Welcome to the first Festival Notes column. Given we’re both new here, introductions are clearly in order. Each edition we will be looking at the national and international festival circuits to see who’s who and who’s new, who’s winning and who’s making a name for themselves, and in the process, together we hope to discover emerging filmmaking talent. 2016 has been a great year, so far with countless great filmmaking achievements and performances. How could we possibly just select the few that we have? While we applaud the exceptional efforts of all the filmmakers who competed in this year’s festivals, all lists have to start somewhere, and our emerging talent list is no exception.
The first filmmakers to be added are three outstanding directors that have impressed juries and audiences alike across dozens of film festivals this year.
Jim Cummings (IMDB) has taken the festival circuit by storm following the Grand Jury nod for his short Thunder Road at Sundance this year. The bootstrapped comedy short was shot in one take in October 2015 and has received numerous awards and special accolades, not to mention the support of The Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, who allowed Jim to use his famous song. Watch Jim’s entire short in our video section.
Fabio Palmieri (IMDB) is becoming a major force in the documentary short world with his award winning Irregulars (2015), a timely film about refugees. Fabio has been winning awards and recognitions around the world, most notably in Aspen, Rhode Island, and Regensburg in Germany. Significant awards include Best Documentary and The Ellen Award at Aspen Shortsfest and the Audience Award, Internationale Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg.
Laura Harrison (IMDB) is an artist in the truest sense, she has impressed juries worldwide with her animated film The Lingerie Show (2015), winning accolades at The Florida Film Festival and the Madrid International Film Festival.
In the coming months, there will be several more festivals and we look forward to seeing if our selected filmmakers are competing and how they do. We also are excited to discover and profile even more hitherto unknown talent. Be sure to return regularly to our new Trending section (launching soon), where we will be posting regular updates on new filmmakers, including to our social media locations.
Just some of the upcoming festivals that the New Machine team are watching closely: