A surreal workplace fantasy sporting an enigmatic grenade touting heroine… the eponymous Sarah Chong.
Left-Right: Elaine Gracie, Ella Jones and Alexandra Blue
Ella Jones – Director
Ella began her career as a professional actress before studying at Cambridge University and moving into Development as an Executive for Bonafide Films, and more recently as a Freelance Script Editor. She made her first foray into directing with a short film trilogy of reimagined fairytales, which have been touring the festival circuit, including The Ugly Duckling, starring Thomas Sangster (Game of Thrones, The Maze Runner) which won ‘Festival Favourite’ at Palm Springs Gay and Lesbian Festival. Her most recent short film, International Men’s Day, a feminist comedy set in a parallel world, is currently in post-production.
Elaine Gracie – Writer
Having trained as actress in theatre and television, Elaine enjoyed a diverse career on stage and screen before joining indie Bonafide Films at its inception. She now works in development with exciting new comedy talent and assisting across the existing drama slate. More recently she was invited to join the BAFTA New Comedy Writing Jury for 2014, and has made the move into writing herself which she is enjoying immensely.
Alexandra Blue – Producer:
Alexandra was named Emerging Producer of the Year at the South Australian Screen awards, which adds to recent accolades including 'Highly Commended' in the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards last year, and ‘Best Emerging Filmmaker’ at the Shorts Film Festival in 2012. She recently undertook a Screen Australia Producer Placement with Element Pictures in London, following on from a six month internship with Warp Films.
"I feel privileged to be a part of this very exciting and much-needed scheme. It feels like the perfect opportunity for emerging female directors like myself to have the support - both financial and creative - to make an ambitious and bold short film that will hopefully act as a calling card for our careers and address a wider gender imbalance in the industry." - Ella Jones, Director.
iShorts+ Funny Girls is Creative England's short film initiative offering a £10,000 production award to exciting female directors from across England. The programme is supported through BFI NET.WORK. Find out more here.
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