Oksijan LFF Screenings Sold Out

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Very pleased to say that our two LFF screenings as part of the ‘Thrill of the Chase’ short film showcase have now sold out!

Hopefully it’s not just friends and family of the production team… And I guess some people must be coming to see one of the other great films in the collection.

Still… exciting. With 24 hours to go.

Oksijan: Website Launched

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Excited to announce that OKSIJAN, my first short film, now has its own website – www.oksijanfilm.com.

Check it out to find out a whole lot more about the film, including production stills, crew bios and future screening info.

Thanks to our amazing Producer team who put this together, above all the incredible Olivia Scarlett who was the main author of the site and worked so hard to make it look that slick.

Looking forward to the world premiere on October 5th!

Oksijan: Trailer Released

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Incredibly excited to announce that the trailer for my first narrative short film, ‘Oksijan’ is out now! Find out more about the film on its website.

Please watch it, share it and spread the word. Tickets are selling out fast for our screenings at the BFI London Film Festival 2017 #LFF @oksijanfilm.

Oksijan: BFI London Film Festival Official Selection

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We’re all delighted to announce that OKSIJAN has been accepted into the BFI London Film Festival! We’re one of about 100 shorts that will be playing across the eleven day programme  It’s a great honour and accolade for the hard work the whole team put in.

The film is screening on October 5th at the Curzon Soho and Friday 6th at NFT2, as part of the ‘Thrill of the Chase’ showcase. Grab them quickly because they’re selling fast!

 

Oksijan: Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign Launched

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Excited to announce that we have just launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to raise completion funds for our short film OKSIJAN.

Oksijan is an independent short film based on the incredible true story of a seven-year old Afghan refugee’s battle to survive as he was smuggled to the UK in the back of a refrigerated lorry and the air inside began to run out.

We have already shot the film, with a fantastic cast including rising British star Ella Purnell, and an award-winning crew including the cinematographer of Oscar-winning short Stutterer. Now we need your help to get us over the line!

All money raised will help to pay for the edit, post-production and distribution, giving this film a chance to be as good as it can be and spread its message of hope far and wide.

So please share our campaign with your networks – use the indiegogo “share” feature and tag us #OKSIJANfilm to help us spread the word

Also please like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter we’ll keep you up-to-date with our progress @oksijanfilm

Thanks from all the team,

Ed

Charity Appeal Inspired by ‘Escape from ISIS’ Announces Huge Expansion

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Delighted to announce that “Escaping Darkness” the mental health treatment campaign run by the AMAR Foundation – which was inspired in part by Escape from ISIS and which I was honoured to help launch – is hugely expanding.

Thanks to generous funding by a US donor, the programme will increase its number of treatment centres in the Kurdish region, as well as opening new centres across Iraq, including in Baghdad and Najaf.

It will now be one of the main providers of mental health support for all of Iraq’s people, no matter their ethnicity or religion, something that is desperately needed in a country that has suffered such horrific violence in years of war.

Well done AMAR! And thanks to all those who have supported the Escaping Darkness appeal. Together, we can all help to reverse our world’s slide into savagery.

Ed

Escape from ISIS wins duPont-Columbia Award 2017

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I am delighted to announce that Escape from ISIS has been awarded a 2017 duPont-Colombia award for excellence in broadcast journalism in the public service – the TV equivalent of the Pulitzer prize.

It is an incredible honour, for which I am grateful to the judges and especially all the team on PBS Frontline who worked on and supported the US version of the film.

As ever, we remember that it has now been over a year and a half since the film was first shown – and hope that all the women and girls may be free from ISIS captivity soon.

Ed

 

International Emmy Win for Escape From ISIS

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I am delighted to announce that Escape From ISIS was awarded an International Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in New York.

Sadly I couldn’t be there myself, so the honour of collecting the award went to our unflappable Executive Producer Sam Collyns.

You can watch Sam’s acceptance speech by clicking the picture above.

It’s the climax of a fantastic run of awards for the film, for which I could not be more grateful.

But it’s important never to forget that thousands of young women still remain in the hands of ISIS, even today almost a year and a half after the film was made.

This award is for them – in the hope that they’ll be free before long.

Ed

We’ve Got #Refugenes – Have you?

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I’m proud to have made a small contribution to this important campaign by the fantastic charity Help Refugees.

They gathered a number of Britain’s leading lights including Rita Ora, Jamie Callum, the Freud sisters and Richard Rogers to step forward and talk about their origins as refugees who fled to this country.

When you consider all they have achieved and contributed, just think what today’s refugees might do if we only gave them a chance.

They’ve got #refugenes – have you?

You can find out more about the campaign at www.helprefugees.org.uk/refugenes

And please continue to help the millions of refugees still in need today

UK – text REFU to 70700 to donate £5

US – text REFU to 41444 to donate

I helped direct the edit, alongside the project’s mastermind, the wonderful Lliana Bird and BAFTA-nominated editor Matt Gray.

Huge thanks must also go to my steadfast consigliere Enge Gray and Jez Spencer who both generously donated their time and resources to grade and mix the film.

They did their bit for humanity! Please do yours.

How to Help Syria

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Several people have asked for my opinion on how to actually DO something to help the situation in Syria, which seems to set new benchmarks for horror, cruelty and heartbreak every day.

These are my ideas – I’d be glad if others wanted to add their own in the comments.

Please choose one. Do something. Every one of us who takes action to help, no matter how small, also strikes a blow against the monsters inflicting this violence against innocent people – and gives hope to us all.

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