A BFI Network developed short film, written and directed by Pip Swallow.
After being passed over for a big promotion at work, Miranda discovers that she can control the world via her model railway set. A bittersweet comedy about a derailed woman, trying to mould herself to the institution but ultimately finding the power within to create her own.
Produced by Academy award-winning Slick Films and WILD Studio, Edge of Existence is a short documentary about the most remote island in the UK, Rockall, and the tiny selection of people who’ve attempted to survive there. We follow an ex-Navy adventurer as he makes the 16-hour boat expedition to the rock, to question why we risk our lives for arbitrary accolades and adventure?
'Like Sitting Ducks' follows the lockdown life of two millennials and their rollercoaster relationship throughout lockdown; exploring themes of isolation, grief, loss, love, and new life.
We follow Natalie and Jude, both 26 years old and living together in London. With love at the core of their relationship; the global pandemic hits to destabilize and challenge their 4-year journey.
Fatima’s not pleased to see Paige. Pauline’s not impressed with Rachel’s dildo collection. Sienna is already drunk, whilst Cecily just wants to have a fun with her best friends. Oh, and there’s a killer on the loose. HEN PARTY MASSACRE is a comedy-horror film following 6 women who are about to have a celebration to remember…
KILL YOUR LOVER is a horror feature film, where 'Blue Valentine' meets the 'The Fly'. A psychological drama with a punk edge and skin-crawling body horror! When Dakota tries to break off her toxic relationship with Axel, it starts transforming him into a monstrous creature with increased aggression, a touch that melts skin and worst of all, he’s contagious...
In your darkest hour an Urban Stranger appears...
The Light; Urban Chronicles is a web anthology series featuring the mysterious, recurring Urban Stranger. He intercepts the needy at junctures of heightened turmoil, deliciously prodding them - for good or bad - to see the light.
Kit lives in London and dreams of becoming a professional jazz drummer but is not taken seriously because of her gender. Financially strained, she steals a drum kit from Wayne, a one-night stand to get closer to fulfilling her dream. Inspired by writer/director Anouk Witkowska Hiffler's personal experiences as a female, mixed-race drummer, Drumming explores gender discrimination in a comedic lens.
When Tim becomes a courier for the app Wallaby, he reckons he can turn his life around: get fit, earn some money, and even get laid. He’s not accounted for his own haplessness, an antique teapot collection, and a sinister conspiracy. A modern-day queer sex comedy, featuring COLIN BAKER (Doctor Who), MARK BENTON (Anna and the Apocalypse) and LAURENCE R. HARVEY (The Human Centipede 2 & 3).
"Betty's Dream" is a family-friendly animated film. The story centers on a girl named Betty and her brother, Sami, who has a severe disability — but also the power to control his sister’s dreams. Once Betty enters Sami’s magical inner world, their bond grows and they set out on a life-changing quest.
Satisfaction Guaranteed! is a short, feel-good musical comedy inspired by classic Hollywood musicals like Top Hat and 42nd Street. It’s the story of Endi, a young woman struggling to pursue her dreams of West End musical stardom while working in a high-street clothing shop. When a ‘mystery shopper’ visits the store, not only is her day job on the line, but so are her musical hopes and ambitions
Local Hero is a heart-warming snapshot into the life of an elderly man. Left alone after his wife Rose dies, Charlie Maguire tries to carry on as normal. He just wants to be left alone with his cat, Dagger. But between his interfering neighbours, the lads in the street and nosy Father Diamond, the Parish priest, he can't get a moment's peace. Maybe they're right. Maybe he can't look after himself
Connor, an aspiring footballer, is determined to reach the pinnacle of the beautiful game. But do his dreams compromise his mental and physical well-being? Will a chance encounter with Maya alter his mindset and make him question all his previous efforts.
Warm Egg is a queer, surreal, melodrama about Eva, a woman exploring her sexuality and polyamory in a hallucinogenic theatre space. Where can she find guidance if her romantic existence is a taboo?
We are an all-female and non-binary production team of artists and filmmakers, looking to shine a light on modern love.
Mood video by the amazing Helen Jayne Dyke @ludo.figs!
"Until We Live Again" is a nonprofit feature documentary recorded during spring 2020, under lockdown. Forced to reconcile with loss and deal with an unprecedented crisis, people from all corners of the world come to terms with this reality and decide to let go of the life they once knew, to make way for a new beginning.
Thirty-Six follows the first meeting of Joe and Jenny, twenty-something, young professionals yearning for connection. Following the study "36 Questions to Fall in Love", Joe and Jenny are thrown into an intimate connection that neither we're prepared for, nor wanted. Exploring themes of love, death and the afterlife Joe and Jenny face a tough decision, to follow their heart or their heads?
"How to Cope with Oliver Pope" is the – not entirely untrue but for legal reasons definitely not based on anyone in particular – story of spouses Hannah and Jessica who kidnap and torture their local MP in the hope of changing his ways after he opposed an up-skirting bill and many other progressive bills in parliament.
The Nike Air Jordan was not just a sneaker – it was one of the cultural phenomena of the 80s and 90s. We – Yemi, Michael, and Will – are now experienced filmmakers but, as kids in that era, there was nothing else we wanted more on our feet. The style, the colours, the painfully cool Spike Lee joints for adverts made the Jordan an instant, desirable, transcendent classic that has endured over 30
'Out of Our Hands' is an anthology series of three short films - 'The Bird', 'The Rat' and 'The Whip' - which emerge as a unified response to questions surrounding guilt, truth, and free will. In all three, mundane situations give way to the surreal and the absurd, throwing man’s perennial and profitless pursuit of happiness into sharp relief.
New age couple Dan and Faye are excited for their future together, but when Faye begins sleep talking, her eerie, unconscious messages lead Dan to believe that they're both being haunted. Some people’s pasts are too toxic to cleanse.
She Talks In Her Sleep is a new, 9 minute horror short, brought to you by the same creators of the BAFTA nominated: The Blue Door.
Turn Around is an independent, cinematic true crime documentary telling a gangster story you’ve never heard. Featuring Black Panthers, wrongful conviction, love children and some of America’s most dangerous criminals, this untold story of a life eventfully lived really does have everything.
"The Regular" is an exploration of idle thoughts and dark recesses of the mind. The short examines the conflicting interaction between infatuation, sexual desire and religious devotion.
The titular Regular is an unassuming, ordinary individual who is consumed by a multitude of weighty thoughts surrounding her sexuality. She is struggling to accept her attraction to the Waitress, and goes to
A short film developed by Secret Garden Pictures. Written and directed by Serena Chloe Gardner.
Summer's world turns upside down after the sudden death of her brother. A punk rocker and art student by day, her work begins to suffer from continual nightmares as PTSD plagues her life. Summer tries to overcome her grief with the help of her friends by throwing a house party.
'You’re Not Dying' reveals the interplay between autonomy and vulnerability in toxic relationships. When Ingrid finds out that she is pregnant from her older lover Seth, she faces contradictory drives: the need for warmth and support, and the sense that she is undeserving of it. This tension forces Ingrid to recognise a dynamic she was wilfully blind to, and challenge it.
SILVERBACK is a Black-led sci-fi thriller web series. Taking inspiration from comic books and the superhero genre, the series follows Dee, an ex-offender, as she investigates the mysterious death of her younger brother: a tech prodigy-turned-masked vigilante. With its London setting and Black creative team, the series presents a grounded and uniquely Black British look at the superhero genre.
The relationship of two sisters, Rose and Elsa, is strained even more after Rose is found guilty of murdering their parents, even if she has no recollection of doing so. Before Rose’s execution, a troubled Elsa pays her a visit in the prison only to find herself and meet the consequences of hers actions. As things are not what they seem to be, will Elsa find absolution?
A Love Worth Fighting For explores the futility and human complexity of war at a very personal level, and how one of the most momentous months in the twentieth century played out for the people living and dying in it. But it’s not a war film. Rather, it’s an anti-war film, and a love story. It is poignant, compelling and sad. It asks difficult questions. Yet ultimately, it ends with hope.
Clare, a middle-aged piano teacher, mourns her failed career as a concert pianist; a drink always in hand. Grappling with this aching disappointment and unfulfilled legacy, she is pushed to the end of her tether by the rebellious student she once perceived as her younger self, Eva.
Ecstasy is a short film bringing maximum awareness to Parkinson's disease and is inspired by the real-life revelation that the drug ecstasy can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of Parkinson's. So step back and become part of a wild action-packed ride where a disabled father and son try to buy drugs so the Dad can dance with his wife... one... last... time
Award-winning company Caged Bird present a film about depression, living in a small town, and... cars? This love letter to the North of England sees a young man pushed to make the unsafe choice for the first time in his life - by joining a high-octane race on the country roads. This is a story about growing through mental illness, getting back in the driver's seat, and carrying on.
Richard Gregson worked for many years as Staff Producer for the Royal Opera House, reviving operas such as La Bohème, Otello and La Traviata. He was also one of the founders of "Floral Opera", a performance program for opera enthusiasts founded in the early 1990's. After his recent passing, we would like to purchase a name plaque to go on a seat in the Royal Opera House in his memory.
The Ballad Of Olive Morris is a short film based on real life events that took place in the South London neighbourhood of Brixton in 1969. 17 year old Olive Morris gets violently caught up in an incident of police brutality as she intervenes to help a Nigerian diplomat being wrongly arrested for stealing his own car.
Three Drama school graduates (from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) have made a film that they are entering into festivals.
The film has already won 12 awards, nominated for one award, been the finalist at 2 festivals and selected into 10 other festivals across 3 continents.
THE (UN)HOLY TRINITY will be a digital installation consisting of three films. The films will draw inspiration from key female characters taken directly from the Bible - or who were inspired by the inconsistencies within said book - who through their supposedly unnatural acts of defiance, aggression, or a simple desire for autonomy, have been demonised throughout history to serve as a warning as
Moustache Man follows a son, Jack, taking care of his mother after the passing of his father. His absence left a mother dealing with grief and her own mental illness, and a son trying his best to care for her while trying to get things back on track. Maybe the best way to do this is to become his father? So obviously he must grow a moustache!
Santi is an upcoming 10-minute proof-of-concept short film written and to be directed by Harry Richards. With the endorsement of a Medellín-based production company, a huge creative input from London's Colombian community and many Spanish-speaking cast and crew members, Santi seeks to reflect on a Colombian immigrant's experience of middle-class London.
From director Sayna Fardaraghi, "KINDRED" is a coming-of-age short, told through a psychological horror lens. In a stylized visual exploration of teenage anxieties, "KINDRED" follows 17-year-old Helena, as the uncertainty of her impending adulthood begins to threaten her sanity. “You exist within an infinite universe containing infinite potentials of you.” Which will you be when you grow up?
'I AM' is a short film that wishes to explore schizophrenia and break the many stigmas and clichés still surrounding this mental condition. Although we live in a world where people feel freer and more comfortable talking about mental illness, there still is a long way to go, especially with less understood conditions such as schizophrenia, which is too often sensationalised and misrepresented in
Hund is a short film about seven year old Jake. Faced with the day of his parents’ divorce, Jake’s anxiety induced Selective Mutism overwhelms and renders him unable to communicate his thoughts and emotions. Desperate for comfort he clings to his best friend - his dog Barley.
Robbie is in recovery from a debilitating illness and cannot trust his body to respond to him. But rebuilding a body isn’t just about rebuilding muscles: Robbie must learn to let himself fall, and fail, and face up to his weaknesses, in order to grow strong again.
Fall Better is a deeply personal short film based on writer-director George Magner’s recovery from a life-changing illness.
"The Long Walk" , based on a true story of mental illness by ANDREW ALTON-READ and adapted for the screen by MONET MORGAN, is a psychological drama. A teenage boy suffers a trauma and is catapulted into a world of psychosis. Later in life he suffers another attack and ends up on the streets of London, only to be helped by unexpected strangers.
Murder Ballads is an independent feature film set in the rock 'n' roll world of well... rock 'n' roll. It's a dark comedy of six interconnected stories that chart the rapid rise and violent fall of dysfunctional rock band 'Stack of Corpses', who are willing to do anything for success!
Death Of An Industry, What Does The Future Hold For Mining Communities?
Situated in Northumberland there are numerous mining villages that were once thriving before the closure of the mines in the late 80s and early 90s.
This documentary follows our producer, Mia, visiting her family roots to uncover what the future holds for the mining communities left in the North East of England.
A deadpan, dark comedy, that follows DERWYN, a lonely young Farmer, who, in the search for companionship, finds himself on a rather lifeless date. Set in rural Wales, Rural Romance deals with themes of loneliness, depression, and suicide - pressing issues in the Welsh countryside.
American Dreamers is a modern coming-of-age story whose characters are searching for guidance and mentorship, the contemporary meaning of manhood, and the significance of personal background and national identity. It is a micro-budget feature film that offers a fresh take on the classic American indie comedies of the 90s and 2000s, a kind-of Sideways for Generation Z. It’s a bold mix-up of genres
BABY BOY is a hard hitting, stylised piece of storytelling with a social realist streak, that authentically tackles the subjects of addiction, sexuality, toxic masculinity and duality set against the backdrop of modern day London. From the talented team who brought you SMACK EDD, VILLAIN, TRIGGER FINGER, TURNOUT & THE PLAGUE, the film has been shot and we need your help to get it completed and
Based on real events, Monochromatic is a short film that explores alternative mental health therapies, through the story of one young woman’s experience of psychosis. The film follows her journey as she focuses her mind and tells her story through the creation of a monochromatic self-portrait.
Feeling isolated this holiday season? You are not alone. Since March, we have been trying to find new ways to connect with those we love, whether it be with phone calls, zoom meetings, or online games. Fish Bowl Fest wants to help facilitate these connections and bonding experiences in a safe and accessible way.
FELLOW CREATURES is a short dark comedy with an absurdist twist that seeks to explore the value of life, predetermination, and authorship of fate. It is a morality tale that illustrates our complicity in the suffering of others if we are given enough temptation for personal gain.
The story follows the relationship between a mother and daughter forced to flee an abusive home and go on the run as they assess their options. A taut drama that goes into the impact of the trauma as each try to find their footing and explore the aftermath.
We have partnered with the charity organisation, Survivor Family Network, and 20% of our fundraising will be donated to them.
'Kokoro' is a short film about Marco, a young boarding school student, who is struggling to find exactly where his heart lies. During art class, everyone is presented with a piece of paper and asked to fold an origami heart. Simple enough for most of the class. Not for Marco.
CALL IT A DAY, a witty comedy-drama webseries, was created as we wanted to explore various topics around today’s women by following two very different ladies, going through different struggles, and supporting each other.
We hope to make a lot of yous out there relate, laugh and feel seen through this series. Or just feel like you’re not as batshit crazy as you thought you were, but merely a 2019
How To Keep Up With The Kardashians’ is a collectively devised theatre performance that was first performed in March 2020 and was essentially the birth of So La Flair. The performance is a dance party protest and fearless expression of being who you are, actively challenging the need to keep up with unrealistic templates AND suffocating expectations.
A short film tackling themes of guilt, justice and identity in modern-day Britain, with a particular focus on the immigration system, through an immersive and atmospheric horror lens. The film aims to convey the message that confronting and discussing social anxieties is not something we can easily run away from.
Produced by Academy award-winning Slick Films and starring BAFTA-nominated Helen Behan, 'Suzie' will explore the experience of a middle-aged woman on the day she tells her son she is getting a divorce.
The film will deal with the anguish of preparing and coping with monumental change, confronting the complexity of family life and celebrating the strength shown to find new solutions.
Dogmouth Theatre are seeking your support to develop our new play about love, death, and mushrooms.
1000 Ways The World Will End (and how it starts again) was written by Alice Flynn (Women's Prize For Playwriting 2021 shortlist) and will be directed and designed by Alice Robb (recent director of Blue Bottles with Periphery Theatre and as a scenic artist with Polka Theatre)
It has been exactly 365 days since Hannah stumbled across Lolo Ferrari in the 1999 Guinness World Book of Records at the school library, which ignited a fiery obsession of drawing women with giant knockers. Today is Hannah’s 11th birthday and she only wants one thing - to see a penis.
Alma, a Filipino nurse in London, is struggling to find home in a new city. Narrated by missed voicemails between her and her mum back home in Manila, we watch as she explores the city alone.
It will be directed by Filipina director Sofia del Carmen and produced by A LOOK INTO, a production company that focuses on current social affairs through the arts.
From director Elizabeth J. Cassidy, ‘I Am Not Your Muse’ is a stylised short film following an actress's personal awakening - from objectified beauty to authentic identity. Partly inspired by the male artists and female muses of the Pre-Raphaelite and Renaissance movement, 'I Am Not Your Muse' follows a woman's journey of self-reclamation whilst asserting the female gaze on screen.
Part-funded by the BFI Short Film Fund.
Deep in the countryside, Alastair, a young gay arborist, navigates a lonely existence. When he meets the beautiful, rugged Fergus amongst a backdrop of lush and secluded woodland, sparks predictably fly. However, when faced with a small town entrenched in traditional values and a community unable to adapt, the two men must make a difficult decision.
I have always been fascinated by the legends and heroes that shape our past; ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things. Boudica is one such hero. Mother, leader, warrior, we all know how her story ends, but what we don't know, is how it began. This is a story I want to tell.
An ex-footballer is awaiting an important phone call when his estranged father resurfaces seeking a reconciliation. 'Jumpers for Goalposts' is a story of hope, fear and responsibility of fatherhood within working class Britain. It studies the bond between father and son, but also how difficult it is for people to move onto the next stage of their lives and the anxiety that brings with it.
Fresh from a night out at yesterdays wake, 'Rent-A-Mourner' Charlie rocks up to her next funeral late, tired, and hungover. Another day at the office. But when the morning/mourning takes an unexpected turn, she is thrust face to face with a deeply buried secret from the past.
Written by and starring Toto Bruin from IT'S A SIN.
Riverman and Greenlit are proud to announce a SPECIAL CHARITY SCREENING of the documentary 'The GoOdFather' about Father Joe Maier and The Mercy Centre, the school and orphanage he started in Bangkok. Filmed by David McLean/Alex Weston, The GoOdfather tells the uplifting story of how Father Joe wanted to give all kids an education, regardless of religion, and what happened on the way.
3 Birds is a dark musical comedy about a man in search of his voice and identity. The story follows an injured John, who staggers into a distorted cockney pub - with a difference.
For John, this pub is purgatory - where everyone inside is in their version of a musical.
He just needs an ambulance.
Dear Brother tells the story of Nina, a transgender woman who was rejected by her family. The hardest for her was to loose contact with her brother, who had always been her best friend. Years later, Nina receives an envelope from him. It only contains a picture, no letter.
Squall is a short film about a chance meeting between two strangers at rock bottom in their lives, who go on to spend one drunken evening together, putting their respective broken worlds to rights. It's a drama that explores the power of human connection, finding it when and where you least expect, and how that connection can have the power to - even in a small way - alter the course of a path you
'Huggo' follows April a grief-stricken woman who forms an unusual attachment to a stuffed toy bunny as she struggles to get life back on track. 'Huggo' is a new female driven short film by the team at FlyGirl Films, written by Rachael Sampson and directed by Katie Harriman.
Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. So, these left-wing, well-educated people have invited over their new neighbours, As classes and outlooks collide, the scene is set for an evening which will have consequences as hilarious as they are tragic, leading to ongoing discoveries of personal trauma.
Produced by the Academy-award winning Slick Films, 'The Golden Boy' is a short emotional act of familial love and sacrifice inspired by true events. It’s Michael’s last week in nursery and the end-of-school assembly approaches. A non-verbal autistic six-year-old boy must elicit the help of his older sister to prove that his high support needs can’t stop potential.
In 1965 a Jewish Doctor, Gertrude Rosen, is called to a remote care home in North Wales to help identify and treat a dying patient who refuses to talk.
As Gertrude slowly wins the patient’s trust, she discovers the horrible truth of who he is, and faces an awful dilemma.
To help end his life peacefully, or let the monster suffer in pain like the millions of her people who died at his hands…
To Nowhere is a dark, queer coming-of-age feature film about two self-destructive teenage friends—Tulip and Finn—who embark on an alcohol-fuelled trip around a lonely corner of London. Spiralling out of control, they must confront unspoken trauma and love, or lose each other forever.
Ryan Howe is a successful stand-up comedian who has built his career on making fun of the characters from his home village. When he agrees to come home by his old friend to do a show for "old time's sake", he thinks "what could go wrong?" But will the villagers he has built his career on ridiculing accept his return with open arms, or will this be the roughest gig of his career?
Fugue is an Urban Neo-Western. Our Western hero is Mia, a loner drug dealer who works nights in London. During the course of one night, a deal gone wrong confronts her with her past life. Fugue places the Spaghetti Western genre within in a gritty urban aesthetic to tell a story about taking on a new identity, and whether it's ever possible to escape yourself.
Monico Perseus is a short film about the bond between two brothers. When Ash escapes from a juvenile detention centre, he clambers through the marshes in an attempt to rescue his disabled older brother from their abusive alcoholic father. Grey, gloomy and gritty, in the same vein as the work of Shane Meadows (Dead Mans Shoes) this short piece will be a powerful punch full of character, heart and
The Good People is a short coming-of-age film, about Jackson Jones, an aspiring young American writer, who is spending the summer in a coastal village in the south of France on a quest to find inspiration for his writing. His stay takes an unanticipated turn towards the idyllic when he meets a French girl in a café, Jeanne Stajman. The girl leads Jackson back to her house and introduces him to her
Based on a true story, SCAR follows Noah, a stubborn young man, who is assaulted on his way home after a life-changing first date. The attack impacts his mental health and those closest to him. In denial of his condition but incited to seek help, he must learn to be vulnerable in order to find strength.
Max Chase is an arrogant actor who believes he should be the next James Bond. He has been invited to a lavish house party and is a potential earner of 500.000 pounds that he wants to use to distribute his own film. But when he arrives, there are three more earners. And the host is dead.
Suspicion is a mix of horror and comedy, as the audience figures out whodunnit.
Silhouette Man is a short Horror film about a man who awakes tied to a chair in a strange abandoned room. Can he escape and why is he here?
Silhouette Man will be made by local filmmakers in Northampton all in one location. James Ryan is directing and Amii Dawes is producing, casting has already begun. We also have a confirmed location to shoot.
Four O'clock flowers is a moving and powerful feature film written by Louise Breckon-Richards and Peter Callow that explores the aftermath of a knife crime through the eyes of two mothers. The Director is Peter Callow. Actors involved are Caroline Trowbridge, Sophie Cartman and Leon Finnan. We have already filmed two thirds of the feature and are now looking to fund the completion of it.
Inspired by the life of the 27 club members but also every troubled artist in the history of music, Forever 27 is a psychological feature music film which explores the influence of media, fame and the music business on the tragic end of these famous young artists. A self-destructive British popstar on the verge of joining the 27 club is trying to reconnect with music while battling her addictions.