Six months has passed since The Escape Hatch was completed and a lot has happened in that time. Like a Wonder Woman, Writer/Producer Gina Lambropolous has been doing a great job marketing the film to festivals all over the world.
Marketing a short film is about a 2 year process so only a 1/4 of the way in The Escape Hatch has really found some legs. It has screened had 15 festival across 4 continents, below is a list of those festivals and a few highlights.
The Escape Hatch was accepted by the BFI Flare 30th Anniversary in its first month. It was not only a tremendous honour (i'm a huge BFI fan) the exposure was great. It had 3 screenings in London to large audiences and the prestige of the BFI resulted in several film festivals approaching us to screen The Escape Hatch. You can read my directors interview and Gina's writer/producer interview about the BFI screenings.
It has been particularly well received in Canada and recently won the Audience Choice Award at its London Lesbian Film Festival. It even got a shout out from the Australian High Commission in Canada.
Several American festivals have picked up The Escape Hatch and we can now announce it has the honour of closing the 29th annual Connecticut LGBT Film Festival on the 11th of June.
A home town screening is always exciting and Melbourne Queer Film Festival - MQFF - was the first time Gina and I saw the Escape Hatch with an audience of strangers . The film looked great on the huge ACMI screen and it got plenty of laughs. You can read my short blog about it here.
One of the great things about making a film is you never know where it might end up. A surprising moment came a few weeks ago when I received an email from Pinsent Masons, a London law firm. Once a year they run a fundraising night for a legal charity that supports members of the LGBT community. They requested to screen The Escape Hatch on the night and of course Gina jumped at the offer.
None of this would have been possible without the great work from our cast and crew. We are eternally grateful for their contributions in making a film which is reaching an increasingly wider audience. Thank you very much.
List of festivals
London Lesbian Film Festival (Canada) - Audience Choice Award
OutFilm Connecticut LGBT Film Festival (USA) - Closing Night
My True Colours New York (USA)
British Film Institute - Flare 2016 (3 Screenings) (London)
Inside Out (Toronto, Canada)
Melbourne Queer Film Festiva (Australia)
Rio De Janeiro Sexuality and Gender (Brazil)
QFest St. Louis (USA)
Inside Out Toronto Film Festival (Canada)
Rio Gender and Sexuality Film Festival (Brazil)
OutView Film Festival (Athens, Greece)
Athens International Film & Video Festival (Ohio USA)
Dyke Drama film Festival (Perth, Australia)
Pink Apple Filmfestival (Zürich)
Coventry LGBTQ film festival (UK)