Love at First Sight (2012 film)

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Film

Love at First Sight is a 2012 United Kingdom short film project shot in Spain,[1][2][3][4] and written, directed and produced by Mark Playne under the production company 1st Sight Films.[5]

The film premiered at the [6] Palm Springs International ShortFest in California[7] and was selected by more than 140 international film festivals, spanning 5 continents, and winning 45 awards,[8][9][10][11][12]including the Audience award at Newport Beach Film Festival California,[13][14][15] the Shin Young-kyun Arts foundation award at Asiana Film festival in Korea [16][17][18]and best Début film at Rutger Hauer's "I've seen Films" film festival in Italy.[19] [20]The film was nominated for best comedy at the Shanghai International Film Festival.[21] [22]

Synopsis

The plot, told in 14 mins, tells the story of a lonely young man’s attempts to attract the attention of the girl of his dreams.[23][24][25][26][27]

Cast

  • Shane Zaza as S.L.Y.M.
  • Francesca Binefa as Girl on Balcony
  • Manuela Martinez Camacho as Lady with the red broom
  • Luis Moreno Frenandez as Man on Balcony
  • Nacho Pardo Moreno as Blind Girl's brother
  • Carolina Diaz Rosada as Humming Vocals

The male lead Shane Zaza (lead in David Hare's Behind the Beautiful[28] Flowers at London's Royal National Theatre) won two awards for his performance in this film, both in India: for Best Actor by thr Gujarat International Film Festival, and for Best Actor at the Imphal International Short Film Festival.[29] The female lead Francesca Binefa[30] won Best Actress at the Gujarat International Film Festival.

Production

After 3 international screenings in 2011, and even though the film had won two awards, the director took the project back into editing where he cut 15% of the film and re-scored two major sections of music. The film was remixed by the National Film Award-winning Sinoy Joseph[31][32] at QLABS in Mumbai. The updated film premiered at the Jaipur International Film Festival in 2012.[33]

The film has been signed by Shorts International/ShortsTV for distribution and was released on iTunes on February 14, 2015. The film has screened nationally in India twice on NDTV prime TV and it was screened in-flight as "short of the month" on Asiana Airlines during March 2013. A 35mm print of the film with 5.1 sound has been selected for the BFI National Archive.

The film is also known by its Spanish title “Amor a Primera Vista”.[34]

Music

The music was scored in Sevilla and London by the composer Cato Hoeben. The music was recognised when the film won Best Short[35][36][37] at the Parma International Music Festival in Italy.[38][39][40][41] The music was rescored by the composer Rob Steel at the Sound of Silent Film Festival[42] at the Music Box Theatre (Chicago)[43] in Chicago in 2014 when the orchestra played live to the film.[44]

Cinematography

Cinematographer Graeme Dunn is a film school friend of Mark Playne and shot the film. For his work he was awarded Best Cinematography at the Fargo Film Festival in the USA.[45]

Location

The film was shot in Spain in the seaside fishing port of Villajoyosa, the story the location's discovery was featured in the Ryan Air in-flight magazine in February 2015.[46] The cafe scene was shot 16km away in the mountain town of Sella, Alicante.

Recognition

Awards and nominations

2015
  • Best Narrative Short - Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival 2015 (USA);[47]
2014
  • Best Film Award - International Festival of Short Films - BEINTEN 2014 (Russia);[48]
  • Cinematic Achievement Award - Carrboro Film Festival 2014 (USA);[49]
  • Audience Choice Award - Sandpoint Film Festival 2014 (USA);[50]
  • Best Short - Jury Award - 2014 YES Film Festival (USA);[51][52]
  • Best Short Film - Art Short - International Film Festival "Prvi kadar" 2014 (Bosnia and Herzegovina);[53][54]
  • "Film That Changes Perspective" Award - International Film Festival “Seize This Day With Me/Seize The Film!” 2014 (Serbia);[55]
  • Best International Film - Fiction Category - Cinéphile 2014 (India);[56][57]
  • Best Short Film - “Corti in Cortile” International Short Film Festival 2014 (Italy);[58][59][60][61][62][63]
  • Best Short Film - International Competition - São Tomé FestFilm 2014 (Portugal);[64]
  • Best Film - Professional Category - Paraj Mumbai Short Film Festival 2014 (India);[65]
  • Best Director - Professional Category - Paraj Mumbai Short Film Festival 2014 (India);[66]
  • Second Prize - Best Short Film International - International Short Film Festival MonfragüeFilms 2014 (Spain);[67]
  • Grand Prix of the Festival - Festival International Du Film De Vébron 2014 (France);[68]
  • Jury Award - Fiction - Muestra Internacional De Cortometraje Ixtenco 2014 (Mexico);
  • Audience Award - [email protected] 2014 (Portugal); [69]
  • Honorable Mention - Drama category - Hyart Film Festival 2014 (USA);[70]
  • Panorama Audience Award - ODA Tetova International Film Festival 2014 (Macedonia);[71]
  • Honorable Mention - Short Category - Buffalo Niagara Film Festival 2014 (USA);[72]
  • Best Cinematography - Narrative Short Category - Fargo Film Festival 2014 (USA);[45]
  • Best Spanish Short Film - Festival de Cine de Todos Santos 2014 (Mexico);[73]
  • Best Short. Sweet. Film - Short. Sweet. Film Fest 2014 (USA);[74]
  • Best Short Fiction Film - International Category - Darbhanga International Film Festival 2014 (India);[75]
  • Best Short Film - Relationship Category - Aahan 2014 - Ascend Beyond Aspirations (India);[76]
2013
  • Appreciation Award for Excellence in Short Film Making - International Film Festival of Kanyakumari 2013 (India);[77][78]
  • Best Editing - Shaan-e-awadh International Film Festival 2013 (India);[79]
  • Best Short Movie Award - Parma International Film Music Festival 2013 (Italy);[41]
  • People’s Choice Award - Best Film - Vagrant Film Festival 2013 (Belarus);[80]
  • Honorary Mention - Fiction Category - Del Festival Internacional Del Cortometraje FIC 2013 (Argentina);[81]
  • "Grand Prix - the film" Award - Krivoy Rog Film Festival "Cinema Under the Stars" 2013 (Ukraine);[82][83][84]
  • Best Film - Jury Award - Heathcote Film Festival 2013 (Australia);[85][86]
  • Best Short FICEE 2013 - Festival Internacional de Cine Educativo y Espiritual De Ciudad Rodrigo (Spain);[87][88]
  • Best International Film - Gujarat International Film Festival (India);[89]
  • Best Writer and Director - Gujarat International Film Festival (India);[89]
  • Best Actor - Gujarat International Film Festival (India);[89]
  • Best Actress - Gujarat International Film Festival (India);[89]
  • Best Actor - Imphal International Short Film Festival (India);[29]
  • Best Film - Audience Award - International Short Film Festival of India (India) 2013.[90][91][92]
2012
  • Best Short - Audience Award - Newport Beach Film Festival, Los Angeles (USA) 2012;[93][94][95]
  • Best Comedy - Jury Award - TriMedia Film Festival (USA);
  • Shin Young-kyun foundation Arts and Culture award - Asiana International Short Film Festival (Korea);[96]
  • Best Romantic Comedy - Jury Award - Calaveras International Film Festival, Calaveras, California (USA);[97]
  • Best Debut Film - Jury Award - Rutger Hauer’s I’ve Seen Films International Film Festival (Italy);[98]
2011

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