Gas! picks up a third script award!

My WWI short script GAS! has picked up it’s third award! It’s unbelievable and very much appreciated.

Gas! poster with 5 laurels
GAS! poster with latest laurels – artwork by Karen Keslen

GAS! has won the Best Short Script award at the Indie Shorts Awards October 2020 at Indie Shorts Fest.

Screengrab of the Indie Shorts Fest announcement
Screengrab of the award list from the IndieShortsFest website

This is amazing, considering that for a good number of years, it has been sitting in a folder on my hard drive and forgotten – after a previous abortive attempt to submit it to major festival, which somehow left me thinking that it wasn’t really worth continuing to submit to festivals any longer. And now it’s picked up three awards and ranked as a semi-finalist at a 4th festival. It’s already done so well!

Thanks again Indie Shorts Fest.

Laurel for the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival
Gas! is a finalist at the Hollywood International Golden Age Festival

#WWI #short #script #shortfilm #gas!

Unrestricted view festival tickets available

Unrestrictred view Horror festival schedule poster
Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival schedule poster

MR CLEAN will be appearing in the Unrestricted View Film Festival 26th October to 1st November. This is the first year that the festival will be online, due to the ongoing pandemic.

You can see the UVHFF 2020 festival brochure here to learn more about the schedule and participating films: https://tinyurl.com/yyhsrmre 

Enjoy!

#mrcleanmovie #mrclean #horrormovie #shortfilm #horror #filmfestival

MR CLEAN – two more festival selections

MR CLEAN has been selected to two more festivals! Wohoo! It’s had many more rejections I can assure you. But it’s lovely to see that it is still going strong.

Fresh from it’s appearance at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival yesterday (#hplff2020) – MR CLEAN has been selected to two more festivals:

  1. Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London 26th October to 1st November – Festival passes can be obtained here for the online event: https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/unrestricted-view-horror-film-festival-2020-festival-pass/
  2. The British Independent Cinematography Awards BIC Awards – in the Best DSLR Mirrorless Film category – this is a festival where the films are judged purely on their merits of the quality of the cinematography. So it’s a huge honour for MR CLEAN to be selected.

It’s been a busy week in film all around. And I really appreciate all the festival love, and I hope that the MR CLEAN team can hold their head up high. You’re awesome!

Find out more: MR CLEAN movie

Visit the IMDB page: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8974954/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_7 

#mrcleanmovie #shortfilm #horrorfilm #weirdfiction #hplovecraft

2nd award for ‘GAS!’

I’m very happy to share that my WWI short script ‘GAS!’ won “Best Short Screenplay” award at the September 2020 Reale Film Festival. It’s awesome! Great news. And as it got selected and awarded on the same day, it was quite the surprise!

Award winner announcement poster for the September Reale Film Fest
Reale Film Festival – winners September

It’s confirmation to me that I was right to dust it off and try my luck at resubmitting it to festivals. I only wish that I’d thought of doing so sooner. In fact, I’m beginning to think about revisiting some other scripts for potential festivals. But mainly I am thinking about finally achieving my long term goal of getting one of my existing feature scripts up to spec and a worthy festival contender.

However, long term readers would know that the reason that hasn’t happened is lack of time. lol. So don’t expect that goal to be achieved too soon. But don’t think I’ve forgotten about it either. And I’ll have more news soon re feature scripts…

For now, let’s forget such dreams and goals. And enjoy the fact that the GAS! poster now has 4 laurels. Sweet.

Gas! poster with four laurels
GAS! poster – 2 awards and 4 selections

I haven’t forgotten my promise to print some t-shirts (When I said, if it won such an award: “I promise to print some limited edition posters of Karen Keslen’s fantastic art work, and get some t-shirts made – if people are interested.”). So when this is all done, I will indeed do such a thing. Who cares if it means some people wearing a t-shirt for a film that might never get made?

#WWI #short #script #shortfilm #gas!

Film release news – MR CLEAN and COMFORT HIM

We have two great news items to share with you all, that we’re super happy about!

Firstly, paperwork has been signed, and MR CLEAN is going to be included in a Troma compilation – GRINDSPLOITATION 9 (Grindsploitation 9: Revenge of the Schlock). Release date TBC.

Troma - Grindsploitation 9 poster artwork

The creators of 60 Seconds to Die film series, Tony Newton (Vestra Pictures) have decided to create a new anthology horror film full of 60 second scares!

Promotional video for Grindsploitation 9 – to attract submissions

Secondly, Inspired by MR CLEAN getting onto that release, I noticed another release and wondered…. could I cut COMFORT HIM down to that original target for it to be a 60 second film? Would it still work that way? and would it get onto the intended compilation release…..

Well, in answer to that…

60 SECONDS TO LIVE promotional artwork
60 SECONDS TO LIVE – artwork

“Countdown the horror! – a compilation of 60 SECOND HORRORS is coming!” – yes a new 60 second cut of COMFORT HIM is now also going to be included in the upcoming SIXTY SECONDS TO LIVE!

It was fun to try and cut the film down. Essentially, the main elements removed, were some of the comedy aspects, so the film plays a bit more straight horror than comedy. But it works. 🙂

Filmmakers! – Submissions are still open for SIXTY SECONDS TO LIVE, find out more HERE. or visit the IMBD page. Release date TBC. Deadline to submit is 4th October 2020.

Many thanks to Tony Newton for considering and selecting our two films for inclusion! We can’t wait to see the finished releases. We also can’t wait to see how future horror fans will enjoy our films.

#comforthimmovie #mrcleanmovie #troma #DVD #compilation #anthology

Festival news update

It’s been an eventful week. And some of it I can’t even talk about yet. But, of the stuff I can talk about, let’s begin with MR CLEAN.

MR CLEAN has just won an award for Best Short Film at the August Breakout Film Fest. And we’re super stoked about that. I obviously talk about the selections and the wins, but never mention the rejections. Every time we get selected or even win an award, it’s so heartwarming. And confirmation that every ounce of effort, blood, sweat and tears, was appreciated by others.

GAS! – my WWI short script is a finalist at IndieX Fest. So edging closer to a potential award.

And SVEN GUNNAR – the short horror film that Darwin and I did last year, has been selected to 15th Cyprus International Film Festival, 17-21 November at Nicosia, Cyprus.

SVEN GUNNAR with laurels

Not bad at all. And there is more to come, as soon as I can talk about it. 🙂

Congrats to all the teams! You’re killing it!