Paul Ashton in Film & TV


Creative England Short Films Win Big Abroad and At Home

Creative England supported shorts ‘Emotional Fusebox’ and ‘Billy The Kid’ beat out the competition to take home awards at This is England Film Festival in Rouen and Aesthetica Short Film Festival in Yorkshire this weekend.

‘Emotional Fusebox’, directed by Yorkshire-born filmmaker Rachel Tunnard and produced by Michael Berliner, won the Jury Prize for Best Fiction at This is England Film Festival, fighting off the BIFA winning and BAFTA nominated ‘The Karmen Line’ and BAFTA nominated ‘Three Brothers’. The short stars ‘Broadchurch’ actress Jodie Whittaker as a young woman who finds solace following the death of her twin brother by making home videos featuring her thumbs as characters. 

Creative England supported ‘Emotional Fusebox’ as part of BFI NET.WORK, and the film was a pilot for Tunnard’s debut feature ‘Adult Life Skills’ (previously titled ‘How To Live Yours’), which also stars Whittaker and has been financed by Creative England. The short has previously won the British Short Audience award at the British Short Film Festival in Berlin and was nominated in the Best Short Film category at the 2015 BAFTAs and the 2014 BIFAs. 

‘Billy the Kid’ won the York Youth Award at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, marking the second year running that an iShort funded film has won in that category. The short was directed by Sam Johnson and produced through Creative England’s iShorts scheme for new filmmakers.  The York Youth Award is run in collaboration with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and aims to introduce young people to independent cinema. In 2014, Phil Drinkwater and Tim Woodall’s iShort ‘How To Disappear Completely’ won the same award and was re-screened at this year’s festival to celebrate the event’s fifth birthday. Take a look behind the scenes of 'Billy the Kid' below:

“We’re over the moon that our BFI NET.WORK shorts are doing so well,” explained Creative England’s Senior Film Executive Paul Ashton. “’Emotional Fusebox’ continues to warm the hearts of audiences and juries around the world – which bodes brilliantly for Rachel’s debut feature when it releases in 2016. 

“Also, for the second year running a charming, uplifting and fun iShort has grabbed an audience award at Aesthetica – which says a huge amount not just about what future audiences respond to, but also what our hugely talented filmmakers can deliver.” 

Creative England’s iShorts and iFeatures will re-open for applications next year. Follow our Film Team on Twitter to hear about their latest opportunities first.

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