Laure flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove, two young European filmmakers followed, the American photographer Alec Soth all over America during winter 2008, summer 2008 and spring 2009. Riding in the back of the artist’s van, they drove more than 20 000 miles together going from one state to another, and from one season to another. The result is a 57 minutes movie about the photographer and his project, which was called ‘How to disappear in America’, about people who decided to withdraw themselves from society. The road trip offers a series of incredible meetings but it also tells the story of an introspective journey.
These days. Somewhere in the USA. Claire (Melissa Leo) and Lila (Leïla Bekhti) are neighbors. They both live in the same building, they see each other every day but they hardly know each others names. Until today, when Claire decides to pay a visit to Lila and to ask for something that will definitely put at risk the cohabitation.
An 8 year old schoolboy is so besotted with his teacher that he challenges her boyfriend to a duel…to the death.

The Crush is an Irish live action short film, written and directed by first-timer Michael Creagh, and produced by Damon Quinn. The film was shot during Easter 2009 in Skerries, north Dublin. Creagh cast his nine-year-old son Oran in the lead role of the story. The story sees an eight-year-old schoolboy (played by Oran Creagh) fall in love with his teacher, Miss Purdy. One day he gives her a toy ring to show his affection. But heartbreak abounds when he bumps into Miss Purdy and her boyfriend having just bought a very real engagement ring.

The film was awarded Best Irish Short at the 23rd Foyle Film Festival. On 25 January 2011, it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘In the heartwarming “The Crush,”  by Ireland’s Michael Creagh. A precocious schoolboy takes bold action when he learns he has an adult rival for his beloved teacher’s affections.’ San Fransisco Chronicle

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2011 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film – Live Action

Tribeca Film Festival 2010 Winner of the Special Mention for best Narrative Short

A deeply affecting and beautiful drama starring multi award winning, and twice Oscar nominated Sir John Hurt, which deals with difficult and pertinent issues. Not without wry humor, this uniquely lyrical drama is bound to move its audience in a profound and visceral way, across all generations, as its themes resonate equally with young adults and those in the twilight of their lives. A wonderfully human movie with a huge heart.

The film deals with themes which are relevant and pertinent to our current social climate; young people struggling to find somewhere they can call home, the place for compassion in society, ideas about community, and people’s rights to make decisions for themselves. In essence though, it’s a really simple film about people connecting with each other.

A lonely old man seems invisible to the world around him. But when he journeys to the heart of London, being ‘invisible’ proves to be his greatest weapon.

Written by Richard Sainsbury and Directed by Greg Ash, MR. INVISIBLE is an Award Winning Short Film about a lonely old man who feels invisible to the world around him.  When he travels to the heart of London – we realize being unnoticed – proves to be his greatest weapon.

Critic Reviews

‘What makes this film brilliant – is how fragile and stereotypical this character “seems” to be.  The explosive ending – not only takes you by surprise – it makes you realize how inaccurate our perceptions can be’ Take 2 Indie

Awards

Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award – Special Recognition and winner of the Special Jury Award

Austin Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Audience Award

Heathcote Film Festival 2015 Winner of the People’s Choice Award

Kerry Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Festival Prize

Newport Beach Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Grand Jury Award

Palm Springs International ShortFest 2013 WinnerBest of the Festival Live Action/Comedy

Phoenix Film Festival 2014 Winner World Cinema Short Award

A young man, who’s lived his whole life orbiting Earth with his mom, dad and grandpa, falls in love with a girl on another spaceship. A message tells him to jump to her next time they pass.

Nigel has fallen in love. But when you live in orbit, aboard a ramshackle space hovel with the most risk-averse family imaginable, it isn’t easy to follow your heart – especially when the girl of your dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way!

Awards

Almería International Short Film Festival 2014 Winner of Best Art Direction – International Short films. Winner Best Short Film – International Competition. Winner – Gil Parrondo Award for Best Artistic Director.

Boulder International Film Festival 2015 Winner of the BIFF Award

Encounters International Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bristol Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards. Winner DepicT! ’13 RPS Cinematography Award

15-year-old Kyle believes he can save his dying older brother with a plant he’s found at the back of a garden centre. Problem is, there’s a shadowy government agency out to destroy it first.

Earthy Encounters is a short family action-adventure film about a 15-year-old boy who believes he can save his terminally ill brother with an ancient, sentient plant he’s unearthed in the garden centre he works at.

The film premiered at Tribeca 2018, and has been a big festival hit, playing 40 international festivals and winning awards at Dublin, Seattle, Newport Beach, Hamilton and San Jose.

Awards

Dublin International Film Festival 2018 Winner Fantastic Flix Best Short Film

Hamilton Film Festival, CA 2018 Winner Festival Prize for Best Short Film

Newport Beach Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Short Film Award for Best Family Film

Wish 143 tells the story of a young man desperate to come of age before time runs out.

David, a 15-year-old living in the Cancer ward of a children’s hospital, is asked by Dreamscape Charity representative for his biggest dream. David states that he would like to lose his virginity before he dies. The shocked representative attempts to talk David into meeting a celebrity, but David insists that losing his virginity is all he wants.

Wish 143 was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. The film won Best Short Film UK Feature at London Independent Film Festival.

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2011 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action

London Independent Film Festival 2010 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Film UK Feature

Palm Springs International ShortFest 2010 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Live Action

Rushes Soho Shorts Festival 2010 Winner of the Long Form Award

An 18 year old youth offender is trying to get his own business going as a mechanic. But enterprise isn’t so easy when you’re a young, black male with a criminal past. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re framed by one of your new clients for a harrowing crime.

Wale is a 2018 British short film written and directed by Barnaby Blackburn. The film, starring Jamie Sives, Raphel Famotibe, Roger Nsengiyumva and Clare Perkins, is a social-realist thriller about an ex-offender trying to ply his trade as a mechanic who is deceived by a client and framed for murder over the course of a single horrific night. It was Blackburn’s debut film.

The film deals with issues of racial discrimination, social injustice and the frustrations of young people trying to reimagine themselves in London.

Wale was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film in 2019 and was shortlisted for Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Wale was selected and screened at over 50 film festivals around the world. The film won the top prize at a number of Oscar-qualifying festivals including the Best Short Film at Bronzelens Film Festival, the Best Narrative Short at Urbanworld Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at Dances With Films. In December 2019, it was announced that Wale had been shortlisted for the 91st Academy Awards. After winning the Best Thriller award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Wale qualified for selection for the 2019 BAFTA Film Awards and was nominated for Best British Short Film.

Awards

BAFTA Awards 2019 Nominee for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Short Film

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Thriller

BendFilm Festival 2018 Winner of the Best Narrative Short Film for Best Narrative Short Film

BronzeLens Film Festival, Atlanta, US 2018 Winner of the Festival Award for Best Short Film

Dances With Films 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film

A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.

The Silent Child is a British sign-language short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton, and released in 2017 by Slick Films. It tells the story of Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old girl, who lives a silent life until a social worker, played by Shenton, teaches her how to communicate through sign language. The film won the Oscar for Live Action Short Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film’s television debut was on BBC One to an audience of 3.6 million,  the film then received an extended period on BBC iPlayer.

Critic Reviews

‘Realistic and moving, with beautiful cinematography, this is a stirring call for awareness of the plight of deaf schoolchildren. ‘ Arts Fuse

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2018 Winner of the Oscar for Best Live Short Film

Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award

American Short Film Awards 2017Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year

Encounters International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Audience Award for the Shorts Showcase Award

Gold Movie Awards 2017 Winner of the Best of the Year Award Best of the Year

Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Award of Recognition

Lift-Off Global Network, London 2017 Winner of the Lift-Off Season Award

London Independent Film Awards 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize for Best Actress

London Independent Film Festival 2018 Winner of the Grand Jury Prize

New Renaissance Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Jury Prize

Heather is a shy lady who works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.

The Phone Call is a 2013 British short drama film. It was directed by Mat Kirkby and written by Kirkby and James Lucas. It won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. The film stars Sally Hawkins as Heather, a crisis hotline counsellor trying to dissuade Stanley (Jim Broadbent), an unseen distraught caller, from a suicide attempt following the death of his wife.

Critic Reviews

‘Easily one of my favorite shorts from the 2014 Heartland Film Festival, The Phone Call is a deeply felt and emotionally unforgettable 20 minute short that will stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.’ The Independent Critic

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2015 Winner of the Oscar for Best Short Film

American Short Film Awards 2013 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film of The Year

Aspen Shortsfest 2014 Winner of the Audience Award – Special Recognition

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short Film

International Film Festival ASTERFEST 2015 Winner of the Aco Aleksov Award for Best Auteur

Krakow Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Silver Dragon for Best Fiction Film

After stealing an old door, a man reflects on the desperate circumstances that led him to do so.

The film is based on the “Monologue About a Whole Life Written Down on Doors, the testimony of Nikolai Fomich Kalugin” by Svetlana Alexievich (from her book Voices from Chernobyl). The Irish Film Board provided money for the making of the film. The film won in the Short Film category at the 6th Irish Film and Television Awards in 2009 and was nominated in the category of Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 82nd Academy Awards. The film also won awards at film festivals held in Bilbao, Cork and Foyle and won “best director” at the Polish Grand OFF 2009 as well as winning the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Katrin Cartlidge Bursary 2009.

Critic Reviews

‘There’s something quite haunting about the relationship between the two women: in some surprising ways, this is a determinedly unsentimental work.’ The Age

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2010 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film

Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films 2008 Winner of the Golden Mikeldi for Best Short

Cork International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best First Short by an Irish Director

Foyle Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Short

Irish Film and Television Awards 2009 Winner of the IFTA Award Best Short Film

The film marks the 2nd instalment of Birdbox.Film’s monthly ‘Film Club’. At 7.30pm on Wednesday the 3rd March, users will be able to tune into a discussion with producer Rachel Prendergast, and exec producer Benjamin Hartley. Director and Writer Richard Prendergast and hosted by The Big Picture Film Club.

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A loving family set off in their car on what seems like a carefree family outing. They sing, stop for ice- creams and play eye-spy. However, it becomes clear that this isn’t a happy outing after all and only once the car arrives does the actuality of the narrative fully manifest.

Critic Reviews

‘A remarkable piece with a fantastic central performance, Sylvia is a short film much like its namesake: reliable, not faultless but in pretty good condition, and able to provide you with a fantastic journey. ‘ UK Film Review

Awards

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2019 – Gold Medal Winner *Oscar Qualifying

SCAD Film Festival 2019 – Best Editing

The American Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival 2019 – Best Short Film

Cordillera International Film Festival 2019 – Jury Award Best of Fest

Pittsburgh Short Film Festival 2019 – Best Narrative Audience award

New Renaissance Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress

Chelmsford Film Festival 2019 – Best Actress

Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Best Actress

Top Shorts 2019 – Annual Awards – Runner Up Best Short Film

Elba Film Festival 2019 – Silver Best Actress

Elba Film Festival 2019 – Bronze Best Screenplay

Show Low Film Festival 2019 – Best of Fest

Aguilar Film Festival 2019 – Young Jury Award – Best Film

Sydney Indy Film Festival 2018 – Best Film

Norwich Film Festival 2018 – Best East Anglian Film *BIFA & BAFTA Qualifying

Tri-Force Film Festival 2018 – William Bryne Award for Promising Director

Overcome Film Festival 2018 – Best Director

London Independent Film Awards 2018 – Best Short Film

Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival 2018 – Best Short Film

London Lift-Off Film Festival 2018 – Special Mention for Best Short Film

Award winning New Boy captures the experience of being the new kid in school through the eyes of Joseph, a nine year-old African boy.

New Boy is a 2007 Irish short film based on the short story by Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter, Roddy Doyle. It received an Academy Award nomination for Best Live Action Short Film. The film is about a young boy’s experience as he moves from a rural town in Africa to Ireland: a new country, a different school system and a whole new set of customs.

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009 Nominee for the Oscar for Best Short Film, Live Action

Amiens International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film

Belfast Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Highly Commended Award

Berlin International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Crystal Bear – Special Mention for best Short Film

Cork International Film Festival 2007 Winner Audience Award for Best International Short Film

Foyle Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short

Irish Film and Television Awards 2008 Winner of the IFTA Award for Best Short Film

Kerry Film Festival 2007 Winner of the Festival Prize for Best Irish Short

Manhattan Short Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Short Film

Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 Winner of Outstanding Short Film Promoting Human Values

Rhode Island International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the First Prize for Best Short Film

Seattle International Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Short Film Competition Special Jury Award for Best Short Film

Tirana International Film Festival, AL 2007 Winner of the Audience Award

Tribeca Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Narrative Short

Vail Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Best Short Film

Two ten year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler. A true story based on interview transcripts and records from the James Bulger case, which shocked the world in 1993. Detainment is a 2018 Irish short drama film written and directed by Vincent Lambe, about the murder of James Bulger. In January 2019, it was nominated for the Best Live Action Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Critic Reviews

‘True-crime reenactments have been popular fodder for short-film directors of late, but this one is unusually effective, relying on transcripts of police interviews with the two suspects, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables (played by Leon Hughes and Ely Solan in a pair of stunning child performances), to provide a window into their psychology.’ Variety

Awards

Winner Grand Prix, HCA Award, Odense International Film Festival

Winner of the ‘Don Quixote’ Award, Krakow Film Festival

Winner of the ‘Young Director’ Award, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity 2018

Winner of the ‘Young Jury’ Award, Best of International Short Films Festival 2019

Winner of the ‘Emerging Director’ Award, Emerging Directors Awards 2020
Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted Dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for, but the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Boogaloo and Graham is a 2014 British short drama film directed by Michael Lennox and starring Martin McCann, Charlene McKenna, and Jonathan Harden. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Short Film at the 68th British Academy Film Awards.

Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Awards

Oscar nominee.

BAFTA Awards 2015 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Short Film.

Aspen Shortsfest 2015 Winner of the The Ellen.

The Neighbors’ Window is a 2019 American short film written and directed by Marshall Curry. It won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2020. The film was inspired by a true story by Diane Weipert, which she recounted on the podcast Love and Radio.

Alli and Jacob are a couple of 30-somethings living in New York City with their three young children. Alli is busy and stressing in nursing the kids, straining her relationship with husband Jacob. Alli’s apartment’s window faces with an apartment neighbour’s window. Alli and Jacob both covertly spy on the couple, bitter about their loss of youth and new responsibilities as parents.

One day, Jacob comments that the neighbour man has “shaved his head” and looks hungover. Shortly after, while Jacob and the kids are out, Alli spies across the street again to find the man in hospice; he dies soon after. Alli goes out to witness the man being taken out in a body bag and finds the wife crying on the sidewalk. The woman reveals that ever since her husband became “sick,” they would find comfort in watching the family through the window, much in the way Jacob and Alli did. The two embrace.

Critic Reviews

“Savvy viewers may guess where this is all going, but Curry doesn’t push the emotions or the pace despite showing a decent passage of time.” Eye for Film

Awards

Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film

Palm Springs Shorts Fest, Best Live Action Short – Winner of the Audience Award

Traverse City Film Festival, Best Fiction Short – Winner of the Audience Award

Hollyshorts Film Festival, Best Drama Winner

SCAD Savannah Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner

St. Louis International Film Festival, Best of the Fest Winner

Nashville Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Winner

Rhode Island Film Festival, Best Live Action Short Winner

Woodstock Film Festival, Best Short Film Winner

A classic suburban tale of parenthood, bereavement and a mysterious pug.

Award winning Bertie is an unusual comedy about parenthood and bereavement. The film contrasts the end of a life with the beginning of a new one. When Tom and Lisa arrive at their dream picturesque home, they think that have found the ultimate countryside utopia in which they can bring up their newborn son, Charlie. Until they meet their new neighbour Ann and Bertie, an irascible pug, who not only wakes them at night but awakens them to the afterlife.

Awards

Beverly Hills Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film.

Cleveland International Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Best Live Action Short Film – Honorable Mention – Best Live Action Comedy Short Film – Honorable Mention.

Savannah Film Festival 2018 – Winner of the Spotlight Award

Thought Exchange is a simple yet profound way of looking at the world, that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time. It’s not about positive thinking, it’s about thinking… The Thought Exchange comes to us from the creative mind of Usher Morgan, who is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, producer and studio executive residing in New York City. The Thought Exchange film shows us that there is a simple, yet profound way of looking at the world. A way that allows us to understand and experience the truth about who we really are, where we really live, what we really want, and how to have that all the time. The film is created by David Friedman, who is most well known for his roles in the music department for many disney films including Aladdin, Pocahontas and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Critic Reviews

‘The film definitely has an agenda of positivity that is presented in a simple to understand manner. Unlike The Secret, The Thought Exchange is not relayed in a heavy handed manner. It’s rather uplifting and presented lightly with a dynamic use of ethereal music. Throughout the film, I never felt like I was being convinced of anything. I truly felt that the people in the piece believed and actually followed the methodology of The Thought Exchange.’
A deep space mining vessel has been adrift for two years. It is suspected the crew brutally killed each other, but the reason for the bloodbath is unknown. A rescue crew is sent to find if there are any survivors, what happened and why. A crew is sent to find out if there are any survivors on a deep-space mining vessel that has been adrift for two years.

Awards

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, US 2017, winner of best special FX Los Angeles Movie Awards, US 2017, winner of the best narrative feature, best director, best cinematography, best costume design, bets production design, best set direction. American Movie Awards 2018, winner of best direction
The Last Animals follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to save elephants and rhinos from extinction. Winner of best international feature at the North West Fest Film Festival, The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to incredible lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal Networks to protect elephants and rhinos from extinction. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets to the United States, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction. The film has also won best documentary at San Diego International Film Festival and Anchorage International Film Festival.

Critic Reviews

‘Testimonials cover a wide range, including England’s Prince William who helps to bring it all into perspective.’ Seattle Times ‘Concern for animals aside, this is a portrait of capitalism at its most destructive, and rhinos and elephants are not the only creatures it will leave you fearful for.’ Eye for Film ‘Filmic, often elegiac, and hopefully galvanising.’ Screen International

Awards

Anchorage International Film Festival 2017, Best Documentary Feature NORTHWESTFEST International Documentary & Media Arts Festival 2017, winner of best international feature San Diego International Film Festival 2017, winner of the festival award for best documentary Tribeca Film Festival 2017, winner of the Disruptive Innovation Award
Tells the extraordinary story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson who, diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to him. Winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary at In-Edit 2015, The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is a 2015 documentary which confronts our worst nightmares of impending death, confounding expectations and turning them upside down. It tells the extraordinary, yet universal story of legendary musician Wilko Johnson, who diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to him.

Critic Reviews

‘Wilko is irrepressibly energetic, holding forth on life, love, the universe and above all the prospect of death.’ Guardian ‘This is a moving portrait of a remarkable man, which is at its most effective when it just lets him speak.’ CineVue ‘Part biopic, part arty collage film, part scenic ramble through the great guitarist’s synaptic labyrinth.’ Time Out

Awards

In-Edit 2015, winner of the Jury Prize for best international documentary FOCAL International Awards 2016, winner of the FOCAL award for best use of footage in a documentary feature
An unnerving story about a horrid family drama kept behind closed doors, and an elaborate facade where appearances can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems. Miss Violence is a 2013 Greek film directed by Alexandros Avranas. It entered the competition at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. Avranas won the Silver Lion for Best Director and actor Themis Panou won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. The latest in the remarkable wave of iconoclastic new Greek cinema that yielded Dogtooth and Attenberg, the film unfolds with a skin-crawling sense of deadpan detachment before it explodes in shattering tragedy.

Critic Reviews

‘Ever since Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth wowed audiences back in 2009, Greek cinema has become the new Michael Haneke.’ StarBurst ‘Miss Violence is a grim tale of family dysfunction that also stands as an allegory about moral and economic decline in Greek society.’ Independent UK ‘From the not-so-happy birthday that opens the film … up to the harrowing final revelation, Miss Violence fulfils the grisly promise of its title.’ TimeOut

Awards

Hellenic Film Academy Awards 2014 Winner of the Hellenic Film Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Los Angeles Greek Film Festival (LAGFF) 2014 Winner of the Orpheus Award for Best Feature Film Montréal Festival of New Cinema 2013 Winner of the Innovation Award – International Competition Stockholm Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Aluminum Horse for Best Script Venice Film Festival 2013 Winner Best Euro-Mediterranean Film Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director Winner of the Volpi Cup for Best Actor Winner of the Young Cinema Award for Best Film in Competition
A young woman develops a taste for human blood after experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into blood-thirsty zombies, leading into a city-wide epidemic. Rabid is an award winning Canadian-American drama, horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Frank Moore, Joe Silver and Howard Ryshpan.

Critic Reviews

‘None of the other recent apocalypse movies has shown so much political or cinematic sophistication.’ Time Out ‘An intelligent predecessor to some more moronic efforts in the same genre.’ Film 4


Awards

Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival Winner of best Screenplay and Best Special Effects
Four American soldiers and one Brit fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

Saints and Soldiers is a 2003 war drama film directed by Ryan Little and produced by Little and Adam Abel. It is loosely based on events that took place after the Malmedy massacre during the Battle of the Bulge. The film stars Corbin Allred, Alexander Niver, Lawrence Bagby, and Peter Asle Holden as the four American soldiers trying to return Kirby Heyborne, a British soldier with vital intelligence, to the Allied lines.

The Washington Times called the film, “one of the sharpest and most compelling entries of the early ‘Mormon cinema’ era”. The New York Times wrote that the film’s, “impressive cast of largely unknown actors and meticulously researched film tells its story with quiet conviction.”

Critic Review

‘It has the strengths and the clean lines of a traditional war movie, without high-tech special effects to pump up the noise level.’ Chicago Sun Times

‘Thoughtful, engaging World War II movie has battle violence.’ Common Sense Media

Awards

Gloria Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award and Winner of the Jury Award

Heartland International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Crystal Heart Award and Winner of the Grand Prize for Dramatic Feature

Ojai Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Best Narrative Feature

Sacramento Festival of Cinema 2003 Winner of the Audience Award

San Diego Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Audience Award

Temecula Valley International Film Festival 2003 Winner of the Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Feature Film

UNSC Cadet Thomas Lasky must conquer his inner fears and join forces with super-soldier John-117 to take down a massive faction of the Covenant.

Prime-time Emmy nominee, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is a military science fiction web series set in the universe of the Halo franchise. It was written by Aaron Helbing and Todd Helbing, and directed by Stewart Hendler.

A United Nations Space Command (UNSC) cadet experiences a crisis of conscience before facing the Covenant on the battlefield, and draws inspiration from Master Chief while fighting for the future of mankind in this sci-fi action opus based on the hit X-Box franchise.

Awards

** Nominated for a prime-time Emmy **

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA 2013, winner of best sound editing

The Streamy Awards 2013, winner of best drama series, best editing, best production design and best cinematography

A romantic comedy-drama, Nothing in Los Angeles chronicles a young artist’s bittersweet love affair with the city of Los Angeles, focusing on the fleeting nature of personal relationships and professional dreams. With a sterling soundtrack, Nothing in Los Angeles charmed audiences during it’s independent film festival run. Set in Los Angeles, California, it’s a tale of love and relationships, both personal and professional and the trials and tribulations that come along with them all.

Critic Reviews

“Nothing in Los Angeles was one of the most entertaining and satisfying films I saw all year.” Cinequest.

Awards

Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the Best Filmed Screenplay, Best Actor and best Supporting Actress. Los Angeles Movie Awards, 2014. Winner of best narrative feature. Route 66 Film Festival, 2014. Winner of the people’s choice competition. Studio City Film Festival, 2014. Winner of best comedy feature and winner of best screenplay – feature.
South of Beirut, Lebanon is a 68 year old refugee camp housing refugees from Palestine, Syria and Iraq. Many have lived in this camp their entire lives– Mariam AlShaar is one of them. Now, Mariam has pulled the women of this camp together to do what has never been done before. They started with a small kitchen from a micro-loan. With nearly insurmountable political odds against them– they look to start the first refugee food truck. Their journey is one of many ups and downs but it is the community that is built, their sense of hope and how they see themselves that makes this a moving, touching film about their journey. Mariam has been known as ‘the crazy lady’ and now she will show just how crazy she is. Soufra follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a refugee who has spent her entire life in the 69-year-old Burl El Barajneh refugee camp south of Beirut, Lebanon.

Critic Reviews

‘The footage of the food is positively mouthwatering, a salient reminder of its ability to unite people within a culture as well as outside it.’ Chicago Reader ‘A stirring tale of empowerment, the documentary “Soufra” shows how societal change can begin with small steps.’ New York Times ‘To consider the long-standing Bourj al Barajneh is to consider the true humanity of refugees, who have hopes, dreams, lives to live and work to do. “Soufra” efficiently and effectively illustrates those ideas.’ Los Angeles Times

Awards

Cinetopia Film Festival 2018, Foreign Documentary El Gouna International Film Festival 2017, Cinema for Humanity Prize, Mentor Arabia Award, Golden Star. Florida Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award Galway Film Fleadh 2018, Best International Feature Documentary Napa Valley Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award San Diego International Film Festival 2018, winner of the audience award
The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before. The Daughter is a 2015 Australian drama film written and directed by Simon Stone, starring an ensemble cast led by Geoffrey Rush. After a fifteen-year absence, Christian (Paul Schneider) returns home to rural New South Wales for the marriage of his father, Henry (Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush), the wealthy owner of the local mill that’s been the economic bedrock of the community for generations. Christian gets reacquainted with his old friend Oliver (Ewen Leslie) and finds himself drawn to Oliver’s family, which includes wife Charlotte (Miranda Otto), daughter Hedvig (Odessa Young), and father-in-law Walter (Sam Neill). When Henry announces the imminent closure of the mill, it sends a quake through the community, particularly Oliver’s family, and the subsequent fissures release bitter secrets. With The Daughter, debuting writer-director Simon Stone turns Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck into a thoughtful meditation on the bonds of family, friendship, and community.

Critic Reviews

‘Made with taste, skill and discretion, “The Daughter” demonstrates both the staying power of classic material and the risks inherent in bringing it up to date.’ Los Angeles Times ‘In his atmospheric debut film, Australian theater director Simon Stone whittles down The Wild Duck into a cautionary tale about welcoming home an emotional exile.’ Village Voice ‘Subtle and skilled, this simmers for long periods until its highly satisfying finale.’ Total Film ‘Beautiful and powerful, The Daughter occasionally veers towards the melodramatic – but who cares when every element is this good?’ One Room With a View

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2016 Winner of the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay Australian Cinematographers Society 2017 Winner of the Award of Distinction – Feature Productions Cinema Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2017 Winner of the FCCA Award for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Supporting Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role
In the war-torn Nuba Mountains of Sudan, American doctor Tom Catena selflessly and courageously serves the needs of a forgotten people, while the region is bombed relentlessly by an indicted war criminal, Omar Al-Bashir. Two things remain constant: Dr. Tom’s faith and his enduring love for the Nuba people. The only surgeon within 200 miles, ‘Dr. Tom’ and a small Sudanese staff treat as many as 400 patients a day at Mother of Mercy Hospital, located in the heart of the Nuba Mountains. The region is the latest target of aerial bombardment by the Sudanese government, ordered by Omar al-Bashir, a dictator wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Living under the constant shadow of bombers overhead, Dr. Tom and his staff defy Bashir’s ban on humanitarian aid, work tirelessly to save the lives of the Nuba people, and bring hope to one million people who would be otherwise forgotten.

Critic Reviews

‘Absorbingly, unfussily captures Catena’s daily challenges and feats while also painting a vivid, often heartbreaking portrait of a forgotten people trapped in an underreported sociopolitical nightmare.’ Los Angeles Times ‘The Heart of Nuba delivers a moving but thankfully not overly sentimental portrait of this admirable figure.’ Hollywood Reporter ‘The film is worth seeing because it’s a moving and remarkable story and it represents a great cause.’ New York Times

Awards

Hollywood Film Festival 2017, Most Impactful Documentary Feature
A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family’s homeland. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an award winning 2012 political thriller drama film based on the 2007 novel. The film tells a post-9/11 story about the impact of the Al Qaeda attacks on one Pakistani man and his treatment by Americans in reaction to them. The film premiered as the opening film for the 69th Venice International Film Festival, and at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival. The film won “Centenary Award” at the 43rd International Film Festival of India. The film has received several awards, many of them honouring the film’s efforts to address tolerance and xenophobia.

Critic Reviews

‘Nair has found a real gem in Riz Ahmed, who anchors the film with a charismatically watchable performance. He’s in virtually every frame and you hang on his every word.’ Toronto Star ‘A film like this stands or falls on the performance of its lead, and the young British actor Riz Ahmed doesn’t disappoint.’ Washington Examiner ‘I found several of the story’s twists both startling and, in retrospect, totally believable.’ The American Conservatist ‘Nair lets her drama unfold thoughtfully and draws impressive supporting performances from Kiefer Sutherland, as Changez’s Wall Street boss, and Liev Schreiber.’ The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Awards

CAAMFest 2013 Winner of the Audience Award for Best Narrative – Mira Nair Mill Valley Film Festival 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite World Feature – Mira Nair Munich Film Festival 2013 Winner of the Bernhard Wicki Film Award for Best Film – Mira Nair (director)
‘There And No Innocent Bystanders’, a new film chronicling The Libertines’ past, present and future. The film gives an intimate insight into a band (The Libertines) reforming. The film captures the spirit of the band: stories and moments retold and relived by the band themselves. Profiling each band member individually and collectively — something which has never been done before — the film gives each of the boys the chance to put their story in their way.

Critic Reviews

“The film is a fair slice of nostalgia about one of the most influential bands to ever come from Britain. And though you might distance yourself from the lingering indie fall out that haunts the streets of Camden in 2014, any British music fan who owned a guitar during the last ten years would be lying if they said Up The Bracket didn’t feel godly at some point during their formative years.” Vice
Kris and Lindy Boustedt’s This Is Ours deals with the complexity of married life and, among other things, what happens when everything you did to live the life you wanted winds up disappointing you. From Kris Boustedt is an editor and producer, known for Perfect 10 (2010), Ten Years Later (2014) and Brides to Be (2016) comes This is Ours. A powerful all American drama which tells the story of Will and Karen, who take a final trip to their vacation home. While there, they meet new friends, embarking on a strange journey of discovery, heartbreak and hope. In a similar way to the powerful indie relationship drama Blue Valentine, the Boustedts’ story gets a lot of its impact from a structure that shifts back and forth from the past to the present.

Critic Reviews

“This is Ours, the self-assured second feature from writing/producing/directing team Kris and Lindy Boustedt, made its world premiere at Dances with Films in Hollywood. It’s a beautifully shot and emotionally charged foray into the world of a once-happy couple whose lives and relationship verge on disintegration.” Living in Cinema.
Through a focus on the life of Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), this film examines the effects on individuals and families of a congressional pursuit of Hollywood Communists after World War II. Trumbo was one of several writers, directors, and actors who invoked the First Amendment in refusing to answer questions under oath. They were blacklisted and imprisoned. We follow Trumbo to prison, to exile in Mexico with his family, to poverty, to the public shunning of his children, to his writing under others’ names, and to an eventual but incomplete vindication. Trumbo is a 2007 American documentary film directed by Peter Askin, produced by Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell, and Alan Klingenstein, and written by Christopher Trumbo. It is based on the letters of Trumbo’s father, Dalton Trumbo, an Oscar-winning screenwriter who was imprisoned and blacklisted as a member of the Hollywood Ten, ten screenwriters, directors and producers who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of Communist influences in the Hollywood film industry. The film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and includes film clips and interviews, readings from Trumbo’s letters by performers such as Michael Douglas, Joan Allen, Donald Sutherland, Liam Neeson, and Paul Giamatti, and a reenactment by David Strathairn of a speech given by Dalton Trumbo in 1970. The readings include parts of what the New York Times calls “Dalton Trumbo’s remarkably stage-ready personal letters”[2] that cover the period from the late 1940s to the early 1960s. Interspersed with these are archival clips from the HUAC hearings, footage from home movies, and “exceptionally well-selected interview clips with Trumbo”.

Critic Reviews

‘The transporting power of this experience is in the passionate and almost outlandishly eloquent verbal expression Trumbo poured into his correspondence, and the vividly American principles he defends.’ film.com ‘It will serve as a fine entry point for younger auds interested in learning about theprice paid by moviemakers and their families swept up in the 1950s anti-Communist net.’ Variety ‘The film is an enlightening recap of ’50s Red Scare politics, and a parade of actors giving meaningful, earnest readings of Trumbo’s speeches and letters.’ Newsday.

Awards

Winner Freedom of Expression Award at the National Board of Review, USA
Terry Gilliam’s doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Lost in La Mancha is a 2002 documentary film about the making of Terry Gilliam’s first attempt at The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. His effort was a film adaptation of the novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. The documentary was shot in 2000 during Gilliam’s first attempt to make the film, as an intended work of the genre known as the “making-of”. But Gilliam’s failure to complete his movie resulted in the documentary filmmakers retitling their work as Lost in la Mancha and releasing it independently.

Critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. It was nominated for various awards, including a BAFTA Award and a Satellite Award for Best Documentary Film. It won a Satellite Award for Best Documentary.

Critic Reviews

‘Anyone who thinks making movies is easy needs to see this hilariously painful cautionary tale. It’s a tribute to Gilliam that he never once took off his mike or asked the filmmakers to stop rolling.’ Newsweek

‘Gilliam himself is a joy to behold. His wit stays sharp even as his fortunes dull, and the conditions that conspire against him only prove the mettle in our man of La Mancha.’ Globe and Mail

‘A fascinating chronicle of bad luck, bad faith and bad weather all striking on the same day.’ Washington Post


Awards

Evening Standard British Film Awards 2003 Winner Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Keith Fulton

Satellite Awards 2004 Winner Golden Satellite Award Best Documentary DVD

Mommy is a 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Xavier Dolan. The story focuses on mother–son relationships, a reoccurring theme in Dolan’s work, and also marks his fourth collaboration with Dorval and his third with Clément. Inspiration for this particular story was drawn from Dolan’s discovery of Pilon and the music of Ludovico Einaudi. The film debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize. It subsequently became a critical and financial success, grossing over $13 million worldwide. Mommy went on to win numerous other awards, among them nine Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Motion Picture.

Critic Reviews

‘Dolan loves close-ups and he gives his actors every chance to demonstrate their talent for ringing the emotional changes in a single take.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘As outrageous as it is insightful, Mommy is a mother-and-son melodrama taken to operatic heights.’ Times UK ‘Dolan has previously been accused of style over substance but here he draws both magnificently together. It’s perhaps a little too long, but Mommy is a movie to make you feel alive.’ Empire Magazine

Awards

Bodil Awards 2016 Winner of a Bodil for Best Non-American Film Canadian Screen Awards, CA 2015 Winner of the Canadian Screen Award for Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Editing, Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Original Screenplay, Achievement in Makeup Cannes Film Festival 2014 Winner of the Jury Prize CinEuphoria Awards 2015 Winner CinEuphoria Best Director – International Competition César Awards, France 2015 Winner of a César for Best Foreign Film Directors Guild of Canada 2015 Winner of the DGC Team Award for best Feature Film International Cinephile Society Awards 2014 Winner of the ICS Cannes Award – Palme d’Or Italian Online Movie Awards (IOMA) 2015 – Winner IOMA for best Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay
A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. Much Ado About Nothing is a 2012 black and white American romantic comedy film adapted for the screen, produced, and directed by Joss Whedon, from William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film to critical acclaim. The film stars Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Reed Diamond, Fran Kranz, Sean Maher, and Jillian Morgese. The film’s giddy energy and intimate charm make for an entertaining romantic comedy – and a Shakespearean adaptation that’s hard to resist.

Critic Reviews

‘DP Jay Hunter’s camera floats like a butterfly through doorways and windows, stinging as it catches characters in moments of eavesdropping-inspired stunned epiphany.’ Sight and Sound ‘Much Ado About Nothing is a delightfully spirited romp, filled with visual splendor, strong performances and flashes of post-modern absurdity.’ USA Today ‘The movie swings along, with a grace denied to some of Whedon’s grander projects …’ New Yorker ‘The magic holds. It holds from beginning to end.’ Chicago Sun-Times ‘One of my Top Ten picks of the year. Welcome to the World of Whedon where Shakespeare not only lives, but thrives.’ Behind the Lens

Awards

National Board of Review, USA 2013 Winner of theNBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
Set in 1980s Nottingham, social worker Margaret Humphreys holds the British government accountable for child migration schemes and reunites the children involved — now adults living mostly in Australia — with their parents in Britain. Award Winning Oranges and Sunshine is a 2010 Australian drama film directed by Jim Loach as his directorial debut. The film is based on the true story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham who uncovered the scandal of “home children”, a scheme of forcibly relocating poor children from the United Kingdom to Australia and Canada. Oranges and Sunshine tells the story of Margaret Humphreys (Emily Watson), a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals of recent times; the mass deportation of children from the United Kingdom to Australia. Single-handedly and against overwhelming odds, Margaret reunited thousands of families and drew worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. Children as young as four had been told that their parents were dead and sent to children’s homes on the other side of the world, where many were subjected to appalling abuse. These forgotten children were promised Oranges and Sunshine but they got hard labour and life in institutions.

Critic Reviews

‘Emily Watson, who always brings a special grace to the screen, gives a multilayered performance to the role of Margaret Humphreys, who not only puts her own family dynamic at risk but finds herself physically threatened.’ San Fransisco Chronicle ‘Emily Watson, a delicate English rose, has never seemed more sturdy than here.’ Chicago Sun Times ‘As the story ricochets between Britain and Australia, the film often loses track of time and becomes fragmented as it struggles to integrate too many subplots. What holds it together is Ms. Watson’s calm, sturdy performance.’ New York Times ‘Despite the difficulties the team faced when filming on opposite sides of the world, Oranges and Sunshine beats with one heart and develops its story coherently.’ CineVue ‘Jim Loach’s feature debut presents the horrific injustice of forced child migration in a calm, measured manner.’ The Sun-Herald

Awards

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards 2012 Winner AACTA Award Best Supporting Actor Hugo Weaving Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner AFCA Award – Best Actress Emily Watson Australian Screen Editors 2011 Winner ASE Award Avid Award for Best Editing on a Feature Film Australian Screen Sound Guild 2011 Winner ASSG Award Best Achievement in Mixing in a Feature Film
Louis Theroux documents his investigation into what goes on behind the scenes of the infamous Church of Scientology. My Scientology Movie is a 2015 British documentary film about Scientology directed by John Dower, and written by and starring Louis Theroux. The film takes an unconventional approach to the subject matter, featuring young actors “auditioning” for parts playing high-profile Scientologists in scenes recreating accounts from ex-members about incidents involving senior church management. The Church of Scientology responded by putting the filmmakers under surveillance and denouncing the film. My Scientology Movie premiered at the London Film Festival on 14 October 2015 before receiving a limited theatrical release in the United Kingdom on 7 October 2016 from BBC Films. The film was praised by The Daily Telegraph reviewer Tim Robey as “a giddy, Pythonesque delight”. He commented that it was “all wickedly tendentious mischief, but when it’s this gloriously funny, the points score themselves.” Variety magazine reviewer Guy Lodge described it as a “riotously funny” film that delivered “penetrating insights into the fiercely guarded administration of the church that Ron built. It’s also a witty essay on the politics of surveillance”. Fionnuala Halligan of Screen Daily called the film “typically quixotic, consistently funny, and provocative in unexpected ways”, describing it as “pleasingly eccentric” and “impish yet effective.” The Huffington Post called the film ‘absurdly funny’. In The Guardian, John Patterson found that the film “pulls off the neat trick of finding a revelatory approach to a topic that’s been well covered of late: the Church of Scientology” before concluding that it “belongs in the company of the most serious work done on the church. The more sunlight that falls on this dark organisation, the better for all of us”

Critic Reviews

‘One of the best documentaries of the year.’ Entertainment Weekly ‘At times it plays like an extended skit on “The Daily Show”; yet its disorder also makes its insights – like how strongly the church’s training sessions resemble acting classes – feel refreshingly organic.’ New York Times  
Whitney is a 2018 documentary film about the American singer and actress Whitney Houston. The film was directed by Kevin Macdonald and produced by Simon Chinn, Jonathan Chinn and Lisa Erspamer. Whitney was screened out of competition at the world premiere as part of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival on 16 May 2018 with a cinema release on 6 July 2018. Terri White for Empire gave it 4/5, calling it: “A sobering, haunting but completely fresh look at Whitney’s life and death that will reframe everything you think you know about the singer.” Owen Gleiberman of Variety wrote: “In Whitney, Macdonald lays out Houston’s story—the light and the darkness—in a classically etched, kinetically edited way. He makes superb use of archival footage, tickles us with montages of her heyday (not just Houston but the whole era—the way her songs, in hindsight, tapped into a certain free-floating ’80s jubilance), and interviews her family members and associates. The film captures the quality that made Whitney Houston magical, but more than that it puts together the warring sides of her soul.”

Critic Reviews

‘Macdonald makes artful use of jarring, subversive cuts to highlight the contradictions in Houston’s career.’ New Yorker ‘Kevin Macdonald’s “Whitney” is a documentary chronicle of Whitney Houston’s life; it’s tough-minded, unsparing and far superior to the biopic and the nonfiction film that preceded it.’ Wall Street Journal ‘Kevin Macdonald’s electrifying and empathetic doc on Whitney Houston drops a shocking revelation about abuse- but if his look at how she fell apart shortchanges the range of her talent it is anything but sensationalistic,’ Rolling Stone

Awards

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2018 Winner of Best Documentary Feature Film
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.. The Florida Project is a 2017 American slice-of-life drama film directed by Sean Baker and written by Baker and Chris Bergoch. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her delinquent single mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida, as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet, so they may keep ahead of impending homelessness. The misery and squalor of their life in Kissimmee is contrasted with nearby Walt Disney World, which can be seen at a distance in one shot. The Florida Project premiered in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was theatrically released in the United States on October 6, 2017, by A24. The film was praised for Baker’s directing and the performances, particularly Prince and Dafoe. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year. Dafoe earned Best Supporting Actor nominations at the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, and BAFTA Awards. Prince won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Young Performer.

Critic Reviews

‘The Florida Project absolutely sings as a visual achievement, and not only as that.’ Daily Telegraph (UK) ‘The Florida Project is one of the best films about childhood made anywhere in recent years.’ Independent (UK)

Awards

AFI Awards, USA 2018 Winner AFI Award – Movie of the Year Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2018 Winner EDA Award for Best Supporting Actor – Willem Dafoe and Winner of the EDA Female Focus Award – Best Breakthrough Performance Austin Film Critics Association 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Supporting Actor Bodil Awards 2019 Winner of the Bodil for Best American Film CinEuphoria Awards 2019 Winner CinEuphoria for Top Ten of the Year – International Competition Detroit Film Critics Society Awards 2017 Winner of the DFCS Award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor New York Film Critics, Online 2017 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Film San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2017 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Picture
Mid90s is a 2018 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Jonah Hill, in his feature directorial debut. It stars Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges and Katherine Waterston, and follows a 13-year-old boy who begins spending time with a mostly older group of skateboarders while living in 1990s Los Angeles. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2018 and was theatrically released in the United States on October 19, 2018, by A24. It was well received by critics, who called it a “promising first outing for Hill”, and praised the sense of nostalgia.

Critic Reviews

‘Mid90s is alive to the debauchery and obnoxiousness of teenagers, but also to their warmth and loyalty.’ Times (UK) ‘Mid90s cares less about making you laugh than enveloping you in the moment, even when the moments consist of nothing more than killed time – daft small talk, the lazy throb of hip hop, the therapeutic purr and slap of skateboard wheels on concrete.’ Daily Telegraph (UK)

Awards

Art Film Festival 2019 Winner of the Blue Angel for Best Director Golden Trailer Awards 2019 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Most Innovative Advertising for a Feature Film National Board of Review, USA 2018 Winner of the NBR Award for Top Ten Independent Films
August 7, 1974. A young French man named Philippe Petit stepped out on a wire suspended between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Multiple award winner and winner of the Oscar for best best documentary, Man on Wire tells the astonishing story of a young Frenchman named Philippe Petit, who stepped out on a wire illegally rigged between New York’s twin towers, then the world’s tallest buildings. This beautifully shot film takes us on a wild exploration of the man behind this staggering feat – with the climax at 7:15 AM, when Philippe took his first step on the high wire 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan.

Critic Reviews

‘It all makes for an absorbing, mischievously amusing yarn, whose climax unfolds with unexpected emotional force.’ Washington Post ‘The tension builds incrementally, reaching almost unbearable heights at its dizzying climax.’ Sight and Sound ‘Reminds us that dreams can come true and men can fly, through the heights of the imagination and the triumph of the human spirit – this a film for all those who ever dared to dream.’ From the Front Row ‘In this exhilarating, palm-moistening documentary by British filmmaker James Marsh (Wisconsin Death Trip), the twin towers are back to celebrate one of their finest moments.’ Film.com

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009 Winner of an Oscar for best documentary, Features BAFTA Awards 2009 Winner of the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film AARP Movies for Grownups Awards 2009 Winner Movies for Grownups Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists 2008 Winner of Best Edited Documentary Austin Film Critics Association 2008 Winner of Best Documentary British Independent Film Awards 2008 Winner British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary Film Independent Spirit Awards 2009 Winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary International Documentary Association 2008 Winner of the IDA Award for best Feature Documentary Sundance Film Festival 2008 Winner of the Audience Award for best in World Cinema – Documentary
Losing My Edge is an award winning 2014 Canadian drama film written and directed by Jonathan Hayes. Jake is an unhappy school teacher whose childhood scars are not merely skin deep. Jake’s life is upended when his shifty, rogue of a father, LEIF – an absentee parent and a man who best days as a travel writer are well past him – insists that Jake help him with his next project, a book about Algonquin Park.

Critic Reviews

‘Director-writer Jonathan Hayes piques our interest with incredible camera angles and the spectacular scenery.’ canada.com ‘It all feels very Canadian, in good way’ Globe & Mail

Awards

WorldFest Houston 2014 Winner of the Special Jury Award for Best Feature Film
Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

I Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript Remember This House. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal said, “the film is unsparing as history and enthralling as biography. It’s an evocation of a passionate soul in a tumultuous era, a film that uses Baldwin’s spoken words, and his notes for an unfinished book, to illuminate the struggle for civil rights.”

Critic Reviews

‘I Am Not Your Negro is an utterly brilliant film – bold, galvanising, even gripping…’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Baldwin re-emerges as a devastatingly eloquent speaker and public intellectual; a figure who deserves his place alongside Edward Said, Frantz Fanon or Gore Vidal.’ Guardian

‘Raoul Peck’s lyrical documentary was nominated for an Oscar this year, and it really should have won.’ Times UK

‘An astonishment.’ Observer (UK)

Awards

BAFTA Awards 2018 Winner of the BAFTA Film Award for Best Documentary

Australian Film Critics Association Awards 2018 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Documentary

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Panorama Audience Award for best Documentary Film – Raoul Peck

Winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention – Panorama

Chicago International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature

César Awards, France 2018 Winner of the César for Best Documentary Film

Dublin International Film Festival 2017 Winner of the Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Documentary

Empire Awards, UK 2018 Winner of the Empire Award for Best Documentary

Golden Trailer Awards 2017 Winner of the Golden Trailer for Best Documentary

London Critics Circle Film Awards 2018 Winner of the ALFS Award for Documentary of the Year

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards 2016 Winner of the LAFCA Award for Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2019 Winner of the Emmy – Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary

San Francisco Film Critics Circle 2016 Winner of the SFFCC Award for Best Documentary

Toronto International Film Festival 2016 Winner of the People’s Choice Award for best Documentary

Human Flow is director and artist Ai Weiwei’s detailed and heartbreaking exploration into the global refugee crisis. Human Flow is a 2017 German documentary film co-produced and directed by Ai Weiwei about the current global refugee crisis. In the film the viewer is taken to over 20 countries to understand both the scale and the personal impact of this massive human migration. It was shot using various technologies, including drones, cameras and iPhones. Human Flow was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The New York Times calls it a “strangely beautiful movie” and credits the film for focusing on individuality amidst the large masses of people along with usage of drones to show the vastness and scale of our current global refugee crisis. GQ states that the film conveys a radical type of empathy to the viewer by focussing on human aspects, such as with the man walking to a makeshift graveyard where the bodies of his loved ones were buried – he started fleeing with 17 people and was now left with 12 – while the viewer is caught in a visceral moment of his grief. GQ notes the film’s ability to have the camera constantly lingering in times of sadness to create a forceful humanisation. The Washington Post calls Human Flow “pungent conceptually and aesthetically” and notes that perhaps the audience’s uncertainty of what camp they are led to is perhaps Ai’s point that this does not matter. Overall, it gave the film a rating of 3/4 stars. The film received such high praise that it was selected for a group of 170 documentaries shortlisted for the Oscars and placed within the top 15.

Critic Reviews

‘Beautifully filmed testimonies that tear at your soul.’ Little White Lies ‘Difficult, but hugely important film-making.’ Times (UK) ‘Ai Weiwei’s magnificent documentary stands as a companion piece to the BBC’s series, Exodus: Our Journey To Europe.’ Independent (UK) ‘A powerful portrait of horror, hope and humanity emerges.’ Total Film (UK)

Awards

Bambi Awards 2017 Winner of the Bambi Award for Courage – Weiwei Ai Venice Film Festival 2017 Winner of the CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Fair Play Cinema Award – Special Mention – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award – Special Mention – Weiwei Ai Winner of the Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award – Cinema for UNICEF – Weiwei Ai
Departures
A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. Director Yojiro Takita and writer Kundo Koyama examine the rituals surrounding death in Japan with this tale of an out-of-work cellist who accepts a job as a “Nokanashi” or “encoffineer” (the Japanese equivalent of an undertaker) in order to provide for himself and his young wife. Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year, Departures is a 2008 Japanese drama film directed by Yōjirō Takita and starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryōko Hirosue, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The film follows a young man who returns to his hometown after a failed career as a cellist and stumbles across work as a nōkanshi—a traditional Japanese ritual mortician. He is subjected to prejudice from those around him, including from his wife, because of strong social taboos against people who deal with death.

Critic Reviews

‘Fascinating, witty and heartfelt.’ Times UK ‘Moments of clarity and pragmatism are contradicted by flashes of inanity and dry, if well-delivered humour.’ Little White Lies ‘Departure’s cynicism, ironically, is what makes the optimism of its last act so moving.’ London Evening Standard

Awards

Academy Awards, USA 2009, winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009, Asia Pacific Screen Award winner of the Best Performance by an Actor Asian Film Awards 2009, winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Actor Hong Kong Film Awards 2010, winner of best asian film
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Take Shelter is a 2011 American psychological thriller drama film, written and directed by Jeff Nichols and starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. The plot follows a young husband and father (Shannon) who is plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, and questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. The film won two Saturn Awards, Best Writing for Nichols and Best Actor for Shannon, and was nominated for two more, Best Horror or Thriller Film and Best Actress for Chastain.

Critic Reviews

‘What makes Nichols’ film so satisfying, at least until the melodrama of the final act, is the deftness of the characterisations and the constant sense that things are probably considerably more complex than they’re perceived.’ Sight and Sound ‘An impressively sustained slow-burn parable from writer-director Jeff Nichols, shot with ominous beauty, guarding its mysteries with care.’ Daily Telegraph UK ‘A hallucinatory thriller anchored by a deeply resonant sense of unease.’ Variety

Awards

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA 2012 Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Best Writing – Jeff Nichols Austin Film Critics Association 2011 Winner of the AFCA Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain Winner of the Austin Film Award – Jeff Nichols Winner of the Breakthrough Artist Award- Jessica Chastain Cannes Film Festival 2011 Winner of the Critics Week Grand Prize – Jeff Nichols Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize for Directors’ Fortnight or Critics’ Week – Jeff Nichols Winner of the SACD Award – Jeff Nichols New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2011 Winner NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain New York Film Critics, Online 2011 Winner of the NYFCO Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Breakthrough Performance – Jessica Chastain Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2011 Winner of the TFCA Award for Best Actor – Michael Shannon Best Supporting Actress – Jessica Chastain  
The Flowers of War
An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Award winning The Flowers of War is a 2011 historical drama war film directed by Zhang Yimou, starring Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyi, Tong Dawei, Atsuro Watabe, Shigeo Kobayashi and Cao Kefan. The beautifully shot story is set in Nanking, China, during the 1937 Nanking Massacre in the Second Sino-Japanese War. A group of escapees, finding sanctuary in a church compound, try to survive the plight and persecution brought on by the violent invasion of the city.

Pete Hammond from Boxoffice Magazine gave it 4 stars of 5, and said “The Flowers of War is ultimately an inspiring, stirring and unforgettable human drama in the face of a horrifying war. It is highly recommended.

“The Flowers of War is a big movie in every sense of the word, from its kinetic battle scenes to the beautiful photography and impressive performances from a mostly young and inexperienced cast.”

Critic Reviews

‘Bale is forthright and emotional in the role, and with a hint of boyish vulnerability, even reminds us of his 13-year-old self in Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun.’ The Guardian

‘As you’d expect, it’s beautiful, emotional and exciting, if florid in style. Bale, beauties and English dialogue widen Yimou’s appeal.’ Empire


Awards

Asian Film Awards 2012 Winner of the Asian Film Award for Best Newcomer Ni Ni

Asian Film Critics Association Awards 2012 Winner of the NETPAC Award for Best Picture, Best Director and Best New Performer

Chinese American Film Festival (C.A.F.F.) 2012 Winner of the Golden Angel Award for Outstanding Film

Chinese Film Media Awards 2012 Winner of the Audience Award for Favourite Actor – Dawei Tong and Favorite Actress – Ni Ni

Shanghai Film Critics Awards 2012 Winner of the Film of Merit

Shanghai Film Critics Award winner of Best Actress – Ni Ni

Writers Guild of China Film Association 2012 Winner of the WGC Award for Outstanding Screenplay

The Ascent
A group of mercenaries are sent into Eastern Europe in the middle of a civil war to retrieve intel, but shortly after the mission the unit find themselves trapped on a never-ending stairwell; forced to climb or die. To survive, they must revisit their past sins if they ever want to get off. The film blurs the lines of action and horror, creating a visually unique movie that deals with time travel, the repercussions of violence and consequence. Rife with practical effects, bone crunching fight sequences and existential dread; its underpinned by a villain with a real purpose. Guaranteed to thrill audiences, “The Ascent” was Paton’s third film to premiere at the prestigious FrightFest film festival in London in August 2019. The film marks the feature film debut of National Television Award Winning actor and former X-Factor winner Shayne Ward, alongside Toby Osmond (Game of Thrones), Sophie Austin (Call The Midwife), Alana Wallace (Black Site), Samantha Schnitzler & Bentley Kalu (Wonder Woman).