Short Film: I SEEK ASYLUM, 10min., UK, Crime/Drama


Based on actual asylum interviews, ‘I Seek Asylum’ depicts the reality of what faces survivors of trafficking and torture when they come to the UK in search of safety.

Project Links

Emma Thompson – Activist
Doon Mackichan – Interviewer
Aaron Pierre – Man
Joni Kamen – Teenager

Anna Southgate – Writer / Director

Upbeat Productions:
Zara Ballantyne-Grove – Producer
Iain Ovenden – Director of Photography
Luke Everson – 2nd Camera Operator
Kieran Lefort – Sound Recordist & Mixer / Editor
Tom Webb – Digital Colourist
Jason Peters – Runner
Madeleine Chalk – Runner
Sophie Aroesty – Runner

With special thanks to:
Adam Stevens, Libby Chalmers, Alexei Emam, Zack Davies,
Keith Lawrence, Sophie Lawton, Charlie Allen

Keith Greenhalgh – Executive Producer
Peter Robertson – Executive Producer

  • Film Type:
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 29, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Film Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Sony FS7 XAVC-1 4K
  • Film Color:

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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