Our latest short film, The Bicycle Thief will have it’s World Premiere at the prestigious Mill Valley Film Festival outside San Francisco on October 6th, 2018 as part of their Mind The Gap Programme. Shot over two days in April 2018 by a production team that was over 70% female, we’re incredibl proud to be included in the programme, and look forward to presenting the film to our first audiences at this amazing festival.
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The script for a new short film by Kerry Skinner and Stewart Alexander called, The Bicycle Thief has been chosen for Directors UK’s ALEXA Challenge 2018.
Full details of the competition can be found here: https://directors.uk.com/news/challenge-alexa-2018/ but the gist is that Park Bench Pictures will recieve an incredible amount of support from both Directors UK and Arri, including the most sought-after camera on the market – the Arri ALEXA, anamorphic lenses and other state of the art equipment – free of charge. The film has to be shot in just two days by April 5th, 2018 and completed within a month afterwards. Kerry and Stewart are currently putting a crew together, and planning the production. More news to follow as we progress to our next prodution.
The WFTV Mentoring Scheme is a programme designed for women who have more than five years’ experience working in film, TV or digital production and are looking to take a significant step in their career.
The scheme runs for six months, during which time participants receive six hours of mentoring contact with an experienced industry figure and an intensive programme of exclusive seminars, training workshops and networking opportunities.
On Thursday May 19th at 10pm, ‘Common People’ will have it’s UK television Premiere on London Live as part of their Independent Film Season. It will continue to play throughout June. You’ll find it on Freeview 8 – Sky 117 – Virgin 159 – You View 8
The Producers Network hosts more than 500 producers from around the world for a series of meetings and unique events specifically designed to stimulate international co-production and optimize networking.
During this week, with a different program each day, they are given opportunities to meet the potential partners that will move their projects forward: co-producers, sales agents, distributors, financiers…
Kerry Skinner shared her experience of making a micro-budget feature film, and getting a nationwide UK release as part of Stage 32’s Crowdsourcing panel at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival in London.
You can see the tweet yourselves, and even retweet it here: https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/563736502128345088
After seeing Common People as part of their BAFTA campaign, BAFTA member, and ceremony host, Stephen Fry has given the film his seal of approval with a glowing recommendation.
Fraking Films also Blogged about it here: https://goo.gl/mtF7ui
Common People has been chosen as one of the Top Ten films of the year by Fraking Films. You can read the whole list, and see why they chose Common People here:
Following a successful nationwide cinema release Common People is eligible for BAFTA nominations.
The film was screened for voters at BAFTA Piccadilly followed by a Q&A hosted by Phil Willmott with Co-Directors Kerry Skinner and Stewart Alexander, Composer Tom Hodge, and actresses Diana Payan and Eleanor Fanyinka.