A Film By Abigail is nominated for the Best Short Documentary Award at the 13th edition of the Tirana International Film Festival in Albania! From the order released it will be the opening film (TBC) of seven chosen for the documentary category's official selection and the only from the UK, screening alongside other docs from: Iran, Greece, France, Poland, Canada and Spain. It is also the shortest at just over 5 minutes with the other films clocking in at between 14 to 23 minutes. I really love the festival designs; check out their TV promo below and the trailer for the documentary category which features Abigail first.
As well as other competitive categories of animation, feature etc. there are also special programs including Pasolini Day which celebrates the brilliant and often controversial Italian filmmaker. Thanks for reading and letting me share this news with you - please stay in touch via your preferred social media including my (still kinda new) Instagram account (which I'm unabashedly enjoying!). I am active on all of them - say hello and keep in touch with what's going on with my work!
A Film By Abigail was in competition on the 17th of October for Best Short Documentary Award at the East Anglia Student Film Festival in Ipswich. Sadly, it came up short for the award but it was a great event to be screened at; a strong developing platform for student films that's working towards the goal of being one of the UK's most important. Last Saturday I shot Videos For Artists #5 in London at the ExFed Warehouse which will be a documentary similar to last year's The Next Room (shot at the Barbican Centre) observing a day of preparation for Le Collectif des Improvisateurs and director Roddy Skeaping as they work towards a surprising interactive colourful evening performance. Check out a mix of stills from the film below:
Without a doubt this was the strangest day of filming I've ever done! If the ideas and content of the show weren't wondrous and dream-like enough, there was a veritable group of injured animals roaming the vast warehouse all day accompanying us; including TWO three-legged dogs (I hadn't realised there were two until I looked back at my footage), a very sweet one-eyed dog and a kitten (of which I'm yet to work out its ailment!). They were very friendly and as I filmed them (see the still bottom middle) I started observing vicariously through them and their perspective interested me. I'm excited to put the documentary together and get it online soon as the fifth in my Videos for Artists web series.
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A Film By Abigail will screen in competition for the Best Short Documentary Award at Cairo's Qabila Film Festival! Although not well-known to me before submitting, the event has 10,000+ followers on their Facebook having cultivated a solid following online and looks to be a rewarding place to to be selected as a filmmaker stating "our finalists automatically qualify for other established Film Festivals around the globe".
The screening will take place on the 9th of October in a few days at the Falaki Theatre at 7:15pm on Friday. The event is partnered with the American Cairo University and the European Independent Film Festival 2016. The festival was submitted to and found via the excellent FilmFreeway.
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Internationally selected, screened and award nominated director of dance, fiction and documentary at London Short Film Festival (ICA,) LACMA, Zealous X (Oxo Tower Wharf) and San Diego Comic-Con. As well the cities of Toronto, Cape Town, New Orleans, Dublin, New York and St Petersburg.