A Dance graduate from Edge Hill University will be swapping the stage for the big screen later this month to debut her short film at Liverpool’s newest independent film festival. 

Maisie Aveston, 21, has been chosen by independent cinema FACT to showcase her dance film In Habit at its Cinema in the City Film Festival on Saturday 21st August.  

Maisie, from Bedford, choreographed, filmed and edited In Habit on her iPhone as part of her university dissertation project, which explores the relationship between people and their surroundings. 

She said: “I wanted the film to explore the transactional relationship between ourselves and our environment. By transactional, I mean that we influence our surroundings as much as they influence us.  

“The name In Habit comes from the idea of inhabiting a space, but it also has a double meaning of the habitual routines in our day-to-day lives. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the repetition of everyday life and I think when you’re in that headspace, you can forget to appreciate and take in your surroundings.” 

Maisie graduated from Edge Hill with a First Class Honours in Dance last month. She credits her passion for dance down to her experiences as a gymnast as a child, a talent which saw her travel around the world to compete on the international stage for more than 16 years. 

She explained: “I used to hear a lot of comments from gymnast coaches who said I should consider going into dance. I really liked the choice of dance modules on offer at Edge Hill and then when I visited the campus for an Open Day, I decided that it was the right place for me. I loved my time at Edge Hill.” 

The University’s campus, located in Ormskirk, featured as the backdrop for Maisie’s film, which featured her fellow Dance students and flatmates Holly Densfield, Sophie Armitage, Megan Charnock and Jordan Carter. 

After receiving glowing feedback from her tutors, she decided to nominate In Habit to feature at FACT’s upcoming festival. 

She said: “The feedback I received was so lovely and it gave me the confidence boost I needed to take the film forward on to other things. I don’t think I would have made that decision on my own if I wasn’t encouraged by my tutors. 

“It still feels a bit surreal that it will be seen by people outside of University, but it’s really exciting.” 

FACT’s Cinema in the City Film Festival is a new cinematic experience that brings the best in new, independent film to extraordinary places across the city. In Habit will be screened on 21st August before the screening of Rare Beasts, starring Billie Piper.  

Whatever your dream role – actor, director or producer- you’ll develop your talents here at Edge Hill, exploring anything from capoeira to directing. Studying one of Edge Hill’s Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre programmes, you’ll learn creative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills that are valuable in any sector. And with intellectually challenging topics, specialist modules and work experience options, you’ll be ready to grasp the opportunities that await you.