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There were 75 applicants for the 2018 Talkies’ short film commissions. It was tough to get the number to a shortlist of 12 who we interviewed and even tougher to select out final four from such amazing talent.

We are delighted to announce the four successful recipients of the 2018 awards.


Bella is a filmmaker based in London. Through the filmmaking process she wants to discover the narratives of personal experience connecting identity with landscape, cultural processes and how these are played out in everyday life. She recently graduated from the Royal College of Art where she specialised in Moving Image.

Passages is a documentary about the value of creating communities in cities like London. Through the thoughts of Turkish and Greek Cypriots working together in a North London green grocers, the film explores how roots are laid down in a new place and how a unique sense of cultural identity is formed.





John Mitchell is an award-winning director who was one of 25 filmmakers selected for the Think-Shoot-Distribute; the BFI’s feature-film talent development scheme. Having trained at the NFTS, his films have screened at Oscar and BAFTA accredited festivals ranging from Palm Springs through to the London Short Film Festival.

Christine Cheung completed her first feature film Lovelorn, with writer/director Becky Preston. The film went on to win 29 international awards and released through FilmWorks Entertainment. Christine is an alumni of Creative England’s Talent Centre; the BFI’s Think-Shoot-Distribute; Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Talent Lab; and Sky &Loco’s mentoring programme.

On the eve of their wedding anniversary, a couple return home to see every parent’s nightmare: their babysitter anxiously awaiting them.  In the background of their holiday photos going back ten years, the babysitter has spotted the same woman. The wife’s search for the truth leads her to question the truthfulness of the life she’s been living all these years, and whether or not it’s worth turning a blind eye for.


A writer, director, musician, fencer, allotment gardener and native of Enfield. Originally trained at the Royal Academy of Music, more recently Karen graduated from London Film School with an MA in Screenwriting after being inspired to start writing by her experiences in the music industry. Her directing debut came in 2016 with her award-winning short film Rachel, and she’s delighted that Approval Needed will give her an opportunity to showcase her local area.

Approval Needed is a tender, short comedy-drama about a traffic warden, a self-checkout machine and the need for love, tolerance and kindness in these troubled times. The script for Approval Needed was the Audience Award winner at this year’s IMDB Script to Screen Awards, and Karen’s novel novel based in the world of opera, When The Fat Lady Thins, is available on Amazon.

Karen has a Kickstarter campaign – Talkies has done it bit now  you can be one of Karen’s supporters here


Kate is an actress/writer recently seen in BBC’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and C4’s Catastrophe. Nominated twice for Best Actress in the Off West End Awards, she has just come back from a run at the Royal Exchange in Manchester. Kate has comedy writing projects in development with Merman, Urban Myth and Rumpus. She was a Funny Woman finalist 2016 and won Monologue Slam 2014.

Sam is a director/writer from North London. In 2016, Sam graduated with a masters degree in Directing Fiction from the National Film & Television School, where he made a number of short films that have premiered internationally at festivals like Camerimage International Film Festival, and Clermont-Ferrand Féstival du Court Métrage.

While watching television in his daughter’s Palmer’s Green home, 84 year old Malcolm drops his head and ceases to be alive. Frankly, it’s been coming. But did it have to be this weekend? It’s an inconvenient weekend. Things to get sorted, busy week ahead, plus Blue Planet starts on Saturday… Thanks a lot Malcolm.