John Shackleton - Writer/Producer/Director

"With this year's competition, we aren't just looking for a great short film. We're looking for a compelling and original idea that will translate well into an exciting micro-budget feature film.

We've run a national competition, deliberated over all the entries, grilled the filmmakers and come up with our shortlist of three, whom we believe have great storytelling potential, and the ability to deliver a first-rate movie. Now we'd like YOUR help... please chose carefully!"

-- John Shackleton

How to Vote
HUBERT'S GHOST by Joe & Lloyd Staszkiewicz

SYNOPSIS:

Hubert lives a teenager's life in a haunted house with his family, his dead best friend, Angèle, and a number of other ghostly residents, most of which are vengeful and violent. Luckily, Hubert and his family can't be seen, providing they wear scary Halloween costumes at all times. Then one day, under the spell of Angele, Hubert decides to remove his mask...

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JUDGES' COMMENTS:

  • An original, inventive, stylish and charming short film, from two brothers who are perfectly placed to enter longer form storytelling, and make their first feature film.

    -- John Shackleton (Movie Mogul)

  • A quirky horror-fantasy and perhaps one of the most original concepts submitted. There is some real talent behind this and these guys could deliver an amazing final film.

    -- Stewart Bridle (Horror Channel)

 
GEOFFREY'S HEART by Stanislava Buevich

SYNOPSIS:

Geoffrey is finally home recovering from a recent heart transplant, but is he the same boy he was before?
Or has something gone very very wrong....

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JUDGES' COMMENTS:

  • Here is an original feature film idea which is tonally not a million miles away from LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, from a storyteller who really has something to say.

    --John Shackleton (Movie Mogul)

  • A dark tale which can be developed into a story of just how far a mother would go for the love and protection of her son. The filmmaker has a clear idea of the disturbing places this movie would take the viewer.

    -- Stewart Bridle (Horror Channel)

 
ALL INCLUSIVE by Michael Down

SYNOPSIS:

Two brothers leave for an all-inclusive holiday but only one shows up. One brother searches for the other through the booze-filled hedonistic streets, unveiling the dark side of package trips.

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JUDGES' COMMENTS:

  • This short demonstrates huge potential, taking us on a dark, original and terrifying journey into an alien world familiar to so many of us.

    --John Shackleton (Movie Mogul)

  • I was impressed with the sense of unease that the film-maker was able to convey in the sparse 3 minute submission. It left me intrigued as to where the story would lead and I cannot wait to see the finished feature. I loved the use of music and I think he managed to capture on camera something unique and unusual.

    -- Paul McEvoy (Frightfest)

 
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