That is all.
Update: That actually was all. Another year, another semi-final.
I’ve been tardy…very tardy. Actually I’ve been grieving, but let’s not go there.
So, apart from the obvious negative, here’s some positive stuff that’s been happening…
Office Romance 2.0 won the Jury Award for Best Short Film at the United Film Festival – San Francisco.
It also got into the San Diego Film Festival and the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.
The Sleeper is in the quarter finals of the Screenwriting Goldmine competition (along with about 120 others).
It’s also been longlisted for the micro-budget film development programme, lo-fi, supported by Screen Academy Scotland, BBC Scotland, Matador Pictures and Creative Scotland.
The Weird World of M.R. James also reached the quarter finals of the Screenwriting Goldmine competition, thus doubling my chances of disappointment.
It got a very encouraging read through (and feedback) from the BBC Writersroom.
But that’s enough about me…what you been up to?
Pah! Who wants to go off galavanting to film festivals in Nevada, L.A. (twice), New York, Toronto, Manlleu (that’s in Spain), London and Tokyo to see Office Romance 2.0 when you can just pop along to The Granary at 1930 on Saturday 9th June, pay £4 (£3 concession), and see it at the Edinburgh Short Film Festival instead?
There’s much less chance of your bus getting blown out of the sky by terrorists.
Fuck that! Look how shiny our new award is!!!
Hooray! Another short film what I wrote is fit and well and about to be unleashed upon the world.
Pitched on Shooting People back in March 2010 and produced by those lovely people at Curve Films, In The Bleak Midsummer is a mockumentary about David Royal, the man who loves Christmas so much he’s celebrated it every day for the past two and a half years.
It is so funny I personally guarantee you will pee your pants*.
*This statement in no way forms a legally binding contract. You probably won’t pee your pants.
Office Romance 2.0 will be showing at the following film festivals…
Newport Beach Film Festival 2012, Newport Beach, USA. April 26th-May 3rd 2012
Bootleg Film Festival 2012, Toronto, Canada. May 10th-12th 2012
Manlleu Film Festival 2012, Spain. May 29th-June 3rd 2012
Short Shorts & Asia Film Festival 2012, Tokyo, Japan. June 2012
Writer, white male, non-smoker, GSOH, with own comedy script, The Sleeper,* WLTM producer and/or director (not averse to 3some) for walks on the beach, sunset dinners, and entry to Playwrights’ Studio Scotland’s feature development programme, Accelerator.
*Wullie MacPherson is a crack KGB sleeper agent living undercover in Glasgow since 1972. When he is finally activated he discovers he has lost the will to kill and decides to protect his target and her young daughter from assassination instead.
Please email me for a full synopsis.
Office Romance 2.0 had its official premiere at the Dam Short Film Festival last weekend where it came runner-up in the comedy category. The awards are voted for by the audience so it’s nice to know we brought a little bit of sunshine into some people’s otherwise dismal lives.
Office Romance 2.0 will have it’s official world premier (God, that sounds impressive) at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
Did I say Cannes? Sorry, I meant the Dam Short Film Festival, Boulder City, Nevada (not to be confused with Boulder, Colorado of Mork & Mindy fame) at 4:15pm (PST) on Saturday 11th February.
In 2009 Boulder City was ranked 6th in the top 25 places to retire in the USA by Money magazine, so hopefully some of the old dears will be able to pop along and support our wee film before their early bird suppers.
And before you ask, No, I’m not going so, No, you can’t come. But if you’re going to be in Vegas around that time feel free to pop and along and laugh uproariously at all the right places.