MR CLEAN has been selected to it’s first festival in Mexico, as an Official Selection at the Stuff MX Film Festival This is brilliant! And we’re very grateful! Especially as COMFORT HIM is currently in a festival in Mexico. Also this marks the 18th festival selection now for our short film. We’ve done far better than I could ever have hoped. 🙂
The Stuff MX Film Festival takes place in January 2021. So it will be a while before it gets exhibited there. But fingers crossed all the same!
First, it had the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival showing. And it was really good to see it in the festival and I definitely think it held its own. However, although it was an award nominee in the Best Foreign Short category, it didn’t win. But the winners definitely deserved it. I really enjoyed the festival, and I was able to see every film – although perhaps it could have done with a bit more social / community chat facilities during the fest, for networking and finding out how audiences were finding the films? But many thanks to Tony and James for putting on such a great fest. And congrats to all the films that participated. Would definitely participate again.
But weirdly, that same day, we found out that MR CLEAN had won the Best Special Effects category at the Night of the Horror Festival 2020 in Belgium. Wow! Nice. That was a lovely surprise! it’s just a shame that we didn’t get to be there in person due to the virus.
And now, this week it is the turn of COMFORT HIM to be in the limelight, as it is taking part in the Morbido Fest. And then the European Short Film Festival. So busy times ahead. Wish us luck!
The festival will probably be online, in these covid times. But hopefully this year’s entrants will still get cinema screenings before the main feature. We can’t wait to see COMFORT HIM play among the wide variety of other micro movie entrants.
Three very cool thing shave happened in a very short period of time for MR CLEAN. As a result, we’re not yet able to update the posters for all three things, But they are as follows, in order of when they happened:
We are so happy and grateful. With six awards now, and 17 selections, the film has already exceeded our expectations and aspirations! Obviously we won’t turn down any more glory for the project. But each bit of positive feedback and acknowledgement is further encouragement for pursuing the feature version of MR CLEAN. In fact, we have some news regarding feature films / scripts and such. But we can’t share that just yet. But hopefully soon! – all I can say now is a feature script has been written and another is in the developmental stage, they’re just not yet for MR CLEAN the feature.
But I am personally honoured to have the cinematography singled-out and celebrated for MR CLEAN. It was a crazy shoot, and far from ideal conditions to achieve the best frames possible, and with a meagre crew and resources, but this amazing festival has the good sense and judgement of evaluating films based on the cameras used. Which I think is an interesting way to show that not all films are equal, that not all films should always compete against each other, when some have more budgets, bigger crews and resources. And thank you to Darwin, Eric and Albin – because without Eric’s colour grading and Albin’s VFX, and Darwin’s help positioning lights from time to time, I’m not sure how I’d have pulled it off otherwise.It was a team effort.
I will say that we’re very happy to have been a part of the SIN CITY FILM FESTIVAL that took place this last week. Although sadly, due to the format (single play stream at time of screening and no consideration for those in other time zones with an extra day’s grace before the clips disappeared, which is sadly a very restrictive choice) and my own life getting in the way, I gave up trying to view anything, as each time I was free nothing was available to view and then they were streaming when I was unavailable or asleep. It’s a shame as they had some amazing films selected (some that I was lucky enough to see during the HP Lovecraft Film Fest). But I think the fault is mine, as I heard others were enjoying the fest.
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!
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.
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?