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Anna Blandford

Director

Anna came to filmmaking through a love of cinema. After reading English at university she had an initial career in design and social housing development. This led to her running community and youth driven film projects which explored social problems.

Anna then made her own short films, which became her film school. Early efforts were very low budget films made for competitions; and her prize winnings were used to fund her subsequent films. Anna won a Telegraph Critics Choice award for ‘Supersonic’ and her film ‘Looking for Marilyn’ was the first ‘Straight8′ film to premiere on Channel 4 before screening with Kodak at Cannes.

With the sensual and dreamlike period film ‘Goblin Market’, Anna was selected for Future Encounters, identifying her as ‘one of ten international directors ‘to watch’. ‘Goblin Market’ was exhibited at Tate Britain, the Pushkin Gallery and the Garage Centre for Contemporary Art in Moscow, alongside its festival run.

She then ventured into more aesthetically formal films which explored moral dilemmas. This resulted in the award-winning films ‘Untitled’ and ‘To The Sea’, the latter described by Aesthetica magazine as ‘an intricate film that experiments with its use of narrative…resonating long after the film has finished’.

Anna studied an MA in screenwriting at Birkbeck. Her last two shorts, ‘Cruelty’ and ‘On the Surface’ were backed by the BFI and Creative England. ‘On The Surface’ was filmed in France and the UK and has recently completed post production. It explores guilt and disassociation within a middle-class family.

Credits

SHORT FILM
Date: 2018
Production (role):
BFI / Creative England
Company:
ON THE SURFACE
Date: 2014
Production (role):
CRUELTY
Company:
BFI
Project details:
Drama

Developed via the Creative England ishorts scheme Awarded BFI funding, selected for Encounters Festival 2015
Date: 2013
Production (role):
UNTITLED, 2013
Project details:
Drama

Encounters Film Festival 2013

London Short Film Festival 2014 Aesthetica ISFF 2014

Brooklyn Film Festival 2014

Best Experimental Film at Barcelona International Film Festival 2014
Date: 2011
Production (role):
TO THE SEA
Project details:
Drama

Best Experimental Film at Aesthetica ISFF 2012

Rio de Janeiro ISFF 2012

Brooklyn Film Festival 2012

Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012
Date: 2010
Production (role):
GOBLIN MARKET
Project details:
Drama

Exhibited at the Tate Gallery, December 2012

Encounters 2012. Director selected for ‘Future Encounters’

London Short Film Festival 2013

Wiz-­‐Art Short Film Festival, Ukraine

Timi Short Festival 2013

Madeira Film Festival 2012

Concorto Film Festival 2013

Busho – Budapest Short Film Festival 2013

Exhibited at Garage, Moscow’s premiere contemporary visual art gallery, August 2013 and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow 2013 in association with the British Council
Date: 2008
Production (role):
LOOKING FOR MARILYN
Project details:
Drama

Channel 4 Premiere 2008

Kodak screening, Cannes 2008

Best of the decade Straight8 selection, London Short Film Festival 2012, Soho Rushes 2008 (12 Best of Straight8)

Depict Shortlist, Encounters 2008

Screened at Picturehouse cinemas nationwide 2008

Winner of the International Prize, Recontres Festival, Nice, 2008
Date: 2008
Production (role):
SUPERSONIC
Project details:
Drama

Critics Choice Winner Ford Telegraph Film Challenge 2007

Screened at Picturehouse cinemas nationwide 2008
Date: 2008
Production (role):
BOYS
Project details:
Drama

Educational Anti Bullying Film

LEA ‐ schools nationwide 2008
COMMERCIAL
Date: 2013
Production (role):
PLAYSTATION PS4
Project details:
Digital Commercial

Shortlisted for Mofilm London 2013
Date: 2013
Production (role):
FRISKIES
Project details:
Digital Commercial

Shortlisted for Mofilm London 2013
Date: 2013
Production (role):
DINERS CLUB
Project details:
Digital Commercial

Shortlised for Mofilm Cannes Lion 2013
SKILLS / QUALIFICATIONS
EDUCATION:

2:1 English BA, Birmingham University

Directors Foundation Certificate, Raindance

Directing Fiction Short Course, NFTS

Final Cut Pro Foundation

Scriptwriting Foundation, South Thames College

Credits

  • Date
    Production (role)
    Company
    Project details
  • Date: 2018
    Production (role): BFI / Creative England
    Company: ON THE SURFACE
    Project details:
  • Date: 2014
    Production (role): CRUELTY
    Company: BFI
    Project details: Drama

    Developed via the Creative England ishorts scheme Awarded BFI funding, selected for Encounters Festival 2015
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): UNTITLED, 2013
    Company:
    Project details: Drama

    Encounters Film Festival 2013

    London Short Film Festival 2014 Aesthetica ISFF 2014

    Brooklyn Film Festival 2014

    Best Experimental Film at Barcelona International Film Festival 2014
  • Date: 2011
    Production (role): TO THE SEA
    Company:
    Project details: Drama

    Best Experimental Film at Aesthetica ISFF 2012

    Rio de Janeiro ISFF 2012

    Brooklyn Film Festival 2012

    Palm Springs International Film Festival 2012
  • Date: 2010
    Production (role): GOBLIN MARKET
    Company:
    Project details: Drama

    Exhibited at the Tate Gallery, December 2012

    Encounters 2012. Director selected for ‘Future Encounters’

    London Short Film Festival 2013

    Wiz-­‐Art Short Film Festival, Ukraine

    Timi Short Festival 2013

    Madeira Film Festival 2012

    Concorto Film Festival 2013

    Busho – Budapest Short Film Festival 2013

    Exhibited at Garage, Moscow’s premiere contemporary visual art gallery, August 2013 and the Pushkin Museum, Moscow 2013 in association with the British Council
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): LOOKING FOR MARILYN
    Company:
    Project details: Drama

    Channel 4 Premiere 2008

    Kodak screening, Cannes 2008

    Best of the decade Straight8 selection, London Short Film Festival 2012, Soho Rushes 2008 (12 Best of Straight8)

    Depict Shortlist, Encounters 2008

    Screened at Picturehouse cinemas nationwide 2008

    Winner of the International Prize, Recontres Festival, Nice, 2008
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): SUPERSONIC
    Company:
    Project details: Drama

    Critics Choice Winner Ford Telegraph Film Challenge 2007

    Screened at Picturehouse cinemas nationwide 2008
  • Date: 2008
    Production (role): BOYS
    Company:
    Project details: Drama

    Educational Anti Bullying Film

    LEA ‐ schools nationwide 2008
  • Date
    Production (role)
    Project details
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): PLAYSTATION PS4
    Project details: Digital Commercial

    Shortlisted for Mofilm London 2013
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): FRISKIES
    Project details: Digital Commercial

    Shortlisted for Mofilm London 2013
  • Date: 2013
    Production (role): DINERS CLUB
    Project details: Digital Commercial

    Shortlised for Mofilm Cannes Lion 2013
  • EDUCATION:

    2:1 English BA, Birmingham University

    Directors Foundation Certificate, Raindance

    Directing Fiction Short Course, NFTS

    Final Cut Pro Foundation

    Scriptwriting Foundation, South Thames College
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