We had 263 applications for this year’s Ideas Fund Shorts brief, but there could only be eight winners. We are thrilled to present the filmmakers who have been chosen to receive £5,000 funding and mentoring to make a five-minute short film…
With so many fantastic entries, it took much deliberation from our panel, which included experts from across the film industry and 2011 Shorts winner Sam Bailey, to halve our shortlist from 16 finalists to eight winners. Here they are:
Chris Lee wowed the judges with his treatment for The Hedgehog, a contemporary take on the Peter Pan story, which uses video gaming as a lens through which to question our at times obsessive relationship with technology.
The judges were impressed by James Spinney’s idea for Light of the Rain, a short documentary that draws on original material from an entry in one man’s audio diary, describing his struggle to come to terms with the loss of his sight.
Created with younger viewers in mind, Joyride by Eva Riley will be a sensitive portrayal of a young boy dealing with his mother’s nervous breakdown. Expect minimal dialogue in a narrative driven by atmosphere and image. Can’t wait!
A Wee Tatty was too charming to ignore. Inspired by Scottish writer Alison Kermack’s story of the same name, Rose Hendry’s uplifting film will tell the story of a man realising his imaginative potential when he least expects it.
We loved the sound of SMEE. Anne Hollowday’s doc will take us into the world of the Society for Model and Experimental Engineers, a varied bunch who, despite their disparate backgrounds, are all pushing the boundaries of creativity.
Tom Gran’s idea, Writer’s Block, made us smile. A witty and original animation set in a jail for writers, the film will merge digital and traditional techniques, and be accompanied by an app with special features.
Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Ma’s Discarded will focus how the children of gamblers are affected by their parents’ problem. Through animation, the film promises to explore the links between wealth, status and mental health.
The Blood of a Bear by Lottie Kingslake is an animation about a boy who, lacking a father figure, becomes obsessed with a huge bear who lives nearby. The film takes on a fairytale-like tone when the boy heads into the woods to meet him.
Congratulations to all the winners. We can’t wait to see the finished films!
Image: Sound Super Zoom Super 8 Camera by electricporcupine on a CC BY 2.0 license.
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