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Home Safe - New Film in Festival Circuit

Sep 26, 2022

Mine and Ellie Hodgetts' latest production is now complete and will start its festival run. We managed to be surrounded by such a wonderful team of creatives without whom we would never have been able to make this film.

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Backseat Daisy - Cardiff Mini Film Festival

Sep 25, 2022

Another selection for Backseat Daisy, this time at the wonderful Cardiff Mini Film Festival. 

Backseat Daisy - UK Premiere

Sep 23, 2022

So excited for the UK Premiere of Backseat Daisy at the BIFA qualifying festival Wigan & Leigh Film Festival. Was wonderful to finally see the film on the big screen.

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That's a Wrap on My First BFI Short Film!

Sep 12, 2022

That's a wrap on my first BFI short film directed with the always wonderful Ellie Hodgetts. Feeling so blessed for this opportunity and eternally grateful to the wonderful cast & crew that made this production possible. Now off to post-production!

Backseat Daisy - Double Festival Win

Jan 31, 2022

Backseat Daisy wins not one but two Best Super Short Awards in Italy, at Milan's Metropolis Film Festival and at Florence's Florence Film Awards! Very excited to be recognised in such an important country for cinema.

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New Film "Backseat Daisy" Starts Festival Run

Jan 1, 2022

My new film Backseat Daisy is now completed and starting its festival run. First selection at the Valencia Indie Film Festival. A big thank you to the Nova Lux Production team for their continuous support.

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Reading Gaol - Harrogate Festival Best Drama 

Oct 3rd, 2021

Reading Gaol continues its festival success, winning Best Drama at the Harrogate Film Festival. It is always an honour to have the film screen and win in Yorkshire festivals, where the film was made.

Link here

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EPIC-Magazine – Interview

Mar 8, 2021

Epic-Magazine, the Genevan art magazine, dedicated an article on mine and Nova Lux Production's work over the past decade. Centred around an interview of both myself and Bruno Känel, head of Nova Lux Production, it was a wonderful recognition for the work we have been doing for nearly ten years.

Link to article

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Erena...Our Eritrea - Indie Shorts Mag

Feb 27, 2021

Erena...Our Eritrea received a great review from Indie Shorts Mag. "Directors Aymeric Nicolet & Ellie Hodgetts’s bring forth a story that deserves every attention accorded...Simon and Osman talk of what is left of their memories of Eritrea, the threats they have had to live with, and the price they pay for both being in the profession they chose and loving a country they believe is wronged right from the start."

Link to review

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Reading Gaol - Nominated for Best Screenplay

Dec 30, 2020

Reading Gaol was nominated for Best Screenplay at Indie Short Mags' Best of 2020 Awards. A fantastic news to close the year on 2020, which has been generous in (online) festival nominations.

List of nominees

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Selected for BAFTA Crew x BFI Network

Dec 3, 2020

Ecstatic to have been selected as a member of 2021's BAFTA Crew and BFI Network scheme. Never thought I would one day have the label BAFTA attached to my name!

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Erena...Our Eritrea - Winner Best Documentary

Nov 12, 2020

Erena...Our Eritrea wins the award for Outstanding Documentary at the 4th edition of the High Peak Independent Film Festival! The first win for the production. A big thank you to the organisers and team at High Peaks.

More about the festival

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Erena...Our Eritrea - Journeys Festival International

Sep 19, 2020

Erena...Our Eritrea has been selected to be part of the fabulous Journeys Festival, a festival that "curates, presents and commissions a varied programme of work created by artists that explores the refugee experience and global cultures through artistic and creative encounters." It is such an honour to be a part of this event alongside so many important and talented artists.

Journeys Festival International

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Erena...Our Eritrea - Paris Short Film Festival

14 Sep, 2020

Erena...Our Eritrea is selected for its second film festival, the Paris Short Film Festival. This selection has a special place in our hearts since the film was entirely shot in the French capital where the Radio Erena headquarters siege. Ecstatic to share it with the people of Paris!

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Erena...Our Eritrea - Honourable Mention

Jul 18, 2020

For its premiere at Tri Rivers Film Festival, Erena...Our Eritrea was awarded with an Honourable Mention in the Documentary competition and was nominated for Best Film of the Festival. Due to the current pandemic, the festival was held online this year.

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NEW FILM! - ERENA...OUR ERITREA

Jul 18, 2020

I am proud to announce that my new film and first documentary Erena...Our Eritrea is now completed and ready to start its festival run! The film depicts the daily fight for freedom an Eritrean pirate radio station leads to dismantle the rule of the most oppressive dictatorship in Africa. This film was co-directed with British filmmaker Ellie Hodgetts and was produced by Nova Lux Production.

IMDb page

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Reading Gaol - Prague International Indie Film Festival

Jun 10, 2020

Reading Gaol was officially selected and awarded a special mention at the Prague International Indie Film Festival. This is the second international screening our film was awarded.

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Reading Gaol - Watford Short Film Festival

Jun 4, 2020

Reading Gaol is officially selected in competition for the Watford Short Film Festival. Due to Covid-19, the official date of the festival has been moved to later this year. This is another great opportunity for us to screen the story of Oscar Wilde in the UK.

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Reading Gaol - Indie Shorts Mag

May 17, 2020

Indie Shorts Mag publishes its review of Reading Gaol, written by Sristi Gayen. "The film's end is gentle, certainly more so than its opening. As Dewdney narrates a stanza from Wilde's ballad, a sense of sombreness settles over the film, no less pained as its preceding scenes."

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European Cinematography Awards - Best Student Film

May 11, 2020

Reading Gaol wins Best Student Film and Best Student Cinematography Awards at the European Cinematography Awards. A well deserved award for brilliant cinematographer Mahesh Ramakrishna.

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Reading Gaol - UK Film Review

Mar 19, 2020

UK Film Review magazine publishes its review of Reading Gaol, written by Jack Bottomley. The film "excels as a piece of period craft, with an emotional underlying soul".

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Bus Stop Romeo - Harrogate Film Festival

Mar 8, 2020

Bus Stop Romeo screens at the Everyman Theatre Harrogate as part of the Best Romance competition at the Harrogate Film Festival. For its UK premiere, the film had the chance to screen in Yorkshire where the film was shot (Leeds) in 2018.

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"Make It Realise" Art Exhibition - Kôenji, Tokyo

Feb 24, 2020

My work is being showcased at the Pega Bar in Kôenji, Tokyo, alongside Japanese photographers, designers and musicians. A great opportunity made possible thanks to Japanese musician Makuma - マクマ. 

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Reading Gaol - Screening at the British Museum

Feb 16, 2020

Reading Gaol screens at the British Museum as part of the LGBTQ history month. The film was selected amongst two other shorts as part of the film and screening event around this year's theme: Poetry, Prose and Play. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the Reading Gaol team.

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Reading Gaol - Manchester Kinofilm Festival

Dec 21, 2019

Reading Gaol is part of the Official Selection for the Manchester Kinofilm Festival in 2020. More news to come for the official dates of the screenings (postponed because of the Corona virus). Kinofilm Festival is the longest running film festival in Manchester and has showcased many memorable short films over the years. 

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Reading Gaol - Camerimage Film Festival

Nov 12, 2019

The international premiere of Reading Gaol will happen at the prestigious Camerimage Film Fesitval, in Torùn, Poland. It is part of the Student Etudes competition and Cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (Lion King, The Right Stuff, Passion of Christ) will be presiding the jury. An immense honour to be part of one of the most important film festival in Europe.

Student Etudes Competition Line Up

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Reading Gaol - Bolton Film Festival

Oct 1st, 2019

Reading Gaol is selected at the Bolton Film Festival in the Student Made Up North category. The festival is listed by Film Daily as a "Top 12 UK Indie Film Festival" and is one of the "Top 100 reviewed" film festivals on Film Freeway.

Bolton Film Festival

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Bus Stop Romeo - Best Romance

Aug 13, 2019

Bus Stop Romeo wins Best Romance at the Springfield Honor Film Festival. This is the second award for the film and the second screening in the USA.