MR CLEAN wins at SIFF!

In a most surprising turn of events, MR CLEAN has won Best Horror at the Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF) I don’t mean it’s surprising because it’s not good, because it is a good little short – but because it had been rejected by a Danish fest the same week, just like the other Scandinavian fests to not put it through to official selection. But we had already been blessed with a win for COMFORT HIM, so to pick up a second award from the same festival was a doubly great honour. Really can’t wait to attend the special live screening event in October.

This means that MR CLEAN has picked up it’s 12th award. Thank you so much to everyone that took a chance on the film, and especially to SIFF for breaking the curse of being ignored by other Scandinavian region film festivals.

IMPRINT festival news – Florida and Chicago events

I was super chuffed to learn that IMPRINT had been selected and is a finalist at the FREAK SHOW HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Florida. Sadly due to conflicting events, I’m not sure I will be able to attend in person when the event occurs on the 30th and 31st October and the judging concludes. But I’m super happy to be in the running and congrats to the other finalists!

However, IMPRINT has also been selected to the CHICAGO HORROR FILM FESTIVAL and you can read it and the other official selections, and watch all of the films now in the online event – and make sure to use the discount code – the code BLOODY can be used to save $5 off the All Access Pass.

MR CLEAN is a finalist @SIFF

This week we found out that MR CLEAN is a finalist, in the ‘Best Horror’ category of the Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF) – the same festival that COMFORT HIM 60 just won an award at. This is great news. We’re edging just a little bit closer. It might be a long shot, for MR CLEAN to win and also get screened at the same fest alongside COMFORT HIM, but it’s worth a shot. Fingers crossed!

MR CLEAN finalist laurel SIFF
MR CLEAN finalist laurel at SIFF

Thanks again to the Swedish International Film Festival – and congrats to the other finalists.

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.

MR CLEAN’s 1st Scandic region selection

This week we found out that MR CLEAN is an official selection of Swedish International Film Festival (SIFF) – the same festival that COMFORT HIM 60 just won an award at. Awesome! This means that both films have now finally been selected by a Scandinavian region festival and especially here in Sweden. We’re super happy! And congrats to the talented team for helping create a film such as MR CLEAN. Fingers crossed that the film continues to progress through the stages, for a potential chance at a live screening.

I think that also makes it the 28th festival selection. Nice.

Ironically it happened just before another Danish fest snubbed us this morning. lol. So it’s not all selections and wins – just so you know. But it just goes to show, that to some extent it is a numbers game, and is down to personal choice – so what one fest loves, another may give it a lukewarm response. There’s no logic to any of this.

And yes, I know – I must pull my finger out, and when I get a chance to do so next year, I will finish writing the feature film version.

IMPRINT news – new poster and nomination

Our multi award winning, dark horror, short film script for IMPRINT has been given a new lease of life, thanks to Neil Fraser – as he’s really done us proud, by creating such a stunning poster.

IMPRINT.poster - bloody video tape and TV playing static
IMPRINT film poster by Neil Fraser Graphics

I think you’ll agree that the poster is a huge improvement, and Neil is vastly talented. Please visit his website to see more of his art. You may recognise quite a few of his posters, adoring some cracking horror releases, from DVD covers and iTunes etc.

And in honour of this, we’d also like to share that, after a week where the script was rejected twice, it has been selected and is a nominee in the ‘Best Unproduced Short Script’ category of the Austin International Arts Festival. Many thanks for that latest selection and nomination.

So what a better way to celebrate than to add in the winning laurels…

IMPRINT.poster - bloody video tape and TV playing static - with winning laurels
IMPRINT film poster – by Neil Fraser Graphics – with winning laurels

We’re working on bringing the film to life. We’ve already found one of our cast members and we hope to announce some news in the near future about what’s coming up for IMPRINT. But for now hopefully this will do.

COMFORT HIM 60 is an award winner!

Comfort Him 60 - poster with laurel
Comfort Him 60 – poster with laurel

This week, we found out that the 60 second version of COMFORT HIM, won the ‘Best One Minute Film’ award at SIFF. So not only has the curse of being ignored by Scandinavian Region festivals been broken, but we’ve won here in Sweden. Awesome! So that’s the first award for this version of the film, but 6th award in total. Thank you so much!

The festival is planning to screen the winning films at the live event October 30-31st in Arvika – which will be the Swedish live premiere screening (and an amazing chance for us to see it in person on the big screen). They will also screen the films online around the same time so keep an eye out for details.

A road trip is definitely in order, for the local members of the team to attend in person. It’s just a shame that the rest of the team who live outside Sweden won’t be able to attend. But those who attend will still sing their praises and raise a glass to them.

One thing I have really liked about the festival is the communication. Initially I was reluctant to submit a film like COMFORT HIM to this festival, having many festivals ask us to do so and then later not selecting it (especially like other regional fests over the past year, swamped with submissions due to the pandemic). When judging it up against other shorts, which are designed with a very different experience / pay-off in mind, of course the film comes up short – as it’s a very intense but fast experience. In the past, this has resulted in festivals wrongly comparing it against those other very different films and then it judging it as lacking. Whereas, as a micro film, it really works – but the format is still quite new and many festivals haven’t yet learned about them and taken such ideas on board… But SIFF listened, and actually added a micro film category to their festival. How awesome is that!?! So we very much appreciate such openness and flexibility from a festival. And if you’re a filmmaker, you should check them out too.

There’s more good news on its way. Not related to festivals. But something bigger – subject to contracts etc… but I can’t wait to spill the beans when I know more.

MR CLEAN’s 10th award

We’re very happy to learn that MR CLEAN won the award for Best Horror Film at the 4th Dimension Independent Film Festival in Indonesia. This is great news and means that the project has now picked up 10 awards. It also means that MR CLEAN will get to be screened to a live audience and online, due to Covid restrictions, in Indonesia. Awesome!

The event is from 28th to 30th August, from 1pm – 3pm – in Indonesia and online via this link – https://fb.me/e/FWZIgWCC

MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selections and awards
MR CLEAN poster with latest Fest selections and awards

It comes, a few days after the two nominations it picked up two nominations at the SEVERED LIMBS FILM FESTIVAL 6: THROW ANOTHER HEAD ON THE BARBIE!. MR CLEAN was nominated for ‘Best Villain’ – so congrats to Darwin Reina for his portrayal of MR CLEAN – and ‘Best kill / Goriest short’. And it was a lot of fun attending the online festival and enjoying the variety of horror shorts.

One thing is clear, that MR CLEAN still has life in it on the festival circuit, although it is time for me to get this film released. So let me figure out a plan and I will share it soon. For now, congrats to the team of MR CLEAN. 👏👏👏 on 10 awards and 26 festival selections.

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.