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Les Coffrets
2020

Texts / directorial decisions: Mark C. Hewitt
Editing / image manipulation: Matt Parsons


A collection of eight stylistically coherent microvideos. Plus 2 variations. These enigmatic miniatures - all less than 90 seconds duration - were made in collaboration with digital artist
Matt Parsons. Each is voiced by a different actor (apart from one voiced by the author and one by author plus chorus). The videos were created as visual counterpoints to a poem sequence bearing the overarching title, Les Coffrets, related to the shape of the poems on the page: small boxes, each of thirteen and a half lines, surrounded by a lot of white. The 'authorial voice’ in this sequence is largely abandoned in favour of chance elements, such as words seen on clothing or overheard on journeys or in the street. As such, they offer no consoling message. (But as playwright Howard Barker once wrote, 'who trusts the message giver anymore?')

Typically, these filmpoems have a retro noir quality and are highly surrealistic in feel and construction. Individually, they've now been screened, either virtually or live (or both) at 29 short film festivals in more than 15 countries, earning a plethora of laurels and awards.


The videos
Bamboo (voiced by Vanessa Labrie)
White (voiced by Richard Attlee)
Premium (voiced by Melissa Sirol)
Premium (sans musique accessoire)
Limelight (voiced by Mark C. Hewitt)
Camp (voiced by Jonathan Cullen)
Boobs (voiced by Isabella McCarthy Sommerville)
Excuses (voiced by John Cormack)
Excuses (alternative version)
Apprenticeship (voiced by Mark C. Hewitt and ad hoc chorus)

A fairly crazy trailer for the collection can be viewed on the
Blank YouTube channel »

LIMELIGHT (TITLE STILL)
BOOBS (TITLE STILL)
Locket 1080 x 1920
Above: still from Premium

Shadow 1080 x 1920
Above: still from Premium

Camp 2
Above: still from Camp

Excuses 5
Above: still from Excuses

WINDOW 2
Above: still from Apprenticeship

AWARDS & RECOGNITION
• Premium is October 2020 WINNER in the One Minute Film category at Cult Critic Movie Awards in Calcutta, India.
• Apprenticeship is an Official Selection at London-based Under the Floorboards virtual film festival, Nov 2020.
• Boobs is a Semi-Finalist in La Notte dei Corti Comici film event in Milano, (a celebration of the experimental, absurd, alternative, satirical and tragicomic).
• Premium earns an Outstanding Achievement award and Camp an Honorable Mention at Berlin Flash Film Festival, Dec 2020.
• Excuses receives an Outstanding Achievement Award at Berlin Flash Film Festival, Jan 2021; Boobs, Bamboo and Limelight are official selections.
• Boobs is an Official Selection for Screener Short Films virtual festival in London, Feb 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Roma Short Film Festival, (Micro Film category, Feb 2021). Excuses is an Official Selection.
Premium is an Official Selection at Paris International Short Festival, Feb 2021.
• Bamboo and Premium are both Finalists at Sweden Film Awards, the other six are Semi-Finalists (Jan/Feb 2021).
Boobs is a Finalist at New York Flash Film Festival. Premium, Excuses and Camp are Official Selections, Feb 2021
• Premium is an Official Selection at Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift. (March 2021)
• Excuses is a Finalist at Seoul International Short Film Festival, March 2021.
• Premium is WINNER in the Micro Film category at New York Tri-State Film Festival, (March 2021).
• Premium is an Official Selection at San Francisco Indie Short Festival, Vienna Indie Short Festival, London Indie Short Festival of 24 Frames and New York City Independent Film Festival, March 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Vancouver Independent Film Festival (March 2021)
• Premium is WINNER in Best Microfilm category at New Wave Short Film Festival in Munich (March 2021); Excuses is an Official Selection.
• Apprenticeship is a Finalist at Roma Short Film Festival, April 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Tokyo International Short Film Festival.
• Excuses and Boobs are Official Selections at Sydney Indie Short Festival, Australia.
• Premium and Bamboo are Official Selections at Hong Kong Indie Film Festival.
• Apprenticeship receives an Honorable Mention at Berlin Flash Film Festival, April 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Berlin Shorts Award, April 2021.
• Premium (sans musique accessoire) and Camp are Finalists at Paris International Short Festival, April 2021
• Premium and Premium (sans musique accessoire) are Finalists at Rotterdam Independent Film Festival, April 2021
• Bamboo is a Finalist at Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift, April 2021.
• Premium is a Semi-Finalist at Phoenix Shorts (Canada), May 2021.
• Premium is a Semi-Finalist at Madrid Arthouse Film Festival and Florida Shorts, June 2021.
• Limelight is a Finalist at Paris International Short Festival, June 2021.
Premium is a Finalist at Short Shot Fest in Moscow, July 2021.
• Premium is a Finalist at Brighton Rocks International Film Festival, July 2021 (first UK live/physical screening).
• Premium is a Semi-Finalist at Stockholm Short Festival, July 2021.