MARS-II AWARDED OPENING FILM & OFFICIAL SELECTION IN TORONTO
Without further ado... I can finally announce that MARS-II, my MA graduation short film, is a part of the Official Selection for Canada's premiere genre event Monsters & Martians Science Fiction Film Festival! It takes place from the 14th-17th of November 2013 in the cinema city of Toronto, home to the highly regarded Toronto International Film Festival. It was absolutely smashing for the film to be accepted and then I recieved more news a week ago - that we will be OPENING the film festival packaged with feature The Cosmonaut!
"Has 'The Cosmonaut' discovered the future of filmmaking?" - TWITCH on 'The Cosmonaut'
In other news, we sadly didn't win a Golden Blaster at The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards. It was an honour to be a part of it, being one of only ten films selected internationally. There's hopefully (ideally, optimistically) still more on the horizon for MARS-II in terms of screenings, festivals etc. as we move towards the end of 2013 and I'll be sharing the news if/when it comes. Thanks for reading and thank you for supporting a film that has now been screened all around the world in USA, India, South Africa and the UK! AND... keep an eye out for my written interview about MARS-II with Champion Up North, who screened the film at their event last month, the Hush Hush Film Night [The Base] in Leeds. I discuss the film's shooting, themes, influences and all sorts. There's even a few anecdotes... it's really quite revealing.
MARS-II Invited to Hush Hush Film Night / The Base
Hush Hush Film Night logo
Hello stranger and welcome to my blog. As I type... the rain beats against the window, a child is angry they've been taken to Costa after a hard day at school and that machine used to make smoothies or "ice coolers" is just really really unnecessarily noisy. The summer has clearly ran away and the refreshing British weather is back!
It's always really rewarding to be accepted into a festival or event, the feeling of validation from another filmmaker or judge that they're saying "YES" we want your film and "YES" we want you to represent us - it's truly generous and uplifting. Though I've found recently, it can feel even better when someone discovers and approaches you of their own accord. A few weeks ago the HUSH HUSH FILM NIGHT e-mailed me about my body of work and requested to screen MARS-II at their event on the 26th of September this month! The evening event is set up to help expose and celebrate Leeds-based and affiliated filmmakers with currently six films set to screen (more TBA). Hush Hush will take place at music/visual arts studio THE BASE and is ran by Champion Up North who aim to "support the professional development of musicians and artists in Leeds".