Over the last 5 years there have been 25 Academy Award nominees in the Live Action Short category, whilst some of the nominees and winners were female producers, only two of them have been female directors and neither won. Perhaps this year that could change as these magnificent films enter the Oscar race! With subjects from body shaming, to female abduction and dementia, these films … Continue reading Could a female director win an Academy Award in 2020?
As the sun rises on Dunyas Day, all hell breaks loose. The help have abandoned her elaborate graduation party and she and two loyal friends are forced, or rather forced by Dunya, to prepare for the celebrations alone. Director Raed Alsemari takes a lighthearted jab at the Saudi Arabian upper class with this dark comedy. As the day spirals into a socialites nightmare Dunya’s deepest … Continue reading FILM REVIEW – Dunya’s Day – A socialite’s nightmare is revealed in this dark comedy
Based on true stories, Sin Cielo pulls back the curtain on an epidemic of abduction and sex trafficking of women in Mexico. Director Jianna Maarten illustrates a story of innocent love with captivating watercolor skies, beneath which lays town haunted by its missing girls and guarded by an ominous militia. As youngsters Memo (David Gurrola) and Delia (David Gurrola) navigate the courtship of a first crush, … Continue reading FILM REVIEW – Sin Cielo – A breathtaking film with an important message
Marisa Crespo and Moisés Romera’s suspenseful short film 9 steps shares the story of a man who tries to teach his young son a lesson about masculinity, leading to an unforeseeable result. 9 steps has won over 130 film awards and has been selected to screen at over 300 prestigious film festivals. The film’s awards include Best Short Film Award at Festival Internacional de Cine de Lebu and it was nominated for … Continue reading Marisa Crespo and Moisés Romera’s Spanish thriller ‘9 steps (9 Pasos)’ achieves international recognition after winning over 130 Awards and being nominated for the Best Fiction Short Film Goya Award
Yuchao Feng’s Pearl has only just begun its festival run and has already been selected for five high profile film festivals around the world. Pearl is based on a true story of a mother who is forced to choose to abandon either her son or daughter. In a desolate Chinese fishing village, a poor single mother feels forced to abandon one of her children for … Continue reading Yuchao Feng’s Award-winning short Pearl touches on child abandonment