There's a lot of things going on for the independent film industry in my region (Wales) at the moment, so I thought I'd do my bit and spread the word about some of the most intriguing-looking developments on the horizon.
Unlike the films that will follow, this sci-fi drama from Caradog W. James has already finished it's final cut and is due for release early next year. A story about a scientist who develops the world's first artificial intelligence and must try to keep it from being turned into a weapon, it has won awards at the Welsh BAFTAs, Raindance Film Festival, and Toronto After Dark, as well as being featured at Sundance. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have a huge social media presence, so if you want to find out more you'll have to turn to Google - but it's definitely a film that should be on every sci-fi fan's watchlist.
The Midnight Horror Show/Valley of the Witch
These two offerings from Swansea-based producer and director Andrew Jones (Night of the Living Dead: Resurrection, The Amityville Asylum) are currently being produced back-to-back, with principal photography complete on the former. Both of them secured distribution before filming even began, which bodes pretty well for Jones' future as a filmmaker.
The Midnight Horror Show is the story of the Moreau family, who tour around the country putting on a circus act with a pretty gothic vibe judging by these creepyawesome stills.
Details are still a bit thin on the ground for Valley, which has just wrapped up on shooting, with a press release likely on the way. From what I can gather, it sounds like a Welsh Wicker Man - which will probably be great.
Simon Stratton's Banshee is a horror project that interestingly aims to put out both a feature film and a tie-in multiplayer survival game for Facebook - something I don't think has ever been attempted in the Welsh indie scene. There's honestly not much I can say that isn't detailed on their juicy (and successful) Kickstarter page, so go check it out!
This entry isn't a Welsh one, but instead comes from Birmingham filmmaker Simon Cox. It's a crowd-funded sci-fi that looks very ambitious for it's budget, making use of extensive SFX to a degree not often seen by a film without some substantial finance behind it.