Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trio's Hopes for Bright Future after Film Festival Success; A Three-Strong Group of Amateur Film-Makers Saw Their New Short Production Win Two Awards Recently - and Now They Are Thinking about Their Options Going Forward and the Possibility of Entering the World of Feature Films, MIKE KELLY Writes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Trio's Hopes for Bright Future after Film Festival Success; A Three-Strong Group of Amateur Film-Makers Saw Their New Short Production Win Two Awards Recently - and Now They Are Thinking about Their Options Going Forward and the Possibility of Entering the World of Feature Films, MIKE KELLY Writes

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Byline: MIKE KELLY

IT could be a big summer for a team of talented North East movie-makers.

They are hoping their award-winning short film will pave the way to a full-time career in films. Or at the very least, securing them a budget to work with on their next venture.

Last month Glenn Upsall, Gavin Randall and Craig Rutherford saw their short, low-budget (virtually no budget) movie 'Pins' claim two prizes at the New Forrest Film Festival. It has also been submitted to the upcoming Raindance and London film festivals, plus the iconic Cannes.

If accepted by any of these events it could provide a huge boost and open doors for them.

Writer Glenn, a dental technician from South Shields, said: "We hope to get more funding for future projects, to get an investor to take us to the next level, which is feature films. We've got plenty of ideas.

"We'd like to try and do things that take a lot longer and we can commit more time too."

They are still getting over the recent success of Pins at the New Forest Festival which celebrates films of under 10 minutes from around the world at international and student levels.

It was created through their production company, Melting Point Media, and starred Dan Dobson, Anna Wraith and Millie Davison. It is a comedy concerning a little girl who sabotages her Mum's romantic date with the help of a voodoo doll.

It won Best International Narrative Short, judged by Steve Finn, director of EastEnders, Coronation Street, Brookside, Holby City and The Bill.

And it was also named Best International Short, making it the overall winner, in a category judged by top broadcaster and film critic Mark Kermode.

They weren't at the festival and were presented with their awards via live broadcast in front of a live cinema audience in London hosted by Finn, Kermode, and Canadian comedian Craig Campbell.

Glenn said: "We found earlier in the evening that Steve Finn had chosen Pins for 'Best International Narrative Short', which was mind-blowing, but then we got another call from Mark Kermode (right) while he was live on stage, to present us with another one he personally chose, for Best International Short. …

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