Selected for Film Victoria Feature Film Development Funding
Very pleased to report that I have been successful in getting script development funding from Film Victoria, as part of their Feature Film Development Program for my debut feature film as a writer/director JUDETH.
Awarded runner-up for 2016 Australian Writers' Guild Award
My supernatural thriller feature script THE PARADISE SYNDROME ended up making it all the way to runner up for the AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' GUILD 2016 JOHN HINDE AWARD FOR SCIENCE FICTION in the unproduced category.
It was highly commended by the judges, alongside THE KETTERING INCIDENT in the produced category and apparently came very close to winning. So close!
Some good news. One of my screenplays made the semifinals in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay & Teleplay Competition. Apparently out of 8,627 scripts submitted to the festival, it is one out of only ten scripts selected in the "Horror Award" category, sponsored by the production company founded by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead).
EILEEN PRATT picked up for US/Europe & South African distribution on SHORTS HD
More great news, my short film EILEEN PRATT has been picked up for distribution through SHORTS HD for US/Europe and South Africa territories. A division of SHORTS INTERNATIONAL, Shorts HD is the first high definition channel dedicated to short movies and is available in the US on DirecTV (Channel 568) and AT&T U-verse (Channel 1789).
EILEEN PRATT picked up for Japanese distribution!
Great to have another Australian festival screening for EILEEN PRATT. The film screened at the BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as part of their Australian Shorts program.
Accolades for feature film script THE WITHIN:
Some good news coming from the US regarding my horror, feature film script THE WITHIN.
The screenplay advanced to the Quarter Finals of the SLAMDANCE 2013 Screenwriting Competition and was a Second Rounder, making the top 10% of over 8,600 entries in the AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL, Screenplay & Teleplay Competition.
"So often directors trying to capture history on screen tend to fail their ambitions by making everything look brand new, or by mistakenly incorporating anachronisms, but here Kratochvil really succeeds in capturing not only the old look but also the mood and mannerisms of these gangs.
Now, whoever is writing a Mods vs Sharpies movie please give the directing reins to this guy. I think it's high time we had a worthy successor to Romper Stomper."
Click the LINK for the full story.
On a roll with the good news this week. I'm happy to announce that I've been selected by LADYHAWKE and MODULAR PEOPLE as the winner of the MY NIKON LIFE 'Blue Eyes' video competition! I'll get to direct an official video clip for the Jacques Renault remix of the Ladyhawke track 'Blue Eyes' based on a treatment I submitted. Look out for the clip in December.
Another stop in the EILEEN PRATT U.S tour 2012! The film will be SCREENING at the Starz 35th Denver Film Festival in Colorado on November 10th and 11th.
EILEEN PRATT will screen before the feature film FRANCINE, starring Melissa Leo, at the Loft Film Fest in Tucson, Arizona on Monday Nov 12th. I'll be in attendance for the SCREENING . It looks like a great line up of films and guests, including Roger Corman and one of my favorite directors Don Coscarelli (Phantasm) in attendance at the festival.
Eileen is heading back to the US! EILEEN PRATT will be playing the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, screening on Fri Nov 9th, 10:15pm in the Phargon Shorts (say what?) block as part of the Midnight Madness program. I'll be flying out to attend the festival, looks like a great lineup of independent film.
EILEEN PRATT screened at the debut Cockatoo Island Film Festival in Sydney amongst a great line-up of films at the festival, including the Australian premiere of The Master, with director Paul Thomas Anderson in attendance.
EILEEN PRATT is headed back to the US! I'm pleased to report the film will be screening at the 35th Mill Valley Film Festival in Marin County, California. Looks like a fantastic line-up of films and guests, including the likes of Dustin Hoffman, Ben Affleck, Ewan McGregor, Ang Lee, Walter Salles, Billy Bob Thornton, David O'Russell and Stevie Nicks expected to attend. The film will screen in the short program "5@5: Slippery People" at the Rafael Film Centre on Oct 7th 9:45pm and Oct 9th at 5pm.
I'm pleased to report that EILEEN PRATT will be screening in competition at the FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival on Wed 8th August 4:00pm. This will be the 3rd Academy Awards accredited festival in the US that the film will screen at so far this year. Click the LINK for more details on the screening.
Michael Kratochvil won the "Best Pitch" award at the 2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab. Voted by a panel of internationally renown feature film producers and heads of development, the pitch was for Michael's forthcoming project, a feature length horror film script.
Watch this space for more information as the script develops.
Interview in Filmink about EILEEN PRATT. Read it HERE
I'm pleased to announce that EILEEN PRATT will have its Australian premiere at the Dungog Film Festival in NSW. The film will screen as part of the "A Girl's Gotta Do" program. CLICK to check out the lineup.
More great news. EILEEN PRATT has been selected out of over 1200 entries to screen in competition at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival in London in July. Rushes is yet another BAFTA accredited festival that the film will screen at.
Click to visit the Rushes website.
Some more exciting news regarding EILEEN PRATT The film has been selected to screen at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. It will screen as part of the Fusion Shorts program. Great to see they have used the EILEEN PRATT trailer on their website to promote the program. Click to check it out.
Keep an eye on the EILEEN PRATT Facebook Page and this website for updates from the festival.
Great news, EILEEN PRATT has been accepted to screen at the Brooklyn Film Festival for a New York premiere in June 2012. The film was fortunate enough to be selected out of over 2000 entries and 111 countries. The internationally renown festival is recognized as a British Academy Awards (BAFTA) qualifying festival. Click to check out the Eileen Pratt page.
Happy new year! The Slamdance 2012 festival program is now live. Please visit the link below for more information on the films screening at the festival and for how to purchase tickets to see the world premiere of Eileen Pratt in Park City.
The Eileen Pratt teaser trailer.
Eileen Pratt facebook page now live. Please visit the page for behind the scenes photos, news updates and content.
The Volatiles - 'Deaths in the U.S.'
A music video, filmed, directed and edited by Michael Kratochvil.
Click below to view the video and be sure to select 720p for HD playback:
Eileen Pratt, a 14 minute short film, written and directed by Michael Kratochvil, has just finished post production. The film will be submitted to the worldwide film festival circuit shortly.
Starring Susanne Chapman as "Eileen', Eileen Pratt is a narrative drama about a socially awkward bus driver who embarks on an unusual downward spiral after being terminated from her job.
We'll keep you updated with festival screenings along the way.
Michael is currently in pre-production on his next short film Eileen Pratt, produced by Scott Baskett from Legitimate Films.
Eileen Pratt is scheduled to be filmed in October with a 2011 worldwide festival release.
Michael has recently written, directed and edited two 20 minute educational programs for Video Education Australia, to be distributed in Australia and overseas markets. The videos are "Practical Use of Materials: Plastics" and "Practical Use of Materials: Metals".
Igor & Mal will also screen at OH! THE HORROR! FILM FESTIVAL on Sunday, 23rd August. The film has been described by the organizers of the festival as a "Lynchian, nightmarish voodoo / familial zombie movie".
Doors open at 8pm, Igor & Mal will screen between 9 and 10pm on the night.
Location: The Order Of Melbourne / 2/401 Swanston St / Melbourne CBD.
Igor & Mal is to screen at the MELBOURNE UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL (MUFF) on Sunday, 23rd August. Session begins at 9 PM.
Location: LOOP / 23 Meyers Place Melbourne VIC 3000 (03) 9654 0500
Welcome to the official website of filmmaker, Michael Kratochvil!