A dream come true, I CALL UPON THEE selected to screen at SITGES!
Some exciting news to share! One of my dreams when I set out to make I Call Upon Thee was for the film to play at SITGES in Spain, one of the oldest and biggest genre festivals on the planet. The dream has come to life! The film has been officially selected for the 55th edition of SITGES Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya and will play in competition for the Brigadoon Paul Naschy Award!!! I’m blown away that this has become a reality, capping off a massive year. Congrats cast and crew! The film will play this Sunday 9th October at 20:00 at Brigadoon – L’Escorxador in an awesome program of shorts. Details at the link HERE.
Watch my short film EILEEN PRATT on YouTube!
So proud to finally release my short film EILEEN PRATT for you to watch for free online on YouTube. The film was a true labour of love for all involved and is one of my most proudest achievements. We all put our collective heart and soul into making this film. I hope people can go on to discover the amazing actors in this film, and the brilliant and fearless performance from Susanne Rudie Chapman as Eileen. She is truly one of the very best actors in the business. If you like the film, please feel free to share it. Here’s hoping that Eileen can finally find her place in the world.
SWEET MARY goes back to Spain, selected for GALACIAN FREAKY FILM FEST!
Sweet Mary heads back to Spain! Excited to announce that Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? has been selected to screen at the Galician Freaky Film Festival. Wish I could be there, @gfffestival looks amazing! The screening is part of the ‘CU TORCIDO’ block on Thursday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m. at Galicine Praza Elíptica. (Praza Francisco Fernández del Riego, 0, 36203 Vigo, Pontevedra). Details HERE.
Both SWEET MARY & I CALL UPON THEE selected for CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL!
Happy to report that both I Call Upon Thee and Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? have been selected to screen at the Catalina Film Festival in Long Beach, California! LA based friends, hope you can make it! I CALL UPON THEE is screening tomorrow Wed, Sep 21st, 4:00 PM @ Presidents Theatre (Long Beach – Scottish Rite Cultural Centre) as part of the annual Wes Craven’s Horror & Thriller (Shorts) block. SWEET MARY is screening on the virtual side of the festival, available to watch in the ‘Wes Craven’s Nightmare 2’ shorts block from September 30, 12:00 AM – October 9, 11:59 PM.
SWEET MARY goes to Portugal, selected to screen at MOTEL/X!
The ‘Sweet Mary’ world tour continues on! So excited to announce that Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? has been selected for Portugal’s biggest genre festival MOTELX ! Portugal happens to be the ancestral home of our amazing actor Paul de Freitas (pictured) who played ‘Len’ the convict in the film. It’s an honour to be a part of the @motelx ‘SectionX’ experimental program curated by Celia Pouzet, amongst some brilliant filmmakers I was fortunate enough to meet at Fantasia. The program screens on 10th September at 13h00 at Cinema São Jorge, Room 3 in Lisbon. More details here.
SWEET MARY goes to 40th BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL!
Sweet Mary goes to Belgium!!! Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go?has been selected to screen at the 40th BRUSSELS INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL – described by Guillermo del Toro as “a legendary festival and crucial for genre cinema”. Awesome to have Sweet Mary be a part of the historic 40th edition of BIFFF! The film will screen on Saturday September 3rd at 10:30PM in Ciné 3 in the Eat My Shorts 5 program. Details at this link, wish I could be there!
SWEET MARY goes to Moscow International Film Festival!
Another BIG announcement for Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? The film has been selected to screen in official competition at one of the oldest festivals in the world, the 44th MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL which is an Academy Awards qualifying festival. The first time the festival was held was in 1935, with Sergei Eisenstein as chairman (!) So honoured to have Sweet Mary be a part of such a historic and prestigious film festival, and the only Australian film selected in competition this year. Details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? – a contender for ‘Best Short Film’ AACTA award.
Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? which won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Presents ‘Best Australian Short Film’ award at Monster Fest is now a contender for the Best Short Film award at the AACTA Awards ! If you are a registered AACTA member and you want to support Sweet Mary, you can vote for the film on their website.
SWEET MARY and I CALL UPON THEE are BOTH selected for FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL!!!
A dream come true! When I set out to make SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? and I CALL UPON THEE, one of my biggest dreams was to have both films screen at the largest genre festival in North America, the amazing FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in Montreal. So happy to now share that both films have officially been accepted to screen at Fantasia!!!! I’ll be going to Canada to finally get to experience both films with an international audience, in addition to attending the Frontières market for the I CALL UPON THEE feature film. Thanks to the team at Fantasia, and the cast and crew of both films. SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? will be screening as part of the ‘Cavalcade of Perversions: A Lewdly Religious Glare’ program on Tue 19th of July at 4pm. Details HERE. I CALL UPON THEE is screening as part of the ‘Small Gauge Trauma’ program on Wed 27th of July at 9:30pm. Details HERE.
I CALL UPON THEE selected for PORTLAND HORROR FILM FESTIVAL!
Another awesome festival selection to announce! I CALL UPON THEE continues its US festival tour, this time playing in Portland, Oregon at the Portland Horror Film Festival, taking place June 29-July 3, as a fully hybrid festival. Keep an eye on their website for dates and until then, there will be a sneak peak of the film playing TONIGHT at the Hollywood Theatre as part of the festival’s ‘Bride of Satanic Panic’ event on May 31st at 7pm, amongst a curated selection of occult themed shorts before a rare 35MM print screening of The Devil’s Rain! Sounds like an awesome night. Be sure to check out their website for more info.
I CALL UPON THEE selected for FRONTIÈRES INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION MARKET at FANTASIA!
Some big news! A feature film I will be Writing/Directing based on my short film I CALL UPON THEE has been selected for the FRONTIÈRES INTERNATIONAL CO-PRODUCTION MARKET, organised by the FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in collaboration with Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes! Excited to also announce that I CALL UPON THEE is being produced by Kristian Moliere (THE BABADOOK) and Selin Yaman (JOHN SAFRAN VS. GOD). So thrilled to be headed to Montreal in July!
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? selected for 39th ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL, 2022!
Melbourne friends! After going on a blitz on the international festival circuit, here is your chance to see SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? Super excited to announce the film has been selected to screen at the 39th ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL, an Academy Award qualifying festival and the oldest running short film festival in Australia.
The film will screen in the ‘Dark Matters’ block at the historic Astor Theatre on Friday 3rd of June at 8:30pm. Tickets on sale now HERE. Hope to see you all there:
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? selected for HORROR HOUND REWIND WEEKEND!
The US festival tour continues on for SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? Excited to report the film will be playing virtually at HorrorHound Rewind Weekend @horrorhoundfilmfest on this coming Friday 22nd at 8:15pm (Eastern US time zone) as part of the ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ Block. There will be a live Q&A session in the Watch Party room immediately following the film block and I will most likely be around to answer some questions about the film. Tickets are very affordable and a great opportunity to discover some great new horror films over 3 days of virtual programming. See HERE for more details and tickets:
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? playing at HALLUCINATIONS COLLECTIVES in France!
I’ve been really thankful to have some great support in France for my films. Check out this beautiful summary (translated from French) of SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? from the amazingly curated Hallucinations Collectives @hallucinationscollectives film festival in Lyon, where the film will be screening on Saturday April 12th at the Cinéma Comoedia:
“In a few images, we already know that we are facing a film that fits perfectly into the Hallucinations Collectives nails. What the director offers is nothing less than a pilgrimage into the unknown, which appeals as much to the senses as to reflection. The kind of Kubrickian work where the spectator is led to plug the holes, fill in the blanks and, ultimately, to put a lot of himself into the footage which dazzles with the plastic and evocative force of its images. To try to sum it up succinctly, imagine a crossover as appetizing as it is improbable between 2001, a Space Odyssey and nunsploitation”. See HERE .
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? selected for the 2022 PANIC FEST!
Another big festival announcement for SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? So excited to announce that the film has been selected to screen at PANIC FEST! @panicfilmfest in Kansas is one of the top genre festivals in the world. It will be screening at the historic Screenland Theater as part of the “Shudder Presents Shorts Showcase Series 1” on Friday April 29th at 4:45pm in Theatre 1. Details HERE.
I CALL UPON THEE selected for the 2022 HORRORHOUND FILM FESTIVAL
I CALL UPON THEE is continuing its awesome momentum, and has now been selected to screen at the HorrorHound Film Festival @horrorhoundfilmfest , in Ohio! The festival is part of one of the largest horror conventions in the US held at Sharonville Convention Centre by @horrorhound during March 25th to 27th, hosting an amazing lineup of celebrity guests from the genre world, including cast from the Scream franchise, Candyman, Halloween III and horror icon award honouree @adam_fn_green , one of the first filmmakers in the genre kind enough to give me encouraging feedback way back in 2006 with my first short horror film Xeralel. I Call Upon Thee will be screening on this Friday 25th at 5pm at the Marriott Delta, as part of the ‘Playtime is Over / Children in Horror’ block.
I CALL UPON THEE selected for the LAS CRUCES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in New Mexico!
Excited to announce I CALL UPON THEE has been selected to play at the Las Cruces International Film Festival @lciffest in New Mexico! The festival looks awesome, with some amazing guests in attendance, including actor @williamhmacy ! The film will screen in the Horror Shorts block on March 4th at 8pm in Theatre A. Tickets on sale now. Details HERE.
I CALL UPON THEE wins FOUR AWARDS at the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival!
Some great news! I CALL UPON THEE has won four awards at the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival @spiffestival in Russia! Congrats to Mark Kenfield @dreamsmiths for winning Best DOP, Sean Kelly for winning Best Sound Design, Elena Lyons-Dawson for winning Best Art Director and myself for winning Best Editing. Congrats team!
Screenplay MIRACLE MIKE a semifinalist at FINAL DRAFT big break screenwriting competition!
Wow, myself and my co-writer Maria Collins have progressed to the semifinals for the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting competition in the DRAMA category with our feature film script MIRACLE MIKE! Fantastic to make the list, details HERE.
Directing music video for BENEDIKT SCHIEFER’S debut album.
Day 2, and that’s a wrap on a music video shoot for @benedikt_schiefer Awesome to work with such a great crew @josh_todaro and @xpeesx (the core team behind the excellent @buttonmanfilm ), Sean Kelly who has been a big help on all my films, and our inspiring lead actor @pauldefreitas8 who also acted in Sweet Mary and I Call Upon Thee. Really proud of the epic footage we captured, now on to the edit!
I CALL UPON THEE screening at Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival is Russia!
2022 is shaping up to be the year of I CALL UPON THEE! Excited to announce the film will be having its Russian premiere at the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (SPIFF) The film will screen live and in person @spiffestival during 12 to 14th February. More details on the screening at the link HERE.
I CALL UPON THEE screening at NOX FILM FEST in Uruguay!
The next stop on the I CALL UPON THEE world tour is…… Uruguay! So excited to announce the film has been selected to screen at the 7th edition of @noxfilmfest – the International Fear and Fantasy Film Festival of Salto, Uruguay. It is the only open-air genre film festival in the north of the country. I Call Upon Thee will screen live and in person during January 12 to 15, 2022. Congrats again cast and crew! Details HERE.
AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY CINEMA TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) presents BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT for SWEET MARY!
Awesome to win an award sponsored by AACTA and Monster Fest. See HERE for some great coverage: “Filmmaker Michael Kratochvil’s stunning and experimental short received the AACTA Presents ‘Best Australian Short Film’. Laced with equal measures of beauty and brutality as two mysterious entities transcend time to commit acts of violence.”
I CALL UPON THEE theatrical premiere at MONSTER FEST!
So great to experience the Australian theatrical premiere of I CALL UPON THEE at @monsterfestau in person, with the full cast in attendance of @anna_cooke_ Asher Bryans @actionactingagency @josephinecroft and @pauldefreitas8
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? wins ‘BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT’ at MONSTER FEST!
So excited to report that ‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ has won the ‘BEST AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILM’ award at the 2021 @monsterfestau , the leading genre festival in Australia!!! Big congrats to all cast and crew and everyone who has supported and encouraged this film and myself on this journey. So honoured to be amongst such amazing talent in Australian and international genre cinema and to meet some very inspiring filmmakers at the festival. The next few years are going to be very exciting for us all! And a big thank you to Monster Fest and the amazing team of Grant, Kim, Jarret and Ben. Truly wonderful people who have created one of the very best festival experiences you will have in the world. Check out this epic trophy, sponsored by @aacta So proud of this Monster! More details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? screening at SHOCKFEST in the US!
Next stop in the US tour of SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? is….. SHOCKFEST FILM FESTIVAL! A unique festival happening virtually in the US this year, from December 12th. Prior guests of the festival have included the likes of Rob Zombie and Eli Roth. Awesome to have Sweet Mary be a part of another cool genre festival! Tickets to see the film can be purchased at the link HERE.
I CALL UPON THEE screening with Zulawski’s POSSESSION at PHENOMENA FEST in Brazil!
I CALL UPON THEE is headed to Brazil! 🇧🇷 I’m beyond excited to announce that the film has been selected to screen in competition at PHENOMENA FESTIVAL @cinephenomena in São Paulo, Brazil. Also a massive honour for me they have selected I CALL UPON THEE to screen before the new 4k restoration of Andrzej Żuławski’s masterpiece POSSESSION. One of my favourite films. What an awesome double bill!!!! The film will be screening from 4pm to 7pm on December 10th at CENTRO CULTURAL SÃO PAULO 1000 RUA VERGUEIRO LIBERDADE. Details HERE.
Australian premiere screening of SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? at MONSTER FEST.
Australian premiere screening of SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? at @monsterfestau at @cinemanova . So great to catch up with cast and crew, friends and family, and finally get to experience the film on the big screen with an audience.
I CALL UPON THEE screening in San Francisco at ANOTHER HOLE IN THE HEAD festival!
I CALL UPON THEE is headed to San Francisco! So excited to announce that the film has been selected for the 17th annual ‘Another Hole in the Head’ @anotherholeinthehead Film Festival, a two week cinematic excursion into the realms of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and assorted other genres. This year’s festival takes place December 1st – December 15th 2021 at the THX certified New People Cinema in San Francisco, CA. It will also take place online on Eventive and Zoom for those who can’t make the live theater screenings. I Call Upon Thee will screen as part of The Horror on Wednesday, December 8th, at 9 pm at New People Cinema, 1746 Post St in San Francisco’s Japantown. IN PERSON: Tickets HERE and VIRTUAL: Tickets HERE.
Interview in FILMINK on SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? and I CALL UPON THEE
An interview with myself about the making of I CALL UPON THEE and SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? in FILMINK that you can read HERE!
I CALL UPON THEE screening as part of the AACTA Pitch session at Monster Fest
If you would like to see I CALL UPON THEE in its first ever theatrical screening in Australia, there will be a special FREE screening at @cinemanova at @monsterfestau during the @aacta Pitch session on Sunday December 12th @ 2PM sharp. The session will outline how to effectively create early stage materials to pitch your feature film concept and start developing an audience and fan base for your film. I’ll be discussing my experiences with this, along with other participants Grant Hardie (Monster Fest owner/festival director) Josh Sambono (filmmaker) and Alfie Lagos (Lexlab founder and director). Details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? wins BEST SHORT FILM at Terror Molins in Spain!!!
Some INCREDIBLE news! So thrilled that Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? was awarded the BEST SHORT FILM of the Official Section of the 40th Terror Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival 2021 in Spain! Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei is one of the oldest and most highly regarded horror film festivals in the world. I am so thankful to the festival and the esteemed jury of Tony Timpone (legendary former Fangoria editor-in-chief), Rael Montecucco and María Molins for recognising the effort we all put into making this film. Big congrats to all the cast and crew and supporters of the film! We did it!!! Details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? goes to Poland at the SPLAT FILM FEST!
Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? goes to Poland!!! So excited to announce that the film has been selected to screen at Poland’s leading genre festival SPLAT FILM FEST International Fantastic Film Festival in an epic program of cinema, amongst 2021 festival favourites including TITANE, THE SADNESS and LAMB. The festival runs from 17th November to 19th December, across three cities, Lublin, Wroclaw and Warsaw and online. I believe the film will be playing in Wroclaw, during November 24th to 28th. Please see HERE for more details on screenings.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? goes to Arizona at the LOFT FILM FEST!
So excited to announce that Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? has been selected to play at LOFT FILM FEST in Tucson, Arizona, one of the coolest film festivals in the world. I was fortunate enough to attend the festival in person with my film Eileen Pratt in 2012 and it was an unforgettable experience, thank you Zach Breneman and team! So great to have my new film play there, on one of the best cinema screens on the planet. Their programming is always next-level, and this year features new films from Gaspar Noé with Vortex and Pedro Almodovar’s Parallel Mothers among other great films. The film will be screening on Friday Nov 12th at 10pm in the Late Night Shorts Program. Tickets and details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? goes back to New York at the 11th Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival!
The US tour continues on. Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? heads back to New York! This time for the 11th Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. The film will be screening from Nov 5th to 11th, visit the website below for tickets and more details. Congrats cast and crew for another awesome selection! Pictured here is @darcyjhalliday and a hint of @emmafjevons, actors to look out for!
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? goes to Spain in competition at the 40th Terror Molins!
Big news! Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? goes to Spain! So proud to report that the film has been selected for the 40th edition of Terror Molins in Barcelona, one of the oldest and most highly regarded genre festivals in the world. Congrats cast and crew! Pictured here is the brilliant Paul de Freitas. More details on the screening HERE.
Winner of BEST DIRECTOR award at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (Vortex)!
Great news! So happy to report that I won the ‘Best Director’ award at the Vortex genre sidebar of the Academy Awards/BAFTA accredited Rhode Island International Film Festival for Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? Being an alumni of this awesome festival with my last film Eileen Pratt screening at RIIFF back in 2012, this really means a lot to me! Thank you to all at the festival, and also my cast and crew. So excited to be making movies again! See HERE for more details.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? goes to Morbido Film Fest in Mexico!
Sweet Mary goes to Mexico!!! So excited to finally announce that Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? will be playing at the 14th edition of MORBIDO FILM FEST in Mexico, one of the best genre festivals in the world! The theme of this year’s festival is ‘sacrifice’. So proud to have this film be a sacrificial offering to audiences through Cinépolis for all of Mexico and transmitted via Mórbido TV for all of Latin America!!! Thanks Abraham, Daniela and all the skeletons in the depths of the Morbido crypt! See HERE for details.
I CALL UPON THEE selected for ALPTRAUM Horror Short Film Festival in Austria!
I Call Upon Thee goes to Austria! So excited that the film has been selected for the ALPTRAUM horror short film festival, part of the internationally renown ALPINALE FILM FESTIVAL.The film will screen on HALLOWEEN October 31st 2021 in the event hall Remise in Bludenz, Vorarlberg Austria. We will be among the films in consideration to potentially win a Bloody Unicorn for the best horror short film! Definitely one of the coolest awards ever. Fingers crossed for us! Details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? selected for Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in Italy!
A great honour! Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? is headed to ITALY! The film has been selected to screen at the 21st edition of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival, one of the most highly regarded genre festivals in the world and a member of the Méliès International Festivals Federation. It will screen in the Fantastic Shorts program. So excited to be among a fantastic array of amazing filmmakers in the festival including Abel Ferrara who will be presented with the Asteroide Lifetime Achievement Award and Ben Wheatley with his new film In The Earth among many others. Festival dates are 27th OCT to 3rd NOV. Big congrats all cast and crew! Details HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? goes to Monster Fest for the Australian premiere!
Big news and a dream come true! So proud to finally announce that the Australian premiere for Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? will be happening in person at Monster Fest at Cinema Nova, Dec 2nd at 7pm. It will play on Opening Night, before the Australian premiere of RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY. Proof of double vaccination will be required. This will be the first chance anyone in Australia including myself will get to see the film on the big screen! Tickets go on sale now and can be purchased at the link below. Get in quick as they may potentially sell out soon. Details HERE.
Interview with Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival for Vortex screenings
Just did an awesome live interview with the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, to discuss ‘Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go?’ and ‘I Call Upon Thee’, currently screening at their genre sidebar, the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival. Thanks to Shawn and Sabrina! Interview can be watched here: https://fb.watch/8P1LZO1OIj/
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for SPOOKY EMPIRE HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Orlando Florida!
Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? heads back to Florida for the US tour, this time in Orlando at the SPOOKY EMPIRE FILM FESTIVAL at the Hyatt Regency. The film will be playing in the WTF Shorts program on Saturday October 23, 2021 5:15pm – 7:05pm EDT. The festival/convention hosts a fascinating array of celebrity guests where fans can get autographs, including the likes Robert Englund (Frederick Krueger himself!), Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens) and Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks!) among many others. Looks like a fun festival! Details HERE.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for KNOXVILLE HORROR FILM FEST in Tennessee!
I CALL UPON THEE selected for NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL in Colombus, Ohio!
The US tour continues on for I CALL UPON THEE! Excited to report that the film has been selected to screen at the well regarded Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus Ohio, screening in person at the Horror Shorts B program from Oct 21-24. This is the 4th festival so far to program both films this year!!!! Details HERE.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for NIGHTMARES FILM FESTIVAL in Colombus, Ohio!
The US tour continues on for SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? Excited to report that the film has been selected to screen at the well regarded Nightmares Film Festival in Columbus Ohio, screening in person at the Horror Shorts B program from Oct 21-24. Details HERE.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL @ VORTEX!
The US tour for SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? continues! Excited to report that the film has also been selected to screen at the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival, the genre sidebar of the Academy Awards/Bafta accredited Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival @flickers.riiff from October 16-24, 2021. The film will play as part of ‘Moments Of The Uncanny – Genre-Bending Short Films’ This is the 3rd festival so far to program this film and I CALL UPON THEE! We are on a roll! Congrats cast and crew! Details HERE.
‘I CALL UPON THEE’ selected for FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL @ VORTEX!
The US tour for I CALL UPON THEE continues! Excited to report that the film has been selected to screen at the Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival, the genre sidebar of the Academy Awards/Bafta accredited Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, from October 16-24, 2021. The film will play as part of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Showcase from the 16th in an awesome program of international genre cinema. So awesome that the film will be playing in the home town of none other than H.P. Lovecraft! Details for the screening HERE.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for ATLANTA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Atlanta!
Thank you to the Atlanta Horror Film Festival @ATLFilmSeries for screening SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? this weekend in Atlanta! Great to have my film be a part of your festival. Details here.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for MILE HIGH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Denver, Colorado!
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? continues its US tour! Excited to report that the film has been selected to screen at the Mile High Horror Film Festival 2021, the premier horror festival in Denver. It will be a part of Shorts Program #2 . The film will be screening virtually US wide from October 7th at 5:00 pm AEDT for a week. Tix on sale now.
‘I CALL UPON THEE’ selected for MILE HIGH HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Denver, Colorado!
I CALL UPON THEE continues its US tour! Excited to report that the film has been selected to screen at the Mile High Horror Film Festival 2021, the premier horror festival in Denver. It will be a part of Shorts Program #6 in an awesome program of horror shorts. Some great talent involved in this year’s festival, including the co-writer/director of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT, @dan_myrick and the writer/creator of FINAL DESTINATION @jeffreyareddick as guest judges. The film will be screening virtually US wide from October 7th at 5:00 pm AEDT for a week. Tix on sale now
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for NIGHTSTREAM!!
Awesome news! Sweet Mary, Where Did You Go? has been selected to screen at NIGHTSTREAM, an amazing virtual festival in the US, produced by the Boston Underground Film Festival, Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, North Bend Film Festival, and Overlook Film Festival. Notable guests this year will include David Lowery on THE GREEN KNIGHT, Akela Cooper, writer of the James Wan directed MALIGNANT, Creepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero, and Chucky/Child’s Play creator Don Mancini! Check out the amazing lineup here. Sweet Mary will screen in the Shorts Program 1: How We Survive. Screening from Thu Oct 7th, tix on sale now, US only.
‘I CALL UPON THEE’ official trailer.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ official trailer.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected for BEYOND FEST in LA!!!
Big news! Beyond excited to report that SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? got selected for one of the coolest festivals in the world BEYOND FEST in LA, the highest attended genre festival in the U.S! The film plays in Shorts Block 1 amongst an EPIC program of next-level genre cinema. With selections at Fantastic Fest and now Beyond Fest, Sweet Mary will officially be screening at the two biggest genre festivals in the US! Tickets on sale HERE.
‘I CALL UPON THEE’ selected to screen at A Night of Horror and in the running for a Panavision Award!
Aussie folks who have been wanting to see I Call Upon Thee, your moment has arrived! I’m excited to report the film will be screening at A Night of Horror International Film Festival and will be up for a Panavision Audience Choice Award in the Australian Shorts Showcase, which you can vote for. The film can be viewed Australia wide from 18th October to 31st. Tickets on sale HERE.
Screenplay MIRACLE MIKE places in top 20% of 14,648 entries at AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL!
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected to screen at the largest genre festival in the US, Fantastic Fest!
‘ ‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected to screen at the Oscar qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival
Sweet Mary goes to Hollywood!!! ‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ has been selected to screen at the Oscar qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival and will screen in person at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard next month! See HERE for more details.
‘I CALL UPON THEE’ also selected to screen at the 27th L’Étrange Festival in Paris!
I CALL UPON THEE has also been selected to screen in competition at the 27th L’Étrange Festival in Paris and will be in the running for the Canal+ Grand Prix award! The film will be playing in person at the Forum des images cinema in September. That is the 2nd festival so far to program both films! See HERE for more details.
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ selected to screen at the 27th L’Étrange Festival in Paris
‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ has been selected to screen in competition at the 27th L’Étrange Festival in Paris and will be in the running for the Canal+ Grand Prix award! The film will be playing in person at the Forum des images cinema in September. See HERE for more details.
Screenwplay UNCOVERED makes the TOP 10% at ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP screenwriting competition!
Out of over 8,191 entries, a screenplay I co-wrote with Lucy Kaya UNCOVERED has reached the top 10% at the ACADEMY NICHOLL FELLOWSHIP screenwriting competition!
‘I CALL UPON THEE’ Selected to screen at Popcorn Frights Film Festival
Another new short film I wrote/directed ‘I CALL UPON THEE’ has also been selected to world premiere at the upcoming Popcorn Frights Film Festival, the leading genre festival in Southeast United States. Both this film and ‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ will screen as part of the ‘International Midnighters’ program. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO? Selected to screen at Popcorn Frights Film Festival
A new short film I wrote/directed ‘SWEET MARY, WHERE DID YOU GO?’ has been selected to world premiere at the upcoming Popcorn Frights Film Festival, the leading genre festival in Southeast United States. The film will screen as part of the ‘International Midnighters’ program. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
EILEEN PRATT selected to screen on the Omeleto network
‘EILEEN PRATT’ has finally found a home online, selected to screen on Omeleto, a channel devoted to acclaimed short films. Great to see the film seems to be resonating with people emotionally, with some interesting interpretations in the comments section. The film can be viewed HERE along with a great analysis of the film.
‘IGOR & MAL’ selected to screen on VCA Digital Archive
Way back in 2007 at film school, I wrote/directed a short horror film called IGOR & MAL, about two brothers and their journey into the afterlife. Very cool to see the VCA School of Film & TV have resurrected the film on their You Tube channel, along with an article on a curated group of films that explore the theme of ‘life after death’. IGOR & MAL was shot on super 16mm, combining live action, digital animation, still photography, with a great cast and crew.
‘JUDETH’ selected for 2nd draft Feature Film Development Funding at Film Victoria
Pleased to report that my debut feature film as a Writer/Director was selected for 2nd draft Film Victoria Development Funding. Working again with Script Editor Lynne Vincent Mccarthy on the next draft and producer Michael Wrenn.
Working with Truant Pictures on ‘Biohackers’, supported by Screen Australia
Some good news! I’ll be writing a feature film script, BIOHACKERS, which has been supported by Screen Australia. Working with a really great team on this at Truant Pictures / Animal Logic. Here’s the Variety link and the Screen Australia funding announcement.
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!
Semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival 2015 Screenplay & Teleplay Competition
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).
Michael Kratochvil 2014 Showreel
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!
I’m very pleased to report, my short film EILEEN PRATT has been picked up for Japanese distribution through PACIFIC VOICE INC – the operation company of Japan’s SHORT SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL & ASIA
EILEEN PRATT screening at Brisbane International Film Festival
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.
Fantastic praise from TWITCH FILM for the Ladyhawke remix, music video:
“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.
Ladyhawke ‘Blue Eyes’ remix music video I directed officially released:
Selected by Ladyhawke and Modular People as the winner of Nikon Blue Eyes video competition!
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.
EILEEN PRATT @ Starz Denver Film Festival:
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 screens before FRANCINE at Loft Film Fest:
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 PRATT @ Cucalorus Film 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 screens in Italy!
EILEEN PRATT screened in Italy! I’m happy to report the film had its Italian premiere at the 63rd Montecatini International Short Film Festival – Film Video.
EILEEN PRATT @ Cockatoo Island Film Festival
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 @ Mill Valley Film Festival, 2012
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 “[email protected]: Slippery People” at the Rafael Film Centre on Oct 7th 9:45pm and Oct 9th at 5pm.
Michael Kratochvil 2012 Showreel:
Rhode Island International Film Festival 2012:
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.
Winner of Best Pitch award at 2012 EIFF Talent Lab:
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.
Filmink interviews Michael Kratochvil:
Interview in Filmink about EILEEN PRATT. Read it HERE
Australian premiere at Dungog Film Festival:
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.
Californian Premiere at Palm Springs International ShortFest:
The good news keeps on rolling in! EILEEN PRATT has been selected to screen at the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest in June. It is a great honor to have the film screen amongst such a star studded selection of films. Click to check out the lineup.
London premiere at Rushes Soho Shorts Festival in July:
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.
UK premiere at 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival
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.Writer/Director Michael Kratochvil was also fortunate enough to be one of just 30 filmmakers worldwide selected to join the Talent Lab at the Edinburgh festival, which will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from established industry professionals in a workshop environment. He will attend the festival in June.
Keep an eye on the EILEEN PRATT Facebook Page and this website for updates from the festival.
New York premiere at Brooklyn Film 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.
Purchase tickets to see Eileen Pratt at Slamdance 2012:
With over 3000 short film submissions to the Slamdance festival this year, Eileen Pratt was one of just 32 narrative shorts selected to screen in competition at the festival and will screen as part of the Shorts Block 3 at the Gallery Screening Room at the Treasure Mountain Inn on:
- January 20th 1pm
- January 26th 12:30pm
Writer/Director Michael Kratochvil will attend the festival. Please visit the Slamdance website for ticket details and keep an eye on our facebook page for more news and details of upcoming screenings in other territories.
For an Eileen Pratt press kit or more information on the film, please contact Michael at:
The Eileen Pratt teaser trailer.
Eileen Pratt – TEASER from Legitimate Films on Vimeo.
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 isscheduled 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