Film Commissions Announced

Published April 11, 2016


After receiving a record number of applications for our new and improved commission schemes this year, we have selected the 6 filmmaking teams that will take their innovative ideas to the big screen and premiere their shorts at Two Short Nights Film Festival in December 2016.

Responding to the new screening opportunities offered by the fantastic Studio 74 cinema that opened at Exeter Phoenix last October, the new Micro Film commissions asked filmmakers to pose ideas for 3 minute shorts that will entertain and inspire the cinematic audiences of Studio 74 during next years screenings. The Devon Short film commission asks for an additional 3 minute cut and the new Raw Film Commission, open to 16-24 year olds asks for short, sharp, concise visual storytelling from the young voices of emerging filmmakers.

The programming team of Studio 74 were joined by the wider steering group of film and media professionals and experts to be treated to a wide range of exciting, dramatic, experimental and hilarious ideas which were finally whittled down to the chosen 6.

To our Devon Short Film Commission we welcome Luke Hagan with Lord of the Logos, his documentary of local metal band logo designer Christophe Szpajdel, and Timi Akindelle – Ajani’s team with their short drama Outside, that explores themes of nationality and otherness set on the beautiful landscape of Dartmoor.

Creating three minute Micro films will be Rupert Green and Jack Oliver with their puppet led tale of the Nightmare of Garblach and Dom Lee, who explores the last 3 minutes on earth between a father and son in the moving Rocketshed.

Our Raw filmmakers include George Griffiths with his abstract documentary style animated exploration of Charles Bonnet Syndrome in The Visions in the Dark and Bethan Highgate-Betts with Pink, poignant exploration of memory, culture and experience between modern day UK and 1949 Iran.

Congratulations to all! We look forward to working with this batch of new creative and will keep you posted of their progress on our commissioning scheme throughout the year.