Dedicated to bringing exciting new stories into the world, Guardian Documentariesrecently distributed the Oscar-nominated short film Black Sheepafter it won ASFF’s prestigious Best of Festival award in 2018. The documentary –a visually assertive account of a young man who befriends his racist attackers –won three awards at ASFF, including Best of Fest 2018, kickstarting the film’s journey to become nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category at the 91stAcademy Awards this year.
Beginning in November 2000, when Damilola Taylor was murdered in South London, the short follows the life of Cornelius Walker, a near carbon copy of Taylor (he shared his age and family heritage) through first-hand narration and cinematic recreations.
Guardian Documentariesmakes its ASFF debut in 2019 with a thoughtfully crafted programme of shorts entitled Brief Encounters: Life Through the Eyes of Others. Through this series of films, The Guardianpresents exceptional storytelling that holds up the consequences of change in society while also challenging the visual boundaries associated with nonfiction filmmaking.
Guardian Documentaries will also be present at the ASFF Feature Film Pitching Sessions, where filmmakers are matched with a leading British film organisation and granted 15 minutes within which to speak about and develop their feature film idea. This is a rare opportunity to receive feedback from experienced development executives and commissioners. Applications for this are open now, with early submissions encouraged.
1. Still from Black Sheep. Courtesy of Cornelius Walker.