BEST FRIENDS

Best Friends explores female competitiveness and has so far, connected with audiences all over the world. 

WINNER

Lit Laugh International Film Festival 2020

(Best Micro Short  Comedy)

Houston Comedy Film Festival 2020

(Best Micro Comedy)

Atlanta Female Comedy Film Festival 2021

(Best International Comedy)

London Indie Short Film Festival 2021 (Best Narrative UK Film)

Jane Austen International Film Festival 2021 (Best Editing)

Venice Shorts Film Festival 2021 (Best Micro Comedy)

UK Monthly Film Festival 2022

Dallas Independent Film Festival 2022

OFFICIALLY SELECTED​

Austin Film Festival 2020

Portland Film Festival 2020

New York City Comedy Short Film Festival 2020

Paris Short Film Festival 2020

Dublin International Short Film and Music Festival 2020

Georgia Shorts Film Festival 2020

Los Angeles Comedy Film Festival 2020

Women's Comedy Film Festival Chicago 2021

Summer in the South International Film Festival 2021

Romford Film Festival 2022

SHORT-LISTED

Funny Women Award 2020

SPECIAL-MENTION

London-Worldwide Comedy Short Film-Festival

OTHER

Best Friends was also a semi finalist for Absurd Film Festival 2021, Night of Comedy Shorts Film Festival 2020 and a finalist for the Bristol Independent Film Awards 2020.

 
 
 
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Director's Statement

Craig Talbot

It was a real pleasure to direct this film, which was written by my good friend Megan Smith. When I read the script, I instantly recognised the female competitiveness and knew this was a universal theme that all audiences would be able to connect to in their everyday lives.
I wanted to take the viewer slowly through the stages of the competition and for them to feel the awkwardness of the situation building, but also laugh at the ridiculousness of how the characters are responding to each other.
One of the difficulties of making this film was trying to shoot the five women and constantly changing the angels without disorientating the audience, but my editor and DP Will Austin was really great at resolving these issues for me. So filming on the day was very smooth and we finished ahead of schedule!
Working with these actors was a wonderful experience. I wanted to challenge them to keep thinking throughout the scene and play the different beats clearly, and they all embraced my directing approach and exceeded my expectations; Adding their own personal funny touches to the scene.
Working with the crew was similar. They embraced the framework of what I wanted to capture, whilst adding their own genius creative touches.
The experience working on this film has given me a real confidence to continue working on more diverse subject matters and trust that with a great cast and Crew I will be able to get the audience to connect to the film as well as I do.

 

Production Team

 
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Megan Smith

Writer & Producer

Megan is an award winning writer and producer for theatre and film. She is also the co-founder of Double Yellow Productions.


Megan has a background in comedy but this was her first break out comedy film.​

Megan also writes and produces for theatre.


Megan's latest play 'Two Birds', was short-listed for the Pint Sized Play Award and long-listed for the Arch 468 Hope Prize.

Megan had notable success with Mixed Doubles sketch quartet. The group featured on BBC Radio 4’s Sketchorama, won accolades from the Guardian Newspaper, Dave Comedy Channel and toured extensively.

Cast

 
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Ella Ainsworth

Ella Ainsworth is an actress, known for Doc Martin (2004), School of Comedy (2009) and Hustle (2004).

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