Another selection for IMPRINT

The short script for IMPRINT now has its 4th official festival selection, in a week where we also received some very positive but also confusing feedback from another prestigious screenplay festival (where the reader clearly didn’t seem to pick up on some obvious plot elements that other festivals had no issues with) the film has now been selected and also made a Finalist in the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival (where COMFORT HIM won Best Horror). This is great news for a short that I was doubting was too dark for most festivals.

Ironically it comes on the same day where MR CLEAN was rejected from another fest, due to high competition. So it’s all swings and roundabouts.

But this week, good progress has been made on a new feature film script. We’re officially 15 pages in writing SVEN GUNNAR the feature. 🙂

Festival update

This week has been quite the roller coaster on the festival circuit. Three rejections for MR CLEAN, a selection but no placement for GAS! to a prestigious screenplay festival, and then COMFORT HIM, MR CLEAN and IMPRINT all did well in a festival in Slovakia, Kosice International Monthly Film Festival.

Firstly, COMFORT HIM was a finalist in the Super Short Film category. The same week that it also surpassed 11K views on Twitter.

COMFORT HIM poster
COMFORT HIM poster with laurels

MR CLEAN won Best Horror. That’s award number 8.

And IMPRINT, an old script that I have completely reworked, won Best Short Script. It’s a brutal, dark short film that is my tribute to those horror fans that would chase down the most extreme cuts of the nastiest films and what becomes of one horror fan when he comes into possession of a very unique tape. I decided to put it into festivals, to see if there’s any interest – after two previous attempts at producing it fell through.

IMPRINT diploma for Best Short Script
IMPRINT wins Best Short Script at Kimff – award diploma

That’s excellent news and very much appreciated! Thank you so much to #KIMFF / Kosice International Monthly Film Festival.

Also, I am writing a new feature script. I’m 38 pages into it. More details on that when it’s done. And Darwin and I met and discussed two potential new shorts. More details on that when we know more.

An update on GAS! and more

Fresh Voices selection
GAS! is a selection and into the quarter finals

It’s been a strange, stressful and very long week. But one where it was great to learn that my WWI Short Script GAS! made it into the Quarter Finals of Fresh Voices screenplay competition. Nice. That made up for the rest of the drama and stress.

Also, it’s been fun! Each evening, the whole week, I’ve been doing a course by Lucy V Hay of Bang2Write fame, called SUBMISSION SECRETS, re helping creatives master the tricky art of presenting themselves and their creations in the best light to prospective publishers and production companies, with a view to getting work published / commissioned – like creating a creative resume, query email, one-pager or synopsis etc. It’s been very useful and nicely complements two other courses I did at the end of last year, which were also geared around different parts of the same process. And it’s also been good to meet with the same creative peeps, and network a little online this week and find out that everyone pretty much feels the same out there. You – as a creative entity – are not alone! And I’m hoping that the course will come in very handy, in the near future, when we look to secure funding for SVEN GUNNAR the feature and MURDER TOURS.

But now I need to decide if I am going to give GAS! a little polish and pay to resubmit it to Fresh Voices????

GAS! is a Semi-Finalist at NiagaraFalls Indie Festival

Gas! poster with 11 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.

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