will begin his new journey overseas as a student at the London Film School (LFS).

Known as one of the world’s most prestigious postgraduate film institutions, the school offers master’s, doctoral and workshop programs in a variety of fields such as film making and screenwriting.

“Getting accepted into the London Film School was no easy task. Before I was accepted I applied to several other schools and was rejected,” said Elom.

“Although I was disappointed at the rejection I faced, I did not let it discourage me from my goal. I used that as my motivation to work harder and used the critiques from the other schools and the help of my professors at A&T to rework and refine my skills and my craft.”

Nestled in the center of the British film industry, LFS is located in the heart of London in Covent Garden and is surrounded by historical sites such as the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the British Museum, and the British Film Institute Library.

“I was nervous because I wanted to make sure everything I submitted was perfect. At times, I even questioned whether or not I should apply but I pushed myself to go for it,” he says.

Enrollment consists of 140 students and 22 full-time faculty members.

Elom graduated from N.C. A&T with a dual bachelor’s degree in secondary education/art education and visual arts design/media design in May. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma and Phi Mu Alpha and currently teaches film to middle and high school students at UNCG’s arts, science and technology camp and for the Welfare Liaison Reform Program.

He credits his success and accomplishments to A&T.

“Without the help of my former professors at A&T, I do not know what I would have done. When I began receiving rejection letters, professors like Dr. Teresa Styles, Mr. Roymeico Carter, and Mr. Zeb Talley, helped me overcome it and they worked relentlessly with me to fix all my errors and adequately prepare for my interview,” Elom said.

“Being a student at A&T helped instill core values in me like patience, hard work, perseverance, and it taught me to face adversity head on. These are things I have carried with me into my career that have played an important role in the process of getting accepted into the London Film School.”

Following the completion of his doctoral film program at the LFS, Elom plans to practice film in the United Kingdom for another three years at a different university. He also plans to produce his first film and create a production studio here at A&T to offer the “Hollywood experience."