Talkies’ Short Film Commissions – 2020 Award Winners
We are pleased to announce that from a very strong field of entries, we have selected our commissions for 2020.
The successful filmmakers are:
Director Xenia Glen
Xenia is a London-based filmmaker, she works at Misfits Entertainment as a producer. Her recent work has won the John Brabourne Award, the Ex-Animo Film Fund, the Other Brother Studios Film Fund, and she is a member of BFI NETWORK X BAFTA Crew.
A documentary about a mail-order bride who moved from the Philippines to England in the 80’s, only to end up running her own mail-order bride agency.
Title: Guide me Home
Guide Me Home is a portrait of David, a lonely man desperately interested in human interaction who slips through the cracks in life, in one of the busiest cities in the world.
Director: Sarah Boezalt
Sarah is a freelance unit stills photographer and Filmmaker from North London. She has worked in the Film industry since University and also teaches Film and Media studies at a North London secondary school.
‘Bookies’ is a Documentary film that explores betting shop culture and gambling addiction within a community. The film offers various different points of view around the subject including a family member of the filmmaker’s experience.
Writer/director Dan Hodgson
Dan is a writer/director of films, promos and commercials. His short ‘Love Is Blind’ was nominated for a Palme d’Or and BIFA and he is currently working on his debut feature, with development support from the BFI.
When an expectant father develops a debilitating illness that draws ridicule, his life begins to spiral, eventually threatening the life of him and his loved ones.
Producer/Directors Kate Braithwaite and Sean Lerwill
Title: Coffee Culture
Documentary about one of the phenomena of our times. Are you buying a hot beverage or a social experience?
Writer/Director: Alex Cooper
Alex is a comedy writer and director. Originally from the advertising world, Alex is wanting to move from selling hoovers for the very competitive £149.99 into film & TV.
As part of comedy sketch duo Mid-Brow, Alex’s comedy shorts have screened at the BFI, won a Vimeo Staff Pick, and even appeared on Al Jazeera.
Title: Sick Joke
A widow finally learns that laughter is the best medicine after a string of darkly comic events happen at her husband’s funeral.