Local filmmaker Ruddock & Co Film Productions was invited to attend this year’s Marbella International Film Festival by the organizers with a view to exploring the huge amount of film choices in a private cinema experience and perhaps learning a thing or two.
According to company director, Craig Ruddock, “That was an understatement the whole team attended various seminars and workshops throughout the week which have already proved invaluable, generally the whole festival was a blast as well as a serious networking opportunity, the winning feature was ‘London Heist’ another gangster drama set in Spain and UK starring Craig Fairbrass as well as premiere after premiere of amazing films from all around the world.”
Ruddock Films released their first feature length film ‘Dirty Cash’ last year. The film, which was set in Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol, featured a cast of local talent, many of whom were appearing on film for the first time.
A key part of the Festival is the 24-hour film challenge in which the filmmaker, with the cast and the crew, (or just alone with a camera and laptop!) is challenged to make a three to four minute short film on a given subject matter. The task is to write a script, direct the actors, shoot the film, edit, sound and music, and deliver the film in 24 hours.
This year the theme was: ‘His Fair Lady – A local woman wants to be famous but her husband doesn’t’
Craig and his team threw themselves into the challenge holding a mini audition for the female lead which went to Terri Harmston, with ‘Dirty Cash’ star Roger Portainer filling the role of husband, and David Harmston jumping into the producer role as he also does at Ruddock and Co.
Anne Marie Hickey Jones bagged a few important lines with Zuzana Ruddock on production ably assisted by Liz Portainer.
“After having a word with the festival director Siamak ‘Mac’ Chakaveh he very kindly gave Craig Fairbrass a call on his way to his premiere for the film ‘London Heist’ and Craig Fairbrass amazingly, and without any direction, jumped into character and told our “Anita the Crank” played by Terri Harmston that he had enough and where to go.”
Despite stiff competition, both in Spain and worldwide via the internet, Ruddock and Company were awarded top honours receiving the coveted trophy for 24 hour challenge a valuable trophy on any aspiring filmmaker’s list as it’s much harder than it sounds.
“Overall the festival was a great insight for our company and help as we develop our next feature production “The Counterfeiter’s Daughter” we look forward to and hope to be attending many more.” Concluded Craig.