Festival update – COMFORT HIM and MR CLEAN

COMFORT HIM poster with latest laurels - artwork by Karen Keslen
COMFORT HIM is a semi-finalist at NIGHT OF COMEDY SHORTS

COMFORT HIM is a Semi-Finalist – in the ‘Super short (0-5 minutes)’ category of the Nightofcomedy festival. Many thanks! We can’t complain, it’s just an honour to be selected to so many festivals. It was 16 selections in all, 3 nominations, and 5 awards. Not bad for an experimental Micro Short, in a world that doesn’t quite understand that format yet.

Visit the COMFORT HIM page to find out more. 

Visit the COMFORT HIM IMDB page.

STUFF MX FILM FEST poster 2020 edition - online fest 28th Dec to 8 January 2021
STUFF MX FILM FEST 2020

Also, MR CLEAN is currently playing as part of Block #9 FRIGHTS – of the STUFF MX FILM FESTIVAL. You can view the films for free by registering on the Fest Home platform here: https://tv.festhome.com/festivaltv/stuff-mx-film-festival up until the end of 8th January 2021 – Please understand that not all of the films are available in all countries, due to a ridiculous limitation by some of the distributors. So apologies if certain films aren’t playing for you. Do contact the festival if you would like to see specific titles.

Mr Clean Gold laurels
MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selection

CLICK HERE for a direct link to view MR CLEAN as part of that festival: https://tv.festhome.com/festival_film/195/2525/192670 – and do tell us if you watched it and enjoyed it!

GAS! is a Semi-Finalist at NiagaraFalls Indie Festival

Gas! poster with 10 laurels
GAS! poster with latest laurels

I was very happy to see this week that GAS! – my WWI short horror screenplay was selected to and placed in the Semis at the NiagaraFallsIndieFestival. This was great news. Competition was apparently fierce, with well over 1000 entrants. So I’m happy that it placed. And it’s looking quite nice with a full row of laurels. Hopefully a few more to add before its festival run is done.

It’s a further reassurance, that although not perfect, it was good enough to submit to festivals and shouldn’t be left sitting in a drawer, forgotten. And with two other recent rejections, that came with excellent feedback, I know exactly which areas I should focus on for polishing it even further.

Many thanks to Karen Keslen for updating the poster for me.

#WWI #short #script #shortfilm #gas! 

COMFORT HIM is a finalist at Fotofilm

COMFORT HIM was officially selected and is now a finalist at Fotofilm Internatıonal Short Film Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. Congrats team! Sadly, due to covid, our dreams of going to Turkey and attending in person seem unlikely, but the festival is looking at an online solution / format. As soon as we have details of what that is, we will let everyone know.

The short horror comedy film is a finalist in the Best Super Short category.

COMFORT HIM poster with latest laurels. Art work by Karen Keslen
FINALIST – Best Super Short category

Visit the COMFORT HIM page to find out more. 

Visit the COMFORT HIM IMDB page.

Meet the directors – interview with L’HIFF for GAS!

a chat with Darwin Reina at L’HIFF

I recently did a 30 minute interview with Darwin Reina for his L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALhttps://www.lhifilmfestival.com – to talk about the official selection for the WWI short screenplay GAS! and you can watch a 7 minute cut down version of it above. And enjoy my corona-do; my lockdown hair cut. 😉

Thanks to Darwin and L’HIFF for the interview.

SVEN GUNNAR is an award winning proof-of-concept

SVEN GUNNAR screenshot from the CYIFF award live stream via Zoom
SVEN GUNNAR picks up a 2nd award!

SVEN GUNNAR picked up its 2nd award in Cyprus yesterday! Congrats to Darwin Reina and the team! And many thanks to CYIFF for recognising that our short horror film is a great proof-of-concept. I couldn’t agree more.

WATCH THE CYIFF AWARD LIVE STREAM here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=692319208356170&ref=watch_permalink (the award is given at 1:28:58).

It’s a really interesting award to be given, precisely because although it is a self-contained short film, SVEN GUNNAR is the feature film we wished that we’d been making – when we set out to make something more ambitious than MR CLEAN, with more characters and locations, but due to budget limitations etc we set out to do it as a short, but always hoping to later get enough interest to develop it as a feature. It is also one of the feature scripts that I am currently having fun developing, to explore how it will work as a feature film.

SVEN GUNNAR poster with laurels
SVEN GUNNAR poster with laurels

And in fact, one of the things that always concerned me about the short, was that I didn’t want to cut it down and weaken it. There was plenty narrative there to make a good long short film. So it’s not a huge stretch to open it up a bit. And we really suffered to get some of those shots, especially the damn mosquitoes which are rampant in Hälsingland. So to get more potential mileage out of it would be awesome.

SVEN GUNNAR grab with laurels
SVEN GUNNAR poster grab with laurels

And luckily there have been some reviews and feedback where others have also recognised it’s potential. e.g. this one on IMDB by Mikief. “…I loved the Tim character – that sweet innocent family guy- “No problem I take you”! and SVEN GUNNAR the fat character of the film so nasty, So weird! I also liked the whole Europeaness of the film – the location Sweden country side, that English accent, and overall a great flick! What I will give as a negative rant is that I really wanted to know more about the town where it was shot, and the Swedish people.…”

So watch this space. Soon we will announce something more tangible regarding the possibility of such a feature version. And congrats again to Darwin and the entire team!

Here’s the trailer: