Two rising filmmakers win the Corinthia’s Artist in Residence 2014.
Zawe Ashton and David Petch are the two fledgling filmmakers that have been awarded a £15K budget (each). They will be starting their residencies at the Corinthia Hotel shortly to make two short films about The Power of Sleep. Their applications topped the shortlisted finalists, selected from the 68 entries submitted in December 2013.
It is the first time Corinthia has awarded the Artist in Residence to two entrants; the decision was taken during the judges’s debate and aided by Eric Fellner’s offer of financial support through access to post-production equipment, whilst Mike Figgis will be acting as mentor to the winners.
Zawe and David’s short films will premiere in May 2014 at Corinthia Hotel London.
The winners were chosen by a stellar panel of judges including Amanda Berry, Chief Executive, BAFTA; Steve Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Advertising Producers Association; Eric Fellner, Co-Chairman, Working Title Films; Mike Figgis, Director; David Glasser, Chief Operating Officer, The Weinstein Company; Sir John Hegarty, Worldwide Creative Director & Founder, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH); Isabella Macpherson, Co-founder, Arts Co; Amanda Nevill, Director, British Film Institute; Sarah Sands, Editor, Evening Standard; Justine Simons, Head of Culture, The Mayor’s Office; Dan Stevens, Actor; Lucy Tuck, Editor, Financial Times Life & Arts; Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications & Creative Industries; Zain Verjee, CNN anchor.
Zawe Ashton is an actor, writer and director. She first came to the attention of the film industry as Bianca in St Trinian’s II. She is currently in the third series of Channel 4’s award-winning programme ‘Fresh Meat’ for which she received a Comedy Award nomination for her role as Vod. She has written plays, and she has recently finished post-production on her debut short as a director of ‘Happy Toys’, commissioned by BBC Films and co-produced with Zawe’s company ‘Asylum Features’.
David Petch is a graduate of Goldsmiths College and has worked as an Art Director on music videos and commercials working with top advertising agencies on brands such as BMW and Lucozade. He is now concentrating on a solo directing career working on a TV drama for BBC2’s youth arm BBCSwitch, directing more music promos and writing shorts and three feature length scripts.
The Corinthia Artist in Residence 2014 marks the third year the hotel has run the programme.
The 2012-2013 winner of the Artist in Residence was theatre company, Look Left Look Right, who created an immersive play drawing on the hotel’s history and interviews with the staff. The play, Above & Beyond, lasted 70 minutes taking place across 30 spaces within and around the hotel, and ran for 5 weeks while the hotel was fully operational. The play was open to the general public, tickets sold out within the first week, and the play was extended by an extra week.
The 2011-2012 Residency saw artist Noémie Goudal create large-scale works of art while resident and for display at Corinthia London. These works, using Corinthia Hotel London as their starting point, transported viewers to other worlds.