Twelve months ago we were putting our feet up after a hard year of production on Good Grief. A year later and we’re putting our feet up after an exciting year of festivals, screenings and awards. We’re so pleased about how Good Grief has been received by audiences all across the world, from local favourites St Kilda Film Festival and the Melbourne International Animation Festival, to Brooklyn Film Festival in the United States, Dok Leipzig and the Hamburg Short Film Festival in Germany, to Animanima in Serbia and even Animpact in Japan, Korea and China.
We’ve screened in ten countries at 17 festivals and have picked up five awards and several prestigious nominations. We have done radio interviews, spoken at conferences and loitered around at the odd festival and awards night. During our final screening for the year at the Made in Melbourne Film Festival, we were even chased down and asked for a hug – it doesn’t get much better than that. One of the hidden side benefits of film-making is the sheer volume of new friends and relationships forged at screenings and events – and we’ve made some wonderful connections this year.
What has made all the effort worthwhile are the emails and feedback we get from people who have seen the film and feel compelled to get in touch. We’re thrilled that the stories we have shared have been useful, inspiring, educational and food for thought. We’re looking at setting up a distribution agreement with a leading grief education body, and hope to be able to share more of this with you in the new year. Keep your ear out for our announcement in early 2014 about a touring schedule for schools & educational screenings.
From Fi & Jonno, wishing you the best for the holiday season. We hope you’re spending it with the people, pets and things that matter most to you.
Festivals and screenings
- Official Selection: Animpact (November 2013, Korea/Japan/China)
- Official Selection: Made in Melbourne Film Festival (November 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
- Official Selection: Clare Valley Film Festival (November 2013, South Australia)
- Official Selection: Dok Leipzig (October/November 2013, Leipzig, Germany)
- Official Selection: London International Animation Festival (November 2013, London, UK)
- Official Selection: Anim’Est (November 2013, Bucharest, Romania)
- Official Selection: Cut Out Fest (November 2013, Mexico)
- Official Selection: Canberra Short Film Festival (September 2013, Canberra, Australia)
- Official Selection: Animanima (September 2013, Čačak, Serbia)
- Official Selection: Just People/Chalice Films for Change (July 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
- Official Selection: Heart of Gold International Film Festival (July 2013, Gympie, Queensland, Australia)
- Official Selection: Melbourne International Animation Festival (June 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
- Official Selection: Warburton Film Festival ‘Show Us Your Shorts’ program (June 2013, Warburton, Victoria, Australia)
- Official Selection: Brooklyn Film Festival (May-June 2013, Brooklyn, New York, USA)
- Official Selection: St Kilda Film Festival (May-June 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
- Official Selection: 15th Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg/29th Hamburg International Short Film Festival (May 2013, Hamburg, Germany)
- Official Selection: Australian International Animation Festival (May 2013, Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia)
- Particiption by Invitation: Berlinale Online Short Film Cloud (Feb 2013, Berlin, Germany)
Awards and Nominations
- Winner: Best Australian Student Film, 2013 Clare Valley Film Festival
- Nomination: Best Tertiary Animation, Atom Awards 2013
- Highly Commended: Australian Showcase, 2013 Melbourne International Animation Festival
- Winner: ’Senior Commendation Award’ , 2013 Warburton Film Fesival’s ‘Show Us Your Shorts’ program
- Nomination: Best Student Film, 2013 Australian Director’s Guild Awards
- Winner: Best Masters Animation 2012 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia)
- Winner: Orloff Family Charitable Trust Script Award 2012 (Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Australia)
An updated list of our festival screening and awards is available here: http://goodgrief.tv/screenings/
If you would like to get in touch about the film, please email email@example.com
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the talented Elle and Carolyn of Pozible. They came over, we chatted about crowdfunding Good Grief, Gomez stuck his nose in everything and we all ate cupcakes. Good times.
As an Ambassador to the Pozible network I’m very happy to pass on my experience and advice about how the campaign for Good Grief went, and what was involved. You can grab some of my hot tips over at GiveMeABreak, an arts blog run by my good friend Christie W of Animo studios.
Good Grief has been rolling along very nicely and we’re getting accepted into festivals the world over. What’s even better is some of these are our A-list preferences and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of such an amazing collection of film screenings. From St Kilda and MIAF to Hamburg and Brooklyn, we’re going places! Head over to the screenings page for detailed info on where and when to catch the film on the big screen.
The dust has settled a bit since we finished up on production, and I thought I’d pen a few notes before the memory fades and I move on to less exciting projects such as finding rent money and figuring out where to put all this leftover plasticine.
I’m really happy with how the film has turned out. I think that there’s been a really solid realisation of my initial idea, which has of course grown organically since I first put it out there in February. From the initial character design to the overall look and feel of the piece, Good Grief has been a very satisfying exercise in careful planning and considered artistic choices. I have certainly learned a lot more about my own practice and peccadilloes as an animator, and have a new list of things to watch out for on the next project.