Flying the Nest: The Thing That Ate the Birds launches online with ALTER

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’. 

© Michael Goldrei 2019

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.  

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