A woman longs for snowfall to finally see her lover's promise.
'Snow' is an experimental, nostalgic micro-short, shot on 16mm film, based on Cherubina de Gabriak's poem 'When the Snow Falls' (written in 1907). A story of heartbreak, it ponders the nostalgic notion of hoping one's life will eventually get better.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
'Snow' is all finished thanks to the hard work of our team, and is ready to make its way into film festivals. But we need your support to be able to do this. Funds will go towards hiring film festival strategists Festival Formula to create a submission strategy for the film, as well as going towards festival entry fees and travel costs for members of our team to attend certain high reputation festivals.
BREAKDOWN OF COSTS
- £675 - Festival Formula fee
- £900 - film festival submission budget
- £100 - film festival travel fees
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
At the moment, despite the film being completed, we are unable to enter it into film festivals which means its reach within the wider film industry is limited. We've had discussions with Festival Formula, who specialise in creating a programme of festivals tailored directly to the film and its appeal.
Festival Formula have said that 'Snow' holds great potential in festivals, and we'd love to give as many people the opportunity to see this beautiful, atmospheric film as possible. By working with them, it means we have a real chance of being selected for festivals.
This funding also gives us the opportunity to network with other filmmakers and experience their films, building connections and in turn moving our filmmaking careers forward.
MEET THE CAST AND CREW:
ANASTASIA ARSENTYEVA - WRITER/DIRECTOR
"The script was born out of a very personal experience of mine. I struggled a lot with growing up outside of Russia and not being able to return and build a life there as an adult, so that's one interpretation of the story. The other aspect of the film involves an unreciprocated romance and a young woman waiting for her lover to come back to her, living in a state of false hope. This was also inspired by my personal journey into adulthood, falling in love for the first time and falling victim to naivety out of strong feelings for another person."
Anastasia is a filmmaker and photographer based between London and Lisbon. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, but having grown up in the Netherlands and subsequently living in the UK, Anastasia often engages with themes of modern pressures, inter-generational relationships, class guilt and identity.
YANINA HOPE - ACTOR (ELIZAVETA)
“I have always been drawn to poetry and I love experimenting with verse. And the idea of exploring a deeply personal, meaningful story of loneliness, isolation and longing right after we all been through the pandemic, through the means of poetry and cinematographic lens, appealed to me a lot. When I saw Anastasia’s film work, with its finesse and elegance layered with deep meaning and philosophical enquiry, I knew I wanted to be part of 'Snow'.”
Yanina Hope is an actress with an international career which includes many TV and film productions in the US and Europe. Her most recent role, The Undeclared War, aired on Channel 4 at the end of June 2022. Her theatre productions includes 'Three Sisters' by Chekhov, 'Macbeth' by Shakespeare and many more.
JOSIE CONNOR - PRODUCER
“Working in the industry as a producer and in production has allowed me to see different styles, however 'Snow' is a production I cannot link with any other. Ana is a very talented director who knows exactly what she wants, which shows in the short. In only 2 minutes, you feel the characters ache and love for the past, present and future.”
Originally from Anglesey, North Wales, Josie is a York based freelance 1st Assisant Director and Creative Producer. Specialising in independent films, music videos and theatre projects, her credits include ‘The Railway Children Return’ and ‘Bringing Back GoldenEye’ among commercials, a vast number of short films and music videos linked with companies such as BFI, BBC, ITV, 4oD, Virgin EMI Records and Sony.
PATRICK CRELLIN - PRODUCER/SOUND DESIGN ASSISTANT, BETHANY WHITE - SOUND DESIGNER
“When Anastasia approached us with 'Snow', we were struck by what a simultaneously ambitious but compact piece of storytelling it was. It offered us a lot of room to stretch ourselves in the sound design department, creating a snowy soundscape in the middle of spring. Anastasia is an exciting up-and-coming talent with a lot to say, her work should be supported!"
Dark Avenue Film consists of Patrick Crellin and Bethany White, and is a production company based on the Isle of Man. The business has been operating since 2018, and since then, has produced two award winning fiction short films and three short documentaries.
OSCAR GARTH - DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
"I was immediately drawn to the script for 'Snow' and the beautiful poem narrated throughout. It was a poignant tale, and I quickly became excited about the prospect of capturing ethereal, dream-like imagery on 16mm film. Yanina’s performance was wonderful and director Anastasia brought the whole thing to life beautifully."
Oscar is a Director of Photography and colourist, and stands apart with his striking style. Not afraid of dynamic shots or colour, he creates innovative sequences to emphasise each project he works on, regardless of the medium or genre.
KAT EASTO - PRODUCTION DESIGNER
"I’m an Art Department Assistant for film and television, and my passion lies within production designing for independent productions (shorts, music videos etc). I wanted to work on 'Snow' as I find poetry to be very visually evoking, and I’ve always been intrigued by how film can add meaning to it."
Kat has worked as a Production Designer on short films and an art assistant on major productions for the past 2 years, including feature films, music videos, commercials and short films. In addition to production design, she is skilled in fine art (painting in particular) and graphic design.
MAX TOBIN - COMPOSER
"'Snow' was the perfect project for me. Working with such delicate, at times celestial material forced me to be equally fragile with its music. The entire soundtrack was recorded using an old Spanish guitar, with mic placement designed to pick up the creaking, wooden tones of the player as well as the instrument, and samples of individual notes lengthened out into quiet drones that could be buried into the mix. The result (I hope!) is a soundtrack that walks the line between human touch and ethereal presence—which I think is a fitting embodiment of the film’s poetry."
Max Tobin is an award-winning writer/director and presenter from Birmingham. Max's musical career began when he was a filmmaker without the money to pay other people for composition. Since then it’s become a great love of his — he especially enjoys watching people’s work as a complete outsider before composing pieces that texture films in unorthodox ways. Having won the Royal Television Society's inaugural 'Young Filmmaker Award' in 2021 for his short film 'I Will Despise You'—Max now works as a writer/presenter for the BBC. He has so far released two albums, 'A Moment Please' and 'Doubt Creeps In', respectively.
KATIE MCCULLOGH (Festival Formula)
"Festival Formula was started to help filmmakers navigate the vast circuit of film festivals across the world. With each film there’s a different goal, audience, and journey to be had. With an evocative and gentle film like 'Snow', we feel it needs a helping hand to find its audience - and we’re very happy to be that guide."
Festival Formula, founded by Katie McCullough, nurtures films through an efficient system that is approachable, informative, and showcases them to the right audience. As of 2022, FF has created festival strategies for 150+ films.
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Let's give 'Snow' an amazing festival run!