The Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival begins tomorrow, with my science fiction short film MARS-II screening on the 28th of September in two days. This is currently the final screening in America for MARS-II, being a part of two film festivals in Detroit and Pasco earlier in 2014. MARS-II premiered at the 38th Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, screened in South Africa for Celludroid and was an opening film in Toronto for Monsters & Martians Science Fiction Short Film Festival. It has also screened in India and was short-listed for the Golden Blaster at The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards! Myself and others who worked on the film are delighted that it's been seen by so many audiences around the world and I'll be bringing the film online imminently - getting our work in front of more people. You can read about the MARS-II production, behind the scenes and more in my Champion Up North interview (including a very peculiar story while filming).
Anna Jung Seo's her 81 paces exhibition, which I shot for VIDEOS FOR ARTISTS #4 at the A&D Gallery, has now concluded. The video and latest in the web series will be online soon. Check out these new preview images to see Anna's brilliant work up close and some of what will be included:
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Some other quick notes before you leave... my science fiction short film MARS-II screens in Detroit (USA) in the Official Selection of the Detcon1 Film Festival in a few days on Saturday 19th of July at 7:14pm as part of 'Science Fiction & Fantasy Shorts #4'.
Also, following my blog about three art film commissions on the horizon, I have now successfully completed production on them. Phew! The first of which is completed and online (see left), a documentary for my 'Videos For Artists' web series, shot at BARBICAN CENTRE. My film for 'Filthy Lucre: Lost In The Nameless City' where I interpreted London's urban spaces with video/photography screened
at the event a few days ago and was met with a resounding ovation from the audience. I will be writing a separate blog about the making of the film very soon, sharing images of the process and research behind it, as it developed from ideas into a finished piece of work - - - I returned from Denmark about a week ago, and having gone there to shoot two films, I returned with FOUR!! I shot at a rarely captured place called Vallo Castle, dance on a beautiful Copenhagen beach and at a converted Chapel, now a dance studio: Danse Kapellet. There'll be more on these exciting finished or near completed film projects in an upcoming blog post.
INVITATION TO 'TRI-CITIES INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL' & MINI VOYAGE IN USA FOR SHORT FILM 'MARS-II'
OFFICIAL SELECTION FOR MARS-II AT
TRI-CITIES INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
AND A MINI VOYAGE IN U.S.A.
Exciting news to share! Just over a week ago, I was messaged on the MARS-II FACEBOOK PAGE by Nat Saenz, the Film Festival Chair for TRI-CITIES INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL, with a "fee-waivered" invitation to screen! Not only another Official Selection but also a nomination for 'Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Independent Film Award'. The work gone into exposing and promoting the film, via social media and other aspects like INTERVIEWS, as well as film festivals such as the most recent in TORONTO (where it was the opener) and it's World Premiere in BOSTON has resulted in something more to celebrate for the short film.
To reiterate... MARS-II is on tour! PASCO > SEATTLE > DETROIT > TCIFF3
READ MORE ABOUT MARS-II AND ITS FESTIVAL HISTORY / AWARD NOMINATIONS > HERE
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MARS-II AWARDED OPENING FILM &
OFFICIAL SELECTION IN TORONTO
"Has 'The Cosmonaut' discovered the future of filmmaking?"
- TWITCH on 'The Cosmonaut'
MARS-II SHORT LISTED FOR:
NATIONAL IRISH SCI-FI FILM AWARDS!
THE GOLDEN BLASTERS
THE NATIONAL IRISH SCIENCE FICTION FILM AWARDS
What makes this slightly more exciting for the film and those involved in making it, is that this is more an awards selection than a usual film festival. It gives the short film something slightly different to flaunt and we're all so happy that's it's achieved this! The film is of course screening there too, much to our delight, and it's going be great to have a solid sci-fi audience in front of it!
"...After weeks of arguments and discussion, the Judges have come up with a list of the ten nominees for this years awards. To say this was our hardest year yet would be an understatement with the level of entries doubling in the past year and a quality to each... (they've) surpassed our expectations."
- Golden Blaster Website
The National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards > @GOLDENBLASTERS
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MARS-II Invited to
Hush Hush Film Night / The Base
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".
In addition to the screening, I'll be doing an interview with them that'll be published on their website in the Meet The Filmmakers section sometime before the event occurs. The film is returning to Leeds where it was produced after the recent exotic screenings in India at 'A Short Evening With Films' and in South Africa at Celludroid Film Festival.
MARS-II In Official Selection
At South Africa's Celludroid
MARS-II has made the Official Selection at CELLUDROID. What the hell is CELLUDROID you ask? Well... it isn't just the best name for a film fest I've ever come across but is touted as South Africa's ONLY event of this nature in the country, showing genre films such as science fiction, anime and fantasy. As far as my research took me, it seemed to look like it was the only one of it's kind in the whole continent!
The film has been chosen as one of just seventeen films selected from the many international submissions recieved and will legitimately be it's "African Premiere". The short films have been split into two feature length volumes that'll screen in Cape Town twice according to the site schedule. Following those screenings, Johannesburg is the second destination for CELLUDROID, but this is currently unconfirmed by the organisers. The festival begins at the end of this month and continues into the start of September. The film festival shows feature films too; such as weird and interesting documentaries, recent new films and classics such as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (directed by Ed Wood).
"The CELLUDROID Short Film Collection presents fantastic shorts from around the galaxy consisting of two separate feature length chapters with sci-fi, fantasy and animation subjects."
This announcement comes just days after MARS-II was screened in Hyderabad, India for short film event 'A Short Evening With Films'. With MARS-II containing themes of humanities quests and exploration, it's fitting that the film has broken ground into not one but TWO continents in only a week! Africa and Asia seemed a little out of reach before this week, but now slightly unbelievably, they are a reality. Hopefully... seemingly... desirably... there'll be more to come and this student film will continue to do well.
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'MARS-II' SCREENING IN INDIA!
It's been a short while since my last blog entry and I'm pleased to return with good news via an e-mail last night! My science fiction short film 'MARS-II' has been selected to screen at 'A Short Evening With Films' in Hyderabad, a large city in the South of India. The short film night is set up by Octopus Studios, taking place at the Lamakaan and seems to get quite reasonable audiences at it's open-air screenings. As well as the screening, I will be doing a Skype video 'Q&A' after the film from here in the UK to the audience in India. Although I recieved the acceptance last night, the event is actually only TOMORROW! So not much time to prepare...
I'm going to attempt to record the 'Q&A' and I'll share it if it isn't super embarrassing or a complete disaster! (Hopefully not!) - - In the meantime, check out the map of Hyderabad where the film will screen and photos of the last event they held below.
See you on the other side!!
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MARS-II in Official Selection for Snake Alley Festival of Film !
Sadly there aren't currently many more specific details to report on, but you can read about the Iowa festival as a whole HERE. You can also head over to their OFFICIAL PAGE on Facebook to support the festival and keep up to date with it's news. Plus, if you haven't already, please check out the MARS-II Facebook page to support the film and maybe give us a 'LIKE'! More details will be released soon when I have them...
Dance on the horizon As Boston Ends & Dinmill Launches
The 38th Boston Science FIction Festival is OVER.
With the festival battling restrictions caused by the weather storm in Boston, such as road and parking bans, the short films of the festival inevitably migrated to online viewing/voting rather than theatrical. A small material shame but necessary in the situation, which was handled so well by the organisers.
The annual staple of the event, the 24 hour film marathon the 'THON went ahead seemingly as planned with science fiction fans packing into the Somerville Theatre for a stream of classic and cults films.
The votes are currently being counted for the short films and put towards the judge's decisions - who'll hand out awards accordingly very soon. I thought the issues with weather were handled really efficiently and I'm proud that MARS-II was a part of the event. Watch This Space for more festival announcements soon!
Dance On The Horizon
After months of explorative workshops that are leading to a large multi-format installation; the film will show scenes devised by Julie Schmidt, the project creator. It has been a challenging and deeply interesting piece of work, evolving constantly, and I can't wait to show the results. We're aiming for it to find a platform at art venues / events looking for fresh work and I am excited at it's prospects. All artists involved, moving and working in front of the camera have been outstanding.
'A Film By Abigail'
A Short Evening With Films
Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Independent Film Award
Boston Science Fiction Festival
Branches And Bones
Champion Up North
City Of Women
Docfilm Fest 2013
Docfilm Festival 2013
DocFilm Festival 2014
Doc Media Centre
English Short Film Festival Of Rouen
Epiphany Children's Film Festival
Fear And Desire
French Film Festival
Future Film Festival
Future Filmmakers Article/interview
Ghost Stories For Christmas
Hush Hush Film Night
Institute Of Contemporary Arts
Internationales Filmfest Emden|Norderney
International Film Festival
Invitations To Screen
I Saw The Devil
La County Museum Of Art
London School Of Contemporary Dance
London Short Film Festival
Los Angeles Children's Film Festival
Lost In The Nameless City
Masters Of Cinema Dvd
Memories Through Line & Colour
Monsters And Martians Science Fiction Film Festival
National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards
New York City
Northern Film School
Rouen Film Festival
Royston Arts Festival
San Diego Comic Con
San Diego Comic-Con
Sketches | Self-Portraits
Sleepwalkers Film Festival
Snake Alley Festival Of Film
South African Film Festival
The Barbican Centre
The Base Creative Studio
The Body Canvas
The Coal Miner's Day
The Green Serpent
The Ice Cream Men
The Next Room
The Short Cinema
This Is England Film Festival
Tri Cities International Fantastic Film Festival
Tri-Cities International Fantastic Film Festival
Tucker & Dale Vs Evil
Videos For Artists