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Spring News!

In 2013, the Eastern Edge Film Fund had a record number of applications, and after a series of scriptwriting workshops, we offered support to fourteen writers, directors and producers to develop their short film projects.

After shortlisting 6 fantastic short film projects and taking them through a challenging development phase, the fund is pleased to announce that the following two projects will be funded this year:

WALTHAM FOREST FILM: DISTANCE
Written & Directed by Chi Yu
Produced by Kelly Van Osch

You can find out more about this project and help support the film by making a donation to their crowdfunding campaign here:
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/distance--4

REDBRIDGE FILM: ROSE
Written & Directed by Tom Stoddard
Produced by Harry Burnett-Rae

The films will go into production in the next few weeks, and be completed by the end of June as part of Film London's "London's Calling" short film scheme.

Filmmaker in Focus - Paul Murphy

Paul's film "Stop" was funded through the Eastern Edge Film Fund

"Getting funding and support from the Eastern Edge Film Fund for my film ‘Stop’ was not only a great benefit in getting the film made financially, but also a huge privilege in the fact that the support, mentorship and advice we received was priceless.
 
The script was put through a rigorous and demanding script development process, one which really challenged me as the writer to explain, reason and fight for what stayed on the page and why.
 
All of this was simply to get me to tell the story as dramatically and succinctly as possible, a very hard thing to accomplish effectively in short film-making. Every second counts when you’re making a short; each moment should propel the narrative forward, compelling the characters to act, and creating drama in the physical collision and internal conflict of the characters.
 
The script we submitted to the fund and the final shooting script that we shot were two extremely different beasts. In essence the same story was being told, but the characterization, action and visual storytelling was much stronger with the fund’s wise counsel. I’m certain that ‘Stop’ would not have been as strong, bold and powerful a film it is without their involvement, and I’m forever grateful to them for that.
 
All throughout the process the fund was there to offer support, advice and a sounding board when we came up against troubles and obstacles in all aspects of prep, shoot and post. Having helped numerous filmmakers through the process has meant they are acutely aware and knowledgeable about what makes a short film work, and we certainly mined them for that!
 
What stands out for me mostly is having someone fight your corner and help get the film made. The fund want to help you make the best film you can, they won’t stand in your way or force their ideas on you. Rather like great teachers, they guide you through the process of making your film, ask you to ask the relevant questions of yourself and your story, and they champion you, the team you build around you, and your final finished film.
 
Filmmaking can be a tough experience, but with the help and support of mentors it makes the process a little less intimidating, and a lot more inspiring.
 
I’m currently developing a 10 minute drama called ‘Selfie’ about the effects of cyberbullying on teenagers today, and I hope to run the script past the EEFF’s eyes when it’s gets to a more developed stage. I’m sure they’ll have a lot to say about it, which is one of the many things you get having worked with them; partnership, friendship, honest, critical feedback, and the desire to stretch yourself and become the best filmmaker you can be."

Festivals so far....
WINNER - BEST ACTRESS - UNOFFICIAL GOOGLE+ FILM FESTIVAL, 2013
WINNER - AWARD OF MERIT - WOMEN'S INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, 2013
WINNER - SPECIAL MENTION - FILM LONDON BEST OF BOROUGH AWARDS 2012
NOMINATIONS:
'Best Short Drama Award’, Isle of Wight Film Festival, August 2013
'Best Drama Award’, The Smalls Film Festival, London, September 2013
'Human Rights in Motion Award', bang! Short Film Festival, Nottingham, November 2013
'Best Short Film', British Short Film Festival, Berlin, January 2014
'Best Short Film', Let's All Be Free Film Festival, London, April 2014
'Best Short', Cardiff Independent Film Festival, April 2014
FESTIVALS PLAYED:
Official Selection, Palm Springs International Shortfest, June 2013
Official Selection, Galway Film Fleadh, July 2013
Official Selection, Isle of Wight Film Festival, August 2013
Official Selection, The Smalls Film Festival, London, September 2013
Official Selection, Tehran International Short Film Festival, October 2013
Official Selection Human Rights Section, bang! Short Film Festival, Nottingham, November 2013
Official Selection, Unofficial Google+ Film Festival, December 2013
Official Selection, Women's Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles, December 2013
Official Selection, British Short Film Festival, Berlin, January 2014
Official Selection, Let's All Be Free Film Festival, London, April 2014
Official Selection, Women and Minorities in Media Film Festival, Los Angeles, April 2014
Official Selection, Cardiff Independent Film Festival, April 2014
Official Selection, CPM International Short Film Festival, Belarus, April 2014
Official Selection, American Online Film Awards, May 2014

Tahirah Sharif & Lisa Kay, the cast from "Stop"

"Walk Tall" director Kate Sullivan with Olympic gymnast George Weedon
Filmmaker in Focus - Kate Sullivan

Kate's film "Walk Tall" was funded through the Eastern Edge Film Fund
 
"I was looking to make my first short film but had no idea as to how to go about it. I had a feeling I could make something half decent, but was in a sort of limbo - at a complete loss as to what might be the first step. Luckily I discovered the Eastern Edge Film Fund.
 
I was initially shortlisted for scriptwriting and filmmaking workshops and here I received invaluable advice and my idea for a film began to take shape – it was out of my head and onto paper - evolving into something which was still very much my vision, but a more refined one which improved with every draft.
 
The workshops were also an opportunity to fine tune my pitching skills – and of course talking about your ideas out loud is also a great writing tool.
 
I particularly benefited from advice with budgeting, insurance and location scouting. I couldn’t help thinking I wish my lectures at film school had been quite so informative!
 
It was great to discover that the fund also provided guidance in terms of festival entries.
The film premiered at the BFI Film Festival. It then went on to be BAFTA long-listed.
It has gone on to play at some very prestigious festivals and has won several jury and audience awards.
 
Help with promotion via social networking platforms was also greatly appreciated – we managed to drum up enough views to ensure the film was seen by Danny Boyle, who went on to choose it as Shooting People's Film of The Month.
 
In short, the fund offers more than just money – its offers advice and support, ensuring the first-timer can successfully navigate all aspects of the film making process.
 
I'm currently in production on my second short and am finding having a successful first short in the can is so far proving very useful indeed...especially that quote from Mr. B!
The world of short filmmaking is no longer a mysterious out-of-bounds place."

Festival Highlights:
55th London BFI Film Festival  -- Premiere
Athens International Film and Video Festival, Ohio, USA -- Official Selection
LA Shorts Fest -- Official Selection
LA United Film Festival -- Official Selection
London Short Film Festival -- Official Selection
Rushes Soho Shorts Festivals -- Nominated for Best Documentary.
Feel Good Film Festival -- Official Selection
Tulsa United Film Festival -- Audience Award
Shooting People Network Film festival (England) - Winner (Judge: Danny Boyle)
Leeds International Film Festival -- Finalist
St. Louis International Film Festival -- Official Selection
Fargo Film Festival -- Jury Award
London United Film Festival 2012 - Best Short
Sarnia Shorts 2012 - Best Short
Tulsa United Film Festival 2012 - Audience Award
5th British Shorts Film Festival in Berlin 2012 - Audience Award
Film London's Best of Borough Award's 2011- 2nd prize & special jury commendation
Cannes in a Van Shortlisted (Best Film & Best Director)
'Best of Five Years of British Shorts' Berlin - Official Selection
Cyclope International Advertising Festival - Official Selection
One of three films chosen to represent Leeds Film Festival at Magma, Italy.
Shuffle Festival 2013 - Official Selection (curated by Danny Boyle)
London Comedy Film Festival (LoCo), BFI Southbank (curated by Docheads)
Gail Hackston with her cast on-set directing "Cancer Hair"
The Eastern Edge Film Fund is pleased to have been able to support other short films by offering development support.

Cancer Hair, an ambitious short about a self conscious young woman in remission from cancer who goes on her first post chemo date, was developed by writer/director Gail Hackston and producer Andy Carslaw on the Eastern Edge scheme last year. Although it was not funded via the scheme, it did go on to be produced.
 
Shot in London in October 2013, and completed in January 2014, the film stars Laura Aikman (The Job Lot, Lemon La Vida Loca) and comedian David McCusker.
 
Gail was keen to acknowledge the role Eastern Edge played in developing the project,  "When we started approaching talent and crew about the project, the first thing they commented on was the script and how developed it was. It gave us a real credibility. Without Eastern Edge we wouldn't have got the script, and indeed the film, to the point we did"
 
Cancer Hair is currently being submitted to film festivals around the world. To find out more about the project, and keep up to date on screenings, visit www.cancerhairfilm.com

The Eastern Edge Film Fund is part of "London Calling" an award-winning grassroots production scheme run by Film London and is supported by Creative Skillset, BFI and delivered in partnership with the London Boroughs of Redbridge and Waltham Forest Council.

The Eastern Edge Film Fund is coordinated and Executive Produced by Movement In Media Ltd

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