DRIVEN (2014, 6 mins) is an award-winning dark, eerie thriller in which a man’s Sat Nav begins to take over his destiny.

Signal Film and Media’s BFI Film Academy produced a short film with 18 budding young filmmakers between the ages 16-19 to be mentored by industry professionals through a programme of filmmaking and film education events from October 2013 through to March 2014.

The course was free and funded by the British Film Institute. The project culminated with the group writing, crewing and editing a short psychological thriller film (starring Rupert Proctor, Notting Hill, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and was shot during October’s half term. The film was premiered at a special showcase & BFI Career surgery event at FACT and screened locally alongside Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror, The Shining, at Cooke’s Studios, Barrow-in-Furness.

12 participants gained Silver Arts Award, 1 gained Bronze during their course. 2 trainees also went on to gain places at the extremely competitive BFI Talent Campus, a residential filmmaking programme working with top industry professionals at the National Film and Television School.

Professional Mentors included Writer/Director Matt Palmer (Calibre), Production Designer May Davies (Swallows and Amazons), Cinematographer Nicola Daley (Pin Cushion, Harlots), and Sound Recordist Jack Coghill (Nae Pasaran!)

Northern Exposure Short Film Competition (Nominated / shortlisted)
Kendal, Cumbria, The Brewery Arts Centre, UK – July 18, 2014 
Portobello Film Festival London, (Winner: Best Newcomer)
Pop Up Cinema – September 14, 2014  

AES Cinemagic Belfast, (Winner of Young Filmmaker Competition 18-25 category) Northern Ireland – November 28, 2014 

Cumbria Short Film Competition (Winner of the Under 18 original screenplay category and Audience Award)

Old Laundry Theatre, Windermere, Cumbria – November 20, 2014 

BFI Film Academy 2013/14, Driven

BFI Film Academy 2013/14, Driven

Driven – 6 mins – A dark, eerie thriller in which a man’s Sat Nav begins to take over his destiny. Introduced by young filmmakers

Signal Film and Media is a delivery partner for the BFI Film Academy Regional Network for Cumbria and Lancashire. The BFI Film Academy is a national scheme that aims to identify, nurture, celebrate and showcase the next generation of British film industry talent and give young people who are passionate about film the opportunity to develop the skills and ambition to forge a career in film. From January 2013 – January 2014 young filmmakers aged 16-19 from Cumbria and Lancashire have took part in courses covering all aspects of filmmaking and the film industry including programming, script writing, film production and distribution. Those that were selected received training from Industry Professionals and worked towards an Arts Award qualification.

Festival Screenings for Driven include…

GRIMMFEST, Manchester’s Festival of Fantastic Films, 2015, Official Selection

Northern Exposure Short Film Competition, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal,  July 2014,  nominated

Portobello Film Festival, Pop Up Cinema, London, September 2014, nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’

The AES Cinemagic Young filmmaker Competition, Queen’s Film Theatre, BelfastNovember 2014, winner of the 18-25s 

Cumbria Short Film Competition, The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness, November 2014, winner of the Under 18 original screenplay category and winner of the AUDIENCE AWARD

TBC, Osprey Short Film Awards, Keswick Film Festival, February 2015, nominated in young category (Under 19)

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