WOW what a finish for Letterbox

We are thrilled to be on the official selection of WOW film festival in Australia.  This vibrant film festival has been championing women’s voices in film for 21 years.

Read all about here.

We were honoroed to be one of the featured films in its press release, here is the link

WOW Film Festival are part of WIFT New South Wales.


So Far, So Good

Letterbox has had a phenomenally successful festival run.  We have gone to 16 festivals, won 7 awards, got 6 nominations and found an audience in 8 countries.  Here is a list of where we have screened so far.

Hamilton Film Festival WINNER – Best Short Hamilton, Canada. November 2015

Portobello Film Festival WINNER – Best Film London, United Kingdom – September 2014

Portsmouth International Film Festival –  UK WINNER – Best Editing in a Narrative.   NOMINATED – Best Short, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress. Portsmouth, United Kingdom – July 2014 Western Europe PREMIERE

International Independent Film Awards WINNER – Diamond Award Los Angeles, USA – October 16th 2014 USA PREMIERE

Mumbai Women’s Film Festival WINNER – Best short Film, Runner Up Mumbai, India – December 12th, 2014 Indian PREMIERE

Universe Multicultural Film Festival WINNER – Best Short California, USA – Feb 4th 2016

Women’s Director Film Festival Mumbai India WINNER – Best Short January 2015

Carmarthen Bay Film Festival (BAFTA Crymru Qualifying) NOMINATED – Best Short. Wales, UK – May 2015

Irish Independent Film Awards NOMINATED – Best Independent Short Dublin, Ireland – September 2014

Isle of Wight Film Festival NOMINATED – Best Short Film Ventnor, United Kingdom – August 2014 (Film Festival)

Cannes Short Film Festival Cannes, France – November 20th 2014

Freedom Film Festival California, USA – October 2015 Zero London Film Festival London, United Kingdom August 2014 (Film Festival)

London Premier, United Kingdom July 2014

Chagford Film Festival Chagford, UK September 22nd 2014 El Ojo Kojo Film Festival Madrid, Spain

Glastonbury Festival Film Festival Letterbox opened the first ever on site Glastonbury Film Festival at the Groovy Movie. Glastonbury, UK July 2015

Brooklyn Underground Film Festival  – New York, USA

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We now have a film!

We are celebrating Letterbox, We have a film. It has a beginning a middle and an end. It’s been a lot of work to get it to a stage where we are finally happy.

Having planned, filmed and edited Letterbox with no budget, we realised we needed to raise some funds for the next steps if we wanted it to look and sound the best it could possibly be. This would be to pay for the music clearance (MIA was key to the character, but expensive to use); Sound design; Grading; Festival fees and if possible, payment to the musicians who generously gave us their tracks for the score.

Crowd funding on Kickstarter had been recommended, so we decided on a pledge maximum, and addressed our audience.

Kickstart final-&-Bels small

The result was stunningly heartwarming. So many of you dug deep to surpass our £2,000 target, and we were able to pay the talented team who had such belief in helping us put the finishing touches to our little film.thank you kickstarter

Our sound design was done from deep in the heart of Ilkley by the talented Dave Aston, and the results were fantastic, especially when the film is played on the big screen!

Letterbox was graded by the wonderful Adam Glasman, one of the most sort after graders in the country!

His other films include Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, Skyfall, West is West, Paul, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and many many more.

Suffice to say we are so very humbled that he was available to polish off Letterbox so expertly.

When we were finally ready to show our film off…

Our first published review by the Media writer and lecturer Becki Ellis in Toast Magazine.

Letterbox first review


We held our first private viewing on 11th May 2014 at Hagglers Corner, Sheffield., a community café where some of our Northern based investors and close friends were able to see the film. It proved to be a great success!

One of our guests Sabana Hassain wrote:

“… what was most poignant to me was the friendship between Imani & Tania. Their friendship transcended the piece of cloth that was between them & Tania accepted Imani for the person she is. In today’s media, Islam is portrayed in a very negative light & with this film you have shown that these perceptions are just that; negative misconceptions of a anti-islamic media. The film shows there is more to a woman, than the dress she chooses to wear & that there is a person behind the veil.”

Hackney’s Riberia proved to be the perfect sunny location for our London private viewing on 6th July 2014.

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It was a huge turn out, and the film had 3 screenings! Thank you to the wonderful Debbie and all the staff who made it a fantastically sunny Sunday for all who came down. It was perfect!

On 30th January 2014, Annabel entered Letterbox in its first film festival.  We had no budget, and most of the Kickstarter money was spent, but we had some left to spend on entrance fees. Sometimes this was up to £80! It was agony waiting for replies. We had many rejections, and quickly developed a very thick skin. We racked our brains as to why we hadn’t been selected, but we kept on trying.

On June 4th, we received an email from Portsmouth Film Festival:

Letterbox has been officially selected for the Portsmouth Film Festival! Nominated in 3 categories: Editing in a Narrative for Annabel Allison, Supporting Actress for Flora Bruce and Lead Actress for Yasmin…(its all in the eyes, natch!)

We attended the ceremony, where we got to watch our film on a big screen, and lots of other amazing shorts and features from around the world. On the night…Annabel won the award for best editing in a narrative!


Award winning editor, Annabel Allison!

With our first official selection laurels and an entirely justified award for Annabel’s hard work, we courageously continued submitting Letterbox to other Film Festivals both in the UK and Internationally.

To date, Letterbox has been awarded:

Letterbox fam photo

Yasmin, Annabel, Noah (young Ikki) and Ruby (young Imani) at the Portobello Film Festival where we won best film!

Best Short Portobello Film Festival 2014, UK
Best Editing in a narrative Portsmouth Film Festival 2004, UK
Diamond Award for Best narrative International Film Festival 2004, USA

mumbai winner

Letterbox won Runner up in Best Short for Mumbai Women’s International Film Festival!

Official Selection The Isle of White Festival
Official Selection Underground Cinema Film Festival Award, Ireland, UK
Official Selection Zero Film Festival 2004, London, UK
Official Selection Cannes Short Film Festival 2014, France (19th-22nd November)
Official Selection Mumbai Womens International Film Festival, India 
Official selection Brooklyn Underground Film Festival

All the laurels

What a year 2014 has been!

Big Thanks

To all of you out there, many of you helped in the creation of this film, please like like like, we need your support to progress the art of film making at our favourite festival…..Glastomburka as we now call it.