Bristol gets the thumbs up from London filmmakers
London filmmakers from production company, The Electric Shadow Company, have been singing the praises of Bristol's locations, facilities and cost-effectiveness. The company based and filmed here in April whilst they were shooting their first feature film, The Fold. By all accounts, they thoroughly enjoyed their experience of filming here and found that they were able to make substantial cost-savings whilst still having access to the eye-catching locations and world-class facilities that Bristol has to offer. Click here to read Bristol Business News' article all about it.
We look forward to bringing you some behind the scenes footage and interviews about The Fold when it is released next month. For more information about The Fold and the Electric Shadow Company follow the link below:
Bristol Film Selected for Edinburgh Film Festival
We are very pleased to announce that the Bristol iFeatures film, Flying Blind, is to have its world premiere at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival. Flying Blind was shot at a number of locations across Bristol, including the Downs, The Paragon in Clifton, and Corn Street in the city centre and was funded as part of Creative England's low-budget feature film initiative, iFeatures. Billed as a ‘passionate post 9/11 love story’, the film, which premieres on June 24, is shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Powell Award for the Best New British Feature Film. It's really exciting news for all involved and we look forward to hearing how the film is received at the festival.
Flying Blind filming in Clifton. Picture courtesy of Creative England.
Bristol Encounters 0117 Challenge Winners are announced!
This year's 0117 Film Challenge proved to be another great success. Teams of filmmakers from across the city took to the city's locations to create an imaginative mix of short films, all inspired by the 2012 Olympic Games. To mark the end of the competition a gala event was held on 25th May at M-Shed and a jury of experts including Dave Sproxton, co-founder of Aardman Animations and Col Needham, founder and CEO of IMDB, convened to judge the films and decide on a winner. After a lot of deliberating, the jury decided that Wind by the Bearded Gnomes team should be crowned this year's winning film. All of the submitted films are now available to view on Youtube:
Production in Bristol gets off to a flying start
April has seen the arrival of some exciting productions to Bristol and indications are that 2012 will be a bumper year for production in the city. The feature film, Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box (E-Motion Pictures), starring Sam Neill and Michael Sheen has begun prep and is basing at The Bottle Yard before filming begins next month. We're really excited to have such a major production working in the city and look forward to seeing how Bristol is transformed into Victorian London for the film.
We're also hosting another feature film, The Fold (The Electric Shadow Company), starring Catherine McCormack (Braveheart, 28 Weeks Later) and Dakota Blue Richards (The Golden Compass). It's the feature debut for the award-winning director John Jencks and tells the story of a priest who befriends a migrant worker. Through the Bristol Filming Partnership, BFO have helped arrange accommodation and facilities for the production. We've also helped to set-up some traineeships for the production. It's another great project to have in Bristol.
This month also sees the arrival of the BBC production, The Best of Men (Whitby Davison Productions), which tells the story of Dr Ludwig Guttman, founder of the Paralympic Games and a second series of the Sky comedy series, Trollied (Roughcut TV), based at The Bottle Yard.