Rob Ayling talks Fan Films & Living in Crime Alley on Imaginary Worlds Podcast

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Fan films allow filmmakers to tell stories set in the worlds of their favorite licensed characters, and fan films have taken off in recent years, thanks to affordable special effects and online distribution. Is that legal? Sort of. But the studios have learned it’s not worth upsetting their hardcore fans by suing them, according to copyright lawyer David Lizerbram. Indie Boom film festival director Anthony DeVito explains why he thinks fan films deserve the same respect as other indie productions. John Lim talks about playing Sulu on the bridge of The Enterprise circa 1966. And Rob Ayling breaks down his fan film, Living in Crime Alley, which puts The Dark Knight in precarious situation.

HANDS officially selected at Canada Shorts Film Festival

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film award at Videoscream Interantional Film Festival!

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WILDsound Film Podcast - Batman Film LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY (dir. Rob Ayling)

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Listen to the interview with director Rob Ayling. Rob talks about having his screenplay performed at our festival a few years ago and then the process of turning it into a film. The creative and emotional journeys of making a film.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fantasy at Falcon International Film Festival!

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Living in Crime Alley wins the Best Fantasy award at the Falcon International Film festival - London 

HANDS officially selected for TweetFest Film festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected at Austin Indie Film Festival 2020

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HANDS officially selected for Walthamstow International Film Festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fantasy award at Košice International Monthly Film Festival

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY offficially selected for Tri-Cities International Film Festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY selected for Berlin SciFi Film Fest 2020

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HANDS - officially selected at Oregon Documentary Film Festival 2020

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Hands has been officially selected for the Oregon Documentary Film Festival and the screening will take place at the Sunshine Mill Winery and Drive-Up Theater 901 EAST 2nd Street The Dalles, Oregon, 97058 from October 11-12, 2020

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for F3: Frankly Film Fest 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Actor & Best Fantasy Film at Vegas Movie Awards 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Vegas Movie Awards 2020!

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'HANDS' officially selected at DaVinci International Film Festival 2020

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A short documentary I made in Lockdown ‘HANDS’ has been officially selected for the DaVinci International Film Festival.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially slected for Monthly Indie Shorts Film Festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Fan Fiction Film & Screenplay Festival 2020

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We have gone full circle! 3 years ago, the journey began when the screenplay was submitted and won the Best Screenplay award at the festival. Now, we are very pleased to announce that the finished film LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY has been officially selected for the Fan Fiction Film & Screenplay Festival 2020!

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film award at Flicks Film Festival 2020!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Something Wicked Film Festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Gen Con Film Festival 2020!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Videoscream International Film Festival 2020!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film Award at Southern Shorts Awards!

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In the festivals first virtual film award ceremony, Living in Crime Alley won Best Fan Film at the Southern Shorts Awards, spring edition 2020.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected at Prisma Rome Independant Film Awards!

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Small Screen Stories Podcast Interview

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Fan films. How are they made? Today’s we’re going to explore the wonderful world of fan films with Living In Crime Alley’s writer and director, Rob Ayling. Welcome back to Small Screen Stories. This is the podcast where I usually go through all the news of the week in the world of entertainment and pop culture, and I also review stuff every now and then.However, this week I welcome filmmaker Rob Ayling on the show to talk about his Batman fan film, Living In Crime Alley which you can find on YouTube right now. Living In Crime Alley is a wonderful film, and I wanted to get the chance to speak to the man behind it and really understand what goes into making a fan film.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Narrative Short Film award!

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Living in Crime Alley has received the Best Narrative Short Film award at Screen Power Film Festival 2020! 

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY - Small Screen

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Check Out This Batman Fan Film Which Sees Bristol Double Up As Gotham...article by Edward Lauder

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins at Global Shorts Awards!

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Living in Crime Alley has won an Award of Merit at Global shorts 2020!

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Southern Shorts Awards 2020!

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Living in Crime Alley has been officially selected for the Southern Shorts Awards 2020! The film has been nominated for Best Fan Film!

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Screen Power Film Festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for FantaSci Short Film Festival 2020

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Out of the Can International Film Festival 2020

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Living in Crime Alley has been officially selected as part of the Best Fantasy selection at Out of the Can Film Festival 2020. The festival will take place in Derbyshire in September.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film at New York International Film Awards!

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Living in Crime Alley has won Best Fan Film at the New York International Film Awards!

The film was also nominated for Best Director for Rob Ayling.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Global Shorts Awards

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Living in Crime Alley is now a finalist at the Global Shorts Film Awards! 

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY - Film Review - Midlands Movies

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A review of Living in Crime Alley by Midlands Movies.

DC World UK - "Director's Chair" with Rob Ayling

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Interview with DC World UK, talking about comics, movies and the making of Living in Crime Alley.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for New York International Film Awards 2020

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Living in Crime Alley is an official selection for the New York International Film Awards!

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fantasy Film at Top Shorts Film Festival!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film at Con-Nooga Film Festival!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for Top Shorts Film Festival!

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LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected for MystiCon Independent Film Festival 2020!

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Living in Crime Alley has been officially selected at MystiCon Independent Film Festival - which takes place in Roanoke, Virginia on the 28th February.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY secures 4 nominations for the Fan Film Awards 2020!

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Living in Crime Alley has secured 4 nominations at the Fan Film Awards; Best Cinematography, Best Actor, Best Director and Best picture. The film will screen at the festival in Los Angeles, California on the 28th February!

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY wins Best Fan Film at ONIROS!

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Living in Crime Alley has won Best Fan Film at the Oniros Film Awards!

BRISTOL BECOMES GOTHAM IN THE FIRST BATMAN FILM TO BE SHOT IN THE CITY

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From his lofty vantage point, the caped crusader looks down upon the crime-ridden streets of . . . St. Nicholas Market? That’s right: Bristol is Gotham City in Living in Crime Alley, the first Batman film ever to be shot round these parts. The eight minute fan fiction short, which has been gaining traction at film festivals around the world, is the brainchild of 28-year-old UWE graduate filmmaker (and former Starbucks barista champion) Rob Ayling.

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY officially selected at Con-Nooga Film festival!

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Living in Crime Alley will screen at the Con-Nooga Film festival on the 21st February in Tennessee.

RADS 2020

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Recruitment advertising agency TMP Worldwide took the highly coveted Work of the Year for its campaign for The AA at the 2020 RAD Awards last night in central London.

In Conversation with Rob Ayling, Director of the Batman Fan Film ‘Living in Crime Alley’

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An interview with writer & director Rob Ayling discussing the making of Living in Crime Alley - a Batman Fan Film with Occhi Magazine.

Batman Fan Film Director, Rob Ayling, Discusses "Living in Crime Alley" & Batman Memorabilia

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Writer / director, Rob Ayling sat down with Big Picture Film Club to talk about his love for Batman, his Batman memorabilia and his latest short film "Living In Crime Alley".

LIVING IN CRIME ALLEY - Official Teaser Trailer is LIVE!

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The official teaser trailer for my next ambitious short film project Living in Crime Alley is live! Check it out!

The RMA's 2019 - Unsung (NHS Greater Manchester Nurses) wins Best Video (£15,001+)

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TMP Worldwide UK picked up 2 huge wins at The RMAs 2019 - Best Video & The Grand Prix for the NHS Greater Manchester Nurses - Unsung campaign! You can watch the film in the link below!

Rob discusses the making of Living in Crime Alley on Film7 podcast

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On this episode we have Rob Ayling! We discuss his career, the ups and downs of the industry, his love of Batman and of course his upcoming short film "Living in Crime Alley - A Batman Fan Film" - Jake Hart

"Are You Okay?" by Thomas Waterman

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A few months ago, a charming, talented, funny young man named Thomas Waterman (also known as Travis Mattison) left this world too soon... He wrote an incredible poem about suicide prevention.

In memory of his life and his work, myself and Livvie May filmed the wonderful, brave Jeannette Waterman perform her son's poem.

Below is that film. Mental illness and suicide prevention isn't spoken about enough. With this film and this poem, we hope to reach out to those of you who may be feeling lost or to their friends who may have noticed that you are not yourself - Go further than just asking the question "Are You Okay?"

Thank you. Please share this film as far as you can.

#AreYouOkay #Poem #PoetryFilm #SuicidePrevention

BACK ON BOOM | Living in Crime Alley

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Matthew Walker (sound designer) write a lovely post about his his experience of working on set of Living in Crime Alley - check it out!

Living in Crime Alley - Wrapped!

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Rob Ayling has directed a new Batman fan film, Living in Crime Alley, which is now in post-production and will be released later this year. 2019 marks the 80th year of Batman's existence. Rob not only made the film to celebrate the iconic character but also wanted to bring his own interoperation Gotham into a reality not far from our own.

Rob nominated for Best Director at New Jersey Web Fest 2019

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Rob has been nominated for Best Director along with the other 5 directors for their work on Dreaming Whilst Black.

PQA Bristol wins Best Youth Film at Swindon Independent Film Festival!

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Rob Ayling & Livvie May on behalf of PQA Bristol won the Best Youth Film Award at the Swindon Independent Film festival for the film 'Hide & Go Seek', which the pair produced. The film was made by a group of 10-12 year olds that attend the Pauline Quirke Academy in Bristol. Rob is the Film & Television Teacher at the academy.

Living in Crime Alley - Indiegogo Campaign launched!

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Living in Crime Alley is an award winning screenplay which tells the story of a father struggling to bring up his child, a huge fan of the dark knight, in downtown Gotham, known to citizens as Crime Alley. This short film raises questions of morality and justice from the points of view of a father, the child and the dark knight himself.

A team of professional filmmakers creating a powerful short film that celebrates 80 years of the world and character of Batman. The screenplay should be made into a film because it brings the dark knight and everything that he brings with him into the sharp focus of todays reality of everyday struggle. The perspective of a ground level citizen living in Gotham City is something that hasn’t been fully explored in film. Despite Batman having been created in the late 1930s, Living in Crime Alley shows that his character has a resonance with the life that people live today.

Living in Crime Alley selected for Fan Film Festival & Awards 2019

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Living in Crime Alley, a Batman short screenplay, has been officially selected for the Azure Lorica Fan Film Festival & Awards 2019 in Pasadena, Los Angeles. The screenplay has been nominated for the Best Screenplay award.

Dreaming Whilst Black wins Best UK Series at UK WEB FEST!

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Dreaming Whilst Black, created by 4 Quarter Films, won Best Uk Series at UK Web Fest! 

Being Wild wins at Royal Wolf Film Awards!

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Being Wild has won awards for Best Short Film (Drama) and Best Director for Rob Ayling at the Royal Wolf Film Awards in Los Angeles.

Being Wild nominated for Royal Wolf Film Awards

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Being Wild has been officially selected and has been nominated for the Royal Wolf Film Awards 2018. Nominations include:

- Best Short Film (Drama)

- Best Director (short film)

Being Wild officially selected for Direct Short Online Film Festival

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Being Wild officially selected for Beer Town Film Festival

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Being Wild has been officially selected for Beer Town Film Festival and will be screened at Burton-upon Trent on the 26th May.

Dreaming Whilst Black screens at UWE Bristol

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Dreaming Whilst Black screens at UWE Bristol - Bower Ashton with Q&A with Max Evans, Adjani Salmon & Rob Ayling. Discussing the production and the ongoing conversation about equality and diversity in the film industry.

Being Wild officially selected for Swindon Independent Film Festival - Film@Swinge

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 Being Wild has been selected to screen at the Swindon Independent Film Festival - Film@Swinge. The festival runs 4 - 6th April, welcome drinks, Networking session and official awards night with standup comedy and music.

Dreaming Whilst Black - Premieres at The Prince Charles Cinema, London

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A cinema launch event, where audiences got to see the first 3 episodes of Dreaming Whilst Black and meet the cast & crew. The show was also screened in cinemas in Shanghai, Jamaica, Amsterdam & Miami. The first 2 episodes will be available to watch at 8pm today via YouTube.

Big Picture Film Club - Epsiode 6 Podcast - Dreaming Whilst Black

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Episode 6 of Big Picture Film Club's podcast is now available to listen online. Along with Adjani Salmon & Laura Seixas, Rob discussed Dreaming Whilst Black, the importance of the mini series as well as discuss current and future projects.

Rob appears on Big Picture Film Club's Podcast

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Along with Adjani Salmon & Laura Seixas, Rob appeared on Big Picture Film Club's podcast, (episode 6) to discuss Dreaming Whilst, Being Wild and Living in Crime Alley

Filmmaker Rob Ayling Talks With Us About “Dreaming Whilst Black”

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Occhi Magazine interviewed Rob in March 2017, and thought it would be great to follow up with him. Rob talks about Dreaming Whilst Black and the importance of the mini-series as well as current & future projects.

Being Wild officially selected for CineMe Films

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Being Wild will be screening at the next CineMe Films event in Bristol, 27th February!

Dreaming Whilst Black arrives 18.03.2018.

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Dreaming Whilst Black is a 9-part comedy mini-series that follows a young, passionate, yet naive filmmaker, Kwabena, who struggles to navigate between his dreams and reality. Rob directed episode 4. The series will premiere on the 18th March at The Prince Charles Cinema, London. For more information, trailers, behind the scene photos and more, check out the Facebook Page via 'click here' or check out the official trailer by clicking on the poster! 

Being Wild officially selected for Direct Monthly Online Film Festival, Feb 2018

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Extra Features Podcast Interview

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Rob was recently interviewed on Extra Features Podcast, November 12th. Discussing Listen To Me, Living in Crime Alley, future project, his favourite popcorn snacks and more.

Listen To Me officially on Amazon Prime video

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'Living in Crime Alley' - Feedback and Performed

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'Living in Crime Alley' receives feedback "An excellent script that is self-contained and respects the canon...feels like it could be a segment from one of the Batman comics". In addition, the screenplay was officially performed at the Fan Fiction Festival, New York.

Alone in the Silence - Finalist in MCM Comic Con Film Race 2017

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Alone in the Silence - a short film made in 60 hours as part of the MCM Comic Con Film Race, has been selected as one the finalists for the competitions grand prize. The film will screen at MCM London Comic Con, 29th October.

Screenplay Winner for Batman Short Film Screenplay

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A Batman short film screenplay by Rob Ayling has won an award at the Fan Fiction Festival 2017. The script will be performed at the festival in New York.

Rob interviewed by Film Curiosity

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Film Curiosity sat down to chat with director Rob Ayling about the creative process and the film’s important journey.

  

Listen To Me selected for Macoproject Online Shorts Festival

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Meet The Alumni: MA DIRECTING GRADUATE - Rob Ayling

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Since leaving Met in 2014, Rob has been extremely proactive. His graduation film Listen to Me continues to screen at film festivals nationwide, and in the last week, the short was voted to second place in Shooting People’s Film of the Month competition. Rob has also been regularly commissioned for both videographer and editing work; creating corporate videos, covering entertainment & cultural events and also offering his services to non-profit organisations.

Read our interview with Rob about his busy last two years…

Listen To Me shortlisted 2nd in Shooting People's Film of the Month

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Listen To Me came 2nd in Shooting People's monthly Film of the Month competition. The 3 finalists will get feedback about their film from a leading industry figure - Anna Biller (Viva, The Love Witch)

Listen To Me shortlisted for Shooting People's Film of the Month

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Listen To Me has been shortlisted for Shooting People's Film of the Month - A monthly film competition showcasing your shorts to the leading industry talent. March's Judge: Anna Biller. A filmmaker whose work uses classic genre modes to talk about women's roles within culture, "coding feminist ideas within cinematic aesthetics and visual pleasure." Always working on film, she directed several acclaimed shorts on 16mm, before making 35mm cult feature Viva. Her new film, The Love Witch, has received considerable attention on it's festival tour before being picked up by Oscilloscope Labs in the USA, and is now being distributed across the UK by Icon Horror UK and the feminist-horror collective The Final Girls.

Meet Film Director Rob Ayling

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American Arts Magazine Occhi interviewed Rob Ayling about filmmaking, directing and advise for aspiring film directors.

Listen To Me screens at UNDR LNDN

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The next screening of Listen To Me will be at the UNDR LNDN event on the 17th March, The Gallery Cafe, Bethnal Green! The event is free to attend!

Occhi Magazine reviews Listen To Me

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A review of Listen To Me by Your Movie Review, Occhi Magazine

Listen To Me officially selected for BAFTA recoginsed Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2016

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Listen To Me has been officially selected for BAFTA recoginsed Aesthetica Short Film Festival and will screen in November in the Thriller category.

The Broken Dream - a Finalist in the Comic Con Film Race

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Team Shark Repellent Bat Spray's short film entry The Broken Dream has been selected as a finalist in the Comic Con Film Race challenge. The film will now compete with 5 other films and the winner will be announced at the MCM Comic Con event in October.

The Broken Dream by Team Shark-Repellent-Bat-Spray to screen at MCM Comic Con London

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 As Team: Shark-Repellent-Bat-Spray, I took part in the 60 hour film challenege as part of MCM Comic Con - Here is the completed film with the brief:

 

TITLE: The Broken Dream

THEME: Apocalypse

PROP/ACTION: A Glow Stick is used as a Beacon

DIALOGUE: "She's old, it's about time she died'

 

The Broken Dream has been selected as one of the Top 10 films of the Comic Con Film Race and will be screening at MCM Comic Con London, 29th May 

Listen To Me screens at Bristol Film Festival

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Bristol Film Festival presents a Short Film Showcase at the Arnolfini as part of its Made In Bristol series, which showcases local talent and some of the independent film being produced in the city.

Listen To Me screening at CineMe 'South West Shorts' March 2016

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The evening celebrates CineMe's 8th anniversary as a platform for independent filmmakers to exhibit their short films and features.  The night will include a showcase of 9 locally made shorts with some of the filmmakers discussing their work.  There will be an 'Audience Award' for the most popular film screened and we conclude with drinks and chat at the Westbury Park Tavern Pub opposite the Orpheus Cinema.

Listen To Me - Officially Selected for London Short Film Festival 2016

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Listen To Me will be screening at the 13th London Short Film Festival, 10 January 2016, as part of the 'New Shorts: Youth of Today' programe.

'Ardcore Parkour - Indiegogo Campaign launched!

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A mockumentary following a group of amateur freerunners, 'Ardcore Parkour' is a coming of age comedy about three hapless young men who dream of breaking free from sleepy suburbia and proving their worth at a competition in the big city. Along the way, Martin, Trey and Seb must scale the hurdles of teenage angst, negotiate fallouts, and contend with a distinct lack of ability. With the tragic loss of Martin's older (and more talented) brother hanging over them, can the boys defeat the odds and emerge as champions in their own right.

Listen To Me officially selected at 25th Bath Film Festival 2015

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Listen To Me has been selected for the 25th Bath Film Festival! The film will be screened on the 13th December before Hsiao-Hsien Hou's The Assassin.

Listen To Me - Officially selected & nominated for Best UK Short Film at East End Film Festival 2015

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Rob Aying, a graduate of our MA Directing programme, had his short film Listen to Me selected to screen during the East End Film Festival this year.

 

Listen to Me is the story of a young musicologist who suspects her next-door neighbour of being in an abusive relationship.  It screens as part of the Shorts: Dig Me Out section of the festival, which features nine tales of characters stuck in a tight spot. Each film forces the audience to consider what they would do in each protagonists’ place.

 

Rob is honoured to have his work showcased at the festival, “Growing up in East London and having my short film screened at the East End Film Festival is a great privilege” he told us “and acknowledgement of the hard work the team and I did.”

The Girl with the Compass Tattoo wins Cary Grant Comes Home Film Festival 2014

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Filmmaker Rob Ayling, currently undertaking a Masters in Filmmaking at Met Film School, said “I want to thank all of the judges and the people of Bristol who saw our film. Winning the Cary Grant Film Challenge is a great acknowledgement of our abilities as storytellers and our love for cinema and of course the brilliance that was Cary Grant.” The winner received a limited edition print of Morph by Morphwest created especially for the festival by Merlin Crossingham, director of Aardman’s new Morph series.

Rob Ayling interviewed by Synergomatique about Listen To Me

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Rob Ayling talks about his upcoming drama short film Listen To Me 

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