The Impact of Death Wish - Dir. Michael Winner
We’re just recovering from our premiere of ‘The Grendel Toots’ at the Two Short Nights Film Festival, held at the Exeter Phoenix.
It was a fantastic night of film.
'The Grendel Toots' was show alongside five other pieces; the very amusing 'Host Famille' by Tom Austin, the inventive and affecting 'Ashii'
by Harrison Willmot, the wonderfully poignant cycling documentary ‘Old, Grey, Fast; by Carrie Hill, ‘Gnomeland’ - a warm and lovely comedy by Francesca Jaynes and ‘Bird-Watching’ - a sweet story of friendship by Leah Gouget-Levy.
Each film was markedly different from the other, which made for an entertaining programme. ‘Host Famille’ and ‘Old, Grey’
each won awards afterwards - both well-deserved - but it left us still unsure (other than some applause) of how ‘The Grendel Toots’ was received.
After some time meeting and chatting with the other filmmakers and friends, the Audience Award was announced, which was voted for that
night as people left the screening.
Amazingly we won - we were absolutely shocked and thrilled and were left to shake hands and receive congratulations with a melting block of ice in our hands!
The reason we are blogging about it?
It’s because that first showing is an essential part of the filmmaking process. It’s only when you get in a room with a collection of people who have never seen your film, know little about it and with zero connection to those involved that you can tell if it works or not.
Luckily, we have the beautiful awards to convince us that ‘The Grendel Toots’ does work…
…even though we still want to make a couple of tiny, minor tweeks!