Graduate Film 'WOLVES' takes home two awards at 24fps

Maria Balduzzi’s graduation film WOLVES has been awarded the ‘Horizon Award For Most Promising Filmmaker’ at the 24fps International Film Festival in Abilene, Texas.

The film, which was produced by fellow LFS grad Dévorah Corona Méndez, DOP’d by Nicholas Nazari and edited and co-written by Joachim Neef, also won ‘Best Original Score’ by composer Dmitrios Ntontis.

WOLVES tells the story of lonely teenager, Josh, who lives alone with his father in a remote corner of the British countryside. Their relationship is strained, and Josh spends much of his time exploring the nearby woods. His life takes an unexpected turn, however, when he meets a mysterious boy wearing nothing but his underwear, shivering with cold and unable to speak. Maria says of the film, “It’s very much a film about love. I wanted the film to represent the way we experience life and memory in our most intimate moments.”

The 20-minute short had previously premiered at the Iris Prize Festival, a six-day celebration of LGBT films which takes place in Cardiff, Wales, in the Best British Short category.  

Maria, who comes from Milan, Italy, and who graduated from LFS in 2016, is currently working on various sets and passion projects and is in the development stage of her feature project, which “will deal with issues facing the LGBT community in cultures where the community is still fighting for basic human and civil rights.” Alongside this, she is also working on a project as a team with Dévorah and fellow LFS alumnus Harry Baker and hoping to formalise that working relationship in the near future.

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Festival Information

Since its inception in 1999, the 24fps Short Film Festival has presented programs of short films by aspiring and established artists from around the world. The juried competition is open to any work made outside the major worldwide film studio system, and provides cash awards to the festival's top films in six major categories. The weekend-long festival took place this year from November 3-4th at The Landmark Paramount Theatre in Abilene, Texas.