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This project was successfully funded on February 26, 2012.
With the fall film festival circuit officially over and a new year beginning, this seems like a good time to reflect on the adventure of our film so far. “Hellyfish” has been an official selection at 25 film festivals spanning the globe including America, Canada, France, England, Belgium and Australia. Unfortunately we could not make it to every one of them, but the ones we did attend included sold out screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and world-class hospitality. It was everything we hoped it would be and we met amazing filmmakers along the way.
Every festival was truly a magical experience, but my favorite was the Crystal Palace Film Festival near London. The “Sci-Fi and Horror Night” was a week after Halloween and patrons were asked to arrive in costume. So, dressed as swashbuckling pirates, my cousin and I took shelter from the driving rain at St. John’s Cathedral. Festival director Neill Roy, dressed as Beetlejuice, offered us a glass of champagne. The church was awe inspiring and the acoustics were out of this world. “Hellyfish” played to an enthusiastic audience and I had a Q&A with Neill afterward. Also I was able meet up with our main animator, Pryce Duncalf, who lives near London. We have been working together for two years, but this was the first time we met in person!
And we won a few awards:
Best Comedy Short
Buffalo Dreams Film Festival 2014
Best Short Film
Best Local Film (Golden Shovel)
Buried Alive Film Festival
The festival circuit was a big success by our standards and we’re excited to see the online presence continue to grow. The entire 12 minute film was posted on Youtube just before Halloween and the response has been encouraging and entertaining. We’ve enjoyed fun comments, emails, reviews and we especially love this video from Tony of the Dead.
HUGE thanks again to everyone who helped pull this film together and make it a success!
The time has come for you to reap the rewards of your investment. We hope you have as much fun watching it as we did making it. Please share this YouTube link on your social media outlets, emails and anywhere you see fit. Thanks again!
Pat & Rob
On Friday, September 12th, “Hellyfish” screened for the first time in a theater in front of a live audience as part of the DC Shorts Film Festival. I was amazed to see a sold out crowd at The E Street Cinema, my favorite theater in DC. The film looked great on the big screen and the sound was fantastic, but the crowd was the best part. They laughed at all the right times and responded even more positively than I had hoped. I had expected our film to get it’s best response from the genre festivals, but I can only hope the other screenings go as well as this one! There is a special thrill a director gets from watching an audience of complete strangers react to his film and I’ll be lucky to experience that again and again in the next few months (see schedule here).
The DC Shorts Film Festival is “the largest short film event on the east coast.” And after attending, I would give it several other accolades including best programming, most professional, and most fun! We enjoyed great films, met talented filmmakers from around the world, and listened to lectures from accomplished directors and film festival insiders all while enjoying delicious food and beverages. From the application process to the awards ceremony, DC Shorts is an exemplary event and it all started with festival founder Jon Gann. His vision for putting the filmmaker first has proven to be a huge success and I hope that it will continue to be a model for other festivals. He even found time to chat with me personally about my film and gave great answers to my questions about how to make the most of the film festival circuit.
“Hellyfish” did not win an award, but seeing my film play next to other world-class films was a huge reward in itself. One of my favorites was “What Cheer?” starring Richard Kind. We shared a Q&A with director Michael Slavens, who is a thoughtful filmmaker and really nice guy. I was very happy to see his film win the “Filmmaker’s Favorite” award. There were so many other great short films I couldn’t begin to capture them here. All 135 of them are viewable online NOW until Sunday, which is great service that few other festivals offer.
And while we were living it up in the nation’s capital, “Hellyfish” did win an award at another festival. Scare-a-con in Verona, NY named us “Best Short” of 2014!
First of all, please check out the NEW Hellyfish website RELAUNCH! New content, pictures, embeded video, twitter feeds, and more! http://hellyfish.com/
Oh yeah, and we're on Twitter now.. https://twitter.com/hellyfishmovie
But the real news is... we got into RAINDANCE!!!
Known as “the largest and most important independent film festival in the UK," Raindance is now in it’s 22nd year. They show films from around the world to an audience of film executives and buyers, journalists, film fans and filmmakers (that’s us!). So, you can imagine how elated we were to find out that our little film made the cut!! Explore the list of films and you’ll see Hellyfish in the line-up… http://raindancefestival.org/shorts-2014/
This Raindance 2014 trailer is a good reflection of how we felt when we got the news: