Cast, Crew and Invited Guests Screening. Wired, Fitzrovia, London, UK
39th Telluride Film Festival, USA (World Premiere)
26th Leeds International Film Festival, UK (UK Premiere)
ASFF Aesthetica Short Film Festival, UK
Magma, Mostra di Cinema Breve, Italy
10th London Short Film Festival, UK
Premier Plans d'Angers - Les Festival de Premier Film Europeéns, France (European Premiere)
Clermont-Ferrand 35th International Short Film Festival, France
TABAKALERA (International Contemporary Culture Centre of San Sebastian), Spain
Fargo Film Festival, USA
St.Albans Film Festival, UK
Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria
37th Hong Kong International Film Festival, China (Asian Premiere)
31st International Film Festival of Uruguay, Uruguay (South American Premiere)
New Directors New Films, Lincoln Center & MoMA, USA
Flatpack Festival no.7, UK
Athens International Film and Video Festival, USA
15th Mecal International Short Film Festival, Spain
KASK, School of Arts Gent, Belgium; private educational screening
23rd MediaWave Festival, Hungary (Won Best Experimental)
Seattle International Film Festival ShortFest, USA
36th Norwegian Short Film Festival, Norway
Huesca Film Festival, Spain
21st Art Film Fest, Slovakia
Short Sighted at BAFTA in partnership with the British Council and Shooting People, UK
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Scotland
21st Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal
Lago Film Festival, Italy
Open Cinema International Short and Animation Film Festival, Russia (Won Best Experimental)
La Guarimba Film Festival, Italy
Full Moon at Transylvania International Film Festival, Romania
Imaginaria Film Festival, Italy
São Paulo International Short Film Festival, Brazil
Portobello Film Festival, UK
Batumi International Art-House Film Festival, Georgia
Cambridge Film Festival, UK
Lund Fantastik Film Festival, Sweden
9th European Short Film Festival at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA
New Orleans Film Festival, USA
16th Antimatter Media Art, Canada
Molodist International Film Festival, Ukraine
Tofifest, 11th International Film Festival, Poland
INVIDEO, Italy (Won 'Under 35 - Youth Jury')
Lone Star Film Festival, USA
Cornish Film Festival, UK
Aarhus Film Festival, Denmark
22th Sequence Short-Film Festival, France
Animated Dreams at Tallin Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia
Fat Out Fest / Video Jam, UK (Re-scored by Die Hexen)
Michael Cacoyannis Foundation 5th Silent Film Festival
FlEXIFF 'The First and the Last Experimental International Film Festival', Australia (Australasian Premiere)
Fiati Corti, Italy
DIRECTOR'S NOTES OF THE FESTIVAL WORLD TRAVELED;
CAST, CREW & INVITED GUESTS SCREENING; FITZROVIA, LONDON (2012)
"The Search For Inspiration Gone" had its 'Cast, Crew & Invited Guests Screening' on Thursday 28th June 2012 in Fitzrovia, London. We had around 100 guests; the film's three actors, the majority of the crew, industry contacts from previous work, invited producers, directors and DoP's, journalists and friends and family. Great that some established names from the world of film could make it, including Nick Crabb (MD, 2AM Films), Stefan Lange (sfx DoP, James Bond etc), Chris Cairns (director, Partizan) and Alexandra Hayward (freelance culture journalist) to name but a few.
My thanks for everyone who came along and made the evening a very special event for everyone who worked on this film. Now for festival success....
39TH TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL - WORLD PREMIERE! (2012)
"The Search For Inspiration Gone" played in the 'Calling Cards' programme of short films at Telluride. I was there to represent the film and would like to thank the British Council Short Film Travel Grant for helping with my travel expenses to Colorado.
'Calling Cards' happened to be a very strong programme of just eight shorts, which included Tribeca 2012 short film winner "ASAD" (director, Bryan Buckley), SXSW 2012 short film winner "The Chair" (director, Grainger David) and Charlotte Rampling's "The End" (director Didier Barcelo). I gave a Q&A after Sunday's screening and I'd like to think that the film had a solid reception. My thanks to Bill Pence, Tom Luddy and Barry Jenkins for programming this film and all those at Telluride for such a great event.
26TH LEEDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - UK PREMIERE (2012)
"The Search For Inspiration Gone" had it's UK premiere at Leeds IFF in the BAFTA recognised screening 'British Short Film Panorama' on 8th November 2012. My thanks to Wendy Cook for selecting my film to play alongside 2012 BAFTA winner "Pitch Black Heist" (director John Maclean) and "Walking the Dogs" (director Jeremy Brock); nice for my cast to be sandwiched between Michael Fassbender and Eddie Marsan / Emma Thompson!
From the Leeds programme: "...the utterly beautiful avante garde silent film The Search for Inspiration Gone which follows the journey of a young poet searching for his lost inspiration...".
10TH LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
Thanks to Dee Meaden (Co-Producer), Rob Makin ('Original Story') and Ollie Verschoyle (best pal) for taking the time to go see our film play at Curzon Soho whilst I was managing a cobra that had hidden under our rented farm's patio in South Africa. Good work to Philip Ilson.
PREMIER PLANS D'ANGERS (2013)
What a great festival. My thanks to Agathe Demannevile for programming "The Search For Inspiration Gone" to play as 1 of 8 'directing debut' shorts from Europe. Unfortunately we didn't win either the audience or jury awards but the enthusiastic double applause from around 400 people at screening #1 was more than enough. Premier Plans was a very professional and friendly festival and I'd like to thank them personally for inviting me out to Angers and hosting me very nicely indeed.
(Photos; The film's cast; Michael Grinter, Yuliya Fytsaylo and Charlie MacGechan. Ashley Michael Briggs. Telluride screenings. The Telluride catalogue. Giving talks at MOMA and the Lincoln Centre).
CLERMONT-FERRAND & FILMFEST WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL (2013)
I was with my film for the entire duration of Clermont-Ferrand; supporting it, judging feedback and pushing it toward a sustained future. UK Film chose Clermont-Ferrand 2013 to launch itself; I was very proud to be a part of the British collective, mixing with award winning directors, BAFTA staff and the British Council.
This is one serious short film festival; selling over 150,000 tickets over the 9 days."The Search For Inspiration Gone" was really well received and every one of the eight screenings was at least 75% full.
I'd also like to give special thanks to the people of Clermont-Ferrand for having creme brulee on every menu and always available.
And many thanks to Will Massa and Julian Pye who granted travel funds from the British Council pot to help pay for my trip out to Clermont-Ferrand
The audience at screening #1 (Cine Capitole) queing around the block, press conference at the Espresso Lounge (I'm second in from the left) and giving a short introduction at screening #2 (Maison de la Culture). Estimated audience who watched the film at Clermont-Ferrnad; 2,500... incredible.
TABAKALERA 'LABO', FARGO FILM FESTIVAL & SOFIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
I'm counting my blessings that my directing debut is playing at more festivals than I can actually travel to. March 2013 is a massive month for "The Search For Inspiration Gone" as it plays in seven international festivals. Tabakalera, the International Contemporary Culture Centre of San Sebastian in Spain are playing the whole Lab Competition from Clermont-Ferrand, so I've scored a bonus festival there. Thanks once again to the programmers of Clermont-Ferrand for this additional opportunity.
Very nice of the British Council Short Film Support team to curate a screening of British short films at Sofia International Film Festival called 'Weird and Wonderful'. I’m, as yet, unaware of how this screening went but I’m very happy for the film to be screened here.
Fargo Film Festival kindly mentioned that the film and I were part of an “outstanding group of moviemakers”. Just look at Fargo’s outrageously art deco theatre the film screened within;
ST ALBANS FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
St Albans was a courageous and decent first festival balancing professionalism and fun, and in my limited time there I managed to meet a real range of people; fellow debut short film makers, Stanley Kubrick’s former personal assistant and representative of the Kubrick estate Anthony Frewin, and the festival’s core team of Leoni Kibbey and Jean-Luc Renaud.
FLATPACK, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL (NOMINATED FOR AWARDS) AND URUGUAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
Flatpack. Luckily I did have a chance to meet Sam Groves, main man of Flatpack, while he was ‘previewing’ this years festival in the Attic at Hackney Picturehouse. It sounds like the Sam and the team are doing a decent job, and I’ll try my best to make it up to Birmingham next year with film or without. The film had two screenings at the Electric and then at the new Custard Factory Theatre.
Once the film got through it’s Chinese censorship review it screened at the 300 seat Science Lecture Hall as a part of Hong Kong IFF’s International Competition where it was nominated for Jury, Firebird and Special Prizes. Thanks to ‘my man’ in Hong Kong (and his fiancé) who went along to watch the screening on my behalf to see what was what.
NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS AT FILM SOCIETY LINCOLN CENTER IN NYC (2013)
What a privilege. "The Search For Inspiration Gone" screened at FSLC last night, quickly followed by a Q&A. The usual questions were asked; technical interests, why it was made, who were the influences etc. The quality of the projection was outrageously good - probably the best this film will ever have. I was pretty pleased. Here's a shot of me mid Q&A;
NEW DIRECTORS NEW FILMS AT MOMA IN NYC (2013)
To date this was by far the individual highlight of my travels with this film; a 9pm Friday night full house at MoMA’s Screen 1. My fine lady and my folks had made the trip to NY for this too. And nice too, to see some familiar faces including fellow short filmmaker Santiago Gil in the buzz of the foyer. I introduced the film and then had a captive audience for a lengthy 15 minute Q&A before Matías Piñeiro’s feature “Viola” screened.
New Directors New Films allowed me to meet some extraordinary people, from Guy Maddin’s publicist Lucius Barre to lunching with directors Shannon Plumb and Derek Cianfrance.
(Photos; BAFTA / Shooting People presentation. Clermont-Ferrand screenings. Queue’s round the block for short films in France at Premiere Plan d’Angers! A mixed bunch in Norway’s SFF. Fargo FF’s outrageous art deco cinema. A single malt (Jura) as I prep flyers for Edinburgh FF).
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (2013)
OSCAR accredited Athens International Film and Video Festival appeared to have gone well as "The Search For Inspiration Gone" was given an additional screening in their 'Best of Fest'; just 14 of their 250 screened shorts were selected for this. Thanks to Dr Ruth Bradley for selecting this film.
MEDIAWAVE FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL - AWARDED 'BEST EXPERIMENTAL' (2013)
An award! 'Best Experimental Film'. Very pleased. My thanks to the jury at Mediawave; you made the right decision!
MECAL BCN (2013)
The British Council in Spain together with Mecal BCN were very kind to fly me out and put me up in Barcelona for this shorts and animation festival at CCCP. Thanks to Clara Doucet for programming this film.
NORWAY IN STYLE: NORWEGIAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
Just got back from a full bodied Norwegian experience having been gifted a delightful house to share with three international film makers (Murial d'Ansembourg, Caroline Poggi and Laila Pakalnina), being flown out by the Norwegian embassy and also managing to go location scouting on my bike. Living the dream. I really loved this festival; striking a balance between intimate and professional. Vino rouge with various folk (including director Leon Prudovsky, director Murial d'Ansembourg and Natalie of Open Cinema festival).
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
“The Search For Inspiration Gone” closes the very last programme, which I think is pretty respectable.
'SHORT SIGHTED' AT BAFTA WITH THE BRITISH COUNCIL AND SHOOTING PEOPLE (2013)
A super day yesterday, where my film and I were chosen as the subjects of 'festival success' at this fantastic London event at BAFTA. After a screening of the film Will Massa of the British Council's Short Support team and I chatted at frenetic pace trying to give balanced advice and encouraging ideas to the delegates. After a day of quite noteworthy talks by the likes of Vimeo, Encounters, BFI, LSFF, BAFTA, the British Council, Fat Rat Films, Shorts of the Week, I was back up with most of the event’s speakers to wrestle thoughts on the varied platforms short films can now be screened - ultimately a debate for and against traditional festivals vs online. The outcome - there wasn't one!
EDINBURGH INTERNAITONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2013)
The film is playing in competition, which I no way expect it to even get close to winning, but I hope that it's well received and I'm looking forward to meeting all sorts of folk - at the very least I'm sure the film will create a 'what is animation' debate. In tempering my excitement I'm drinking a single malt (Jura) as I prep flyers.
I didn't win! Still, my thanks to the team of EIFF, especially Iain Gardner, for a great UK film festival experience.
CURTAS VILA DO CONDE, PORTUGAL (2013)
This is meant to be a great festival for avant-garde and experimental, and those of the team I met at Clermont-Ferrand seemed super cool.
AN ITALIAN SUMMER TRIPLE BILL; LAGO, LA GUARIMBA AND IMAGINARIA (2013)
A month in Italy? Nope, not this year. I'm missing out on a triple bill of hospitality and fine dining. Lago seems really nice, check it out, it's near Venice. La Guarimba are doing the near impossible with great flair and compassion; bringing a crumbling outdoor cinema back to its former glory and holding an Cinema Paradiso-esque festival. Imaginaria looks super too; they seem to just know what they're doing in that inimitable Italian style. Here's a very short video about La Guarimba;
AWARDED 'BEST EXPERIMENTAL' AT OPEN CINEMA IN ST.PETERSBURG (2013)
A small lesson in the business; People from the Norwegian SFF see my film at Clermont-Ferrand and programme it, the Norwegian embassy fly me out to Grimstad in Norway for their festival where I meet the programmer for Open Cinema after she's seen the film, we get talking and she selects the film that evening, which then goes on to win the award in St.Petersburg. Bish bash bosh. Nice that some of the short filmmaking process is effortless!
Thanks to Natalie and Vlad for everything in St.Petersburg including the Skype Q&A that was organised in the British Book Centre. The film played to 600 people on the Peter and Paul Fortress beach on a summer evening.
BRITISH COUNCIL SHORT FILM TRAVEL GRANT - BRAZIL (2013)
My thanks to the British Council, for a third grant - but damn it, I could't make it.
MOLODIST INTERNATIONAL - I'M IN KYIV, UKRAINE, FOR THIS ONE THANKS TO A 4TH BRITISH COUNCIL SHORT FILM GRANT. (2013)
Just arrived. I feel quite Ukrainian already as I flew with a band who must have played in London's Ukrainian festival this weekend; traditional music the whole flight. Anyhow, "The Search For Inspiration Gone" finds itself amongst only a handful of films to be in the International Short Cut competition, so that's reasonably pleasing and fingers are crossed. Yuliya (Goddess) is especially excited about this one as she's a Ukrainian native.
SCREENINGS OF A TRADITIONAL SENSE AT THE MICHAEL CACOYANNIS CENTRE IN ATHENS, GREECE. (2014)
Screenings before every programme in their 5th Silent Film Festival, which included retrospectives of Paul Leni, Rex Ingram’s "Four Horsemen of the Apocolypse", works by Chaplin, Griffith, Pabst, Dovzhenko, Dreyer and Jean Renoir's "The Little Match Girl". Thanks to Alexandra Georgopoulou for the opportunity.
'BEHIND THE SCENES';