Category: #screensparks

BIFA Announces the Long List Nominees for 2017 Best British Short Film

The British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) have announced the long list of nominees for the 2017 Best British Short Film. 12 films have made it in the 2017 lineup, including: 1745 (dir. Gordon Napier) Blue Christmas (dir. Charlotte Wells) Cracked Screen (dir. Trim Lamba) Diagnosis (dir. Eva Riley) Edith (dir. Christian Cooke) The Entertainer (dir. Jonathan Schey) Fish Story (dir. Charlie Lyne) La Madre Buena (dir….

New Filmmakers Present Works as Part of 2018 Venice Biennial College

A group of emerging filmmakers who participated in the 6th Annual Venice Biennial College class presented projects in development this week. The 12 active projects are part of the Venice Biennial and promotes new talent and provides an opportunity to be mentored by established professionals in the development of a low budget feature . The 12 Projects Besos Negros (Black Kisses) – Alejandro Naranjo (Director, Colombia)…

John Trengove Wins First Feature Award at BFI London Film Fest

Emerging South African filmmaker John Trengove has won the Sutherland Prize for Best First Feature at the 2017 BFI London Film Festival. John was awarded the accolade for his debut feature Wound, which tells the story of a lonely factory worker who travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. The film has…

‘Custody’, the Debut from Xavier Legrand Sells UK Rights

Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired the UK rights of French filmmaker Xavier Legrand’s first feature Custody. Xavier’s film won the Silver Lion for best director and best first film at the Venice Film Festival this year in addition to the audience award at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Custody, about a divorced woman and her children who find themselves under attack from a violent and abusive ex,…

Charlotte Well’s ‘Laps’ Short Premieres on Vimeo

Laps, the SXSW award winning short from Scottish director Charlotte Wells, premiered on Vimeo this week. Charlotte’s film, about a women who is sexually assaulted on a crowded New York Subway, won the jury prize at both Sundance and SXSW this year.  She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch school and has produced a variety of projects including shorts, music videos, and a critically acclaimed…

Kristian Håskjold’s ‘Forever Now’ Short Gathers Pace

Danish filmmaker Kristian Håskjold’s short Forever Now continues its successful film festival run, earning official selection spots at numerous festivals around the world in recent weeks. The short, which is about a struggling couple that decides to end the relationship in a loving and memorable way, has screened or will screen at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Naples International Film Festival and Festival international Signes de Nuit,…

Ian Hunt Duffy Wins Another Major Award for ‘Gridlock’

Rising Irish filmmaker Ian Hunt Duffy has won a Distinction Award for his short film Gridlock at the 2017 Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). The EIFF jury stated that Gridlock  “Suspenseful with a sprinkle of paranoia, this film circles back when least expected. Alfred Hitchcock would be proud.” Gridlock was selected to screen at Belfast Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival…

2017 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship Winners Announced

The winners of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition were announced this week. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS)-led screenwriting program, which has been around since the mid 1980s, is perhaps one of the industry’s main sources for new writing talent. The 2017 winners are: Vigil Chime, Bring Back Girl SJ Inwards, Jellyfish Summer Max Lance (pictured) and Jen Bailey,…