(Zoe Dobson, 13 Minutes, 2019, U.K.)
About the Film
THE CUNNING MAN is a short film inspired by John Harries (1785-1839) a physician and ‘Cunning Man’ –a healer who uses folklore magic. The film tells the story of an elderly and mysterious farmer who drifts through the Welsh valleys collecting dead animals. Refusing the services of the local abattoir’s collector, what he has in store for these creatures is beyond anyone’s imagination. An enchanted tale in the face of callous greed.
Clients Goals: Originally a film which was designed to be part of the Directors U.K. Arri Alexa 48 hour film challenge project, the creative team behind THE CUNNING MAN knew that they had a film which was something more than a film just for a competition and was instead a film which could make waves on the festival circuit.
Results Achieved by The Film Festival Doctor
So far THE CUNNING MAN has screened at over 50 international film festivals (including FrightFest, the Oscar Qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival, the Oscar Qualifying Cinequest, the BAFTA & BIFA qualifying Norwich Film Festival, the BAFTA qualifying Underwire Festival, Morbido & the BAFTA qualifying Aesthetica Festival). So far it has won 28 awards. It was BAFTA long-listed in 2019 and came runner up for the prestigious Melies D’Argent award at the Abertoir Horror Festival. The journey continues with an Oscar and BAFTA Wales campaigns which are in progress.
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