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By mmbfuk, May 22 2017 07:14PM

Returning for yet another year the MMBF Emma Dark Horror Award didnt dissapoint at all!

As announced earlier this month this award was won by Solitary, a short film produced Daniel Isebor, written by Kieren Hughes and directed by Mark Logan.

About Solitary:

‘Solitary’ is an expressionistic horror film concerning the strange fate of its central character Victoria; a vicious 19 year old hoodlum, of whom after a tough and tragic life of abuse has gone on to develop an unhealthy addiction to violence. However, following one particular night on the streets of London, in which she led her two teenage acquaintances Charlene and Sam into an unspeakable act of horror, Victoria sits alone in her squalid flat wherein the mental consequences of her actions seem to come crushing into her physical world, only are these consequences entirely all the manifestations of one’s psychology?

Now lets meet the talent:

Daniel Isebor, Producer:

Daniel was born in Bexleyheath, Kent and moved to London in 1996. His passion for film and media started from the tender age of 8, when introduced to British sitcoms. He then went to on to perform in many school productions including, Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat. With a strong interest in the very heartbeat of filmmaking, he began to take a more hearty interest in the production side of the industry. Having developed skills in marketing and business in early schooling, achieving a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and working as in various roles in the media, over the past five years. He used the skills taken from these roles to help co-found and develop Macabra Productions. In that time, he has been involved in over 15 short film productions, including, Golden Trellick award nominated short film, Broken Swords and MMBF Trust Emma Dark Horror Award winning short, Solitary.

Kieren Hughes, Writer/Co-Producer:

Kieren was born in Plymouth in 1982 but was soon later raised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire where he developed an interest in all kinds of cinema from an early age. He went on to study Art and Design at higher education of which then progressed to him studying a degree in Film Studies at the Southampton Solent University. During his time there he dabbled with a number of roles in making short films but decided that his true strength lay in writing. He moved to London in 2006 where whilst working as a teacher, he began to master his craft, writing a variety of short films, short stories and feature films, each one experimenting with genre and form whilst exploring complex themes. His role at Macabra involves assisting with creative deleveopment, with contributions in writing and producing.

Mark Logan, Director:

Mark is a lifelong horror fan. Early memories include watching BBC Late Night Horror Double Bill's and leaping out of his seat in a cinema during Jaws (when the head falls out the bottom of the boat!) In 2014, after a varied career path including acting, theatre directing ad stand up comedy, he took the plunge and enrolled on the Raindance MA in Film. A Masters degree that he hopes to one day finish, if only he can stop working on film projects long enough!

As a writer and director his projects to date have included RATS, starring Laurence R. Harvey and Nicholas Vince, which has so far chalked up 16 Festival selections, SOLITARY for Macabra Productions most recently a Grindhouse love story short film, TOM CAME HOME.

Mark is currently in pre production on his next projects, a modern gothic tale, FATHER and a feature based on English Folk Tales, LORE.

Looking to the future, Mark has several genre feature projects in various states of development including his long gestating killer mattress movie, DISTURBED and a return to the world of RATS in HAUNTERS. Mark seeks to tell stories through the eyes of characters less familiar to genre audiences, attempting to show that regardless of age, gender or even political persuasion, when the lights go out we are all a little afraid of the dark.

Now lets watch the multi-award winning flick -

By mmbfuk, May 17 2017 08:15AM

The MMBF Amar Adatia Award was introduced to boost aspiring filmmakers to reach their full potential.

Meet the winner of the award Deividas Balciunas

His story

I am currently a student at Epping Forest college and I am in my second year of studying creative media production and am very close to the end of the college year. I am hoping to be going to university for the start of the next academic year to continue studying media.

I am originally from Lithuania and have been living in the UK since I was three years old. When I moved to the UK I couldn't speak English at all and had to learn how to speak it. I had to heavily adapt to life in the UK as it is nothing like my home country. I have a very strong passion for the media, and it all started when I did GSCE media in secondary school. In the final media exam I ended up getting an A, even though I thought I did horribly. From secondary school I went to college and continued learning about media.

From there, my passion for media grew even more and I became interested in a lot of different topics such as film and television. That's my journey so far and I hope that it gets a lot bigger and better as this is only just the beginning.

By mmbfuk, May 3 2017 07:23AM

MMBF Rising Star Award Winner Peter Hatter who won the award at Beeston Film Festival, he tells us more about himself ..

I’m a Nottingham-based commercial photographer and filmmaker specialising in sports and lifestyle for brands. My work has featured in the national press, magazines, displayed in art galleries, on book covers and much to my amusement when I saw it on sale in a shop, on the front of a racing game cartridge for a popular games system manufacturer.

Photography for me started many years ago shooting on to film and as the inevitable advance of visual-media technology began so did my progression to shooting digital imagery. No technology stands still and digital cameras soon featured video recording capability offering a new low-cost route in to the filmmaking genre. It didn’t take long for this medium to become hugely popular and businesses look to video as a new way to market their brand. As a creative business it wa

s important to keep up with this and so I started my filmmaking journey and began to make my own films.

It came as a bit of a surprise to me how much I enjoyed making short films, perhaps the learning curve has been made a little easier as many of my photography skills have proven to be useful for shooting video, however there’s lots of new things to learn like sound and movement. It is these additional dimensions that have excited me most, where a photograph was always a frozen, silent moment, the film allowed me to expand the story out with these new layers.

Making Portrait of a Craftsman was a personal project to explore the craftsman’s work in a short-form documentary, interviewing and filming a story that’s both interesting and entertaining.

It’s wonderful that the film has won the Beeston Film Festival Three Counties Short Film award, especially as this was the first time my work had been shown at any film festival. It has proved to be a great motivator to go on and make more new work which expands my experience ever further.

This is just one film in my personal and professional filmmaking journey and one which I hope proves to be the first of many successes.

By mmbfuk, Apr 27 2017 03:39PM

Manon Williams became the latest creative to win a £250 grant from our MM Innovators Fund award scheme on Hiive! Get to know her with her story below.

Manon Williams is an award winning photographer. Having started her career at the age of 15, shooting small concerts and festivals across Wales, she has now photographed some of the most renowned musicians in Britain to date including Noel Gallagher, The Specials, The Damned and The Jesus and Mary Chain .

Her work has been published in magazines and social media outlets all across Wales, with her most recent fine art pieces being displayed in the Tate gallery. Shooting predominantly on a film camera, Manon aims to begin publishing her own work via the medium of photographic zines. To enquire about work, visit

By mmbfuk, Apr 24 2017 07:19AM

by John Clark

After studying at South Essex College and graduating at The University of Essex between 2008-2013, I have continued to fuel my passion for storytelling through the medium of film, crafting short fictional dramas and (more recently) short non-fictional documentaries based from life experiences and societal observations.

Having to live with Asperger's Syndrome (a neurodevelopmental disorder on the autism spectrum) is by no means an easy feat, which is why with my most recent projects, I have decided to share my life story and experiences with the condition, so that others who don't have it can gain a better insight and understanding, and that others who do are able to resonate, giving hope to those with the condition and those who know people with Asperger's and Autism (IE Parents and partners).

This does not mean my whole body of work is exclusively about Autism and Asperger's, and doesn't mean that I'm not able to aspire to a filmmaking career. If anything, it increments my passion, and by having that attention to detail that maybe seen as seldom, I'd hope to craft stories of characters and their place in society. The human condition. Having Asperger's means I've had to learn verbal, and non-verbal communication and socialising as if it was a second language. This gives a rather objective stance on communication and culture in general, which I find frankly quite fascinating and would love to write and direct films about.

I'm hardly aiming for Hollywood neither. Never interested me. Think more Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Shane Meadows and Alan Clarke.

With the win of the MMBF Innovators Award Grant, I am able to take my 3 films (the third upcoming) into various film festivals, to raise Autism and Asperger's Syndrome awareness, but most importantly, acceptance and understanding.

My first short film "I Have Asperger's: So What?" exists as a short web series as well as a merged short documentary:

My second short film "Asperger's: And What Of It?" was created as part of the Autism Uncut Film Awards curated by the National Autistic Society, and was shortlisted as a finalist in the Aspiring Category:

My third film "I Have Asperger's: So What Now?" currently is up and coming, existing in episodic web series format, but is to be given the same merged short documentary treatment as my first documentary short, and (like the other two films) will be submitted into Film Festivals using the grant money given:

I am incredibly grateful that awards such as this are acknowledgement of the work I aspire to achieve to carry out. Seeking honesty, impartiality, equality and truth. Showing that people like myself can achieve what they want to. And how importantly of all, the Autism Spectrum (Autism, Asperger's Syndrome etc.) should be learnt, understood, accepted and taught and neither simultaneously an elephant in the room, or the centre of attention.

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