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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.

Title: Sew

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.

Writer/Director: Stefan Georgiou
Stefan is a filmmaker fascinated in characters and relationships that form within cities, often combining commercial sensibility with social issues. His recent short films, comedy Great Expectations and thriller The Dead Ones are screening at festivals.

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.

Title: Bookies

‘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.

Title: Ahh

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 

Kate Braithwaite and Sean Lerwill are working together again, this time behind the camera and surprisingly it’s not a comedy.

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.