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My Camera, It Doesn’t Know How To Lie

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Here’s the new trailer from SSAW – Skillset Screen Academy Wales, edited by Ewan Jones-Morris.  It’s compiled of films made with the support of the Screen Academy between 2007 and 2009.  There’s lots of footage from 17 included, check it out.


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December 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Salford Film Festival Screening Details

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Further to the last post, you can find information about the screening of 17 at this page of the Salford Film Festival web site. If you’re in the area this Sunday, check out the film!

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November 19, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Chosen From Among The People

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17 will screen as part of the young people’s strand at the Salford Film Festival this weekend – I’m particularly happy about this as it’s been selected by a panel of young people who are programming the strand of the festival themselves. What I hope this means is that the film deals with issues that they relate to, and that it’s relevant to those who are growing up here and now. Of course, they might just like it because it’s got swearing, violence and a banging drum n’ bass soundtrack, but I’d like to think that it’s more than that.

As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, the film doesn’t offer any answers or solutions to the problems it deals with, but I honestly believe it raises issues that lots of people growing up in Britain today have to face, and I hope that the young people of Salford are interested in the film because of this.

Thank you to the festival for selecting the film.

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November 17, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Our Dream Was Short

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A quick festival update – 17 will screen at next year’s Swansea Bay Film Festival, hopefully I’ll be able to make it along to see the film on a big screen.

Clermont Ferrand, which I think is the world’s biggest short film festival, is now closed for entries, and you can see details of all the films submitted by looking through their web site (there’s a lot of them). They list all UK films by country, and there’s ten submissions from Wales, including Shed Convention from Big Font. Large Spacing producer Vivien and writer/director Paul. All the films submitted are available to view in the video library of the market during the festival, so even if you’re film isn’t selected for screening, someone might still see it and maybe even buy the rights. We’ve entered 17, and as this was the first festival I wanted to enter, I’m hoping we’ll be selected. I don’t think it’s really their sort of thing, but you won’t know unless you try.

I went to Clermont Ferrand in 2007 – it was the first film festival that I’d been to overseas and it was a great experience. Driving to the airport in a left hand drive Opal Zafira with a brutal hangover after the last night was a particular highlight. There are more shorts there than you can shake a stick at, so it’s worth going to just for the screenings. There’s other events there that were run in the French language, so I couldn’t take part, but if you’re interested in seeing a lot of the best short films from around the world, it’s the place to be.

Get a cheap flight while you can.

Written by Matthew Redd

October 29, 2009 at 12:02 pm

How Do I Get My Short Film Onto IMDb?

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17 now has its own title page on IMDb.

Having a page on IMDb for your film is essential – it obviously raises the profile of your film, but it also adds credibility to the project. IMDb is often the place that people turn to first for information on any film (feature or short), so you need to be on there. What’s the quickest and easiest way to do it?

It used to be a long and laborious task to enter the data onto IMDb, and with their strict criteria for accepting submissions, it could even be a total waste of time when your submission is rejected. Now, it’s quite simple. Register an account at WithoutABox, create a project for your film, and enter your film’s details. You can do this before your film has even been completed – of course, there’s still a lot of data to enter, but when you think that, in recent years, you would have to enter all these details separately every time you entered a film festival, this is nothing. If you’ve got good paperwork and the beginnings of publicity materials from your shoot, you should find this quite easy.

If you enter your film into any of the ‘IMDb qualifying festivals’ listed on the main page, your IMDb title page will be generated as soon as your submission is received, not when it is accepted. So, even if your film is eventually rejected by the festival, you will still get your entry onto IMDb. There’s a varied list of worldwide festivals – I entered 17 into the Swansea Bay Film Festival in Wales, a local one for us.

If you’re lucky, you might be able to get a discounted entry to a festival if you’re early for the festival’s deadline, but even if you don’t, it’s still incredibly good value for the amount of good publicity having the IMDb page brings you and your film.

Don’t forget, once all your film’s data is entered onto Withoutabox, there’s a ton of festivals you can enter with just a few clicks of the mouse, and some with very cheap entry fees. Pick your festivals wisely, and try and come up with a strategy that gives you the best value for money if you’re on a budget. Good luck.

Written by Matthew Redd

October 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm

No-one Lights a Lamp in Order to Hide it Behind the Door

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I’m delighted to announce that, at 6pm tomorrow, 17 will receive its world premiere at the Portobello Film Festival in London.


It’s showing in the World Cinema section, which in itself feels like an accolade – Wales is part of the world, though of course.  The full listing for the section is here, and our film is showing before the Bolivian-set US feature film Pachamama.  Congratulations to Jamie Bolton, the writer-director, and all of the cast, crew and financiers.  Thanks once again to you all for your hard work on the film.  It’s good to know that the film is now beginning to find an audience, which is the whole point of making these things in the first place.

You can download a PDF of the Festival’s programme here, there’s an image of Chris Conway from the film on page 16 of the programme (page 19 of the PDF).

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September 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm

We Should Come Up With Some Kind of Strategy

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It’s taken the same length of time some people take to make a feature film, but finally 17 is complete and DVDs have been sent out to those who took part in the production. Now, though, the film takes on a new life – a year (or so) on the festival circuit. The thing is – where to start?

Submitting to festivals is faster and easier than it ever has been, thanks to web sites like Short Film Depot and Without A Box. Our budget for festival entries is small to say the least, so we have to choose wisely.  Thankfully, quite a lot of festivals are still free to enter, and so will only cost you a DVD, postage and the time it takes to complete the entry form, which might only be a few seconds if you’ve already submitted the film’s information via one of the submission web sites.

We’re focussing on festivals by using a simple criteria.

  • British festivals – we’ve made a film that might work best with a British audience.
  • Festivals with a student competition – Jamie and I were both postgraduate students when we shot the film, and it was produced as part of our courses, so we qualify.
  • Festivals with themes that relate to our own film.  We haven’t made the Karate Kid Part II, but our film covers youth violence, bullying, coming of age, confrontation and revenge among other themes.
  • How much is it to enter?  We’re on a tight budget, so we need to be convinced it’s worth entering a particular festival as the entry fees will mount up quickly.

As always, you need to be up on festival politics, and it helps to find out which festivals are ‘hot’.  You might want to find out which ones might qualify you for the Oscars, just in case…  If you’re interested in how to make a successful short film, then a great case study is Gone Fishing directed by Chris Jones.  Pick out the story of the film from Chris’ blog.

If/when we get accepted by a festival, it will be a real validation of our work.  It wouldn’t hurt to win an award, either.

Written by Matthew Redd

June 11, 2009 at 5:49 pm