Sundance London Short FIlm Competition WInner.
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Extranjero – Christian Cardenas
Man on Train – Evan Regueira
Produced By – Mark Farrington + Jo Combes
Directed by The Queen – (Daniel Lumb + Crinan Campbell)
Sound Recordist – Andrew Blackburn
Special Thanks to – Kate Halsall, Shervin Shaestri, Felt Music, Dominic Buttimore, Hannah Cooper
Written and Directed by Simon Ellis.
Soft is a masterclass in short filmmaking. Centered around a teenage boy, Scott, his father, and a gang of feral hooligans who terrorise both of them, Soft is a film without an ounce of fat on it. The suspense and escalation in the narrative are relentless. This film explores numerous themes at once – masculinity and fear first and foremost – but also social division, paranoia and revenge.
It’s no surprise this film scooped so many awards. Simon Ellis, a believer in short film as a valuable medium in its own right (rather than just a bridge to making feature films) took several years to come up with what he felt was the right script. Everything here is first-class – the acting, the editing, the pace, the timing, the realism, the cinematography (the use of shots filmed through mobile phones is ingenious). Asbo, the leader of the pack of teen thugs, is alarmingly believable as are his baying peers. A shortfilmweb Editor’s pick and a classic, disturbingly memorable piece of short filmmaking.
Directed by Zoran Trajkovic
Written by Alistair Moore
Produced by Todd Kleparski
Starring Steven Waddington
Kickoff was originally written as a short story by Alistair Moore. Zoran Trajkovic, eager to direct his first short film, chose Kickoff as the project. By pure chance actor Steven Waddington, star of Sleepy Hollow, Last of the Mohicans and many more, read the script for Kickoff, loved it and asked to play the lead role.
Filmed over two days in East London, Kickoff is about a protest taking place, with no obvious cause or motive. The crowd are extremely passionate, and the demonstration threatens to spill over into violence. As events build to a climax, a narrator describes how it feels to be there, the atmosphere and the emotions and sensations felt by everybody present. Winner of the 2013 UK Film Festival’s Best British Short, Kickoff screened at London’s East End Film Festival, Brooklyn’s Short Film Festival, Raindance in London and Berlin and many more. Kickoff is essentially about the excitement of going into battle.