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Win! Win! Win!

Win 2x VIP tickets to our World Cinema Film Festival on 16th June in Barking.

All you need to do is follow us on Instagram @bluebirdpictures and repost the image tagging us!

We will announce the winners on 20th May.

ENJOY front row seats to all screenings and talks, access to press area and guest speakers, plus 2x free drinks!

Good luck everyone!

Bluebird team x

Harassment in Hollywood 2017

Our Harassment in Hollywood event this past December (2017) was in direct response to the recent sexual harassment and misconduct allegations sweeping Hollywood, starting with the prominent downfall of producer Harvey Weinstein.

Bluebird Pictures was joined by Ian Manborde, the Equality and diversity officer at Equity, the performers union, Nicky Bentham, producer at Neon films and co-founder of Raising films, and Lisa Dee, the Film Officer for Barking and Dagenham.

Together, with our audience we discussed how to move forward from such allegations and what the UK film industry MUST do to create a safer, healthier work environment for all.

At Bluebird Pictures our mantra is support creatives on all platforms and this includes looking after all cast and crews mental health and well as physical health, to make the industry a happier and healthier place to work.

Going forward, we will work endlessly to include workshops that and events that address issues to do with sexual harassment and mental  health.

Videos uploaded shortly…

Bluebird team x

School Bag by Dheeraj Jindal

Our first selection for our World Cinema Film Festival is short film ‘School Bag’ by Indian filmmaker Dheeraj Jindal.

We will be screening his film alongside others from around the world, to reflect the diverse community we live in, in the East London borough of Barking and Dagenham.

Synopsis:
The bond between a mother and her son is indeed a special one. It was the same between Farooq and his Mother. They reside in the small town of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Farooq, a child with a simple demand, wants a new school bag on his birthday. But his mother, who in spite of her love and affection seems to be unfazed by her child’s plea.

Unknown to Farooq, there is something waiting for him.

Indian filmmaker Dheeraj Jindal

Director:
Dheeraj Jindal, at a very young age got attached to questions. Questions about the measures of good and bad, the society and its inequalities. Questions that hit the prism of curiosity but got lost in its colors. Not too enthusiastic in academics, he soon got introduced to his favorite quote “travelling is the best way to get educated.”

He travelled, observed and looked for his answers, and soon a sheer coincidence introduced him to an art of telling stories, filmmaking.

He first entered the film scene around seven years back as an associate director, after his formal training in Masters degree specialized in film making, and very soon he moved on to directing films independently and got a number of social, commercial, corporate and documentary films to his credit, that won awards, and more importantly, hearts of his audience.

Immensely creative, disciplined and slightly quirky Dheeraj is a rare blend of talent and humility. His work reflects his vision, his perseverance and technical knowhow. Carrying along his habit of living the moment, he makes each and every frame in his films striking and memorable.

His small experience as an actor at the age of seven, is one of the dots that connects him to where he is today. Courageous moments, out of the box ideas and his dedication are few more.

While he continues to connect the dots, he continues to look for his answers.

We are incredibly honoured and excited to showcase Dheeraj’s film to a new international audience here in London on the 16th June. Tickets for the festival will be available soon via Eventbrite.

Casting Director Dan Hubbard joins World Cinema Film Festival

Dan joins the World Cinema Film Festival as a mentor for our winners (one from Barking and Dagenham and one from the rest of the world!)

His credits include, but are not limited to!

Jason Bourne, Hellboy, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Damned United, King Kong, United 93, Captain Philips, Harry Brown, Jimi: All Is By My Side, Ill Manors, Chalet Girl, Inkheart, One Chance, Churchill, The Professor and The Madman, Black 47, Lords of Chaos, Suite Francaise, Green Zone, Harry Brown, The Damned United, My Talks with Dean Spanley, Battle for Haditha, Flyboys, The Fall, A Good Woman, The Bourne Supremacy, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Below, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Agent Cody Banks 2:Destination London, Dracula 2000.

We are delighted Dan is happy to take time out of his busy schedule this summer to meet with the winners of our festival. For your chance to win a meeting with the casting director, submit your short film or documentary under 25 minutes on film freeway:

King Arthur producer joins World Cinema Film Festival

Steve Clark-Hall has been added to the line-up of mentors for our World Cinema Film Festival.

Steve has produced top movies including: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Rock ‘n’ Rolla. He will also be holding a Q&A on behalf of Bluebird Pictures as part of our workshops and masterclass series tied to the festival on the 23rd March at The Boathouse in Barking.

More info on his masterclass will be released on our homepage soon!

Don’t forget early bird submissions end 28th February. So for your chance to win a meeting with the producer, submit your film on what ‘culture’ means to you. Remember this theme is broad because we want to explore what your interpretation of the word is.

Submit on film freeway:

Mulan writers join World Cinema Film Festival

We are delighted to announce the dynamic duo Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek have joined our film festival as mentors to the winners this summer. The winning filmmakers, one from Barking and Dagenham and one from the rest of the world will have the chance to either meet in person or Skype the writers.

 

Writing partners Lauren Hynek and Elizabeth Martin met in high school when they both worked for the same New England Shakespeare Company. After graduating from Brown and Stanford respectively, they worked in theater before transitioning to screenwriting. They still maintain a presence in the theater world with a keen interest in immersive, site-specific theatrical pieces. Their third play, Darkest Night at the Gnarly Stump was produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati in the fall of 2016. They adapted the Grimm fairy tale The Twelve Dancing Princesses as an animated musical feature for Amazon Studios. In 2015, they sold the live-action Mulan to Disney which goes into production in early 2018. They followed Mulan by working on an adventure story for Sony Pictures Animation. Last year, they wrote a holiday comedy for Mar Vista which begins production this January. Recently, they’ve been hired to write two true story book adaptations — one for television and one as a feature. They are proud members of the Writers Guild of America West. Currently, they serve as the vice-chair and co-chair of the Committee of Women Writers at the WGAW.

For your chance to win a meeting with the writers, submit your short film about what ‘culture’ means to you on Film Freeway below: