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!

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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! 

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:

Fest update and more

Lit Scares International Horror Festival semi-finalist wreath
LIT Scares laurel wreath

GAS! has made it to the semi-finals of the Lit Scares International Horror Festival! Which is awesome! The finalists are announced on Friday Dec 12th. So fingers crossed this WWI horror short script makes it through. But it’s much appreciated to see it get through this far. I’m definitely beginning to think that this may have a future beyond being merely a writing sample…

Wild Indie Sci Fi and Fantasy Film Festival selection announcement
Early notification announcementCOMFORT HIM is on left-hand side

Also, COMFORT HIM has successfully passed through the Early Notification of Round 1 Qualifying stage of the Wild Indie Sci-fi & Fantasy Film Festival. It’s not officially selected as yet though. Official selections will be confirmed in January 2021. But it was nice to see that it has made it this far.

And in other news – re TUMBLE DYING, I have managed to cut from 2hrs of total footage, down to 24 minutes. I have a workable sequence, rough cut of 2.5 minutes. But have much further to go. But I’m enjoying how this one is coming together, even if my time is quite limited.

Work is proceeding apace on two feature script ideas. I’m expecting one meeting this week to resolve for me which one is definitely going to be the official front runner, because I can’t do two at once. And although I am sure which is the natural front runner, it seems that there might be a good reason to move the other one forward, to jump the queue. Apologies for being cryptic, but I just wanted to show that not all in writing goes as planned, when you’re collaborating with others. But I’m keen to resolve that asap. – what I can tell you is that the MURDER TOURS synopsis has been well-received by 3 of the trusted readers. I’m still waiting on feedback from two others. But I do really appreciate their collective efforts and feedback.

I also surprised myself this last week, by writing a couple of micro fiction / flash fiction short bedtime stories with a Christmas theme, and no one died in them! There was a very specific reason for doing so, and in such a rush, and if anything comes of it, I will tell you more. But I was happy to challenge myself and do something very different.