Bombay Sapphire’s Imagination Series shorts were launched in London last night.
The spirits company, in collaboration with Tribeca Film Festival, exclusively screened the five short films chosen from the 2014 Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series competition.
All entries had to use a short script written by Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher as the ‘skeleton’ to fuel their imagination. Entries are received from all over the world and are judged in a panel lead by Fletcher to choose the five most imaginative films to be premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and online.
The five chosen in 2013 showcased a different range of genres from action to suspenseful thriller to sci-fi drama to dark thriller to a romantic comedy. Two of the five winners are from the UK, Chris Cornwall (with Exit Log) and Anthony Khaseria (Reflections), who attended the event and answered audience questions on how they imagined what they created. The other winning directors are two from the US — Kiara Jones with The Other Side of the Game and Allyson Morgan with Need for Speed (Dating) and one from Spain, Maite Fernandez with Graffiti Area.
Last year’s Imagination Series competition was very successful as Room 8, one of the five winning short films, won a BAFTA for Short Film this year.
Talking about the origin of the Bombay Sapphire product and explaining their relationship with the Tribeca Film Festival, Creative Director Mark Boyd said: “Imagination was important to the Bombay Sapphire product. We are all born with it.”
At the event the imagination continued as the audience members were asked to try and guess at the end of each of the five shorts what was in the shots of cocktail samples representing each short film.
Mark Boyd speaking about the many talented entries said: “It was really exciting to see the entries. The brief was to pick the most imaginative project. But it was really tough.”
Asked from the audience about his inspiring directors, Chris Cornwall who directed the sci-fi short Exit Log said: “I like Ridley Scott. I really like ’70s, ’80s science fiction.”
Watch the first look of the shorts here on YouTube. After their Tribeca Film Festival launch, the shorts will be online for public viewing on April 22.