I have been participating in the events of the first edition of Manchester Film Festival because for the obvious (and good!) reason. Nevertheless, I found all the short film festivals both: compulsory and inspiring for the young filmmaker as myself.
On Friday, during the opening gala, the multi-award winning director Mark Gutteridge hosted a masterclass, talking about his experience and the way of getting very close to start shooting his first feature. However, in this post I’m going to focus on the films that impressed me the most. Both of the Gutteridge’s shorts he showed to the audience confirmed the old truth - the simplest ideas are the most beautiful.
So here is the list of the films you should check out! Made by all kind of the passionate filmmakers:
“Dawid and Dominik” by Andy Salamonczyk and “The Phonebox” by Ian Robertson. Two clever and sweet (or bitter-sweet) comedy with a bit of dramatic, sad tension. Mostly funny though, some great lines included. Who doesn’t like when films make you laugh?
I’d say that all the shorts nominated for BAFTA, which I had pleasure watched today are worth checking! I especially love the winner - “Pitch Black Heist” by John Maclean with Michael Fassbender and Alexander McQueen. Great story of two thieves getting ready for some big action. Simple warning - never make friends with people you make bussiness with.
Then, there are some good titles from Short Film Category:
Especially: “Zombie Musical” by Ryan Mchenry - an interesting pastiche, oddly, but in a sarcastic way, close to High School Musical. Pleasent (despite violence and blood in a real Robert Rodriguez style) to watch, quite amusing.
“The Bride of Vernon” by Calvin Dyson - funny and original story based on simple and old idea of doctor Frankestein and his experiment.
“Gin&Dry” by Oscar Piewes - the sweet, nostalgic and funny story of the residents of the rest home. The real mosaic of individuals - different memories, old habits, personalities. Great, inspiring film - as a piece of art and a life knowledge.
I am looking forward to tomorrow screenings, hopefully the more good stuff is coming!
Meantime - watch this film if you haven’t seen it already! :)