Director – Hamish Robertson (HIDEOUS)

5079861cf4 headshot

Director Statement

Though I have worked on various short films at college and university, I was aware that making an ambitious short, such as Hideous, would be a considerable jump. Despite the films relatively modest setting of a flower shop, there were still inevitable complications in finding legal areas of Glasgow to film in, undertaking the correct legal procedures to safely film with firearms, managing large groups of extras and even securing the perfect florist that would, not only meet the criteria aesthetically, but also shelter a cast and crew of over ten people. Everyone is praying that you’ll be able to manage it all without having a mental breakdown, including yourself. It’s funny how you want your film to be this completely mind blowing experience for audiences, and on set it becomes that, but for all the wrong reasons. You learn very quickly that you have to get your shot in the can and move on to the next one and that there is no time to linger on perfectionist details. You just pray that it won’t turn out garbage and sometimes you’re pleasantly surprised. I had a completely exhilarating experience on this project and with each film I remember why I love the medium so much.

Director Biography – Itamar Isaak (A NIGHT WITHOUT)

116a47fcba headshot

Graduated from Bezalel academy for arts and design in animation department in 2017. A freelance musician and animator.

Director Statement

Inspired by the short story “Sleepy” by Anton chekhov, this short film deals with the process of going insane and the awakening of a man’s inner demons.

Director Biography – Paola Bernardini, Wayland Bell (SOLITAIRE)

8c05a5dfb5 headshot

Paola is an Italian Director and Producer based in New York. She holds a BFA in Film from the School of Visual Arts. During her stay in New York she obtained experience in film, commercial and theater productions.

Paola was awarded numerous awards including one from the New York Women in Film and Television, screened at over 20 film festivals and received an international distribution deal for her Italian short film “Citta’ dei Sogni” (City of Dreams)

She is fluent in Italian, French and English and will continue her filmmaking journey around the world.

Director Statement

To make a film it takes a team, this film had a team of two. The reason Solitaire was created by only two people was our craving to tell a story in a way that would challenge us as filmmakers.

This is the first time anyone has shot a film at the Italian Embassy in Brazil. The opportunity was too good to pass up, so Wayland Bell and myself packed our bags and went to Brazil.
The story was created in the moment, inspired by the Embassy and shot without a crew.

The Embassy is famous for its renowned engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. In his time, he was the rockstar of architecture, creating works all over the world, such as the Papal Audience Hall in the Vatican and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The structure Nervi had created is a magical but also dark and lonely place, we wanted it to overwhelm the story, therefore becoming a character itself. What would happen to someone who lived completely isolated in this empty mansion? We took that idea and exaggerated it.

Solitaire is dark comedy about a young woman that has shut herself in her mansion from all human interaction. She welcomes into her house a young man who wishes to work on her property as a groundskeeper. This man is the perfect excuse for her to have some companionship. She quickly becomes overly attached to him and the story takes a surreal magical turn when he tries to leave the estate.
I wanted the film to have a suspenseful tone, full of funny and awkward moments. I hope the viewer enjoys these fun moments in a film about friendship and loneliness.

– Paola Bernardini

Director Biography – Alejandro Cabrera (THE SLEEP OF RIGHTEOUS)

B334d67297 headshot

Alejandro Cabrera, Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Seville, is a Spanish filmmaker based in Mexico where he currently freelances as a reader and script-doctor. He also collaborates with the prestigious Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (Mexico) where he teaches workshops on Screenwriting and Film Grammar.

As a filmgoer he loves all film genres, but as a filmmaker he is often drawn to Crime Dramas and Thrillers of every kind.

Director Statement

From the beginning “The Sleep of the Righteous” was thought as a genre film. However, the underlying issue comes from a very real everyday drama in Mexico: the high rate of crime impunity and the widespread sense of defenselessness of citizens before criminals due to the lack of sufficient judges and police officers. All that combined with a generalized distrust in the authorities seemed to me fertile ground for the emergence of acts of frontier justice, with the inherent perils that this could entail.

Director BIO: John Gray (THE DESECRATED)

Fa6e2598cf headshot

John Gray is a New York based writer-director. He created the long running hit CBS series GHOST WHISPERER, as well as writing and directing many award winning and critically acclaimed movies for television, such as MARTIN AND LEWIS, starring Sean Hayes and Jeremy Northam, A PLACE FOR ANNIE with Sissy Spacek, HAVEN with Natasha Richardson and Anne Bancroft, and many others. He has also written and directed several studio and independent features, including the award winning WHITE IRISH DRINKERS, starring Stephen Lang and Karren Allen, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Ratings

Director Biography – Jasper Bronkhorst (BLOODBURN)

19973f785b headshot

Went from journalism and photography to many other jobs and experiences, like running a nightclub and owning a restaurant, all the way up to the moment that I felt I was punched enough in the face by life to even consider going into cinema.

 

Director Statement

 

“When we go to a play we expect a heightened, stylized language; the dull realism of the streets is unendurably boring, though we may escape to the nearest bar to listen to the same language with relief. Better life than art imitating life.”

– Pauline Kael, Trash, Art and the Movies.

Director Biography – Robbie Lemieux (THE WOODS)

B19a51e87a headshot

Robbie is a film and video producer and director based in New York City. Robbie studied Film & Television at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and graduated in 2015. He produces fashion/lifestyle videos and television programming for Videofashion – the world’s longest-running fashion-focused production company. He also produces short films and music videos.
Robbie has written and directed a number of short films. “The Woods” premiered at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival on October 13th, and is a proof-of-concept for a feature horror film of the same name, which is currently in the fundraising stage.

 

Director Statement
“The Woods” is both a standalone short, and a proof-of-concept/teaser for a feature film, which is currently in development.

In this short horror film, a mother is thrust into a nightmare scenario after witnessing her daughter wander off into the forest with a strange man. The film takes place during the day, intentionally. There’s no stylized lighting or creepy locations. Through the cinematography and design, the space was made to feel familiar and peaceful, and my hope was that this false sense of security would make the horror that ensues all the more terrifying.

The short film borrows thematic and stylistic ideas from the feature film, which is more character-driven and focuses on a divorced couple who — while vacationing at an isolated cabin retreat — struggle to save their children from an unknown fate after an inexplicable evil lures them into the woods. It’s a film about how fear can bring out the worst in people, specifically the fear of the unknown — the sort of fear that comes from seeing a loved one wander into the woods toward and unknown fate, and not understanding why they did it, what’s out there, or why you’ve been left behind.