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

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
GoldenShort2_bordersAlso nominated for Best Animation Film
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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Best London Filmmaker Nominees

7 is the magic number!

From highly trained assassins on shadowy websites to haunting ghostly tales on the coast, read all about the seven short films nominated for Best London Filmmaker.

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DarkNetPoster_bordersDirector / Writer: Tom Marshall
Producer: Adam Woodhall
Starring: Johnny Vegas & Perry Fitzpatrick
DarkNet2_bordersAlan searches for answers in all the wrong places and this time he thinks he’s found them…on the internet, in the form of a highly trained deadly assassin. But he’s about to learn the true price of entering the ‘dark_net’.
12 / UK / Dark Comedy

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Murmur
murmur_webDirector: Aurora Fearnley
Writer: Simon James Cookson
Producer: Maria Forsstrom, Jude Goldrei & Sophie Reynolds
Starring: Lucy Russell and Olivia Morgan
Murmur3_bordersA young woman makes a dawn escape from a commune she has grown to distrust.
8 / UK / Drama

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The Voice in the Head
TheVoiceInTheHead_Poster_WithBordersDirector / Writer: Cyrus Trafford
Producers: Peter Sinclair, Heidi Carmichael, Josh Mallelieu & Cyrus Trafford
Starring: Charlotte Luxford, Stella Willow, James Allen & Lisa Kay

Psychologist David Rosenhan PhD, “If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?”
11 / UK / Drama

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Whisper
Whisper_poster_bordersDirector: Jo Lewis
Writer: Stewart Pringle
Producer: Sam and Ben Callis
Starring: Imogen Doel 
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A young woman travels to a remote beachside cabin in an attempt to finally quit her heroin habit. While there she accidentally sets in motion a chain of sinister events. Hauntingly beautiful, Whisper is a modern day ghost story that will keep you gripped from start to spine-chilling finish.
11 / UK / Drama, Horror

Also nominated!

Bye Bye Dandelion
(see Student / Animation nominee page for more about this film)

Bye Bye Dandelion 2

C.T.R.L
(see Experimental nominee page for more about this film)

CTRL

Catkins
(see Student nominee page for more about this film)

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Best Animation Film Nominees

Egg and chips meets stop motion flowers while robots reach for the sun, find out more about our three “Best Animated Film 2015” nominees here…

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Blue Moon Cafe
BlueMoonCafe_1_BordersDirector / Writer / Producer / Animator: Fin McMorran
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When Egg and Chips Collide… Blue Moon cafe is a tiny animation about egg, chips, and watching what you eat. Tomato sauce may not be all that it seems…
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1 / UK / Animation

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Bye Bye Dandelion
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Also nominated for Best Student Film & Best London Filmmaker
Director / Writer / Producer: Isabel Garrett

Bye Bye Dandelion 2
The friendship between an unlikely pair describes a rhythm in attachment and death.

3 / UK / Drama

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Golden Shot
GoldenShort2_bordersDirector / Writer / Producer / Animator: Gokalp Gonen
GoldenShort1_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 / Drama

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Best Experimental Film Nominees

Read more about our three nominated short films for Best Experimental Film 2015. From finding the perfect bench, a persons life told only through social media and a human experiment / dance app that causes a few problems between a young couple on their first date….

marcus beale“Best Experimental Film” award
sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects


 C.T.R.L
CTRL_poster_bordersDirector: Mariana Conde
Producer: Donna Mabey
Choreographer: Damien Anyasi
Starring: Helena Dowling & Matthew Biancheri
CTRL_still1_bordersA young man’s attempt at a first contact with a love interest is hijacked in a most entertaining way.
CTRL_still2_borders3 / UK / Dance

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Life’s A Bench
LifesaBench_3_bordersDirector / Writer / Producer: Andrew Elias
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One man’s quest for the perfect bench.
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1 / UK / Experimental

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The Public Life of Manick G.
The Public Life of Manick G. Still 1Director / Writer / Producer: Meghan Horvath
The Public Life of Manick G. still 3Take a journey through noise and meaning as one man’s life plays out on social media in this short experimental documentary.

11 / Documentary / UK


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Best Student Film Nominees

Find out all about our 3 Best Student Film nominees – Apollo, Bye Bye Dandelion and Catkins…!

The winner of the “Best Student Film” award will win lunch with an industry expert!


Apollo
Apollo_Poster_WithBordersDirector / Writer: Joe Betteridge
Producer: Luke Tsamados
Starring: Jacob Von Heimendahl & Alex J Geairns
Apollo_Still2_WithBordersA young boy ventures into the woodlands to say goodbye to an old friend.
Apollo_Still1_WithBorders8 / UK / Drama

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Bye Bye Dandelion
Bye Bye Dandelion Poster
Also nominated for Best Animation Film & Best London Filmmaker
Director / Writer / Producer: Isabel Garrett
Bye Bye Dandelion 2
The friendship between an unlikely pair describes a rhythm in attachment and death.

3 / UK / Drama

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Catkins
Catkins still 1Also nominated for Best London Filmmaker
Director / Writer: Alexander Darby
Producer: Ksenia Harwood
Starring: Mark Tandy, Imogen West-Knight & Henry Faber
Catkins still 2
Following a painful fight with his wife, Mark decides to leave for his parent’s house in the countryside to make up his mind about a divorce. As he walks through the countryside he takes comfort from the surrounding rural beauty.

9 / UK /  Drama


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2015 Official Selection Announcement

Wimbledon International Short Film Festival is excited to announce our official selection for 2015!
www.wimbledonshorts.com

WFC logo 2014The winner of the ‘Best Film Award’ sponsored by Wimbledon Film Club will win £500 towards their next film, we will also be giving out awards for the Best Student, Animation and Experimental Film and an award for the Best London Filmmaker.

Tickets are now on sale for the screening and awards night Saturday 3 Oct, in Association with Wimbledon Bookfest, in the Big Tent on the Common. Tickets £12.50

BUY NOW


Apollo
Apollo_Still1_WithBordersDirector / Writer: Joe Betteridge
Producer: Luke Tsamados
Categories: Student, Drama
Country: UK

Blue Moon Cafe
BlueMoonCafe_2_BordersDirector / Writer  /Producer / Animator: Fin McMorran
Categories: Animation
Country: UK

Bye Bye Dandelion
Bye Bye Dandelion 2Director / Writer / Producer: Isabel Garrett
Categories: Student, Animation, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

Catkins
Catkins still 2Director / Writer: Alexander Darby
Producer: Ksenia Harwood
Categories: Student, Drama, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

Creme De La End
CremeDeLaEnd_Still2_WithBordersDirector / Writer / Producer: Andrew Messersmith
Categories: Comedy, International
Country: USA

C.T.R.L
CTRL_still1_bordersDirector: Mariana Conde
Producer: Donna Mabey
Choreographer: Damien Anyasi
Categories: Dance, Experimental, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

Dad In Mum
DadInMum_Still3_WithBordersDirector / Writer: Fabrice Bracq
Producer: Sam  Bouchard
Categories: Comedy, International
Country: France

dark_net
DarkNet2_bordersDirector / Writer: Tom Marshall
Producer: Adam Woodhall
Categories: Comedy, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

Golden Shot
GoldenShort3_bordersDirector / Writer / Producer / Animator: Gokalp Gonen
Categories: Animation, International
Country: Turkey

Life’s A Bench
LifesaBench_2_bordersDirector / Writer / Producer: Andrew Elias
Categories: Experimental
Country: UK

Murmur
Murmur3_bordersDirector: Aurora Fearnley
Writer: Simon James Cookson
Producers: Maria Forsstrom, Jude Goldrei & Sophie Reynolds
Categories: Drama, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

No One Dies In The Mornings
NoOneDies2_WithBordersDirector: Alexander Koruchekov
Writer: Nikita Lebedev
Producer: Elena Shevchenko
Categories: Drama, International
Country: Russia

Passing Orion
PassingOrion2_bordersDirector: Sean Thonson
Producer: Sharron Toews
Categories: Documentary, International
Country: Canada

The Public Life of Manick G.
The Public Life of Manick G. Still 1Director / Writer / Producer: Meghan Horvath
Categories: Documentary, Experimental
Country: UK

The Voice in the Head
TheVoiceInTheHead_Still1_WithBordersDirector / Writer: Cyrus Trafford
Producers: Peter Sinclair, Heidi Carmichael, Josh Mallelieu & Cyrus Trafford
Categories: Drama, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

Whisper
Whisper2_bordersDirector: Jo Lewis
Writer: Stewart Pringle
Producer: Sam and Ben Callis
Categories: Drama, Horror, London Filmmaker
Country: UK

Find out more about each film by reading our blogs over the next few days….

Best Student Film Nominees  –  Sat 29 Aug
Best Experimental Film Nominees (Sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects)  – Sun 30 Aug
Best Animation Film Nominees  – Mon 31 Aug
Best London Filmmaker Nominees (Sponsored by Chromacode Studios) – Tues 1 Sept
International Selection – Wed 2 Sept

All films have the chance to win our Best Film Award (Sponsored by Wimbledon Film Club) and the audience award voted on the night.


 

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Meet The Judges (part three)

MEET THE JUDGES – Lila Rawlings
Executive Producer, Left Bank Pictures & Script Consultant

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What I do on a day to day basis…
Being an executive producer involves everything from finding and developing good ideas for films and television drama, meeting literary agents, working with script writers, pitching to commissioners and financiers, meeting directors, putting together finance plans, casting, going to the theatre, screenings and reading the film and TV trades……I might not manage all of these things in one day, but I have been known to try!

A recent short film I’ve enjoyed… 
A short called Group B written by talented NFTS graduates Joe Murtagh and Nick Rowland and directed by Nick Rowland. Set in 1986, the peak of high-octane Group B rally driving, Rally driver Shane Hunter is facing his comeback after a long and troubled absence. To survive he must learn to trust his new navigator and make peace with the past. This film pollaxed me. It’s visceral, utterly gripping and manages to avoid all the clichés about high octane, macho clichés about the world of rally driving. I loved the way the film makers got straight to the heart of what it really means to face ones fears. Great performances, beautifully nuanced writing and impressive cinematography that achieves impressive scale and ambition.

What I’ll be looking for in this years shortlisted entries…
Originality and ambition, no matter how long or short the film. Imagination and an ability to take an audience on a journey.

MEET THE JUDGES – Manu Luksch
Artist & Filmmaker

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What I do on a day to day basis…
My work is located somewhere between art and film. I’ve just completed a feature length essay film, DREAMS REWIRED, and so I’m delighted to exchange many months in the studio for international festivals and exhibitions. When I’m working closer to the territory of ‘art’, the day-to-day process can be wildly different – from piloting a single-passenger kayak taxi along canalways, to developing mass intervention in public spaces.

A recent short film I’ve enjoyed… 
A couple of years ago, the Latvian filmmaker Martins Grauds surprised the fashion world and beyond with his short LUST LUST. It depicts a startlingly original yet completely familiar world, and draws an unexpected relationship between fashion, furniture and daily life.

What I’ll be looking for in this years shortlisted entries…
Short films provide a perfect format to experiment with radical forms of expression. I love work that successfully suspends categories (such as ‘film’ and ‘sculpture’, for example). I hope to discover shorts that are synesthetic in their approach – whose form is based on the process of their making, for example, rather than on well-worn film tropes.

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Meet The Judges (part two)

In the next in our series of “Meet the Judges” Q&A’s we chat to Giles Edwards from Metrodome about what he is looking for in this years short film entries.

MEET THE JUDGES – Giles Edwards
Head of Acquisitions Metrodome

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Can you explain a little about what you do on a day to day basis?
As Head Of Acquisitions for Metrodome, I’m responsible for acquiring between 50-60 titles per year ranging from high end Theatrical features such as THE FALLING, MOMMY, FRANCES HA and THE NEW GIRLFRIEND, elevated genre product for Home Ent release like THE INNKEEPERS, SPRING, FALL OF THE ESSEX BOYS series and a range of acclaimed arthouse, docs, indie and festival titles for release across the breadth of platforms in the UK. In additional, we have an in-house International Sales division and Production arm which is ramping up a (smaller) slate of more-genre centric projects (our most recent title THEA has just finished shooting and is about to launch its furious post-production phase). So a day can be any number of items from a multiple choice list that includes: reading scripts, pitches, trade announcements and researching/following up/chasing down projects, giving script or rough cut notes, screening, travelling, running finance plans, negotiating and contracting with producers, sales agents and filmmakers, formulating the make-up of the year’s slate. Breathless, diverse & enormously pleasurable/frustrating/rewarding/exhausting/fascinating.

What do you love about short films that makes them different to features?
Two things really: firstly, I’m a die-hard genre guy and the template laid down by EC Comics and Rod Serling and Richard Matheson and their ilk in story terms — sharp shocking, sub-textually loaded — is something that bakes my noodle in the best possible way. A neat, twisted idea laid out with lethal precision and then flipped around with a mordant, whiplash-inducing glee is something that’s super tough to do in a 90 minute feature for anyone but the most genius-level screenwriter. I love the achievable immediacy of that in short films of all levels and budgets. It’s just fun, fiendish and smart.

But away from pure genre, the breadth of ideas that is able to be conveyed without the restrictions of a traditional “commercial” narrative paradigm is often hugely refreshing, surprising and delightful. For instance, a feature film like Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS comes along and blows everyone away during a narrative feature competition like Cannes full of more “conventional” stories but that film’s really an extrapolation of the best kind of short film ethos: pure ideas, furiously envisaged concepts, flashes of genius poured out in a flurry of creative and technical passion unconstrained by formal expectations.

lgend of beaver damTell me about a recent short film you enjoyed and why?
My favourite short film of recent years (maybe ever, actually) is a crazy heavy metal musical horror comedy called THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM which won myriad short film festival strands in 2012/13. It starts out as a riff on ‘80s campfire tale horror and ends up like Brian De Palma’s PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE. It was cheaply made but with such verve and utter commitment it’s impossible not to see pure cinema in every frame (someone very learned once said that the most pure forms of cinema are slapstick, horror and musical: this is all three.)

What makes a good short film?
What makes a good short film is no different from what makes a good feature: story sense, technical ability and invention and tangible emotion. Glossy or scrappy, frantic or measured, grandiose or punk rock: it just has to feel cinematic and that the filmmaker knows exactly what they’re doing in every frame, with every cut.

What will you be looking for in this years shortlisted entries?
The ability to surprise in storytelling; a deeply ingrained sense of the frame, shot composition and mise en scene and drawing terrific performances from actors — all of which, it should be noted, cost *nothing* in budgetary terms but are *everything* in terms of displaying filmmaking ability. Basically, I want to be sucker-punched by something that makes me desperate to see how they can translate that ability to a feature-length project.

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