Still from Crocodile, 2013.
Still from Crocodile, 2013.

BFI SHORT WINS AT CANNES


10 June 2015

In another exciting BFI Shorts announcement, Crocodile, directed by Gaëlle Denis, has won the Canal+ prize at the 53rd Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.

CROCODILE writer Robin French, actor Alex MacQueen, producer Ohna Falby, director Gaëlle Denis, actor Michael Gould.
CROCODILE writer Robin French, actor Alex MacQueen, producer Ohna Falby, director Gaëlle Denis, actor Michael Gould.

Crocodile tells the story of a bereaved headmaster confronted by a deep lurking adversary, and stars Michael GouldLucinda RaikesAlex MacQueen, Oliver Johnstone, Alecky Blythe and Apoa Falby Clark. The film is one of 17 ambitious fiction shorts produced through the BFI Shorts scheme.

Written by Robin French, and directed by Gaëlle Denis, the film was produced by Ohna Falby after being developed and brought to the BFI/Lighthouse by producer Zorana Piggott.

A parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival, La Semaine de la Critique has established a strong reputation for discovering exciting new film talent. As a previous mentee on our Guiding Lights mentoring programme, we are delighted for Gaëlle and the rest of the Crocodile team at winning such a prestigious award, and extend our warmest congratulations to them all.

Senior Producer Emily Kyriakides says:

“Being selected for Critics Week is a huge achievement in itself, but winning an award and gaining recognition in such talented company is very exciting indeed, and testament to the great vision and hard work of the filmmakers. This is only the start of the Crocodile’s journey into the world, and I’m confident many more accolades will follow.”

Director Gaëlle Denis says:

“It has been a great experience working on Crocodile, bringing together an amazing creative team. The project was challenging to shoot. We needed the actors’ performances to be just right and to carefully handle the difficult juxtaposition of dark humour and tragedy. And of course there was a big stunt which involved real crocodiles. With the support of my team, Lighthouse and the BFI it all went really well and I am very happy with the film. The icing on the cake is that it has now also taken us to Cannes and will be shown all around the world.”

The Canal+ Award is awarded by the Programmes Courts et Création at Canal+ to one of the ten short films in competition at Semaine de la Critique. As part of the prize, they also buy the rights for the winning film in order to screen it on TV. Since its creation in 1992, the prize has been awarded to filmmakers including Benoit Mariage, Chris Landreth, Bill Plympton, Denis Villeneuve, Daniel Joseph Borgman and Shin Suwon.

BFI Shorts is a high-level production scheme that forms part of the BFI’s commitment to support emerging filmmaking talent and provide opportunities for them to demonstrate their potential to create feature films. Lighthouse was selected to manage the scheme, with Senior Producer Emily Kyriakides, working in partnership with producer Nicky Bentham of Neon Films and development producer Becca Ellson to oversee the executive production of the films.


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