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Smashed International Festival Campaign

SMASHED premiered at the 2017 Berlinale and won five SA Screen Awards including ‘Best Short’. The filmmakers are seeking support to continue the film’s remarkable international festival run.

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Smashed is described by the Sydney Film Festival as “An unsettling thriller about passion, power and an attempt to turn back time”. The short film stars some of Australia’s hottest young stars including Harrison Gilbertson (‘Beneath Hill 60’) and Toby Wallace (INXS: Never Tear Us Apart).

Smashed was produced by Snakepit – a filmmaking collective from Adelaide consisting of director Sean Lahiff, screenwriter Dave Haddin and producer Michael Clarkin.

Smashed world premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival and was awarded five South Australian Screen Awards including the South Australian Film Corp’s Best Short Award.

The team are now focused on continuing Smashed’s international festival success and aim to screen the film at 100 festivals across the globe.

Smashed showcases the work of some of Australia’s hottest talent. Emerging actors Sarah Jeavons, Leo Santangelo and Henry Reimer Meaney feature, while Monster Film Festival’s founding director Neil Foley describes director Sean Lahiff as “one of the rising stars of Aussie genre.

In May, Smashed took out an unprecedented five South Australian Screen Awards Best Director for Sean Lahiff and world premiered in February at the Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation 14plus program.

The Snakepit team are now turning their attention to the 60 plus film festivals across the globe that are Academy Award accredited with the aim of maximising exposure and building contacts for their ultimate goal of producing feature films and long form drama from their hometown Adelaide.

In the first instance we are targeting Oscar accredited festivals. Contributions will be used for film festival submissions which can be very expensive. Some US festivals charge $US70, European festivals can charge €80 and UK festivals £60.

As Smashed is a coming of age thriller, we anticipate that it will also perform well at genre festivals and will target these as our secondary target. We have already screened at Berlin, Sydney Film Festival and will have our North American premiere in June at the Academy Award accredited Palm Springs ShortFest.

We have the aim of screening at over 100 film festivals in the next two years. Each festival selection creates relationships with programmers and colleagues that can be utilised as our careers progress.
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Manila-born Adelaide-raised filmmaker Michael Clarkin is an award-winning creative producer described by the Australian daily online trade publication Screen Hub as “a producer with a sharp eye for process and possibilities.”

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Adelaide. A Churchill Fellow, in 2007 Michael worked at New York independent film production company This is That Corp (‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, ‘21 Grams’) with legendary producer Ted Hope.

Michael’s latest short film production Smashed starred Harrison Gilbertson and Toby Wallace and was directed by Sean Lahiff. ‘Smashed’ premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival; had its Spanish premiere at 2017 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and had its New York premiere at the opening night of the 2018 Philip Dick international Film Festival. Smashed screened at Australian festivals including Sydney, Adelaide, Flickerfest and St Kilda.

During its international festival run, ‘Smashed’ earned several awards winning an unprecedented five South Australian Screen Awards including the South Australian Film Corporation Award for ‘Best Short’ and ‘Best Director’ for Sean Lahiff. ‘Smashed’ was also judged ‘Best Film’ at the inaugural 2018 Stellar Film Festival in Melbourne, Victoria by a panel including noted Australia director Nadia Tass.

Michael’s previous collaboration with Sean Lahiff ‘Too Dark’ was a Grand Jury Prize nominee at the 2016 Seattle International Shorts Festival.

Michael believes believes that ‘The Boy Soldier’ will leave a profound impact on festival audiences around the globe and the project is already being tracked by numerous festival programmers of note.

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