Over the August Bank Holiday, Third Quarter picked up two awards from its five nominations at the New Renaissance Film Festival. With five of the cast and crew who worked on the project in attendance at the awards ceremony in Soho – Joe Newton, David K. Whiting, Jonny Dry, Dan Baboulene and Samuel Jay Chessell – the film was recognised in both the Score and Mystery categories.
For the score both Dan and Jonny accepted the award before paying tribute to the work of Alexander Wells who could not attend but contributed an immense amount of work to the quality of the music as sound engineer and producer. Jonny as well thanked the immense amount of hardwork that both of them had put in to writing and producing an impressive and deeply moving piece of string-based composition.
Upon receiving the award for Best Mystery Short, Jonny thanked the selflessness and support of co-producer Samuel Jay Chessell and also the festival team for organising such an impressive weekend of short and feature films.
Other nominated films included Tara Fitzgerald’s Nothing Important, Aurora Fearnley’s Pulsar, and Gregory Nice’s Love I Have Known. The standard of films this year was incredibly high, and more broadly the festival recognised a huge range of documentary, experimental and narrative work as well as LGBT and international filmmaking.
Third Quarter’s other award nomination for Best UK Actor for which lead actor David K. Whiting was nominated, was awarded to Craig Parkinson for his role in Futures. The award for Best Set Design went to Belle Mundi for Pulsar and Nothing Important was recognised as Best UK Short.
A packed crowd attend the Courthouse Hotel in Soho for networking drinks before the ceremony which was introduced by Festival Directors Jan Hendrik Verstraten and Massimo Barbato and hosted by TV presenter Anya Patel. Across the board filmmakers thanked the dedication of their teams in producing the various films and acknowledged the importance of indie filmmaking which the NRFF supports. Tributes were also repeatedly paid to Jan and Massimo for their hard work in bringing together and excellent three day festival that had full auditoriums for many of the screening slots. Other award winners can be found here
This is the latest success for the Third Quarter team who have also been be recognised at other UK festivals, including the Newlyn International Film Festival and Heart of England Film Festival.
Jonny Dry’s latest short film Third Quarter has been selected and nominated for this year’s three day New Renaissance Film Festival in London. The growing festival network – which has gone on to establish itself in Amsterdam and a further LGBTQ festival – looks to promote ‘stories that are genuinely imaginative, emotional and positive.’
Alongside a varied programme of short, feature and documentary work, Third Quarter will screen on Saturday at the Close Up Cinema in Shoreditch alongside Cameron Richards’ The Sea starring Anna Friel, Russell Tovey and David Elliot; and Rena Dumont’s Hapless Hans.
On Sunday many of the team who worked on Third Quarter have been nominated across a range of categories that speaks volumes for the team’s dedication to the producing the film which was released earlier this year. Tickets for both the screening and awards ceremony can be booked here.
Lead actor David K. Whiting is nominated for Best Actor for his portrayal of Will. Dan Baboulene and Alexander Well’s impressive string based score featuring Makoto Nakata on the violin and Cristina Cooper on the cello is nominated for Best Score.
Elsewhere the work that went in to constructing and dressing the bookcases and books is recognised with a nomination for Best Set Design and there are also general nominations for Best UK Short and Best Fantasy/Mystery short.
The project, which Jonny began writing back in 2015, depicts the inner psychological turmoil of memory loss and dementia to the explore the emotional impact such confusion can have as one’s sense of identity is lost. Drawing from a range of scientific material that researched the psychological impact of such conditions, Third Quarter was supported in-kind from Falmouth University and with principle photography commencing in the summer of 2016 before a long two year post-production process that included visual effects work from a Netherlands-based team that featured close collaborator René Huwaë.
Third Quarter has gone on to also be recognised at other UK festivals, including the Newlyn International Film Festival and Heart of England Film Festival.