‘experience the bigger picture’

23rd april – 2nd may 2021

competition

international film competition 2021

2021 brings the 5th Fisheye International Film Competition.

Since it began in 2016 the competition has received hundreds of entries from countries around the globe and screened a selection of excellent films. This year we are looking forward to screening an equally high standard of entries.

awards

As in previous years, films will be judged on a number of categories with the winners receiving awards for their work. 

This year we’ve added a new short film category for genre films (Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Fantasy etc).

Films will be judged for the following Awards: Best Short Film, Best UK Short Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Sound Design, Best Production Design, Best Documentary, Best Young Narrative Filmmaker (Under 22), Best Micro-Short Film (under 4 minutes.)

Introduced in 2018, we are once again open for the submission of feature films judged for the Best Feature Film Award.

Click on the link below to view the award winners of 2020!

2020 WINNERS

awards panel

James McConnel – Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Linda Mason – Independent filmmaker and editor
Glen McCoy – Award-winning screenwriter
Tony McHale – TV writer, director and producer
Vivienne Zheng – Blogger and Chinese film distributor
Amita Shankar – Festival programmer, events curator and amateur actor
Sarah @ Caution Spoilers– Film writer and Rotten Tomatoes approved critic
Alan Green – Alan has worked in sound for film, TV, and video on a wide range of material and now runs the BSc Sound Design course at Bucks New University
Dominique Unsworth – A Producer with 20 years experience of finding and developing diverse emerging talent
Mariko Francombe – Mariko is one of the festival founders and currently leads the team
Richard Rowntree – A writer, director and producer of both shorts and features

James McConnel – Award winning composer for more than 100 TV documentaries and dramas
Linda Mason – Independent filmmaker and editor
Glen McCoy – Award-winning screenwriter
Tony McHale – TV writer, director and producer
Jo Southwell – Multi-award winning writer and director
Vivienne Zheng – Blogger and Chinese film distributor
Amita Shankar – Festival programmer, events curator and amateur actor
Sarah @ Caution Spoilers– Film writer and Rotten Tomatoes approved critic
Alan Green – Alan has worked in sound for film, TV, and video on a wide range of material and now runs the BSc Sound Design course at Bucks New University
Carson Black – Multi-award-winning television producer
Dominique Unsworth – A Producer with 20 years experience of finding and developing diverse emerging talent
Sheena MacBryne – A writer, producer and director specialising in international co-production particularly with the Middle East and China
Mariko Francombe – Mariko is one of the festival founders and currently leads the team
Richard Rowntree – A writer, director and producer of both shorts and features

panel biographies

James McConnel

James McConnel has composed the music for over 100 television documentaries and dramas, including the Emmy Award winning Ten Days to D-Day (Channel 4), Adolf and Eva (ITV network) which won a Gold Badge at the New York Film Festival, The Brontes (BBC1), World War One in Colour (Channel 4), The Real John Betjeman (C4), Kings and Queens (C4), Last Train from Budapest (C4), Great Escapes (C5), Who Killed Marilyn? (C5), The Search for King Midas (C4), Timewatch: Exocet (BBC2), The Illuminator (C5), The Real Benito Mussolini (C4), as well as the feature films Another Life (2001), starring Ioan Gruffudd, Nick Moran and Tom Wilkinson – and Detention (2011) starring David Carradine in his final role.

Linda Mason

Linda Mason has been an Independent filmmaker and editor since 2007 obtaining her MA in Documentary Practice at Brunel University in 2014. Her own short documentary, Out Of Love was selected for BFI Flare Festival delegate programme and I Filmmaker International Film Festival, receiving a special mention in 2015.

In 2016, Linda co-finished her latest documentary, Ghost Towns which has screened at festivals, including Doc/Player at Sheffield Doc Fest and part of Doc Shorts at NorthWest Fest in Canada.

She has extensive experience working with (vulnerable) young people, offenders and prisoners, empowering them to use film and the arts to share their stories, a few even winning awards.

Linda is dedicated to creating films that have a real and lasting impact on people’s lives.

Glen McCoy

Glen McCoy started out writing film scripts for small independents when he was 20 with two productions Where are you going, Simon Jones? and Ricochet. However it was seven years later before he began writing for television with the successful BBC medical drama Angels coinciding with getting his first book published entitled Ambulance! in the 1980s.

He was subsequently asked by Tony Holland and Julia Smith at the BBC to be part of the original writing team to launch their new series EastEnders. One of Glen’s early episodes became iconic featuring the rescue of ‘Angie Watts’ by an ambulance crew after a suicide attempt with over 20 million viewers at that time. After a break for a few years, he returned to the show again in 1999. In 2000 the EastEnders writing team enjoyed the shared success winning the BAFTA award for Best Soap.

Glen has also been commissioned for 12 episodes of Emmerdale over the years and a story for The Bill. Though his greatest love was creating original characters and a story for Doctor Who, which also included a novelisation Timelash and a more recent commission as part of the Big Finish publication The Centurions.

Unusually, Glen’s writing has also taken him into the realms of the business world and he was asked to write a mini soap for Vodafone for internal use. At the same time he was asked to devise and create the words for their retail team to use with customers in all their UK stores. This project won a Vodafone award and it led to a similar project in the Caribbean with Digicel. Similar projects followed with Dixons and their equivalent in the Ukraine.

Glen has created many corporate scripts over the years for a variety of well-known brands including The Home Office and more recently he’s been asked by ITV for original training content.

His business books are varied such as Extraordinary Customer Care, Guerrilla Coaching and Power Presenter with additional articles in various magazines like Harpers.

Tony McHale

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Tony has become renowned as a writer and director, with thousands of hours of screen credits to his name, including Silent Witness, Eastenders, Casualty and Trial & Retribution. As co-creator of the BBC hospital drama Holby City, he served as the programme’s executive producer, series consultant and lead writer for a number of years, winning a BAFTA along the way. He also writes for novels and for the stage and has directed a number of commercials – and lectures all over the world on screen writing, directing and producing. He is an honorary fellow of Rose Bruford College and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford.

Website: www.tonymchale.com
Twitter: @TonyMcHale11

Jo Southwell

Jo is a multi-award winning writer and director and principle at Aston Productions and Aston Management. Her short films have won awards at major international festivals and she is currently in development on her first feature film. A graduate of Leeds University and a post graduate of St Mary’s University London, she also studied acting at Redroofs Theatre School.

Twitter: @JoSouthwell
Instagram: @JoSouthwell

Vivienne Zheng

Vivienne became an organiser of the China Classic Fil Festival in 2009, which screened 12 Chinese films in various venues across Wales as well as hosting a filmmaking masterclass with director Lu Chuan (City of Life and Death) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

After returning to Beijing in 2011, she teamed up with British colleagues to offer high-quality film subtitle translation services to Chinese filmmakers, and together they have translated more than 80 films and screenplays, many of which have won awards in top-tier film festivals such as Tokyo International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Durban International Film Festival.

At the end of 2015, she started a WeChat blog introducing international film festivals to Chinese filmmakers. The blog’s readership has steadily grown and it currently has almost 7,000 subscribers.

Her company (London House Media and Culture Co., Ltd) also helps submit Chinese films to various international festivals for competition and exhibition, and has started to explore the international distribution of Chinese cinema by setting up CMIDB.com, a database of the latest Chinese films available for international distribution.
Her company and Sayinayi Co., Ltd co-hosted the promotion conference for the Chinese documentary Common Destiny in Venice Film Festival in 2018.

Website: www.cmidb.com
Twitter: @WeiZhen28805369
Facebook: CMIDB

Amita Shankar

A renowned name on the British-Asian stage, London-based Amita Shankar is a prominent media personality who has designed, curated and organised a number of events in the UK and other countries.

Her sustained focus across all these events has been in support of Women: from workshops on Women in Films in London to chairing the International Women’s Conference in various other countries to the roles she has championed women’s issues across multiple fronts.

She is also a Programmer for Film and Drama festivals and has been organising arts, film and drama festivals over the past decade.

As an amateur actor in the UK’s Asian theatre circuits, she has acted in several successful shows, most recently including SHE, The Shakti, a one-act dance drama, she scripted and acted in. She also finds time to contribute to radio/TV programmes supporting charitable causes.

Amita has been a prominent across the British-Asian Arts, Events and Entertainment panorama, both as a business entrepreneur as well as being an artiste herself, acting on stage. She has been an integral part of several film festival networks
including as a member of the jury at the Dhaka International Film Festival, the Rainbow Film Festival in London and as delegate at the Kazan Muslim Film Festival.

Sarah @ Caution Spoilers

Sarah runs www.cautionspoilers.com – a UK-based website filled with film reviews, interviews, and articles (including sections on indie film and stunts). Everything is written by Sarah, apart from the rude comments!

The site has been going since 2016, but Sarah has been a writer and editor since 1995.

She likes well-made, interesting movies, whether they be number 10 in a blockbuster franchise or a no-budget indie. She knows that (a) the audience deserves a good return for their ticket money; (b) many people will have worked their butts off making a particular film, even if it’s got issues; and (c) the audience deserves a good return for their ticket money.

She lists her top 5 films as: John Wick; John Wick 2; John Wick 3; Mike Banning vs John Wick;
Mike Banning vs John Wick: Requiem

In case you weren’t sure how much she loves John Wick, she has a dog called Daisy and she stockpiles those gold chocolate coins you get at Christmas.

URL: www.cautionspoilers.com
Twitter: @cautionspoilers
Instagram: @cautionspoilers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cautionspoilers/
Caution Spoilers Youtube Channel

Alan Green

Since training at NFTS in the 1990’s Al has worked in Sound for film, TV, and video on a wide range of material for BBC, Discovery, Nat Geo, Paramount, and many others.

He now runs the BSc Sound Design course at Bucks New University. Still practicing, Al’s recent projects have included a documentary for Google, and recording spatial audio for the Youtube Creative Lab VR film Wonderland X

Carson Black

Carson is a multi-award-winning television producer (leading teams to three BAFTA nominations, and two Royal Television Society awards). He began his career as a newspaper journalist. He entered television when he was asked to co-present ITV’s flagship current affairs show, Eyewitness, travelling the world as its investigative reporter.

He moved behind the camera to produce and direct hundreds of hours of primetime television, both factual and drama including 999, Strange but True?, Dream Team and The Bill. He has worked for all Britain’s major broadcasters, creating and producing primetime shows for 30 years. He co-created and produced the BBC’s first drama commissioned for daytime. Doctors is stripped five days a week and is in its 20th year on air.

Website: https://www.kinisiproductions.com/

Dominique Unsworth

Dom founded and runs the social enterprise Resource Productions in Slough. She’s a Producer with 20 years experience of finding and developing diverse emerging talent – and as they progress, she’s stepping up to develop their features. She’s made more than 60 funded short films.

Most recently she produced two Underwire Film Festival award nominees Walk of Shame and Pas de Deux by Emilie Cheung, Iris Prize nominee Lehenga by Nathalia Syam, Wellcome Trust funded Abdullah and Leilah by Ashtar Al Khirsan and Creative England i-short Shamas by BAFTA-nominee Myriam Raja. She has developed and produced numerous commissions for BBC Arts New Creative scheme, Channel 4 Random Acts and BBC ideas. Dom encourages any Bucks, Berks or Surrey Artists or Filmmakers to get involved with Resource Productions’ FREE #CreativeCollective which is supported by Arts Council England, Screen Skills, Pinewood Studios and HOME Slough.

IMBD: www.imdb.me/dominiqueoliver
Website: www.resource-productions.co.uk/Training

Sheena MacBrayne

Sheena is a writer, producer and director specialising in international co-production particularly with the Middle East and China. Her background in Visual Effects assists her in writing and designing projects for multi-platform formats and for a range of budgets. She is currently co-writing and producing an animated feature film with Canada and India.

Website: www.goldendragonproductions.com

Mariko Francombe

Mariko is one of the festival founders and currently leads the team.

Her early career was in food research and sensory analysis, during which she Chaired the Sensory Group for the Society of Chemical Industry responsible for organising a national trade fair for the profession. She also chaired a Working Party at Camden Food and Drink Research Association which resulted in the production of an academic book which has sold world-wide.

Having switched to the arts by studying part-time whilst bringing up her family, Mariko gravitated to lens media and performance art, graduating in Fine Art in 2003.

An opportunity to make a ‘digital story’ for the first BBC series of Who Do You Think You Are? led to a passion for storytelling in moving image. Through working at Bucks New University, Mariko has had the opportunity to make promotional and educational videos, produce, direct and participate in short films and co-found a filmmakers’ network, which led to the creation of the film festival in 2015.

Richard Rowntree

Local filmmaker Rich is a writer, director and producer of both shorts and features.  Having won awards at festivals around the world, his passion comes from great storytelling with an emphasis on film being, primarily, a visual medium.

Twitter: @r_rowntree