Island Blue tells the magical adventure of Valentine, a 9-year-old boy whose mother, injured in a car crash, hovers between life and death. The trauma of the accident has revealed Valentine’s ability to talk the language of the animals. Evading his wicked aunt Lavinia, Valentine escapes to a secret island where the animals promise to help him devise a cure. They only need one last secret ingredient from the North Pole, which will turn the potion an unearthly blue. With the help of his newfound friends, Valentine embarks on an extraordinary journey to find the remedy. (media)
Based on a Hungarian modern children’s classic written by Magda Szabó, author of ‘The Door’ and ‘Iza’s Ballad’.
Producers: Anna Jancsó, Krisztina Endrényi, Judith Csernai
Head of animation, VFX supervisor: Jenő Udvardi, Vertigo Digital (Hungary)
Lonely schoolgirl Zoe yearns for some excitement in her life. When her delinquent half brother turns up out of nowhere in the middle of the night, she finally has someone in her life she can relate to. Straight out of prison and ready to make up his own rules, Luke explodes the suburban torpor of the family household. Soon both he and Zoe are at odds with her repressive parents. After they are discovered in an illicit kiss, Zoe persuades Luke to let her run away with him. Before long Zoe finds herself entangled on a dangerous journey on the road to elsewhere.
Director: Tania Diez (Student Academy Award winner, BAFTA nominee)
Script by Tania Diez and Regina Moriarty (BAFTA nominee)
Best Female Director Award – London Short Film Festival 2017
London Calling Jury Award Special Mention
Anya lives with her mother Amanda on an East London housing estate. Amanda is addicted to heroin, forcing Anya into the role of carer. However, when drug dealer Derek threatens to come between them, Anya takes matters into her own hands, with darkly comic consequences. Told entirely from Anya’s perspective, the harsh realities of her life are punctuated with moments of colour and imagination, to suggest a sense of hope and the magic of a child’s resilience to life’s difficulties.
Director: Stella Corradi
Producer: Carol-Mei Barker, Anna Jancsó, Neta Mor
Cinematography: Robbie Ryan
Music: Jack Baker (Bonobo) and LeaLea
With the support of Molinare and CineLab