Connie makes top 10 shorts of 2016 list!

Just as 2016 draws to a close, I was thrilled to discover the great news that Connie has made From Dusk Till Con’s top 10 shorts of 2016 list! This is a wonderful way to cap off 2016 following lovely reviews from SciFiNow, Starburst, SFX and HorrorTalk, and flurry of festivals and award nominations the film has had in just four short months since its Horror Channel FrightFest premiere in London back in August.

My short is in great company, standing shoulder to shoulder with a number of stablemates from the festival circuit this year including The Stylist, Mauvaises Tetes and The Babysitter Murders. I love these shorts and it’s great to party with them in this way. I can hear the old Top of the Pops chart rundown music in my head now… To see where Connie placed, head to the FDTC page. Thanks to them for the support!

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It’s also great to make the list as FDTC have recognised their top 10 features, too. And they’ve GREAT taste, picking some of my own personal highlights of 2016 – Nina Forever, Green Room and The Greasy Strangler. Speaking of which… Santa was very good to me and delivered me the official merch beanie that I’ve been hunting down for several months. (Santa = actually my top notch buddy).

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I’ll do a little highlights of the year post, but for now, stay strong, be lovely, be happy, be creative, Happy New Year and peace out.

 

Connie in SFX magazine! January 2017 edition – print and digital out now!

More celebration for Connie! The little felt-mouthed hellion has made an impression on the lovely folks at SFX magazine!

Connie is featured in the glorious SFX January 2017 edition, issue number 281. It’s out in print (extract below) and digital formats, and available from all good newsagents and via this link. If you aren’t tempted enough by the recommendation and picture of Connie alone, then you may well be swayed when you find out it’s a bumper Star Wars: Rogue One edition. It’s a real feast for a fan, which is likely why it’s flying off shelves as I type! Go get!

Seeing this in print has really knocked my socks off and reminds me that my short film has come a very long way. It’s a big achievement for a short film to get this kind of a mention, so massive congrats to my team. We’ve all earned it. Many thanks to SFX for the support.

Connie nominated for Best Screenplay (Short) by Nightmares Film Festival!

I’ve had the INCREDIBLE news that  Connie has been nominated for an award – Best Screenplay (Short) – by the lovely folks at Nightmares Film Festival, Ohio, US.

I’ve spent most of the morning staring at the shortlist in disbelief and drinking far too much coffee to celebrate. I’m particularly thrilled with this one as it’s a personal nomination and it’s staggering to get this kind of recognition for my writing. Especially for a script that’s so complex and involved months of research and character development.

Thank you so, so much to Nightmares for this nomination. I’m really honoured, and the fellow nominees are quite intimidating to say the least! I’ll be doing cartwheels all month!

Connie’s North American Premiere at Nightmares is this Thursday, as part of the Horror Comedy shorts block from 10pm to midnight. Festival passes, VIP All Access Passes and single screening tickets all available here.

Thank you, thank you. *Bows humbly*

#BetterHorror  #NFF16

 

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Connie’s Mexican and Canadian Premieres, and KEEN-wah’s North American Premiere!

It’s been less than two months since the World Premiere at Horror Channel FrightFest, and Connie has bagged seven festival screenings and is nominated for several awards. I’m overwhelmed by how well it’s performing and am now delighted to announce our fantastic Canadian and Mexican Premieres!

First, Connie’s Canadian Premiere will be at Camp Horrors CREEPFEST Film Festival in Ontario, which takes place from 28th to 30th October. Sponsors include Scream magazine, and it promises to be a real treat, screening shorts and features, with a horror art gallery, after parties, costume contest and  more! Screening day and time to be confirmed.

NOTE: Dates and location for Creepfest have moved:

CANADIAN PREMIERE: CAMP HORRORS CREEPFEST FILM FESTIVAL25th – 26th March 2017, The Rainbow Theatre, Toronto, Canada

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Second, the Mexican Premiere is at Morbido Film Fest, Mexico City, which runs from 2nd to 6th November. Connie screens as part of their THE DEVIL IS NOT HOW YOU IMAGINED, programme: Leave pre established ideas outside. Here nothing is what it seems. These are 8 short films that will teach you not to trust appearances! Screening day and time to be confirmed.

The full programme of international short films is very impressive and I’m proud to be included as part of such an esteemed list, which includes The Puppet Man, The Stylist, Dawn of the Deaf, Death Metal, The Itching and The Procedure. Check it out here!

There are also fine arts exhibitions, plays, thematic lectures, book presentations, concerts, and even a traditional Mexican wrestling match!  All that and a whole lot of sunshine.

We had a lot of fun adding the subtitles to the film and we’ve expanded our vocabulary with lots of Mexican swear words!

Connie ha sido seleccionada para el Festival de Cine Morbido en el maravilloso ¡México! está emocionadísima ¡esperamos que estén listos!

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awff2016-laurel-black-transparentFinally, my previous short film, KEEN-wah will have its North American Premiere at Ax Wound Film Festival in Vermont on 5th November! Lovely to see that KEEN-wah is still finding its audience around the world long after Gary and Suzanne’s first date… Especially as Ax Wound is quite possibly the best film festival name ever. Very witty. Connie will also be playing at Ax Wound, so I’m doubly thrilled.

Ax Wound have a range of great sponsors, including legendary horror magazine Fangoria, Twisted Twin Productions (the amazing Jen and Sylvia Soska) and horror on demand service, Shudder (which I LOVE, by the way).

I’m off now to go and pinch myself!

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Connie North American premiere -Nightmares Film Festival, and Crystal Palace International Festival inclusion

I’m chuffed to say that we’ve had news of more festival acceptances for Connie, two of which I can share below, though others are currently under wraps! Very exciting. Ssssh…

First, Connie will be screened as part of Nightmares Film Festival, a top international film festival dedicated to the horrific, the dreadful and the weird – perfect for little miss puppet. The festival takes place from 20th – 23rd October in Columbus, Ohio, at the world-renowned Gateway Film Center, named one of the top twenty art houses on the continent by Sundance. This is currently set to be our North American premiere!

Connie will be screened alongside some of the very best features and shorts from around the world, including my recent FrightFest stablemates from August, The Stylist by Jill Gevargizian, Gwilliam by Brian Lonano and The Babysitter Murders by Ryan Spindell, so Connie will be in great company! Precise day/time of screening is to be announced.

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Then on Friday 18th November, she’ll have her second London outing as part of the eighth annual Crystal Palace International Film Festival. Following the success of KEEN-wah at the festival last year, this is sure to be a real treat. The festival has a great vibe, with themed nights and is one of the coolest I’ve been to in years. It runs from 29th October – 19th November at several venues in South East London. You can buy tickets for our screening on 18th November here.

I’m really thrilled that Connie is finding its audience and that people will get to see Catrin Stewart’s powerhouse performance as both Dolly and Connie. She’s truly mesmerising.

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Connie in post-production and KEEN-wah to have US premiere in New York!

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It’s been a manic couple of weeks juggling numerous creative projects all at different stages. I did get some time to party at the BAFTA TV Awards and enjoy some red carpet glamour and champagne, but I’ve been really focused on bringing my latest short film, Connie, to life. A comedy horror about a withdrawn, reclusive female wannabe ventriloquist and her loud-mouthed sidekick, it’s a story that I just had to tell and this week – WE WRAPPED. After an intense two-day shoot, plus some extra special interviews, I was exhausted and emotional, but it was all worth it.

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Your name in lights, kid Pic: Cat Davies, Connie, 2016
This strong female story is full of heart, horror and a foul-mouthed puppet. I am the writer and director, and I co-produced the film with my partner, and now business partner from Moranic Productions, James Moran, who is also our editor.

 It was a fantastic team effort – I was blessed with a really fantastic, creative crew. But, I was really blessed when it came to my on-screen talent. Both my leading female characters are played by one incredible actress, the lovely Catrin Stewart (Doctor Who, Stella), who had to play two characters – one being a puppet – often at the same time. I don’t know how she did it, but she was magical.The film is now in post-production, but much, much more to follow on that over the coming months…

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Diva Las Vegas Pic: Cat Davies, Connie, 2016
In other news, I heard this week that my previous short KEEN-wah will be screened at the Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Festival in New York in the late summer or early fall at an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. This could well be the film’s US premiere! Iron Mule has been operating for more than a decade now and showcased early work from celebrated filmmakers and comedians such as Stephen Colbert, Seth MacFarlane, Lena Dunham, Aziz Ansari, and Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Galzer. So I feel rather honoured! More details on that to follow.

For now, a damn good rest is in order. And the puppets can have a sleep, too.