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BBC New Music Shorts 2008

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Record companies Domino, Ninja Tune/Big Dada and Mute Records have each provided tracks from their most promising new artists to act as inspiration. Warp Films will be working alongside our winners to help them produce their new music shorts.

Warp Films

Warp Films LogoMy Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117' was Warp Film’s first short film and was directed by Chris Morris. It won the BAFTA in 2003 and for its television premiere on Channel 4, more than one million viewers tuned in to watch it.

Warp Film's debut feature 'Dead Man's Shoes', directed by Shane Meadows, received a record eight British Independent Film Award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Achievement in Production. ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ was also nominated for a BAFTA and won the Southbank Award for Best Film. Director Chris Cunningham returned to make Rubber Johnny, –an experimental short and 42-page book (40,00 units worldwide) that shocked and amazed audiences.

In 2006 Warp Film made their most successful production to date: ‘This is England’; the story of Shaun, a boy who is adopted by a local skinhead gang after his father is killed in the Falklands war. It has scooped Best Film at the British Independent Film Awards and Best British Film at the BAFTAs. At the same award ceremony Warp collected it’s third BAFTA as Paddy Considine’s directorial debut ‘Dog Altogether’ won best short film.

Warp Films has also, in the last two years, worked closely with the Arctic Monkeys, producing two music videos for them and collaborating on the short film ‘Scummy Man’ starring Stephen Graham. Richard Ayoade has recently directed a feature length live show film of the Arctic Monkey’s, shot at their final concert of a world tour. This has coincided with the starting of a promo arm to the company. Warp have signed several high profile directors (including Shane Meadows, Richard Ayoade, the United Visual Artists) and already made videos for Richard Hawley, Vampire Weekend, Super Furry Animals and Warp Records artists.

Warp Films' Development slate currently includes projects with directors Shane Meadows, Chris Morris, Chris Cunningham, David Slade (‘Hard Candy’), Lynne Ramsay (‘Ratcatcher’ and ‘Morvern Callar’). They are also dedicated to seeking out new voices; their goal is reflected in their recent ventures in to promo making and the new digital slate Warp X.

Warp X is a brand new venture in the British film industry - a sustainable digital studio that is driven by creative talent and a dynamic digital business model that rewards everyone involved in the films. Warp Films has recently been awarded a £3million grant: £1.5 million from regional funding bodies, to produce a low budget slate of six feature films over three years. The first two releases from this project (‘Donkey Punch ‘ and ‘A Complete History of my Sexual Failures’) have already played at Sundance festival, sold internationally and are due to be released theatrically in the UK during June.

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