(Patrick Dunne in Nothing Nowhere)
Nothing Nowhere a short film by Irish-based writer/director Ian Campbell has been selected as one of eight finalists in the fiction category of the annual Action/Cut Short Film Competition in the US. Shot on location in Bray, Co Wicklow, with an Irish cast and crew, the supernatural thriller was shortlisted in a prestigious competition that has been running since 2004.
Action/Cut was described by MovieMaker magazine as one of the top 10 short film competitions in the world for film-makers looking to showcase their talent. It typically attracts many hundreds of entries from over 25 countries. Winning directors are given introductions to Hollywood players as well as cash prizes.
Getting to the final of Action/Cut has been Nothing Nowhere’s most successful placing yet on the short film circuit, and it’s the only non-North American film to feature in its category. “I specifically targeted the competition because I looked at previous winners and recognised stylistic similarities with what I’m trying to do,” said Campbell. “I want to make quality genre movies, a category that often gets overlooked at other short film festivals.”
It has been a busy time for Campbell, a first-time writer/director who recently had another script shortlisted for the Film Offaly/Filmbase funding award.
Campbell has spent the last eighteen months honing his screenwriting and nurturing an ensemble of actors and crew under the banner of RGI Films. He is currently in pre-production on a second self-financed short that he will also direct.
No stranger to writing, he is a freelance journalist for various Irish media including the Irish Times and the Sunday Business Post. But film is his passion. “I’ve written a number of screenplays over the years, unseen by millions. Although I’ve had interest in them, it’s been a frustrating process which is why I decided to start making films myself,” he said.
You can follow Ian Campbell’s movie-making adventures on his blog, www.iwanttomakeafilm.com