Tuesday 30 October 2018

Flavours of the Month: October 2018...

Bold-faced comedy, a return to the grind, and intellectual horrors are just some of what's been setting the tone of my October 2018...

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Friday 26 October 2018

FWOAN at Eurasia IMFF...

Been a short spell since the last bit of festival news, but here's a new update - For Want of a Nail has been selected as a semi-finalist at the Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival.

Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival is an independent festival for independent filmmakers. Our festival has emerged as the online festival and monthly film club. Currently it is an online festival with the annual gala screenings of the winning films. The mission of our festival is to introduce audience with the filmmakers from over the world and to open the new names.
Find out more by visiting their website HERE.

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Daddy Grimes Edition: The Walking Dead 9x03 Meme...

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So far so good for the ninth season of TWD. Under the leadership of Angela Kang (the new showrunner), the show has rediscovered not only its proper sense of pacing but the central thing that draws you in: interesting characters involved in complex conflicts. Many of the tweaks are subtle, but amount to a large and welcome rejuvenation which has gifted TWD a breath of fresh-but-familiar air. Here's hoping that Kang & Co can keep it up after the well-advertised and imminent departure of Rick Grimes...

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Click to Enlarge: Rick needs to catch Michonne up on the first two seasons...

Friday 19 October 2018

Monday 15 October 2018

FWOAN at Feel The Reel IFF...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been officially selected by the Feel The Reel International Film Festival.

Feel The Reel is a monthly international film festival founded in Glasgow, United Kingdom. FTR is not only an online film festival, but also a festival with live screenings, our friends from Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest making this possible. Therefore, screenings will take place once a month and our winner will have the chance to be screened in the very heart of the dynamic and ever growing Bucharest, in Romania.
We are in the fiction category - and you can vote for us - just go to the website HERE and scroll down to the Audience Award / "Vote Fiction" section. Voting ends October 23rd.

UPDATE - we won the Best Editing award - congratulations to our editor Ryan Tian! See the full list of results HERE.

Friday 12 October 2018

The Mutilator (Buddy Cooper, 1984) Blu-Ray Review...

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“By sword, by pick, by axe, bye bye!” In the wake of Sean S. Cunningham's 1980 slasher flick Friday the 13th (perhaps the ultimate in killer franchises) there came a glut of gore-soaked low budget maniac movies in which a slew of tender teens came face-to-face with meat cleavers, chainsaws, fishermen's hooks and all varieties of sharp objects. When Victor Miller wrote Friday the 13th, he studied prior films in the genre – most notably John Carpenter's seminal Halloween (1978) – finding the beats and working with them closely and, in the case of Buddy Cooper's The Mutilator (aka Fall Break), a similar path was taken, but with some playful tweaks thrown into the mix...

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Thursday 11 October 2018

FWOAN Awarded...

The Berlin Flash Film Festival has awarded "For Want Of A Nail" for Outstanding Achievement.
"You, as filmmakers, demonstrated incredible potential. We felt it only suitable to award you Outstanding Achievement."
In other related news, we also got a Special Mention from the English Riviera Film Festival.

Wednesday 10 October 2018

REEL Recovery Film Festival - FWOAN Hits Santa Monica Blvd...

The REEL Recovery Film Festival will be taking place in Los Angeles between the 24th and 30th of October and "For Want Of A Nail" will be screening there at the Laemmle Royal Theater (11523 Santa Monica Blvd).

Thursday October 25th at 2pm
The Laemmle Royal Theater. Schedule info HERE.

Writers In Treatment is proud to present The REEL Recovery Film Festival. This multi-day event is  a celebration of film, the arts, writing and creativity. We showcase filmmakers who make honest films about addiction, alcoholism, behavioral disorders, treatment and recovery. Slated for screening is an eclectic lineup of contemporary and classic films, documentaries and shorts from American and international, first-time filmmakers and industry veterans.
This will be the 10th year anniversary for the festival.

FWOAN at Ficsam 2018...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been officially selected to appear at the Ficsam Festival in Portugal.
Organized by the Association Collective Unconscious the 5th edition of the International Festival of Cinema and Mental Health | FICSAM will be held at the Faro Municipal Museum. This event aims, through the arts, including film, contribute to sensitize the general public on issues related to mental health of individuals, fight stigma and discrimination associated with this type of problem and help to promote human rights people with mental illness. The FICSAM takes place annually in parallel with the celebrations of the World Mental Health Day, 10 October.   Among the display of short and feature films of fiction, documentary, animation and video clips and films produced in national and international schools.
You can see the list of selected films HERE, and find out more about Ficsam at their website HERE.

Tuesday 9 October 2018

FWOAN Nominated at Dublin IFF...

Super snazzy news from the Dublin International Film Festival (where we've been officially selected), as our Director - Lucy Joan Barnes - has been nominated for Best Director!

Check out the Dublin IFF website HERE.

Monday 8 October 2018

Pookie Zone Edition: The Walking Dead 9x01 Memes...

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It's good to have TWD back, and the season 9 premiere was a good one. So much going on, lots of exciting new groundwork being laid as tensions simmer between post-war communities, and a shocking/satisfying climax that brings one of my favourite bits from the comics to the screen.

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Click to Enlarge: Thank God for Corn Fuel!

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Sunday 7 October 2018

Feedback for FWOAN...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been doing very well on the festival circuit and with that comes some feedback, so here's a selection of the kind words we've been receiving.
Loved it! Wonderful! I don’t have OCD, but I’m always trying to look for context and examples, to help me understand how my daughter is processing things and how OCD might be disrupting/interfering in her brain. The various visual treatments of Marty’s thoughts, in the multitude of ways that you showed them, did a fabulous job to help me. Thank you for that! It’s really hard, perhaps impossible, for those with OCD to shut off the thoughts. That’s so clear in the film. Well done.
Chris Baler, Producer of 2017 Documentary Short "Unstuck: An OCD Kids Movie"

For Want of a Nail is a great short film. The Writing is awesome and the directing brought it together quite nicely. The Acting was very natural and I could feel the emotions in the characters. The Cinematography was very well done. The Editing was smooth and true to the genre. The Sound Design / Score was perfect for the genre as well. The Visual FX were very well done throughout. I loved it!
Mindfield Film Festival, Alburquerque

WOWOWOW!  I am so impressed with the final product! It's excellent in every way! Bravo and THANK YOU for making it!
OCD Help For All

Absolutely spot on. Well done for this , very informative.
Ash Curry, Advocate for OCD Action and NHS Speaker

I have a friend who has bad OCD. Now I have a better understanding of how his obsessions affect him. Really good informative film. Very informative.
Keith, Mental Health News Hub

We loved your film and are extremely honoured to have such high quality work as part of our festival.
Changing Face International Film Festival

You can also read a review of the film by The Independent Critic HERE.

Saturday 6 October 2018

FWOAN Wins at Changing Face IFF...

More decidedly groovy film fest news just in from Sydney, Austrailia - "For Want Of A Nail" has won Best Short Drama at the Changing Face International Film Festival in the monthly competition for September 2018!

Check out the full list of Changing Face winners for September 2018 at the fest's website HERE.

Friday 5 October 2018

FWOAN at Berlin Flash FF...

So not one, but two festival announcements today! "For Want Of A Nail" has been selected to appear at the October 2018 monthly screenings for the Berlin Flash Film Festival!
Berlin Flash Film Festival's monthly screenings are held at the Apollo Theater in the SI Centrum.  On the last day of each month, a select group of guest judges and industry professionals gather for a late night screening to view our monthly category winners. Each monthly category winner is judged based on several factors spanning from story to sound. Surrounded with endless amounts of flavored popcorn, beanbags, blankets, chairs, pillows, score cards, and miniature pencils, our monthly screenings create three elements: a welcoming environment, a sense of community, and a cheeky indie flavor. These three elements best reflect our mission and annual festival.  Our monthly screening events mark an important step for our winners to progress as semi-finalists to our annual festival, Berlin Flash Film Festival.
Check out the website HERE.

FWOAN Selected for Lift-Off...

"For Want Of A Nail" has been officially selected for the Lift-Off Sessions October 2018.

The Lift-Off Sessions is a monthly online showcase, dedicated to screening the best and latest indie shorts to as wide an audience as possible. Lift-Off Global Network are committed to introducing new audiences to the indie film market.
Their official website is HERE.

Wednesday 3 October 2018

FWOAN Selected for Overcome FF...

The film festival announcements just keep on coming for "For Want Of A Nail", our short film about OCD. Today's news is that we've been officially selected for the Overcome Film Festival 2018.

The Overcome Film Festival especially encourages and welcomes the entries of filmmakers all over the world who wants to share their experiences in overcoming adversity or any other factor that has contributed to their growth as a person and motivated them to celebrate their existence. It is the focus of the film festival to give survivors a voice and a venue to share their life experiences and provide hope to others regardless of where they come from in the world.
Prior to this whole #FWOAN project I had not spoken at all about my experiences with OCD. Oakhill Productions' call for short scripts coincided with a time when I was recognising that my compulsive routines (which I'd also kept hidden away) were gaining more power as well as complexity. To claw some of that power back from my OCD I wrote "For Want Of A Nail" (our official website is HERE). That act was something in itself, but having my script chosen, and then to be very involved in the whole production, provided certain challenges that are hard to explain, but which I had to tackle. Dealing with your OCD isn't a simple thing, of course, and there's plenty more to wrap my head around, but FWOAN has provided challenges and opportunities that have all been for the better and I'm very proud of the final product.

Check out their Facebook page HERE and their official website HERE.

Monday 1 October 2018

FWOAN Selected for DMOFF...

More FWOAN news - we've been selected for the Direct Monthly Online Film Festival.
DMOFF is an International, Independent online event for Independent filmmakers, all Short, Documentary, Feature, Music Video and Web Series. The goal of DMOFF is to Provide homes to the group of young and vibrant film enthusiasts who are committed to creating spaces for independent cinema and devoted to spreading the knowledge of the modern visual art form to all interested. We at DMOFF aim at bringing out the best Short, Documentary, Feature, Music video and web series from around the globe and to present it all on one single platform which is our website.
Find out more info about the fest by visiting their website HERE.