Sommer seems to be flying by while I'm busy in the edit suite with @bridget_o_nale - but picture lock is just around the corner! Watching these three talented actors never gets boring: @felice.ahrens @emiibeee_ @yanis.scheurer In the meantime #KarwanMarouf is already getting started on the score. #watchoutformadison #kidsonbikes #madlaufmradl
Next stop - Thüringen and lots of track cyclists!
Late post - our first shooting day was the 7th of May.
It’s not really news anymore because I completely forgot to mention here that MADISON received full production funding earlier this year!!! We are proud to be part of the German film funding initiative DER BESONDERE KINDERFILM and announced our plan to go into production at this year’s Berlinale.
MADISON is a co-production between DOR Film West (Germany) and Dor Film (Austria), funded by KiKA, MDR, FFA, BKM, MDM, FFF, DFFF, ÖFI, FISA, FFW, Cine Tirol and ORF (Film/Fernsehabkommen).
As it’s a children’s film about strong girls I was asked for an interview by the Austrian Filminstitut for their genderinequality division:
Let’s get this movie rolling!!!
Milan Dor (my co-writer) and I have received funding from the 'Der Besondere Kinderfilm' initiative to write the screenplay for MADISON! We are so excited - as this German funding scheme (specifically for original children's films) offers full production financing if we manage to get through to the next stage. So let's get writing!
What an amazing last week at the Academy for Children's Media! We got to pitch our projects to a room full of producers, publishers and financiers. And best of all - I picked up the Baumhaus/Boje Media prize for my story of MADISON!
The jury of the book publishing company gave a really nice laudatory speech on why they had chosen my project:
„Was die Autorin aus dieser Entwicklungsgeschichte herausholt, beeindruckt in seiner Konsequenz: Wie sich dieses auf Radrennsiege fixierte 14-jährige Mädchen selbst im Weg ist, wie ihre Maxime, dass man sich nie auf andere verlassen darf, alle Freundschaften zuschanden macht, wie sie verbissen nur sich selbst im Blick hat, ist ein Abbild der gegenwärtigen Ellbogen- und Leistungsgesellschaft – das ist pointiert und durch das Verwenden regionaler Sprache authentisch gezeichnet und über diesen Mikrokosmos hinaus ein Stück Sozialkritik. Dabei treibt Strobl mit vielen Konflikten die Handlung voran und kontrastiert die Energie, die die Hauptfigur für ihr Training aufwendet, mit den Bemühungen ihrer Umwelt, sie aus der selbstgewählten Isolation herauszuholen. Als bei Madison dann doch Zweifel am eigenen Tun aufblitzen, wünscht man ihr nichts lieber als diese Erkenntnis: Dass Sport auch Spaß machen kann und Freundschaften viel wichtiger sind – eine Botschaft, die in unserer Zeit mehr denn je Gehör finden sollte.“
On Monday, the 23rd of May 2016, the 4th Edition of the INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS started. And as an alumni from the 1st Year I got to screen DANCING IN CIRCLES at the cinema for this year's talents and for the film commission Cine Tirol.
It was great to have editor Christin Gottscheber along - and she was super excited to see the film on the big screen for the first time. It was a fun night and I'm looking forward to sitting in on some of the masterclasses during the campus.
For those German-speakers out there, here's a nice write-up about the INNSBRUCK film CAMPUS - and I even got a little mention, thanks!
Dancing in Circles is still busy touring around the world!
In February it screened at the North Carolina Film Festival and won the Board of Director's Award. In March it screened at the Haida Gwaii Film Festival. In April it screened at the New Vision Int. Film Festival, as well as the WorldFest Houston, where it was awarded a Gold Remi. And in June it will be screening at the Hoboken Int. Film Festival just outside New York.
What a lovely night we had!
DANCING IN CIRCLES screened at the London Welsh Centre on Saint Dwynwen's Day (the Welsh Valentine's Day) to a full house.
Take a look at the event below.
Dancing in Circles had a great run in India.
In November it picked up BEST FILM at the Delhi Shorts Int. Film Festival and in December I was awarded BEST DIRECTOR at the Mumbai Shorts Int. Film Festival.
Let's keep them coming!
Dancing in Circles will be screening at the Delhi Shorts International Film Festival in India on the 1st of November 2015 - fingers crossed for one of their exciting awards!
I'm so proud and excited to announce that Dancing in Circles has won the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Short Film!!! This is an incredible honour and the whole team is ecstatic.
Our film is about celebrating women, and this award is in recognition of the talented women who worked on this project. And of course, an equal thank you goes to the actors and men on the crew. We are a team and we did this together!
We would like to thank everyone who has been supporting us this past year, and a particular thank you to LAND TIROL and STADT INNSBRUCK for helping us fund this beautiful story.
I'm very proud to announce that Dancing in Circles has been nominated for a BAFTA Cymru Award in the short film category. I'll be attending the award ceremony with co-writer Iddon Jones on the 27th of September - please keep your fingers crossed for us!
It's been a while - but DANCING IN CIRCLES is coming back to Wales!
Our beautiful film will open the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival on the 12th of May 2015. The screening is at 11am at the Stradey Park Hotel in Llanelli.
I'll be in town for the screening and am looking forward to the Q&A, hearing new opinions about the film and meeting fellow filmmakers. Come and say hello if you're around! I'm most likely wearing very pink trainers so you can't miss me :)