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Winning Filmmaker Interview // Written In Pencil by Yaron Bar

We catch up with one of the award winning filmmakers from our festival vaults to find out what they have been up to over the last few years. Yaron Bar, the director and animator of 2011’s Best Student Film winning ‘Written In Pencil”

Tell us all about ‘Written In Pencil’ and what made you want to tell this story?
It is a short animated film about a train voyage that goes wrong. The film’s setup just occurred to me while riding the bus to school, and as we live in an age in which terror attacks are common, I just started to think about portraying the last moments in such a ride. Since the film was done in animation, I had the liberty to use characters and locations from a different era, and I just enjoyed this mash up of references and ideas that had in my mind a common core. Continue reading

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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!

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 who 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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Best Documentary Nominees

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

World Premier
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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Best Student Film – Nominees

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

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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Best Animated Short Film – Nominees

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

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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Meet The Judges (part four)

Head of Distribution at Lionsgate


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. Continue reading

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WATCH: Catch by Jennifer Sheridan & Matthew Markham

Wimbledon Shorts Alumni Films

Best London Filmmaker 2014

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.


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WATCH: Crowfeathers by Peter Bunzi

Wimbledon Shorts Alumni Films

Best Animated Film 2012

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.

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WISFF 2016 Call For Submissions Launch


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


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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