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Still Loved wins Best Documentary award

24th July 2017

We’re delighted that Still Loved won the ‘Best Documentary’ award at High Peak Independent Film Festival this weekend. With tough competition from some other feature docs, we’re thrilled to have been honoured with this award, giving recognition to the film and also to stillbirth and baby loss.

Big thanks to Festival Director Nicole Pott and her team at HPIFF 2017 for their hard work and hospitality at this festival.

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Still Loved at i Docs in Beijing, China

27th November 2016

Written by Debbie Howard.

Still Loved was invited to screen at i Docs International Documentary Forum in Beijing, China on Tuesday 15th November 2016 by festival Director Cherelle Zheng.

It was with enormous excitement that I travelled to China on 13th November, leaving straight from Cork Film Festival in Ireland where Still Loved had screened the night before.

After a long flight I was greeted at the airport by one of the volunteers from the festival and taken to the hotel in a traditional hotong of old style Beijing. I had already missed the first few days of the festival, due to the screening in Cork Film Festival, and was jet lagged and exhausted on arrival. After a quick nap I met up with one of the other filmmakers who was in the hotel, Karen Guthrie Who’s film The Closer We Get was screening that night. It was great to meet Karen and she escorted me down to the Beijing Film Academy to meet the team and all the other film makers from around the world.

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A beautiful banquet had been arranged for everyone at a nearby restaurant. What an incredible first night treat this was, with exceptional food and great company. After that I went to see The Closer We Get, a moving, beautiful film about her family secret that was both funny and sad and wonderful.The following night was the screening of Still Loved. Nothing could have prepared me for this experience. Over 1000 people turned up to see Still Loved, crowded into the packed cinema, it was quite an experience! Watching the film subtitled into Mandarin and listening to the reaction of such a large audience was very moving.

The Q&A afterwards was an experience I will never forget. A Q&A with so many people is quite complicated, especially with a translator and language issues. This lasted about 15 minutes because the next day was a much more in depth discussion about the film in a two hour masterclass. After the screening, several people waiting behind for me to sign their tickets as memorabilia.  The following day the masterclass I gave was hosted by Melanie Ansley Of China Hollywood. A filmmaker from LA that works in both the US and China. This was an extensive discussion about the making of the film and gave hundreds of people the opportunity to ask more in depth questions, again via two translators and also Melanie was able to clear up any misunderstandings that were still confusing.

​Still Loved was very well received, but it was very interesting screening to this audience with such a difficult cultural frame of reference. Some people had said how much they had cried in the film, others were very angry and others confused. For a culture that until recently had a one child only policy, termination is common here and especially the termination of girls. So I was told that they don’t really bond with the baby until it is born, and that a baby that has died would not be considered a human being. So it must have been quite hard for them to understand the feelings of the families in the film.

This was not the case for everyone though. Some people were clearly very moved and it maybe brought up feelings about their own terminations that they had chosen not to give much thought to until now.

Many people stayed behind to ask personal questions after the masterclass had finished. Someone told me her friend had recently had a stillbirth and asked how best to support her. There were many personal questions and I could see that for some the film had really moved them, and for others they were angry, but this was also useful I thought because it had opened up a debate and started a thought process, which is always the beginning of change.

We had an expression of interest from a Chinese documentary distributor who is very interested in buying the film for a Chinese audience. We’ll be passing this onto our international sales agent CatnDocs.

It was a complicated and difficult experience, but one that I very much am delighted to have had the chance to have. One indeed, that I will never forget.

I then enjoyed several more days of films and masterclasses from the other filmmakers.

 
I’d like to say an enormous thank you to Cherelle, Lulu and Candice and everyone at i Docs for inviting us. It was wonderful to meet them and all the other filmmakers from around the world. What an incredible experience China has been and I’m thrilled that so many people came to see Still Loved there.

Once the festival ended I stayed on for a few more days getting the most out of my opportunity to be in China. I packed in as much as I could visiting the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, Houhai Lakes, Tiananmen Square, The Lama Temple and exploring the hotongs and markets.

Still Loved is now available on Vimeo on Demand. You can watch it HERE

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Still Loved at Cork Film Festival, Ireland

27th November 2016

Written by Debbie Howard.

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Docs for Sale at IDFA

23rd November 2015

This week our Sales Agent and Distributor CatnDocs will be promoting Still Loved at IDFA (International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam) at Docs For Sale.  We’ve heard whisperings already of news of a broadcaster overseas wanting to buy the film, more news on confirmation. It will be great to see how CatnDocs have got on after the festival is over. Find out more here

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In other news we’ve just completed an applicaiton to The Wellcome Trust for our outreach campaign on Still Loved, so fingers crossed for that! It will help us to get Still Loved out to audiences far and wide.

We’ve also had a new poster designed which we’ll be able to share with you very soon.

Debbie has also been mentoring with the BFI Film Academy Sheffield this weekend, the students did incredibly well, especially working outside in sub zero temperatures. Looking forward to getting the film finished next week.

 

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Edinburgh Film Festival 2015

24th June 2015

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Sheffield Doc Fest 2015

11th June 2015

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The Still Loved team have just spent a busy and incredibly productive week at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival, one of the world’s best film documentary film festivals – and in our home town.

It was a very busy week for us, having many meetings and promoting Still Loved to programers, exhibitors and distributors around the world.

We had a lot of interest from Distributors and Sales Agents, but are still considering all our options at the moment. There was a great deal of excitment and support for Still Loved and we can’t wait for the film to be completed and get the film out to film festivals as soon as possible.

We saw some fantastic films at the festival this year including our talented friend and Sheffield filmmaker Dan Gordon’s Match 64: The Maracanā along with Relish, a short film about Sheffield’s favourite sauce: Henderson’s Relish. Dark Horse was a firm favouirte, Directed by Louise Osmond and Edited by Still Loved editor Joby Gee. Other highlights were My Beautiful Broken Brain Directed by Lotje Sodderland and Sophie Robinson, A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister, The Russian Woodpecker Directed by Chad Gracia, Kim Longinotto’s Dreamcatcher and Kirby Dick’s The Hunting Ground amogst many others. We now have 3 months to watch all the ones we missed on the Videotech.

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Success in Cannes

21st May 2014

I’m back from my trip to Cannes and it was a great success! Our Producer Colin is still there, so hopefully he’ll be handing out Still Loved goody bags as I write this.

It’s an intense festival – ram packed, full of hustle and bustle, with streets lined with celeb spotters, it’s all a bit crazy, but very useful too.

We had some fantastic meetings with Producers, Distributors, Editors and incredibly useful organisations that will be able to come on board and help us soon or further down the line.

It was great to hear so much positive feedback about Still Loved, especially when people watched the teaser and saw how powerful the material is.

In between meetings we managed a few parties, some screenings and a good few glasses of wine. But didn’t have time for a swim in the sea sadly, maybe next time!

I have to say, I’m quite glad to be home though, it’s good to get back to a bit of normality and a nice cup of tea!

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American Festivals invite our films!

29th December 2013

We’ve had a run of invites recently for some of our short films, to film festivals in the USA.

The Girl with the World in Her Hair has been invited to screen at:

The 9th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle 

The 9th Annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival in Los Angeles

and

The New York International Children’s Film Festival

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Peekaboo has been invited to be part of the American Online Film Awards which will take part in New York in Spring 2014

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It’s lovely to be invited to screen at these events and we look forward to seeing how our films go down.

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USA Festivals for The Girl with the World in Her Hair

14th November 2013

I’m delighted that The Girl with the World in Her Hair will screen at two USA festivals in 2014.

The 9th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle 
and
The 9th Annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival in Los Angeles

This little short of ours has done extremely well in festivals and been part of the British Council’s FILMCLUB screening all around the world. It’s a great achievement to say it was something that was made on a zero budget, with family and friends, mainly for fun.
It was inspired by my daughter Jasmine’s hair, and she is played by herself in the film. The film also stars her brother Sonny, their dad Steve and myself as mum.

With great animation by Zoom, and music by Asa Bennett and Marty Snape.

vBig thanks to everyone that worked on and helped out with this film, glad to see it’s still screening all these years later. My kids were about 11 when we shot this film, and they’re now 17. Lets hope it goes down well in the USA.