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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 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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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. Continue reading

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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:

 

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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

Bye Bye Dandelion 2

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

CTRL

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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Wimbledon Shorts 2015 Screening – 3 October

The day is nearly upon us where we will be screening our the selection from the 2015 Wimbledon International Short Film Festival.

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The screening will take place on Saturday 3 October in conjunction with Wimbledon Bookfest in the Big Tent, on the Common – more details on how to get there and book tickets here.

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After the screening we will be announcing the winners our awards:

Best Film, sponsored by Wimbledon Film Club
Best Student Film, winning lunch with an industry expert
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film, sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects
and Best London Filmmaker, sponsored by Chromacode Studios, the winner will receive a studio and equipment hire package.

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See you there!

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International Selection

Read all about our international selection of films from USA, Canada, France and Turkey, a delightful mix of animation, documentary, Drama and comedy!

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Creme De La End
CremeDeLaEnd_Poster_WithBordersDirector / Writer / Producer: Andrew Messersmith
Starring: Jordan Jackson & Chelsea Murphy
CremeDeLaEnd_Still2_WithBordersIt’s a beautiful morning when Adam wakes up to prepare a delightful breakfast of cornflakes and milk. But, to his horror, he has run out of milk! With his life in shambles, Adam’s relationship with Ava breaks down and they are torn apart by this terrible loss.

6 / USA / Comedy

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Dad In Mum
DadInMum_Still1_WithBordersDirector / Writer: Fabrice Bracq
Producer: Sam Bouchard
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The middle of the night. Moans are heard behind the parents’ door.
Two young sisters are asking questions…

6 / France / Comedy

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Golden Shot
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Director / Writer / Producer / Animator: Gokalp Gonen
GoldenShort3_bordersRusty machines living in their small houses, imagine that the sun will come and take them to the sky someday. A small light, keeps them alive and dreaming. But one of the machines wants to see the sun itself and he has a plan.

8 / Turkey / Animation

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No One Dies In The Mornings
NoOneDies2_WithBordersDirector: Alexander Koruchekov
Writer: Nikita Lebedev
Producer: Elena Shevchenko
NoOneDies1_WithBordersSenya receives a telegram “You are obliged to die today at 11:59”. There are 15 minutes left before his death

15 / Russia / Drama

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Passing Orion
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Director – Sean Thonson
Producer – Sharron Toews
PassingOrion1_bordersA touching portrait of Boyd Stevens, one of the last remaining inhabitants of Orion Alberta – a town with a present day population of seven.

7 / Canada / Documentary

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