FILM REVIEW – Dunya’s Day – A socialite’s nightmare is revealed in this dark comedy

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

FILM REVIEW – Debris – A raw and powerful glimpse into the US migrant crisis

If you own a TV, smartphone or have any access to global news then there’s no doubt you’re aware of the current US Mexico border crisis. This is where director Julio O. Ramos positions his story in the film Debris, with trafficked migrant workers in America allocated to the construction of family homes. Site boss Armando is responsible for his workers and when one of … Continue reading FILM REVIEW – Debris – A raw and powerful glimpse into the US migrant crisis

FILM REVIEW – Sin Cielo – A breathtaking film with an important message

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

Director Carlota Pereda “I am the mother of a young girl and I don’t like the world she’s going to have to grow up in”

We caught up with Carlota Pereda the director of the Oscar-qualified film Piggy to talk more about her work, bullying and body shaming. Cerdita-Teaser (Piggy) Short Film from Carlota Pereda on Vimeo.   Carlota Pereda’s body shaming film ‘Piggy’ achieves over fifty international film accolades including the high profile Oscar-qualifying Goya Award Cerdita (Piggy) shares the story of a teen who is bullied for her weight, this … Continue reading Director Carlota Pereda “I am the mother of a young girl and I don’t like the world she’s going to have to grow up in”

2019 Live Action Short Film Oscar Predictions

This year the heat has really been turned up for the live action short films that are being considered for the 2019 Academy Awards. Many strong international films are being placed firmly in the mix. Here are the films we predict will make the Oscar shortlist, which is being announced this year on December the 17th. All These Creatures All These Creatures – Trailer from Charles … Continue reading 2019 Live Action Short Film Oscar Predictions

Henry Liu’s heartfelt drama Release selected for LA Shorts International Film Festival

Award winning director Henry Liu’s latest film shares the story of a mother who is struggling to raise her child and is forced to consider giving him up. Just at the beginning of its festival run this wonderful film has already been selected for high profile film festivals including Palm Springs International ShortFest and LA Shorts International Film Festival. Release stars Taiwanese actress Josephine A. Blankstein (Yi … Continue reading Henry Liu’s heartfelt drama Release selected for LA Shorts International Film Festival

Oscar hopeful ‘Rise of a Star’ delivers a message of hope for women

Naissance d’une étoile (Rise of a star), directed by James Bort in 2017, has been voted by the Academy to join the Oscar race and has been selected for the Live Action Short Film shortlist, beating more than one hundred and fifty films. This wonderful film features the iconic Oscar nominated actress Catherine Deneuve, who stars as Mill Jean and inspires the main character Emma … Continue reading Oscar hopeful ‘Rise of a Star’ delivers a message of hope for women