BFI NETWORK-backed short film The Thing That Ate the Birds, co-financed by Gunpowder & Sky, has been selected for streaming by ALTER, an ever-expanding platform for the most daring horror across the world. ALTER’s online platform is a home, community, and launching pad for filmmakers.
Written and directed by Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham, and produced by Rebecca Wolff and Jude Goldrei, the horror short entered post-production at the start of the first COVID-19 ‘lockdown’.
Following this uncertain period, it has gone from strength to strength, premiering internationally at SXSW 2021 to screening at over 60 film festivals in 19 countries, on 4 continents, and winning multiple awards.
Audiences in the region had the chance to catch the short in the South West at Encounters in 2021, and at the Film Festivals’ Two Shortest Nights event at Watershed in 2021. Though if you missed it, fear not, you can still watch it online with ALTER.
We’re pleased to see that The Thing That Ate the Birds has really taken flight, and we look forward to many more success stories from the married writer-director duo.
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.
Encounters is offering a new monthly cinema programme presenting curated selections of UK and international short films from the Encounters Film Festival archive.