Daughter is an Official Coronet Selection of the Queen Palm International Film Festival, October 2018 Edition. Although we are not up for any awards or part of the public screening, we are thrilled to have had Daughter selected by the jury.
At the end of March this year Nexus Production Group expanded Daughter's reach to a world wide audience by making the awareness project available for viewing though their Vimeo on Demand platform. This streaming service allows viewers to watch Daughter when they want and on any device that suits them.
Since launching through Vimeo on Demand just over a month ago 107 links to Daughter have been sold, in 19 countries world wide including Australia, USA, New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, France and Germany, as it stands on the day of writing this blog.
Leading the race for sales is the US, which NPG speculate has something to do with Daughter's lead, Katherine Langford, becoming the "hottest thing in Hollywood" after landing the role of Hannah Baker in Netflix's teen drama 13 Reasons Why. Following the US in sales is Australia, Germany and finally the UK who are also embracing Daughter.
NPG are excited by the surprises that keep springing up from this project, which they are very proud of.
Surprises aside, in festival news, a big win for Daughter came just over a week ago, when the film received a Silver Remi award at WorldFest Houston under the category of longer short film - dramatic. This screening was also Daughter's American premiere, since the 2016 public premiere in Melbourne.
On the first weekend of October Daughter had it's Sydney premiere screening at the Women Media Arts and Film Festival, making this event Daughter's first public festival screening. The festival, which celebrates women filmmakers was held in an interesting venue - Newington Armory / Blaxland Riverside Park, Sydney.
Unfortunately the cast and crew could not be in attendance. Writer/director Sarah Jayne and Producer Ivan Malekin were tied up in Melbourne filming another project and could not make it to the festival, but they were following WMAFF's Facebook page for news as it happened.
Sarah Jayne is one of the festivals alumni, having had her debut film Dusk screen back in 2013, so she was thrilled that again, her work was seen as an important piece of filmmaking from a female director.
On Sunday Sarah Jayne received the fantastic news that Daughter had taken out the award for Best Short Film - Fiction Category at the festival. What an honour. Now Daughter is an award winning film!
NPG are ecstatic that their tough little film from St Kilda had been asked to screen at the festival, and taking out an award was a bonus. It has been a great month for the independent production company with other films, recent and older being chosen for a number of festivals as-well as taking out prizes internationally. For more NPG news, go to the website - Nexus Production Group.
Myself and Nexus Production Group's Ivan Malekin will be in Cannes on the last leg of our Honeymoon and it just so happens that we planned to visit Cannes and the famous Cannes Film Festival before heading home. What a way for two film makers to end a honeymoon!
Since we made it into the Cannes Short Film Corner with Zina, our film which was shot earlier on in 2015 before Daughter, we thought we would enter Daughter too- any chance to market two NPG films while across the other side of the world is a win. Festivals were not a big part of my plan for Daughter but some once in a life time opportunities can't be overlooked.
Two days after sending though the application we received word that Daughter was selected. Super exciting!
Now the hard yards will begin. We will have to sell the films, network and get people to watch both Zina and Daughter in the hope that someone sees potential in our work. This is an opportunity that Nexus Production Group are very grateful for, a long time coming too but all worth the wait.
The festival runs during mid May. Ivan and I pick up our passes on May 15th from the venue and from the 16th we have access to the grounds and the opportunity to meet influential people from all over the world and other film makers. If we are super lucky we will have the chance to party with some of them in the evening, share a drink at the bar and attend some black tie parties. My dresses are all ready picked out.
We are glad we have a couple of friends, another film making duo from Melbourne also attending the festival and they have been before, so we will be representing Melbourne Indie Film.
We have heard from people and actor friends who have been that the experience is unlike anything else and we are sure that this is an opportunity we will take full advantage of and never take for granted. This will be our greatest adventure.
I look forward to blogging here when I return and of course sharing some pictures of Ivan and I on the famous red carpet.
Let the adventures begin!