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.

IMPRINT is selected again

The London Indie Short Festival selected the short script for IMPRINT to their competition this month and also have placed it as a semi-finalist, although the judging isn’t done yet – so fingers crossed that it might progress further. But we’re very happy that the script has made it into competition.

Are there any interested producers out there – keen to see this dark short horror film get made???? – let me know. Especially as it has been noted in other awards, as a strong proof-of-concept for a feature film or TV show concept.-

The ups and downs of filmmaking

It’s been a good week in festivals for IMPRINT. Not so good for GAS! The IMPRINT poster was shared by a festival which is considering its selection, was then selected by the Berlin Movie Awards, was selected by and then has been considered as a Finalist in the Vancouver Independent Film Festival and lastly, received extremely detailed, positive and insightful feedback from the Portland Screenplay Awards – although we’ve got to wait to see it if places in that competition. However, GAS! didn’t make the quarter finals of one of the most prestigious top-tier screenplay festivals.

I share this because some people might be forgiven for assuming that these scripts are always winning. They’re not. And as this top-tier fest explained, writing is subjective, so what might not even get selected at one festival, may in fact win at another. So if you’re a writer who’s keen to find out where there writing is currently at, I would recommend getting people to read it and eventually trying to enter into some festivals to get some form of benchmarking.

Also, two potential planned short films, that were being discussed and considered for production in the coming months, are no longer happening. I don’t understand the sudden change in viewpoint, but I wholeheartedly agree with the reason why – which is it’s time to get features happening. Although I definitely still want to make some quality shorts, like SEPULTURE, GAS! and IMPRINT, which would serve as proof-of-concepts for more ambitious feature-length projects, I do have a burning need to make a feature. However, IMPRINT is definitely a short worth making and I am going to start actively shopping that one around to find a way to get it made, even if someone else directs it. Currently though, it will need some investment – just to help us pull off a couple of key moments / give it the production value it warrants.

IMPRINT temp poster
IMPRINT temp poster

Luckily, the latest screenplay, for my vampire feature BLOOD RAGE, has had two reads, and both “loved” it. Still waiting on two other readers. But so far so good. Despite then dealing with the crushing weight of being exhausted after delivering that script on top of my other work demands, I am now making progress on the planning of my next feature project. And work is resuming on the micro short film TUMBLE DYING, which has been sadly neglected of late. I need to get it done.

18th and 20th festival selections!

JellyFEST in LA, selected both COMFORT HIM and MR CLEAN to their 6th season, and has also awarded both films Semi-Finalist placings. Both films were in the same Narrative Short category and at the same festival. Nice! Many thanks. And congrats to the team!

Film Freeway Win notification
COMFORT HIM and MR CLEAN festival notification

That means that COMFORT HIM has now been selected to it’s 18th and MR CLEAN has now been selected to its 20th film festival! That’s amazing and both films have done far better than our original dreams or expectations!

Find out more about MR CLEAN

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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: