SA Short-Film wins an international award
Tami and Dylan Marriot, founders of The Edit Room, competed against 475 entries from around the world.
Their film Alone, with a powerful message that resonates with all of us experiencing isolation during lockdown, won the best short film award at the Enfoque International Film Festival.
This is a first for South Africa!
Entries for this category had to be made this year and be no longer than 30 minutes.
The Enfoque International Film Festival hosted in Puerto Rico since 2008, was established to showcase inspiring films that can influence people’s lives through the power of cinematography.
The organisers of the film festival exhibit films that, “inspire, educate, transform and inform or have the ability to shift audience’s perspectives of the world.”
Tami Marriott, the writer and director of Alone said that the award winning film was something of a surprise even for them.
“It was never intended to be what it became. We filmed the bulk of it over a year ago as a passion project to bulk up our individual portfolios.
The original script was written about a girl who was trapped indoors and could not go outside because of a zombie apocalypse that had destroyed humanity.
As busy lives go, after filming it – we never got around to editing or recording the voice over. So, it sat on a hard drive, gathering dust and guilt because it had not been completed.
Then Covid-19 hit us, and we started conceptualising a story to support those who are alone and taking emotional strain. It was only when I started writing this script that it clicked!
Everything about our zombie film worked into our current message and with a few adaptions, we could make it a powerful story”
The Edit Room launched Alone across all social media platforms on the 28th April and the feedback was amazing.
The film makers then decided to post the film on Film Freeway, which is a tool for film makers to get their work submitted into festivals.
Tami and Dylan Marriot believe this award will open the door to a global market, although it will be impacted by Covid -19
Watch this award winning short film below.
Alone from the Edit Room on Vimeo
Photo Credit: goodthingsguy, The Edit Room