COMFORT HIM and SVEN GUNNAR news

COMFORT HIM is a Finalist in the Austin After Dark Spring festival. And they nicely shared a small video which features each of the finalists on Facebook.

Austin After Dark facebook video grab
Austin After Dark facebook video grab

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/216433355627322/videos/527567911565898 to see what they thought of COMFORT HIM.

Also, SVEN GUNNAR – the short film – has been selected to two film festivals: to the Osaka International Film Festival Japan and to Kinosmena Short Film Festival in Belarus. This is great news, especially as I am 58 pages into writing the feature film version!

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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. 🙂

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:

SVEN GUNNAR – going to India and Japan

SVEN GUNNAR poster
SVEN GUNNAR poster with laurels

SVEN GUNNAR has had some recent festival success – it’s going to Japan, to the “BonDance International Film Festival(盆おどり国際映画祭” which is awesome and very much appreciated.

And it has also been accepted to the Kalakari festival in India. Nice!

This is good news, especially as the film is not for the faint of heart or those shy of a little fake blood. Congrats to Darwin and the team!

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