Explore the world of shortform documentary with Bertha DocHouse online this Summer. We're taking a deep-dive into the work of three exceptional British short filmmakers with three global online events, to discover and enjoy the small but perfectly-formed art of nonfiction short filmmaking.
Each 'Filmmaker Focus' event in this series will present the work of a chosen director, with a live online discussion about their films, and their filmmaking career. Inspiration, motivation, collaboration and much more will all be discussed!
All events will be available for free, worldwide.
Short Filmmaker Focus: ROXY REZVANY
Live Q&A with Roxy: 31 May at 7pm BST.
Roxy's short films Wi-Fi Rider (2020) and Little Pyongyang (2018) will be available to watch 31 May 6pm to 5 June 11:59pm BST.
A recording of Roxy's Q&A will be available to watch until 5th June 11:59pm BST.
About Roxy Rezvany:
Roxy is a British filmmaker of Iranian-Malaysian-Chinese descent, born and raised in Brent, London, who has been working in film and video production for almost ten years.
Her work aims to expand people’s perception of British identity, particularly as a someone of mixed immigrant parentage, and to bring marginalised narratives to the mainstream.
She was recognised by The Dots as a Creative Trailblazer of 2018, as the featured director in It’s Nice That’s Creative Review of 2018, and was on the cover of Broadcast’ Magazine’s ‘Hot Shots’ 2018 issue as a director.
Her short, Little Pyongyang, won Best Documentary at The Smalls Film Festival, Best Director at UnderWire Festival and Best Cinematography at the Social Impact In Media awards.
Short Filmmaker Focus: DUNCAN COWLES
Live Q&A with Duncan: 22 June at 7pm BST.
Duncan's short films Alexithymia (2017), Isabella (2015) and Taking Stock (2017) will be available to watch 22 June 6pm to 26 June 11:59pm BST.
A recording of Duncan's Q&A will be available to watch until 26 June 11:59pm BST.
About Duncan Cowles:
Duncan Cowles is a BAFTA Scotland Award winning documentary filmmaker whose short films The Lady with the Lamp, Soft Toffee, Radio Silence, Directed by Tweedie, Isabella, Alexithymia, Taking Stock, Just Agree Then & In the Company of Insects have been selected for various film festivals internationally winning a selection of awards, and gaining significant online exposure through platforms such as Short of the Week, Vimeo Staff Picks, BFI Player, It’s Nice That and more.
Short Filmmaker Focus: KATE STONEHILL
Live Q&A with Kate: 20 July at 7pm BST.
Kate's short films Unspeakable (2016) and Mother (2020) will be available to watch 20 July 6pm to 24 July 11:59pm BST.
A recording of Kate's Q&A will be available to watch until 24 July 11:59pm BST.
About Kate Stonehill:
Kate Stonehill is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work explores power and citizenship in the digital age. Her recent short films include The Family Statement (2022) for Field of Vision and the Grierson award nominated Mother (BFI London Film Festival 2020).
Her films have been supported by the Catapult Film Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, and BFI Doc/Society, and she is a recipient of the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship (2020).
As a cinematographer, Kate has worked for broadcasters including VICE and Amazon Studios, and shot a number of short documentaries for Channel 4 News.
Films she has directed have screened online, at festivals and at public art institutions including DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.
HOW TO WATCH: The online discussion will be broadcast live on our custom built streaming site. Once you have registered to attend, you will receive an email on the day of the event with further details about how to access our streaming site. If you are a Gmail user, please consider moving our emails to your Primary tab.