VARIETY MAKES IT'S OSCARS PICKS17 February 2015
Holy Smoke!! Variety Magazine Oscar picks are in. We are trying to stay calm!! Thank you Variety!!
Heather works in a helpline call centre. When she receives a phone call from a mystery man, she has no idea that the encounter will change her life forever.
Holy Smoke!! Variety Magazine Oscar picks are in. We are trying to stay calm!! Thank you Variety!!
Its always good advise from the lovely Sally Hawkins! Thanks Shorts TV and Skype!
Oh wow….our nerves are frayed!!
Beautiful interview with director Mat Kirkby and Tribeca Film Festival. The Phone Call was lucky enough to win Best Narrative Short at Tribeca in a jury headed by Whoopi Goldberg. It was this honour and award at one of the world’s most important film festivals that sent us on our way to The Academy Awards. Thank you Tribeca – you are truly amazing!
Can you believe it?? The Phone Call was cited as what makes a powerful short film on the latest episode of BBC Film 2015! What an incredible honour and you can view on link below!
A lovely, lucid conversation on US Film School Radio with Mat Kirkby, in which he discusses his filmmaking background and The Phone Call. Enjoy!
We are very flattered for Slant’s tip in the Oscar race
Tomorrow (Monday 2nd of February) Mat Kirkby and James Lucas will be attending the Oscars Nominees Luncheon. A great honour for them and The Academy will be posting a live-blog at www.oscars.org and the guys will be posting pictures of the day (and evening) at @thephonecallfilm
It is with the most deepest happiness and pride we are now able to announce we have been nominated for an Oscar in next month’s Academy Awards!!! It really is the most beautiful thing and we cannot wait to get out to LA. THANK YOU everyone who has lent their support. It means the world to us!! XXX
It is with the greatest happiness we can announce that last night The Phone Call won Best Narrative Short at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival!!
An amazing honour and proud congratulations go to director Mat Kirkby, who crafted this film with total dedication.
Thank you to the incredible cast of Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Edward Hogg and Prunella Scales. Similar thanks go to all the crew and everyone involved in making The Phone Call.
Thank you to Tribeca Film Festival (including Ben Thompson and Sharon Badal) for being impeccable and lovely hosts.
Thank you to the Tribeca Jury: Alfonso Arau, Whoopi Goldberg, Christine Lahti, Sheila Nevins and Paul Wesley. You all rock!!
We will be back with more from the festival very shortly.
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ! ! !
Brilliant piece on filmed reaction to filmmakers Mat and James getting the Oscar nod from The Academy. A beautiful and emotional moment with loved ones!!
Wow Wow Wow! We are very proud to announce that last night we won the Silver Dragon for ‘Best Short Fiction Film’ at the 54th Krakow Film Festival!
Thank you very much Krakow and special thanks to the jury consisting of Wojciech Marczewski, Giannalberto Bendazzi, Illia Gladshtein, Katrine Kiilgaard and Cinzia Spironello.
Also special thanks to BFI and British Council Film for supporting us at this festival.
Congratulations to the director, Mat Kirkby, our fabulous cast of Sally Hawkins, Jim Broadbent, Prunella Scales and Edward Hogg, to our amazing crew and everyone involved in the production of The Phone Call.
Any amazing achievement to pick up this award at the historical, Academy Award accredited Krakow Film Festival. Thank you KFF – You rock!
#thephonecall #kff #krakow #sallyhawkins#jimbroadbent #bfi #britishcouncilfilm #matkirkby#jameslucas
We won the Audience Award in International Competition at this year’s Short Shorts & Asia Film Festival in Japan! Arigatou Gozaimasu kind people of Japan!!
We are very happy to announce The Phone Call picked up 2 awards at Aspen Shortsfest 2014. It picked up a Audience Special Recognition and the Youth Jury Prize. We are honoured to be recognised by the good people of Aspen and Aspen Film in such a way. Thanks for having us!!
We’re just so overwhelmed with the positive responses to The Phone Call. The good folk at Tallgrass Film festival just named it their Best Narrative Short Film. Thank you so very much Tallgrass!!
Wow! We won the Audience Award at Filmfest Dresden!! We are so grateful to all the people that attended the festival, saw our film and voted us the winners of the Golden Horseman Audience Award.
Thank you so much Filmfest Dresden, we are humbled!http://www.filmfest-dresden.de/english/festival/award+winners+2014/award+winners+2014.html
Fabulous article and film posting on Indiewire. Thank you guys – we really appreciate your incredible support!
Thanks Variety Magazine for the recommend and thanks to Palm Springs for having us at your topnotch festival!
BIG HUGE MASSIVE NEWS in that we have now been shortlisted for the Oscars next year!!!
Final 10!!! We will hear if we have been nominated on January 15th. If we do get the nod – be prepared to be deafened by the noise of popping champagne corks – drinks are on us!!! Thank you everyone for their incredible support so far. Everything crossed!!!! XXX
We are at the UK Film Festival this week and will be screening on Thursday 20th of November at 6.20 at the Electric Cinema Shoreditch.
We are in the Shorts competition – how very exciting. hope to see you there Londoners!
We are screening at St Louis International Film Festival THIS Sunday (16th) – please click on the link for details and tix.
St Louis we look forward to seeing you!!
We are very happy to announce our inclusion in this year’s New Zealand film festival Show Me Shorts! It runs 6th – 23rd of November.
This has special resonance for James as this was the beautiful country he grew up in! The festival travels up and down the country and you can click on the link below to find out when The Phone Call and all the other splendid shorts will be in your town!
We are 100% psyched and grateful for winning Best Short Film at this year’s Heart of Gold Film Festival in Australia! The team there have been so supportive and warm and we so we send our many thanks for our treasured award.
We are so proud to announce winning Best Narrative Short at this year’s 1 Reel Film Festival – which is part of Bumbershoot and curated by Seattle International Film Festival. We are so grateful to the jury and all the lovely people in Seattle for their support. THANK YOU!
After an extremely busy August of screenings (at Rhode Island FF, TheWrap Shortlist in LA, Montreal World FF, Odense FF and 1 REEL Bumbershoot FF) we are at Helsinki International Film Festival this month, screening on the 26th. http://hiff.fi/en/elokuvat/hard-times/
We certainly appreciate our American friends’ enthusiasm for The Phone Call!
In the upcoming months we will be screening at Tacoma Film Festival, Temecula Valley Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, Heartlands Film Festival, New Hampshire Film Film Festival, Naples (Florida) Film Festival, St Louis Film Festival and Santa Fe Film Festival. That is crazy and we love you!
We have the great honour of THE PHONE CALL being selected as one of 12 finalists in The Shortlist Film Festival, run by TheWrap (Hollywood’s top online film industry portal, with a huge worldwide readership). The finalists in this competition have all won major film festivals (ours being Tribeca, Aspen, Krakow and Dresden).
Shortlist Film Festival is incredibly high-profile (in association with Youtube, MTV and Epix) – opening our film to a truly global audience and placing it in the hallowed Academy’s consciousness…
Our film will be screening online from NOW until August 27th and we need your votes!
Please HIT THIS LINK and click ‘vote’, it takes 5 secs. We would be eternally grateful…
August is almost upon us and we are happy to announce The Phone Call will be screening at Academy-accredited and prestigious Rhode Island International Film Festival! Thanks Rhode Island, we look forward to be with you soon!
The Phone Call is increasing it’s rock ‘n’ roll credentials by screening at this weekend’s Latitude Festival on Sunday 20th, as part of the London Short Film Festival pop up! Details can be clicked on below.
Director Mat Kirkby says he’ll see you at the front of Black Keys, as well as the screening!
We are off to lovely Palm Springs to screen The Phone Call. It will be screening on the ‘When Strangers Meet’ programme: Sunday, June 22nd – 3pm. See you there!
Thanks so much for a great write up!
We have one other equally amazing festival screening in August – being Filmfestival Kitzbühel high up in the beautiful Austrian Alps!
We will be screening in Set 4, 12.30 on wednesday 20th of August. You can find out more on their website, link below
Rock me Amadeus! We are super psyched to be there. Thanks for having us Kitzbuhel!
Happy to announce we will be screening in the international competition section of the Academy Award accredited Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in June!
We will be screening:
5th June – 15.00
7th June – 17.50
13th June – 15.00
Very exciting to screening in Japan. Hope to see you there!
#shortshorts #thephonecall #academyaccredited #bfi#britishcouncilfilm #japan #matkirkby
Thanks to the Hackney Gazette for a great and illuminating piece on The Phone Call!
Off the back of our tremendous win at Tribeca Film Festival, we are gearing up for a number of great film festivals over the summer.
In MAY we will be screening at:
Internationales Filmfest Emden/Nordeney – 9th & 10th
Seattle International Film Festival – 7pm, 22nd (opening night)
Krakow Film Festival – 10pm 26th & 3pm 28th
We are excited to be screening at these film festivals and hope you and your friends will have an opportunity to see The Phone Call. Later summer dates to follow!
Montreal, we are coming for you! We have been selected for Festival des Films du Monde in Montreal – August 21st – September 1st 2014.
Super happy to be screening at this great international festival in an intriguing and beautiful city. Tres bien!
Dates to follow.
The Phone Call has been selected for the 40th Seattle International Film Festival – screening May 22nd – 26th. Will update on exact times/locations soon. Looking forward to screening at this creative city!
We are at Tribeca Film Festival! So very excited to be here at this great film festival! Already had the first screening. Three remaining screenings are as follows:
5:30 PM – TUE 4/22 BOW TIE CINEMAS CHELSEA 4
12:00 PM – THU 4/24 AMC LOEWS VILLAGE 7
7:30 PM – SUN 4/27 TRIBECA CINEMAS THEATER 2
Mat and James will be there so will look forward to meeting you! Further Tribeca info, regarding our film, can be found on the link below. Hurry as tickets going fast!
The Phone Call is screening for the British Council’s Shorts Scheme networking event tonight. It is screening specifically to highlight the necessity of strong casting.
Very happy to screen especially for Cinema Jam, here in London tonight. Cinema Jam is an opportunity for film professionals to get together, watch new work, be merry and talk all things film. We’re so there!
The Phone Call is making its way over to the Far East, in competition at the Academy Award qualifying Tokyo Short Shorts. It will be a great honour to screen in Japan. The Festival is end of May, we’ll keep you posted on screening dates.
Mat and James were recently interviewed about the production and thought process behind The Phone Call. You can read it here:
We have the great honour of being selected for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
We will be screening 18th, 22nd, 24th and 27th of April on the ‘Handle With Care’ programme. Times and venues to follow.
James already having sleepless nights at the prospect of shaking his idol’s hand!
So proud to have been selected for Aspen Shorts Fest 2014. We’ll be screening on April 10th at this lauded Academy Award accredited festival. Hope to see you there!
‘The Phone Call’ filmmakers have everything crossed for Sally’s Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for ‘Blue Jasmine’. Its a strong year and tough competition but we are so happy for Sally to get this well deserved nomination. Have a great night Sally!
We are very proud to share the news that Carmen’s ‘Take This Dance’ is being primed for release on the 28th of March. As you may know this song features in The Phone Call and is an invaluable component in making the film so very emotional. We will post details of where you can purchase the single in due course but we can share with you now the song to listen to on Soundcloud:
We are happy to announce The Phone Call has been selected for competition at Dresden Filmfest 2014.
The highly regarded short film festival runs April 15th – 20th and it will be the German Premiere for The Phone Call.
Details of screening date and time to follow. Super!
The Phone Call is getting ready for competition at the Miami Film Festival.
The film will screen Sunday 9th of March, 7.15pm at the Regal Beach Cinemas – on the PAPI Shorts Competition: Programme 2.
We look forward to screening in Miami, a city of rich film & television history.