IMPRINT is a quarter finalist

I just learned that the short screenplay for IMPRINT is a quarter finalist of Outstanding Screenplays competition. That’s great news that it was selected and made it through to the first stage. Congrats to the other entrants!

The instagram post that lists the quarter finalists

In other IMPRINT related news, I’ve been putting together a pitch to show potential collaborators / investors what could be in store for this short film – regards to other related products and formats that could also work to expand on the world created for the short. So fingers crossed that it goes down well.

IMPRINTs 11th award and COMFORT HIM’s fest latest

IMPRINT – our unproduced dark horror short script picked up its 11th award – for Best Short Horror Script (under 30 pages) – at the Horror Film Awards. That’s huge news! We’re very happy that the script continues to pick up some awards, despite some major A-list festival rejections.

Horror Film Awards - Best Horror Script laurel
Horror Film Awards – Best Horror Script laurel

And despite the films being snubbed by every Scandinavian region festival to date, the 60 second version of COMFORT HIM has been officially selected to the Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF). Double cool! This means that the curse of being ignored by Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and Estonian fests to date has officially ended. It doesn’t mean they won’t reject again. But it’s huge. Also, as this fest has a live screening planned in October for the winners, you can bet your butt that we’d love to get a chance to be invited to screen COMFORT HIM in front of a live festival audience – which would technically be the Swedish premiere. So fingers cross we win.

There’s more news coming… so watch this space.

MR CLEAN’s 25th selection and BLÖDA

MR CLEAN is an official selection of the 4th Dimension Idependent Film Festival notification
MR CLEAN is an official selection of the 4th Dimension Idependent Film Festival notification

We’re very happy to announce that our hygienic serial killer short MR CLEAN is an official selection of the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Indonesia – the same festival that IMPRINT recently won an award at. This makes it the 25th festival selection. Nice.

Also, the SEVERED LIMBS FILM FESTIVAL 6: THROW ANOTHER HEAD ON THE BARBIE! screening of MR CLEAN and 30 other films is this weekend. The official lineup is HERE. And the live event will be screened on the official youtube channel.

Without Your Head Short Film Festival poster with youtube link
Without Your Head Short Film Festival poster with youtube link

I’m also pleased, as it was killing me, to finally announce that I’ve finally finished scripting the 3rd feature script of the year, for a feature-length pagan horror project entitled: BLÖDA (aka ‘The Bleeding’).Soon i will be giving it a read, and trying to work out what needs fixing, as well as checking in with some trusted friends and fellow writers / filmmakers, to find out what they think of the project, but also, as I’ve already begun assembling some props, I’ll be working out when and in what form I will make this feature film. My desire was and still is to shoot it this autumn. However, that may not be reasonable or feasible. But we’ll see, more on that soon. For now, I’m just super happy to tick that one off the whiteboard as being done… for now.

Me ticking off another project stage as being completed

It was a hard script to write. I was already burned out after the last two. I was working long hours. I got my second dose of the Covid vaccine, had a rough time with the symptoms, and then a resurgence of Shingles as a result of my immune system being weakened and run down. Nice. So Instead of the allotted 4 weeks, this took 6 weeks to write, due to having to take a week and a half off, and actually take a couple of evenings off for my sanity, to see friends and help my relationship. It’s weird, knowing the story you want to write, and having zero energy or fuel in the fire to get it done. But again, 2.5 average pages a day, in anything from 1-2hrs slots, is enough to get it done. Although there’s still much in the way of pre-production to even be sure of going into production, and more work to do on the script until I will be happy with it I’m sure. But for now, I’m very happy to have gotten this far. And for all of the support.

IMPRINT and MAGIC IS MURDER fest news

It’s been a good week and I’m very happy to share that IMPRINT has won it’s 8th award and been selected to and has placed in its 16th festival, and MAGIC IS MURDER, has been selected to its second festival.

IMPRINT picked up an award for Best unproduced script at the Florida Shorts fest. It has also now been selected and is in the finals of the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Indonesia, where there is stiff competition, but the judging won’t conclude until the end of July.

The feature comedy horror script for MAGIC IS MURDER has been selected to it’s second film festival at Cult movies International Film Festival. There is some exciting news around casting (and hopefully some other news) which we hope to be able to share soon. But I’m very happy that this script that I co-wrote with Simon O’Kill is also doing well in its’ festival run.

MAGIC IS MURDER poster with laurel
MAGIC IS MURDER poster with laurels

Awards time – IMPRINT and MR CLEAN

IMPRINT picked up two awards this week and MR CLEAN picked up another – thanks to the Cairo Indie Short Festival and Rotterdam Independent Film Festival. Awesome. And very much appreciated.

This means that MR CLEAN picks up its 9th award and IMPRINT now has 7 awards.

This is great news, and made up for a few more festival rejections this week.