Stage 32 + Raindance Present: 2020 Short Film Filmmaker Spotlight

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Arjan Brentjes started his career as a painter, but made the transition to filmmaking later in recent years. Since 2010 Arjan has been creating award-winning animated short films, including this year's SAD BEAUTY, which is a Raindance nominee and slated to play almost 30 film festivals in 2020 alone.   Molly Manning Walker is a cinematographer and director based in London. Her debut short film GOOD THANKS, YOU? premiered at 2020’s Semaine De La Critique and screened are BFI London, Bilbao and Palm Springs, as well as the upcoming Raindance Film Festival. She recently completed THE FORGOTTEN C which was commissioned by The Uncertain Kingdom.   Will Niava is an Ivorian-Ghanaian film director based in Montréal, Canada who has directed and edited a number of projects around the world. His debut short film ZOO won Stage 32's 5th Annual Short Film Contest and is currently selected at over 40 international film festivals, including Raindance Film Festival. The film is set to be release on The Criterion Collection Chanel paired up with Jaques Audiard’s “ A Prophet”. Will just wrapped the shooting of his 2nd short film “Element” in Cote D’ivoire, all the while preparing his first feature film experience in Ghana, co-writing alongside the Oscar-nominated director Jérémy Comte.   Your Moderator: Amanda Toney, Managing Director, Stage 32 Amanda is a producer best known for WHAT LIES AHEAD starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont and METAPHORMS, a Hungarian production which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival. She recently sold an unscripted TV show to a major US network. Full Bio »

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Stage 32 is proud to continue our partnership with Raindance Film Festival for the 5th year in a row, and while we may not be able to all come together in London to celebrate so many amazing and talented filmmakers, we're thrilled to partner with Raindance to highlight global talent virtually and from the comfort and safety of our own homes.

Even in its virtual format, Raindance continues to showcase and champion the best new films from all over the world, and included in this year's incredible program is a collection of remarkable short films. Stage 32 is bringing together some of the world's top up and coming short filmmakers whose most recent films are playing Raindance. 

Included in this conversation will be Arjan Brentjes, whose animated short film SAD BEAUTY is playing at Raindance, along with almost 30 other film festivals this year alone. Also featured will be London-based director and cinematographer Molly Manning Walker whose debut short film GOOD THANKS, YOU? will be playing this year's Raindance in addition BFI London, Bilbao, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. Rounding out the panel, is Will Niava, an Ivorian-Ghanaian film director based in Montréal, Canada, whose film ZOO won Stage 32's 5th Annual Short Film Contest and is currently selected at over 40 international film festivals.

In this FREE Stage 32 webinar, Arjan, Molly, and Will will take part in an exclusive Q&A moderated by our very own Stage 32 Managing Director Amanda Toney to discuss the state of short filmmaking today and how they put together their most recent projects.

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Arjan Brentjes started his career as a painter, but made the transition to filmmaking later in recent years. Since 2010 Arjan has been creating award-winning animated short films, including this year's SAD BEAUTY, which is a Raindance nominee and slated to play almost 30 film festivals in 2020 alone.

 

Molly Manning Walker is a cinematographer and director based in London. Her debut short film GOOD THANKS, YOU? premiered at 2020’s Semaine De La Critique and screened are BFI London, Bilbao and Palm Springs, as well as the upcoming Raindance Film Festival. She recently completed THE FORGOTTEN C which was commissioned by The Uncertain Kingdom.

 

Will Niava is an Ivorian-Ghanaian film director based in Montréal, Canada who has directed and edited a number of projects around the world. His debut short film ZOO won Stage 32's 5th Annual Short Film Contest and is currently selected at over 40 international film festivals, including Raindance Film Festival. The film is set to be release on The Criterion Collection Chanel paired up with Jaques Audiard’s “ A Prophet”. Will just wrapped the shooting of his 2nd short film “Element” in Cote D’ivoire, all the while preparing his first feature film experience in Ghana, co-writing alongside the Oscar-nominated director Jérémy Comte.

 

Top Animation Filmmakers

Your Moderator: Amanda Toney, Managing Director, Stage 32

Amanda is a producer best known for WHAT LIES AHEAD starring Rumer Willis and Emma Dumont and METAPHORMS, a Hungarian production which premiered at the Raindance Film Festival. She recently sold an unscripted TV show to a major US network.

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