Best London Filmmaker Nominees

And finally in our round up of blogs looking closer at this years nominees, we highlight the Best London Filmmaker category. This year we have six short films nominated!


BACK ON THE LINE
UK
Writer, Director & Producers: Joshua Stewart and Simon Youel
Also nominated for Best Documentary.

Back on the Line uncovers the events surrounding original strike action in 1977 by six Gujurati workers as it grew to a mass picketing event, which occurred at the Grunwick photo processing plant in Willesden, North London. Bringing together those whom were on the picket line, their experiences are recounted and placed within the context of the wider strike of 1976-8. It captures this lesser known chapter of history within the British Labour movement on film, while drawing context for the state of affairs in the modern day.

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CITY LIGHTS
UK
Writer & Director: Ed Wiles
Producer: Carey Thring

City Lights is a sweet and comical love story about two isolated immigrants – a West African man and an Indian woman – who find love during the lonely city nights. Michel is the night security guard in a London office tower; Amita is a lonely cleaner in the tower directly opposite. Although confined to his building, Michel resolves to make a connection. Produced through Film London’s London Calling short film fund, City Lights is a highly visual, mainly dialogue-free film.

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Find out more about City Lights here


DAWN
UK
Writer & Director: Jake Graf
Producer: Kat Holmes

As dawn creeps across London, two lost outcasts meet in the darkness, more afraid of themselves than each other. As the sun begins to rise, and the veil of night is lifted, the pair are forced to look at themselves and face the harsh reality that life is sometimes what you make it, and that in the cold light of day, it takes more than the eyes to see inside a soul.

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Find out more about DAWN here


DOG DAYS
UK
Writer & Director: George Taylor
Producer: Will Willson

It is the dog days of summer: the idle time at the height of summer, when, the Romans used to say, people are compelled to act strangely. The city sweats. On the hottest night of the year, two people from very different Londons meet – and go for a midnight swim.

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DREAMING OF PEGGY LEE
UK
Writer, Director & Producer: James Everett
London Premier

When Ingrid, an unsympathetic care worker, confiscates Belinda’s treasured picture of Peggy Lee, her friend Alexander decides to smuggle them both out of the home to visit a 1940s jazz club. When their dream is about to be cut short by the arrival of Ingrid, Belinda does something so extraordinary that it brings the entire jazz club to a standing ovation.

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THE SPRINT KING
UK
Writer & Director: Benjamin Ducker
Producers: Mike Etherington, James Ducker & Benjamin Ducker

The humbling and remarkable true story of jockey Dandy Nicholls, a run away boy who punched, kicked and starved his way through the dark underworld of horse racing to be crowned ‘The Sprint King’ of the 80’s race scene.

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Find out more about the film here.


The festival will take place in conjunction with Wimbledon Bookfest, to be held in the Big Tent on 1 October. Tickets are available here.

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Best Documentary Nominees

This year we have 3 short films nominated for Best Documentary Film at WISFF 2016.


BACK ON THE LINE
UK
Writer, Director & Producers: Joshua Stewart and Simon Youel
Also nominated for Best London Filmmaker

Back on the Line uncovers the events surrounding original strike action in 1977 by six Gujurati workers as it grew to a mass picketing event, which occurred at the Grunwick photo processing plant in Willesden, North London. Bringing together those whom were on the picket line, their experiences are recounted and placed within the context of the wider strike of 1976-8. It captures this lesser known chapter of history within the British Labour movement on film, while drawing context for the state of affairs in the modern day.

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NAN’S ARMY
World Premier
UK
Director: Lucy Werrett
Producers: Lily Jane Godden & Lucy Werrett
Also nominated for Best Student Film

War does not stop when the last shot is fired. Set in the city of Bristol, Nan’s Army tells the story of three local elderly women whose lives were transformed by World War 2 for better and for worse. Bristol was the fifth most bombed British city of the war, with much of the city having to be completely rebuilt after the wars end. Nan’s Army recounts what it was like for young girls to grow up in this tumultuous time, a time when families were ripped apart, friends were lost and homes were destroyed.

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Find out more about the film here


WRITING ON STONE
Canada
Writer & Director: Sean Thonson
Producer: Rita LeRoux

This short documentary film presents a portrait of Treffrey Deerfoot a venerated elder in the Siksika Tribe in Alberta, Canada, and explores his efforts through ceremonial dance, sacred singing, and traditional storytelling to keep this proud heritage alive for his people today.

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Best Student Film – Nominees

This year we have 5 short films nominated for Best Student Film at WISFF 2016.


IMAGINING TIME
Australia
Director & Animator: Jelena Sinik
Also nominated for Best Animated Film

Adapted from the poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T. S. Eliot, Imagining Time is designed in a dual screen format. The animation combines notions of the disruption of the everyday; magical realism and surrealism with the themes of isolation, introversion and passivity from the poem. A century after the first publication of the poem, its exploration of the modern condition remains highly relatable to audiences today. An experimental animation, Imagining Time engages with issues of identity and the self, as we embark on an imaginative journey through the mind and experiences of young writer Alex Rabey. 

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Find out more about Jelena here


IN THE PARKING LOT
Mexico
Writer & Director: Juliana Orea
Writer: Peter Solis
Producer: José Luis Villanueva

Lis and her brother Gonzo, are waiting in a car for their father to arrive. After waiting for hours , the kids begin to bother . Gabriel returns carefree, so Lis decides to show her anger by leaving him out of the car . Father and daughter must face the real problems of their relationship.

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NAN’S ARMY
World Premier
UK
Director: Lucy Werrett
Producers: Lily Jane Godden & Lucy Werrett
Also nominated for Best Documentary

War does not stop when the last shot is fired. Set in the city of Bristol, Nan’s Army tells the story of three local elderly women whose lives were transformed by World War 2 for better and for worse. Bristol was the fifth most bombed British city of the war, with much of the city having to be completely rebuilt after the wars end. Nan’s Army recounts what it was like for young girls to grow up in this tumultuous time, a time when families were ripped apart, friends were lost and homes were destroyed.

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Find out more about the film here


RUN FREE
World Premier
Netherlands
Writer & Director: Raynor Arkenbout
Producer: Sanne Piersma

Peter is being chased by two nazi soldiers. Knowing these are probably his last moments he decides to write a letter to Hanna, the Jewish girl he fell in love with in the rural parts of the nazi-occupied Netherlands. Barricaded inside a shed, he writes the letter while trying to stay out of the hands of the two soldiers.

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THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RAT
UK
Writer & Animator: Jan Julian Rospond
Also nominated for Best Animated Film

In the city shred by terror, a mysterious shape-shifting man strikes fear into the hearts of the citizens. A wild, innocent cat nearly falls victim to the strange monster, but the unexpected turn of events helps him discover the monster’s great secret. 

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Find out more about the film and the filmmaker here plus you can also like on Facebook here


The festival will take place in conjunction with Wimbledon Bookfest, to be held in the Big Tent on 1 October. Tickets are available here.

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Best Animated Short Film – Nominees

This year we have three short films nominated for Best Animated Short Film at WISFF 2016.

HAIKU 9: TRADE
Canada
Director & Animator: Lyle Pisio

In a twist on the old ‘sell your soul to the devil’ gag, Andrew is offered his heart’s desire for a bit of his youth, as the terms are clarified he must decide wether the steepening price is worth the lasting consequences for his passing fancy. As it turns out, the devil is no longer only interested in souls, but he’s definitely still living in the details… 

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Find out more about the film here


IMAGINING TIME
Australia
Director & Animator: Jelena Sinik
Also nominated for Best Student Film

Adapted from the poem ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ by T. S. Eliot, Imagining Time is designed in a dual screen format. The animation combines notions of the disruption of the everyday; magical realism and surrealism with the themes of isolation, introversion and passivity from the poem. A century after the first publication of the poem, its exploration of the modern condition remains highly relatable to audiences today. An experimental animation, Imagining Time engages with issues of identity and the self, as we embark on an imaginative journey through the mind and experiences of young writer Alex Rabey. 

Imagining_Time_1 ImaginingTime_2 ImaginingTime_3

Find out more about Jelena here


THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RAT
UK
Writer & Animator: Jan Julian Rospond
Also nominated for Best Student Film

In the city shred by terror, a mysterious shape-shifting man strikes fear into the hearts of the citizens. A wild, innocent cat nearly falls victim to the strange monster, but the unexpected turn of events helps him discover the monster’s great secret. 

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Find out more about the film and the filmmaker here, plus you can also like the film on Facebook here


The festival will take place in conjunction with Wimbledon Bookfest, to be held in the Big Tent on 1 October. Tickets are available here.

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Official Selection WISFF 2016

We re proud to announce our line up of amazing, thought provoking, entertaining and exciting short films for this years Wimbledon International Short Film Festival.

BACK ON THE LINE
UK
Writer, Director & Producers: Joshua Stewart and Simon Youel
Nominated for Best Documentary & Best London Filmmaker

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CITY LIGHTS
UK
Writer & Director: Ed Wiles
Producer: Carey Thring
Nominated for Best London Filmmaker

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DAWN
UK
Writer & Director: Jake Graf
Producer: Kat Holmes
Nominated for Best London Filmmaker

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DOG DAYS
UK
Writer & Director: George Taylor
Producer: Will Willson
Nominated for Best London Filmmaker

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DREAMING OF PEGGY LEE
London Premier
UK
Writer, Director & Producer: James Everett
Nominated for Best London Filmmaker

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HAIKU 9:TRADE
Canada
Director & Animator: Lyle Pisio
Nominated for Best Animated Film

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IMAGINING TIME
Australia
Director & Animator: Jelena Sinik
Nominated for Best Animated Film & Best Student Film

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IN THE PARKING LOT
Mexico
Writer & Director: Juliana Orea
Writer: Peter Solis
Producer: José Luis Villanueva
Nominated for Best Student film

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NAN’S ARMY
World Premier
UK
Director: Lucy Werrett
Producers: Lily Jane Godden & Lucy Werrett
Nominated for Best Documentary & Best Student Film

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RUN FREE
World Premier
Netherlands
Writer & Director: Raynor Arkenbout
Producer: Sanne Piersma
Nominated for Best Student film

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THE CURSE OF THE WERE-RAT
UK
Writer & Animator: Jan Julian Rospond
Nominated for Best Animated Film & Best Student Film

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THE SPRINT KING
UK
Writer & Director: Benjamin Ducker
Producers: Mike Etherington, James Ducker & Benjamin Ducker
Nominated for Best London Filmmaker

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WRITING ON STONE
Canada
Writer & Director: Sean Thonson
Producer: Rita LeRoux
Nominated for Best Documentary

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The festival will take place in conjunction with Wimbledon Bookfest, to be held in the Big Tent on 1 October. Tickets are available here.

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Meet The Judges (part four)

MEET THE JUDGES – Matt Smith
Head of Distribution at Lionsgate

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What I do on a day to day basis…
Most of my time is spent setting strategies and release dates for our films and then liaising with Exhibitors to ensure they play them within that strategy to achieve maximum potential. I also represent the company at the various trade organisations like the FDA and BAFTA.

A recent short film I’ve enjoyed…
THE PRESENT. Absolutely wonderful.

What I’ll be looking for in this years shortlisted entries…
In a word, storytelling. You can’t beat a good story well told. For all films – no matter what their length – this basic principle of film-making trumps all other aspects of the creative process involved and the final film is nothing without it.

More jury interviews coming soon!

 

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WATCH: Catch by Jennifer Sheridan & Matthew Markham

Wimbledon Shorts Alumni Films

Best London Filmmaker 2014

Catch
A short film shot on location in Scotland. ‘Catch’ is the story of a lonely fisherman who sets off on his daily quest for fish. During a regular day on the water he accidentally hooks himself into a surreal adventure.

 

Find out more about Jennifer and mark

 

Check back soon for more short films!

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WATCH: Crowfeathers by Peter Bunzi

Wimbledon Shorts Alumni Films

Best Animated Film 2012

Crowfeathers
A boy and his mum live on an isolated farm, but one day a crow man crashes into their world. Mask characters and animation combine in this dreamy, fairytale, narrative, short.

 

What the judges had to say:
Highly original accomplished work showing enormous directorial flair.

Find out more about Peter:

 

Check back soon for more short films!

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WISFF 2016 Call For Submissions Launch

WE WANT YOUR FILMS!

Wimbledon International Short Film Festival is now accepting short film submissions up to the length of 15 minutes.

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We are looking for films of all genres, fiction and documentary, comedy to heavy hitting drama! Plus we offer awards to the best film in each of the below categories:

Best Student Film
Best Animated Film
Best Documentary
Best London Filmmaker

All selected films will also be eligible for the BEST FILM and BEST AUDIENCE FILM awards.

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Earlybird Deadline – 1 April – £10
Regular Deadline – 15 June – £15
Late / Final Deadline – 15 July – £20

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This year we are excited to be working with Film Freeway as our exclusive submission platform. Film Freeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits and much more…

To submit your short film please click here

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Congratulations to our 2015 WISFF winning films!

BEST FILM

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No One Dies In The Mornings
Director: Alexander Koruchekov
Writer: Nikita Lebedev
Producer: Elena Shevchenko
Country: Russia

Wimbledon Film Club

This award is sponsored by Wimbledon Film Club and the winner will receive £500 towards their next film.

BEST LONDON FILMMAKER

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Dark_net
Director/Writer: Tom Marshall
Producer: Adam Woodhall
Country: UK

Chromacode Studios

This award is sponsored by Chromacode Studios who will be providing the winner with a studio and equipment hire package

BEST STUDENT FILM

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Bye Bye Dandelion
Director/Writer/Producer: Isabel Garrett
Country: UK
Isabel will receive lunch with an industry expert

BEST ANIMATED FILM

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Golden Shot
Director/Writer/Producer/Animator: Gokalp Gonen
Country: Turkey

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM

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C.T.R.L
Director: Mariana Conde
Producer: Donna Mabey Choreographer: Damien Anyasi
Country: UK

Marcus Beale Architects

Sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects

AUDIENCE VOTE – BEST FILM

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Apollo
Director/Writer: Joe Betteridge
Producer: Luke Tsamados
Country: UK

Huge thank you to our 2015 judges

  • JULIA BLACKMAN, Director Scion Films
  • NICK BRIMBLE, Actor
  • DOMINIC BUTTIMORE , CEO th1ng
  • FIONA CLARKE-HACKSTON, Chief Executive British Screen Advisory Council
  • CELINE COULSON, Development Editor, Film4
  • GILES EDWARDS, Head of Acquisitions Metrodome
  • CHARLOTTE HILLS, Curzon Home Cinema Coordinator
  • MANU LUKSCH, Artist and Filmmaker
  • AVIE LUTHRIE, BAFTA-nominated Film Director (“Mad, Sad and Bad”)
  • DEREK MALCOLM, Film Critic
  • TOBY MUNDY, Director, Toby Mundy Agency
  • LILA RAWLINGS: Executive Producer, Left Bank Pictures & Script Consultant
  • MATT SMITH, Head of Distribution Lionsgate
  • NICK TOON, Vice President, UK Public Policy, Time Warner
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