With a festival finally in realistic travelling distance & cost, I hope to travel to the French event! It's been quite frustrating to not be able to attend where my films are being shown, so this will be satisfying, perhaps slightly daunting, but ultimately exciting. It'll be especially pleasing to go, as my friend Lawrence Mason @danger_mason will be there too as the producer of 'Echo', vying for the RNC Award as well!
The festival is curated and ran by The Epiphany School and it features live-action short films, animation and documentary that is not only suitable but aimed at young children as an audience.
It's important to highlight that the film is sadly not In Competition at the festival but will be screened as Out Of Competition to the pupil's of the school "in filmmaking classes throughout the year as a way to show students what current filmmakers are creating". The film will be alongside other films of merit that didn't succeed in finding a slot for competing at the festival but did enough to impress the judges to gain a place in the school's "art curriculum" (and that's another direct quote!) ... Yes you've read correctly (I had to re-read when they told me), the film will be one of a series of works to be screened to expose the minds of kids in New York to the many forms of international cinema! That's pretty crazy and very flattering - it more than makes up for what was essentially a rejection! And because of this good news, I've also created a new poster, debuting above.
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The film has previously screened at BAFTA London, Bradford International Film Festival (Filmmakers' Weekend) and was a part of the Official Selection at the SLEEPWALKERS International Student & Short Film Festival (a part of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival). There is a lot in the pipeline for more potential platforms for the film and I hope to deliver more news soon about A FILM BY ABIGAIL - a film that doesn't stop surprising me.