Iain De Caestecker and Katarina Cas in Liam + Lenka
Iain De Caestecker and Katarina Cas in Liam + Lenka


10 June 2015

In the latest success story for our BFI Shorts scheme, we’re thrilled to announce that four films made through the programme have been selected for California’s prestigious Palm Springs International ShortFest, which opens on June 17. A fifth, Liam + Lenka, has been selected for the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 18.

Jonathan Van Tulleken’s Anthony, Jonathan Romney’s L’Assenza, Chris Forster’s The Portrait and Faye Gilbert’s The Line will take their place alongside entries from actor/directors including Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Rose McGowan (Grindhouse) in ShortFest’s 20th year.

The event marks the international premiere for Gilbert’s The Line, a thriller that follows a teenage girl and young boy running for their lives.

It also builds on a string of successes for Anthony, whose accolades include Best Short Film and Best Actor at the LA Indie Film Festival and Best Comedy at the London Short Film Festival, L’Assenza, which has shown at film festivals in New York, Mexico, Glasgow and London and was nominated for Best Short Film in the British Independent Film Awards 2013, and The Portrait, which has been shown at the Newport Beach and Belfast film festivals.

Meanwhile, the Edinburgh International Film Festival is a fitting launchpad for Scotland-born Michael Keillor’s Liam + Lenka, a noir thriller produced by Ally Gipps through Warp Films. Starring Iain de Caestecker as a young criminal who meets a bored waitress played by Katarina Cas while on the run, it was filmed on location in the Scottish Highlands.

The shorts are currently doing the rounds on the international festival circuit and have so far racked up three BAFTA nominations, a European Film Academy award nomination and a BIFA nomination and been selected for Cannes (winning the Canal+ Award), Berlin, London, Palm Springs, Sao Paulo, Edinburgh and many other leading film festivals.

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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