After more than 12 months on the festival circuit, it’s time to let the film run free! And the big reason is – we got into the AFI/AACTA Social Shorts Awards!
Our film The Morning After will shortly be screening online as a part of AACTA’s #SocialShorts presented by MINI online short film competition and we need your vote!
The film will be available to view (and vote on!) from 9am on Monday 15 July through to 28th July. I’ll update this post with the link on Monday.
The idea is, you click the ‘like’ button next to the film’s title on the website, and thereby cast your vote for your favourite short film in each category (drama, comedy, open – we’re DRAMA). You then enter the draw to win a double pass to the 2019 AACTA Awards Ceremony and Official After Party. Obvs people outside Australia won’t be flying in just for this – but please do view and vote anyway, if you like the film? TA!]]>
“The Morning After” was an Official Selection and screened at this festival in its inaugural session on September 7. Unfortunately I was in the US at the time and couldn’t attend, but geez that Portugese coast looks nice!
This is another festival in its very first year, and again we were thrilled to be screened in Motor City! “The Morning After” screened on Saturday September 15 in the Thrillers section. I was in Long Beach at the time with another festival, but the organisers were so communicative, even offering discounted accommodation, and the event SOLD OUT! So yes, this is definitely one I’ll be submitting my next short film into – and any female filmmakers reading this should too!
This festival has been going for 6 years, in Long Beach California, where a lot of Khmer people (as well as Vietnamese and Lao) settled in the aftermath of the Pol Pot regime. I attended this one, and was welcomed with open arms by organisers and volunteers. I loved Long Beach the place as well! Full of palm trees, much more chilled than LA, but still with cool shops and eateries, beaches, sea breezes and blue skies
On Saturday September 15 We heard a very moving address by Ellen Wong (Knives in Scott Pilgrim vs the World) on identity and sense of place, and then were graced with the appearance of Angelina Jolie! Ellen is on the festival committee now, and Angelina is a friend to the community, and may well attend each year (but you didn’t hear it from me). We screened in the morning block after the introductory addresses. Again, I recommend it to anyone in LA – it makes a great weekend getaway, and you’ll catch some great shorts, documentaries and features.
The Morning After was a semi-finalist at this Ontario, Canada festival, which took place on September 22 and 23.
And finally, it’s worth mentioning that the script for “The Morning After” has also done really well in the few script competitions I entered it into, especially – TA DAAAA!
This is one of the biggest screenwriting awards in the world (along with the Nicholl, Austin, BlueCat etc) and each month we’ve been getting closer. First we made it through to the quarter-finals, then the semi-finals, and now we are down to the Top 10 Finalists in the Shorts category. On October 15 the winners will be declared, and some writers’ lives will be changed forever!]]>
The Morning After was made an Official Selection at the 2018 Cambodia International Screen Festival, which took place in the nation’s capital, Phnom Penh – and screened, not once, but twice!
It screened in the Cambodia in Short section – seeing as how it was entirely filmed in Siem Reap! On March 7th it screened at Koh Pich, and on Sat 10th it screened at the Prime Cineplex, Sovanna, after which we had a Q&A. I also had a few young khmer filmmakers up afterwards to discuss.
The audience, mostly young khmers, laughed quite a bit, especially earlier, where my protagonist Dave is stuck out in the wilds of a rice paddy field, with nothing but his shorts, with empty pockets. There’d be a flash of memory, then back to him in the middle of nowhere, and they’d laugh their arses off. A great sense of the ridiculous, I think. Totally different to western audience response, though.
I saw a bunch of great short films and some docos (although I missed a lot too!). One feature I have to rave about is Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts, an Indonesian feminist western by Mouly Surya, who studied writing and film in Australia. If it comes to your town, go see it!
ONIROS FILM AWARDS – Official Selection, and Best Mystery/Thriller finalist. It’s a quarterly award, so will go up against other finalists next year.
GENRE CELEBRATION FESTIVAL (Round 4) – Official Selection; was nominated for Best Drama Short, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing. Won Best Director!
CREATION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, (Autumn session) – Official Selection; won Best Produced Screenplay and Best First Time Director (but I have to be honest, I was under the tutelage of Sean Cousins).
BLOODSTAINED INDIE FILM FESTIVAL – Official Selection.
LOST SANITY SCI-FI & HORROR FILM FESTIVAL – Official Selection.
PARIS PLAY FILM FESTIVAL – Official Selection.
CANADA SHORTS – Official Selection; Award of Excellence.
WORLDWIDE WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (AZ) – Official Selection.
A NIGHT OF HORROR FILM FESTIVAL – Official Selection and screened 29 November, 2017.
Thank you to all the festivals who selected our film! Hoping to travel next year to some festivals round the world, so fingers crossed for some more selections and finalist awards.]]>
Hopefully, we can soon start listing festivals where it can be seen. Fingers crossed!
And now – TIME FOR COCKTAILS!!!
I was in the UK, and did have a big Chrissie roast on the day…but the next day was striking out for the wilds of Basildon, Essex, to go meet an editor to work his magic on a trailer for the film. The editor was Aaron Shrimpton, of New Waverley Studios, and he’s done work for the Guardian, Chanel, Fat Boy Slim and Madness, as well as docos and shorts.
We didn’t want to tell the whole story as such, but give a suspenseful feel so audiences would know the tone and genre of the film, as well as showcasing some of the most beautiful images. We used two different pieces of music, one quite uplifting to complement the love story aspects of the film, while maintaining that Khmer feel, and the other broody and suspenseful to kick off the mystery aspect. The former is “Mondulkiri” from the Cambodian Space Project; the latter “Wild Cambodian Jungle Girl Found” by Ricky Rabbit (from Free Music Archive).
And so, the next step is to get the whole short film edited, colour graded, sound-mixed etc, ready for film festival entries.
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Down the line, when I began to question if it was possible to be rewritten as a short film and actually made somewhere, I began to think of budget locations I could use to simulate an asian rice paddy field.
Somewhere in Cairns might be tropical enough, but do they grow rice there? Yes, but differently – not wet paddies. How about Bali? I’d never been to Ubud/central Bali where the paddy fields are, but suspected it would end up being not very budget to get cast & crew there.
In the end, it wasn’t as “budget” as I’d have liked, getting cast and crew to Siem Reap – but I stumbled on an ingenious plan to make it much cheaper than it otherwise would’ve been. This involved the discovery of “Filmmaker Abroad” – but if you’d like to read more about how I got it all organised, please read the post on The Morning After short film, from my Trashtastika blog.
Anyway, this is a pic from our recce day (checking out the location that our on-the-ground fixers had arranged for us). Ticketty-boo!
I’m not sure if those magnificent cows will end up in the final cut, but we sure filmed them. More than once we had to leap out of the way with our gear, to let the enormous creatures through. More on production problems resulting from using a wet rice paddy field to come in another blog post too]]>