Come join us as producer Cass Pennant will talk about his experiences bringing his film to become Oscar short-listed. He will:
- give insight into what paved his way to the Oscars
- talk about his colourful life and vast career stretching over six decades
- present and screen his short racial drama Beverley (2015) which made the Oscar short-list in 2017
Cass Pennant has also consulted on several popular British movies such as:
- Alan Clarke’s The Firm
- Guy Ritchie’s Snatch
- Lexi Alexander’s Green Street.
Come along to this gem of an event, meet new people and get some insight into the ins and outs of successful short filmmaking.
‘Beverly’ was short-listed for the Oscar Nomination for Short Action Drama in 2017. The short racial-conflict drama was also screened in over 100 festivals and theaters all around the world and has won an outstanding 36 awards, including Best Short Film at the UK National Film Awards 2017.
Beverley is about a mixed-race teen on a white suburban estate. The local gang have completely different ideas about what she has to offer and her fight to fit in leads to devastating consequences.
About Cass Pennant and Urban Edge Films:
Black British born Independent filmmaker Cass Pennant is a former ‘Barnardo’s boy’ in the late 1950s whose own incredible story was turned into the British cult film CASS directed by Jon S. Baird in 2008.
With his founding of Urban Edge Films in 2010 he has taken further strides with his film work developing ideas, which are innovative and surprising in their approach. Pennant marked his filmmaker credentials when taking the ‘Best Film’ award for his feature documentary on the 80s football fashion subculture Casuals (2011) at the Portobello Film Festival in 2012 becoming a TV broadcast in 2013 on the Community Channel before purchased as a UK Netflix release in 2016.
He co-produced, working with director Gabe Turner (In the Hands of the Gods, The Class of ’92), violent thriller The Guvnors (2014) Rizzle Kicks’ star Harley Sylvester marked his feature film debut co-starring with actor Doug Allen. Premiere screened at Edinburgh Film Festival and won Best Action Movie at the 2015 National Film Awards.
His short film Beverley (2015) has been screened in more than 100 festivals and theaters all over the world. It was “short-listed” for the 2017 Oscar Nomination for Short Action Drama and has won thirty-six awards, including a Best of Fest Award from the St Louis International Film Festival. This work was also winner of Best Short Film at the UK National Film Awards 2017. Cass traveled extensively with the film, leading discussions at anti-racism festivals and at universities, and community groups.
As well as a freelance filmmaker, writer, interviewer, speaker and media consultant he is also a patron for the British Urban Film Festival.
The International Moving Image Society’s (IMIS) aim is to inspire, train, educate, and connect all members of the moving image industry, whether at entry or professional level, around the world. We accomplish this by putting on networking events,