Congratulations to recent MAF graduate Ronen Eldar, whose Term 5 film GOOD LUCK MARC has been awarded the Silver Elephant for Best International Short at Short Film Breaks 2017.
Marc is over the moon when he wins an apartment in a mysterious race, until he begins to notice that the place is slowly shrinking … “GOOD LUCK MARC is a fantastical story about a man living in a space that slowly rejects him, and his attempt to stay no matter what,” says Ronen. “It’s about comfort zones and the fear of the unknown.”
The film has already screened at 16 festivals, in Europe, Asia and the USA, and won Best Student Film at the BE EPIC Film Festival, Best Film at Screentest: The National Student Film Festival 2017, and an honourable mention at the New Renaissance Film Festival. It also has a distribution deal with Pacific Voice Inc., “which is amazing”, says Ronen, “because it means that my first fiction film has actually made some money!”
Written and directed by Ronen, produced by Andres Salas Salazar, DOP’d by Victoria Romero and edited by Melina Pettersen, the film has also received high praise for Bernardo Leyte Cortés’ production design, winning Best Production Design at Screentest. LFS’s Senior Lecturer in Production Design, Carmel Collins, agrees, saying that “for me, this is one of the most accomplished pieces of production design I have seen on a student film since I have been at the London Film School.”
Ronen, who is of French/Israeli origins and currently based in London, graduated from London film School in July 2017 with his graduation film ‘Musing’, which he is currently re-editing in readiness for the festival circuit. With a background in English literature and creative writing, he first began freelancing as a filmmaker and a creative in Amsterdam, where his family moved when he was 14. He is interested in experimenting and pushing boundaries to create work that has a unique flavour, and is currently developing new projects, freelancing, “and generally trying to figure out what it means to be alive here and now”.
Of GOOD LUCK MARC’s success, he says, “It's really encouraging as a filmmaker to have your work enjoyed and recognised. It's helped my confidence and strengthened my resolve to keep going in the direction I believe in. LFS provided a space where I could experiment and try ideas, and I gained invaluable experience by being surrounded by peers and professionals.”
SHORT FILM BREAKS is the only film festival taking place in private companies, for an audience formed exclusively by employees, in a bid to offer smart break opportunities while promoting the independent movie industry around the world. Starting in 2013 with screenings over a three-month period for 1000 Ipsos employees in Bucharest and Brasov, Romania, the festival is now accepting submissions for its 6th edition. http://www.shortfilmbreaks.com/