Category: Next Wave Q&A

Eurimages supports 30 new co-productions, many for new filmmakers

The Eurimages Fund has announced that it will fund 30 new projects to a total of €5,598,535. The successful filmmakers include both established and emerging directors, with a significant percentage being female. Eurimages is run by the Council of Europe with the goal to fund the development of co-productions through to distribution and to collaborate across borders. The list of projects: The Extraordinary Voyage of…

Next Wave Q&A: ‘Lost Face’ Marks an Important Step in the Feature Career of Director Sean Meehan

Sean Meehan is an Australian filmmaker now based in Los Angeles. His recent short film Lost Face recently won the audience award at the 2017 Palm Springs Shortfest, in addition to a host of awards this season, including nods at the Calgary International Film Festival, Canberra Film Festival and New Filmmakers Los Angeles, where it was awarded Best Foreign Short Film. Sean went to film…

Next Wave Q&A: SXSW winning short film director Kristian Håskjold

Danish editor and director Kristian Håskjold is fast earning a reputation as a filmmaker on the rise. His 2017 short Forever Now won the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative short at the SXSW Film Festival and earned multiple nominations at the Palm Springs International Shortfest this year. Previous works include the his 2013 short Reception, which earned two nominations at the Aesthetica Short Film…

Work begets work: Jim Cummings on his Sundance-winning short ‘Thunder Road’

Actor, writer and director Jim Cummings can notch 2016 up as one of the most significant years in his professional film career. In the space of just a few months, the LA-based filmmaker scored a host of important awards for his funny and sentimental short Thunder Road, including major prizes at SXSW, Palm Springs Shortfest, Los Angeles Film Festival, Chicago and Atlanta Film Festivals as…

Mojean Aria: 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship Winner

Mojean Aria is the 2017 recipient of the Heath Ledger Scholarship. He is an Australian actor and filmmaker, who studied at Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), with famous alumni that includes acting greats Cate Blanchett and Mel Gibson. His previous credits include The Bronx Bull, where he starred as the young Jake La Motta, a role made notable by Robert De Niro…

Sarah Raoufpur: Casting Associate, Disney Animation

Sarah Raoufpur is a Casting Associate at Walt Disney Animation Studios (WDAS). She grew up in San Diego and went on to attend the University of Washington in Seattle to study psychology and cinema. Sarah worked as a development intern at Storyline Entertainment before moving into casting, starting with Carmen Cuba Casting and eventually Disney Animation, where she helped cast the upcoming animated feature Moana,…

Charlotte Mars: Writer & Producer

Charlotte Mars produced Gayby Baby alongside director and friend Maya Newell, a feature documentary about 4 children growing up with same sex parents in Australia. The film premiered in 2015 at Hot Docs Toronto and went on to screen at the Sydney Film Festival and BFI London, to name a few. Set against Australia’s ongoing marriage equality debate, the mostly crowd-funded film was briefly banned by…