DAILIES Presents: Reimagining Fables and Fairy tales on Screen12A

DAILIES Presents: Reimagining Fables and Fairy tales on Screen

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Film-maker Tomisin Adepeju has curated and will be hosting a screening of award-winning short films that seek to re-examine fables and fairytales on screen. One of the most enduring forms of Folk Literature, the genre is rooted in compelling, traditional and otherworldly stories. Although steeped in the aesthetic and language of the genre, the featured film-makers have reframed and reinterpreted their stories in a modern and contemporary context. The shorts are spiritual, absurdist, experimental and dystopian in tone, vision and style, dissecting themes around love, race, identity and the notion of truth and constructed reality.

The post screening discussion will explore the genre through the lens of the curated films. There will also be an opportunity for filmmakers and audiences to interact and connect with each other during and after the event.


Tomisin Adepeju

Tomisin Adepeju is a Nigerian-British filmmaker based in London, England. His multi award-winning shorts have been selected at over 150 international film festivals; including multiple Oscar-Qualifying festivals. His award-winning short, The Right Choice, had its World Premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and also screened as part of Sundance London. The film has screened at over 50 international film festivals, including various Oscar and BAFTA-qualifying ones such as the Pan African Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival & HollyShorts Film Festival.

Tomisin is a 2018 Edinburgh Talent Lab alumnus, in 2019, he was one of the 12 filmmakers selected to take part in the annual NETWORK@LFF development programme at the BFI London Film Festival.

His most recent short, Appreciation had it’s North American Premiere at Oscar-Qualifying Aspen Shortsfest. The film was also an official selection of BFI London Film Festival 2019 and was nominated for British/Irish Short Film of the Year by the London Critics circle. He is currently developing his debut feature.

Dylan Holmes Williams

Dylan is a writer/director based in London. He is currently developing feature film projects with Working Title, Complete Fiction and Film4. In 2021, he directed two episodes of the third season of M. Night Shyamalan’s TV show Servant, now streaming on Apple TV+. In 2022, he returned to direct two episodes of season four, including the season opener (streaming January 2023).

His short film The Devil’s Harmony (2019) won the Jury Prize for International Fiction at Sundance 2020, a Best Director Award at Fantastic Fest 2019, Best UK Short at the London Critics Circle 2020, Best UK Short at Raindance 2019, Gold at the 2020 Young Director Awards and was nominated for a 2019 BIFA for Best British Short Film. It is distributed by Salaud Morisset and available to stream on Amazon Prime UK, Amazon Prime US & the Criterion Channel.

His short film Stilts (2019) was commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts. It was programmed by Film4 and premiered before previews of Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse at UK cinemas. Its international premiere was at Slamdance 2021. His short film The Nightmare On Deskteeth Street (2017) premiered at BFI London Film Festival 2017. He has dual British-American citizenship and is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.

Dumas Haddad 

Dumas Haddad is a director and writer raised in London who has developed his craft from the world's of fashion, music & bleeding edge culture. His work elicits powerful uses of analogies and on-the-pulse narrative and character underpinnings. Focused on storytelling and dramatic action, his desire to reframe contemporary culture represents a rising generation of filmmaker that are trying to transform both today and tomorrow's voices.

His accolades include Vimeo Staff Pick, Short of the Week, Film 4, Kinsale Shark Awards, Berlin Commercial and 1.4 On The Cusp of Greatness selection.

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 (Short of the Week, The Atlantic Selects), at festivals and at public art institutions including DOC NYC, Sheffield Doc/Fest, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. She is currently in post-production on her debut feature.

Alfie Dale

Alfie is an award-winning director from London. His work focuses on human relationships drawn from personal experience, grounded in reality but explored with elements of fairy-tale, folklore and magical realism.

Alfie’s latest short 'My Brother Is A Mermaid' was an ambitious project on which Alfie really found his voice. The film was BAFTA long-listed after it premiered at the BAFTA qualifying Iris Prize Film Festival, where it won Best British Short Film, the Audience Award and the Youth Jury Award with a £20,000 post-production package at Pinewood Studios. The film went on to win the main prize at the BAFTA qualifying Norwich Film Festival, received a Special Mention at Academy Qualifying Flickerfest, and won Best Short at The Casting Director’s Association Awards. The film received nominations at over 15 other BAFTA/Academy qualifying festivals, and played at over 50 other festivals globally, picking up several more awards, before being picked up online by Director’s Notes and Omeleto.

The Iris Prize Jury said 'Alfie’s direction is sensitive and compassionate... he takes us on a journey of character growth and development across twenty minutes that more accomplished directors too often fail to do in two hours. Quite simply, outstanding". Little White Lies Magazine described the film as 'A gorgeous short, as steadfast in its representative resolve as it is singular in its empathetic importance'.

His recent work for Solace Women’s Aid was featured by The Shiny Awards, and was nominated at the BAFTA/Academy qualifying Encounters Film Festival, as a part of the prestigious Depict Awards.

Alfie is now moving into commercials and music videos, whilst developing a new short film, and a treatment for a feature version of ‘My Brother Is A Mermaid’.