Directed and Written by Sophie Mair & Dan Gitsham, Produced by Jude Golrei and Rebecca Wolff
Production Company Sketchbook Pictures, Grasp The Nettle Films Ltd and Lunar Lander Films
Year complete 2021
Run time 12 Minutes
Writen and Directed by Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham
Film Still © Michael Goldrei 2019
SXSW Festival Laurel. Image © Michael Goldrei 2019
Having the support of the BFI Network to make this very personally film was invaluable, and their trust gave us the confidence to express ourselves through music and animation alone. Chris Hees, Producer
“The BFI NETWORK have been dream creative partners and really supportive in the making of ‘The Thing That Ate The Birds’. We feel incredibly lucky and encouraged by the experience. They have offered us so much guidance and their involvement, along with our co-financier ALTER, has helped us to entice fantastic cast, crew, and other collaborators to the film, as well as helping us attract interest from festival programmers and press.” Sophie Mair, Co Writer and Director
BFI NETWORK, Encounters Film Festival, Bristol UNESCO City of Film and NFTS Cymru Wales are excited to launch this new six-month career development scheme, designed to elevate south west-based producers and directors who have a strong track record in screen-based content and are looking to make the challenging next step into long-form projects, such as their first narrative feature.
This new BFI NETWORK career development scheme is designed for south west-based producing and directing talent. Shorts2Features will run from late Sep to Mar 2023, and is now open for applications.
Ahead of the talks, we introduce the speakers who will be joining Reframing Film 2022 to discuss a broad range of topics concerning distribution and exhibition of archive and repertory cinema.
BFI NETWORK-backed short film The Thing That Ate the Birds has been selected for streaming by ALTER, an ever-expanding platform for the most daring horror across the world – and a home, community, and launching pad for filmmakers.