Sorry for the radio silence. We've been busy writing and producing the brand new EP from Canton Synths, entitled 'There Wolf, There Castle', complete with four new music videos. We'll get the lot out this side of Crimbo.
JANUARY 2018: CANARIES @ CIFF
Happy New Year, peeps! CIFF may be taking a break, but we're proud to team up with our cult horror friends at Fractured Visions for a special screening of CANARIES. This Welsh sci-fi comedy horror tells of an alien invasion on New Year's Eve. We'll be showing the movie at Chapter (Cardiff) in Cinema 1 on Monday 12th February at 8pm, together with a cast & crew Q&A and complimentary wine. Not to be missed!
DECEMBER 2017: S-COPS RETOOLED
Returning to S-COPS for a pre-submission rewrite has been good fun. It's cool spending time with the characters again, even if they only exist in my head, and even if every other line is punctuated by me trying to stop my dogs double-teaming their soft toys.
NOVEMBER 2017: CANTON SYNTHS ARE SIGNED
Canton Synths is now signed to Milwaukee Junction Records. The EP has been out a month and I'm stoked at the response it’s received. You can find Canton Synths on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud and the like, so if you like the likes of Joy Division, Interpol, The Doors, The Verve and The Cure, give it a listen.
OCTOBER 2017: COVERAGE FOR CANTON SYNTHS
Very happy to report that Canton Synths has been blogged and broadcast by an array of amazing tastemakers! Thanks to The Devil Has the Best Tuna; Schmutz; Indie & Folk Radio; Joe’s Groovy Time; Vittek Records; Lonely Oak Radio; and to Noel Gardner of Buzz Magazine, who wrote a very cool review. Cheers all!
OCTOBER 2017: CANTON SYNTHS DEBUT EP RELEASED!
It’s landed! Canton Synths debut EP ‘They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara!’ is now available on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon. Looking forward to seeing how tiny cuts followers take to it…
SEPTEMBER 2017: MASTERING ‘THEY’RE COMING TO GET YOU, BARBARA.’
Fine tuning and tweaking to a pain staking degree has taking over this month. It’s a learning curve, but one I’m enjoying (kind of!) and one that’s essential to achieving a full and balanced sound. Trial and error, trial and error, trial and error…
JULY & AUGUST 2017: TUNING OUT
Head down, writing and producing three new tunes. Fake News takes aim at MSM’s side-lining of progressive voices in favour of right-wing sensationalism; Ebbw Vale looks at the personal and social aftermath of a town wrecked by Tory policy; and Disappear is an examination of bereavement and loss.
JUNE 2017: STARTING CANTON SYNTHS
As tiny cuts winds down to a one-man band, it’s time for a new name and a new start. Canton Synths will make synthwave for our times, addressing social, political and personal issues through darkwave revival. Aim is to produce three EP’s with which to find an audience and fine-tune the new sound, before bringing out a debut ten track album. First EP will drop later this year.
MAY 2017: COUNTRY PIE IS ‘SHORT OF THE WEEK’
Our short comedy film COUNTRY PIE has been picked as the LA Shorts Fest 'Short of the Week'. It's an honour to have our efforts recognised by an Oscar and BAFTA accredited festival of this calibre, and we are thrilled that it made the Official Selection of the main Festival, and the Official Selection of San Jose International Film Festival. Listed as one of the "Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" in 2014 by MovieMaker Magazine, San Jose showed a selection of shorts from around the world, and welcomed GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 1&2 director James Gunn as its Special Guest.
You can watch our short film, which tells the story of something that may or may not have happened to Bob Dylan, here.
MAY 2017: LET’S GET CIFF’D!
Cardiff Independent Film Festival returned for its fourth year this May, starting with a CIFF Chapter MovieMaker Takeover on Mayday; launching into action with a free bar and film screening at 10 Feet Tall on Thursday 4th; then taking up residency at Chapter for Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May. Filmmakers from all over the world joined us to celebrate the very best in indie film, and we sold-out many of our screenings and events.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s CIFF such a success!
APRIL 2017: CIFF TRAILER RELEASED
It’s here! The Festival trailer you’ve been waiting your whole life to see. Cut together by Festival Chairman Ally Parkhurst and soundtracked by tiny cuts, you can watch the trailer here.
MARCH 2017: SATAN’S SLAVE TO SCREEN AT CIFF!
We are very pleased to announce that cult horror SATAN’S SLAVE will screen at CIFF 2017! The Britsploitation classic will be projected from the director’s personal 35mm copy, which includes rare extended scenes. Joining us for the event will be the film’s Director, Norman J. Warren (INSEMINOID, PREY, TERROR); Writer David McGillivray (HOUSE OF WHIPCORD, FRIGHTMARE, TERROR); and Composer John Scott (DIE HARD, ZOOLANDER, HELP!). Not to be missed!
FEBRUARY 2017: CIFF OFFICIAL SELECTION ANNOUNCED
Our 2017 Festival Selection has been revealed! Click here to find out more.
JANUARY 2017: BABY, YOU’VE BEEN CUT BY LOVE’S THRASHING BLADE
Our album is here and FREE for everyone! You can play the tracks on YouTube here, and you can play and download all our work to date here, free of charge.
JANUARY 2017: SUBMISSIONS CLOSE FOR CIFF 2017
Th-th-th-that’s all, folks! Thanks to all the filmmakers around the world for submitting their work to the Cardiff Independent Film Festival 2017 Selection Panel! We will announce the Official Selection next month. Please stay tuned for updates…
JANUARY 2017: WISHING YOU A SPIFFY 2017
Happy new year! Our web promo for Spiffy Day is complete and available to watch here. Writing for RED DEER, our sci-fi feature, is back underway. Will keep you posted…
DECEMBER 2016: HAVING A V COOL YULE
Couple of projects on over Christmas. We’ll be releasing the debut album from Cardiff’s tiny cuts on YouTube. The album ‘Baby, You’ve Been Cut by Love’s Thrashing Blade’, has enjoyed extensive airplay in the UK and the States, and the band are giving the songs away as free downloads via their SoundCloud page here. In other news, we’re putting together a commercial for Spiffy Day, a brand new music publishing business. The advert, which features performances by some household names, will be ready for the company launch in February.
NOVEMBER 2016: CIFF JUDGES ANNOUNCED
Very happy to announce that we've secured the services of five top film industry professionals for Cardiff Independent Film Festival. Cynthia De Souza is the Acquisitions and Development Executive at The Works Film Group, an award-winning distribution and production company responsible for releasing indie gems such as THE MESSENGER, TAKE SHELTER and ANVIL! THE STORY OF ANVIL, and producing the likes of THE 51ST STATE, GANGSTER NUMBER ONE and BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS. Vesna Cudic is Head of International TV Sales & Acquisitions at the go-to company for global distribution of cinema documentaries, Dogwoof (BLACKFISH, ACT OF KILLING, RESTREPO, YES MEN FIX THE WORLD, SPIRIT OF ’45). Matt Hird heads Outreach and Distribution at Dartmouth Films, releasing such great titles as DEATH OF A GENTLEMAN, COCAINE UNWRAPPED, THE BATTLE FOR BARKING, THE WAR YOU DON’T SEE and PARTICLE FEVER. Keri Collins is a Screen International Star of Tomorrow. His debut feature, the BAFTA Cymru Breakthrough Award winning CONVENIENCE, was released in UK cinemas October 2015. His short film ‘FUNDAY’ was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award and he has directed a number of shorts for the BBC. Helen Reynolds is the Director of SOCIAL FOR THE PEOPLE, a social media consultancy that helps government, public sector and charity organisations communicate online. Her work has been recognised through several awards, including coming 16th on the 2014 list of 100 UK Digital Leaders. Welcome aboard!
OCTOBER 2016: COUNTRY PIE FESTIVAL SCREENINGS
Our short comedy COUNTRY PIE, a film about something that may or may not have happened to Bob Dylan, went down a storm at both LA Shorts Fest and San Jose International Short Film Festival! We are very proud of our no-budget short, shot over just one weekend with a terrific cast and crew, and we're looking forward to releasing it soon!
OCTOBER 2016: NEW-LOOK CIFF WEBSITE
At Cardiff Independent Film Festival, every penny we make from submissions and ticket sales goes back into the Festival. This pays for our Special Guests; catering our special events; venue hire; programmes, posters, commercials, banners and flyers; and... a spanking new website! That's right - we've got an all-new online site, thanks to feedback we received via our Festival Feedback Forms. You said it, we did it. You can check out our new Festival website here.
SEPTEMBER 2016: CIFF RETURNS!
Cardiff Independent Film Festival (CIFF) opens for submission at the end of this month. Now entering its fourth year, the Festival has grown in scope each and every time and 2017 will be no exception. Now with a Student Film award category, CIFF is inviting students the world over to submit their shorts to our ever-growing selection panel of filmmakers and cinephiles. So what are you waiting for? Send us your films NOW!!!*
*(at the end of the month, terms and conditions apply)
AUGUST 2016: SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL!
MORE BIG NEWS!!! Our film COUNTRY PIE has been selected to screen at San Jose International Short Film Festival! We are very proud to be part of Silicon Valley's #1 short film fest and one of the 'Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee' (MovieMaker Magazine).
AUGUST 2016: LA SHORTS FEST!
BIG NEWS!!! Our short film, COUNTRY PIE, has made the Official Selection at LA Shorts Fest! Alumni of this Oscar, BAFTA and BIFA qualifying film festival include David Lynch, Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam. Nice. A big T H A N K Y O U to the Festival, and to our amazing cast and crew!
MAY, JUNE & JULY 2016: OH ME OH MY, LOVE THAT COUNTRY PIE
After delivering our biggest film festival to date, we are pressing forward with the other projects we are passionate about. Our short comedy film COUNTRY PIE is now finished and we’ve started our festival submission run. We are focussing on festivals that look fun and that we’d like to attend, so watch this space… We are finishing the debut tiny cuts album, mixing synthwave and post-punk revival to full effect. This is our first foray into music production and we are freaking loving it. We also hope to produce some more work soon with our festival sponsor PAD Deco. This is a very exciting brand and we are very happy to be part of the PD fam.
APRIL 2016: IT’S A WRAP!
The Cardiff Independent Film Festival 2016 is now over! With record attendance rates and enough free booze to fill a swimming pool, we have delivered our best fest yet! A huge thank you to our audience; to all the filmmakers who submitted and all those who attended; to our partners Cardiff Animation Nights and Chapter; to our sponsors, PAD Deco and Bait Studio; to our guest speakers – Peter Lord, Ben Bocquelet and Joanna Quinn; and to our amazing volunteers. Despite the increased workload, our jobs were made easier (and more fun!) by David Williams, Tom Dexter, Munzir Quraishy, Heather Lawson, Alex Stewart, Caitlin Davies, Alexandrina Mircheva and Ellie Staniland. THANK YOU!!!!
MARCH 2016: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Busy busy busy! With an expanded programme of events and screening more amazing indie films than ever before, we are making the final preparations for the third Cardiff Independent Film Festival! Check out www.cardifffilmfest.org.uk for all the deets – and see you there!
FEBRUARY 2016: CIFF UPDATE
Award nominations have been picked and the Official Selection is now with our prestigious Judging Panel. By prestigious, we mean an Oscar winning producer; a highly successful genre movie producer; the UK distributor for three Oscar-winning films (plus Donnie Darko!); a critically acclaimed feature film director; a BBC radio presenter; and a Cardiff legend. Tidy.
JANUARY 2016: THAT'S ALL, FOLKS!
Submissions are now closed for Cardiff Independent Film Festival 2016! We had even more submissions than last year, with 294 films from 42 countries all vying for our coveted In Competition slots. The standard has been very high and there are sure to be some tough decisions ahead...
DECEMBER 2015: THINGS TO COME...
As we settle in against the cold, ready to watch the next installment of CIFF submissions, we are happy to reveal that more is afoot at Panik Attak HQ. We are working with our rather awesome friends Tony Rowlands and Martyn Standing to deliver another superb animation for PAD Deco, and a new feature film script is underway. Merry Christmas all - and see you in 2016!
NOVEMBER 2015: CRUEL SUMMER PREMIERE @ CIFF
Cruel Summer, the feature film debut of local filmmaker Phil Escott, will premiere at our Festival 6pm Saturday 12th December. Danny, a teenager with autism, escapes the inner city for the beautiful countryside in pursuit of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. Little does he know that Nicholas is hunting him, fueled by a lie created by the envious Julia. This slick thriller will be followed by a Q+A with the filmmakers and a drinks reception in Chapter. To book your tickets, here.
NOVEMBER 2015: NEW ANIMATION ON PAD DECO SITE
Panik Attak's latest seasonal animation for PAD Deco, featuring the rotoscoping talents of Tony Rowlands and the stand-out scoring of Martyn Standing, can be viewed here. Enjoy!
OCTOBER 2015: PAD DECO WEBSITE LAUNCH!
We are very excited to unveil the official website for Cardiff's premier interior design experience, PAD Deco! Please visit www.paddeco.com with your volume on for full effect. The site was co-designed by Panik Attak's AJ and Cardiff-based Design Dough, with video content produced by Panik Attak.
SEPTEMBER 2015: CIFF RIDES AGAIN!
Submissions are open for Cardiff Independent Film Festival 2016! Our 2015 Festival was a corker, showcasing features and shorts from around the world and including talks from such luminaries as Stephen Frears, Paul Andrew Williams and John Boorman, who presented the Welsh premiere of his final film, QUEEN & COUNTRY. CIFF2016 will be bigger than ever, with more dates and an all-new animation strand! Head over to www.cardifffilmfest.org.uk for all the latest.
SEPTEMBER 2015: A LITTLE BIT HIGH
We've just released the main song from our short film COUNTRY PIE and it's getting airplay right off the bat. A LITTLE BIT HIGH was inspired by our film, which takes a comic look at something that may or may not have happened to Bob Dylan, and is written and performed by Panik Attak's AJ and long-time collaborator Gavin Bushell. The track appears thoughout the film, which is due for release January 2016.
AUGUST 2015: SPRUCED UP SITE
We've redesigned our website. Nothing major - just a few tweaks here and there. Hope you like it.
JULY 2015: ALL NEW ANIMATION FOR PAD DECO
Click here to check out our new animation for Cardiff's number one interior design experience, PAD Deco.
JUNE 2015: WEB DESIGN
We have been working with our friends at PAD Deco and Cardiff-based Design Dough to create an innovative interior design website. We've also been beavering away on a series of videos and animations for the upcoming PAD Deco site. Cool things are coming this way...
MAY 2015: CIFF WINS ITS FIRST AWARD!
We are delighted to announce that Cardiff Independent Film Festival has won the Best Local Film Event award at The Quench Awards 2015! Many thanks to all at Quench Magazine and to everyone who helped make this Festival possible!
MAY 2015: GETTING ANIMATED
Very pleased to announce that we are currently creating an all-new animation for PAD Deco, Cardiff's premier interior design experience. Expect some cool stuff soon...
APRIL 2015: AND... BREATHE
CIFF is over for another year! Many thanks to all who attended; to our filmmakers; our volunteers; our special guests; our sponsor; our interviewers; our esteemed jury; to the team at Chapter and the team at Porter's and to BAFTA Cymru. And to our Norris for his exceptional artwork.
APRIL 2015: CIFF HITS!!!
Cardiff Independent Film Festival is back and bigger than before! Get down to Porter's on 14th and 15th, and Chapter on 17th, 18th and 19th, to watch the very best in indie cinema and to participate in our master classes, Q&A's and networking events!
MARCH 2015: PAD DECO'S NEW IDENT IS HERE!
We are very pleased to unveil the new motion logo we have created for PAD Deco. Click here to watch. There are many cool collaborations to come between Panik Attak and PAD Deco, so watch this space...
MARCH 2015: NEW ADVENTURES IN INTERIORS
We are very pleased to announce that we will be making a series of commercials for Cardiff's coolest new company, PAD Deco. Located in Castle Arcade, PAD Deco offers a unique interior design experience and we are thrilled to be working with such an innovative and forward-thinking store.
MARCH 2015: CIFF'S SPECIAL GUESTS
It is with great pleasure that we announce that John Boorman, Stephen Frears, Paul Andrew Williams and Mark Foligno will be attending our Festival this April.
John Boorman, Director of DELIVERANCE, POINT BLANK and EXCALIBUR, will be giving a Q&A after the Welsh premiere of his latest movie, QUEEN AND COUNTRY. Stephen Frears, Director of HIGH FIDELITY, THE QUEEN, DANGEROUS LIAISONS and PHILOMENA, and Paul Andrew Williams, Director of LONDON TO BRIGHTON, THE COTTAGE, CHERRY TREE LANE and SONG FOR MARION, will be conducting this year's CIFF Masterclass. Mark Foligno, Producer of THE KING'S SPEECH, MOON, A LONELY PLACE TO DIE and THE RISE, will be returning with the UK Premiere of his new film, NORTH V SOUTH. The gangster thriller stars Keith Allen, Stephen Berkoff and Greta Scacchi.
FEBRUARY 2015: SUBMISSIONS ARE CLOSED!
Submissions for the 2015 Cardiff Independent Film Festival are now closed. Thanks to all who have entered their work - we will be watching and re-watching your films to ensure we deliver another cracking Festival. Details of our selection, plus award nominations and fringe events, will be published on our website at www.cardifffilmfest.org.uk in due course.
JANUARY 2015: NEW YEAR, NEW IDEAS
Happy New Year! After an intensive ideas session with our production partners in Oxford we're back with some exciting genre concepts that we'll be developing over the coming months. Horror and sci-fi fans - watch this space!
DECEMBER 2014: A VERY CIFF XMAS
We are pleased to report that COUNTRY PIE is shaping up to be a very fine looking film indeed! We're approaching the fine tuning stage and we're very happy with how things are developing. We are also looking forward to another CiFF Christmas as we plonk in front of the telly and watch some of the record number of submissions we've received this year. Merry Christmas - and keep the quality coming!
NOVEMBER 2014: NEW COMMERCIAL FOR CiFF
Thanks to everyone who attended the Cardiff Indie Film Fest screenings at Porter's on 2nd November. We were thrilled to show two great features, plus our all-new commercial for CiFF2015 (directed by AJ). You can watch both adverts on the Festival homepage http://cardifffilmfest.org.uk.
OCTOBER 2014: CiFF MOVIE SCREENINGS
Come along to our FREE film screenings in Porter's, Cardiff, on Sunday 2nd November! We'll be showing last year's Best Feature, THE EXTRAORDINARY TALE OF THE TIMES TABLE, at 4pm, followed by local horror director James Plumb's latest movie, KERB CRAWLERS. James will be joined by star Martin Stallard, writer David Melkevik, cinematographer Victoria Rodway and editor James Morrisey for a Q&A after the screening.
SEPTEMBER 2014: CiFF STRIKES AGAIN!
Cardiff Independent Film Festival returns for its second year! Expect more great films, a masterclass, premieres, networking events - and an all new award for Best Wales-Based Short. Check out http://cardifffilmfest.org.uk for all the details.
AUGUST 2014: CUTTING PIE
We are delighted to report that production ran very smoothly for COUNTRY PIE, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Producer Sonia James and our exceptionally talented cast and crew. Let the cutting commence!
JULY 2014: COUNTRY PIE
We're preparing to shoot our latest short film, COUNTRY PIE, at the end of July. Starring Matthew Batte (S-COPS, KERBCRAWLERS) and Fluellen Theatre's Claire Novelli, the comedy offers an original take on a popular urban legend.
JULY 2014: NEW FESTIVAL AD OUT NOW!
The first of our two all new commercials for Cardiff Independent Film Festival can be viewed here.
In between exploring potential feature projects and AJ rewriting optioned screenplay DEATH, INC., we’ve been busy lining up our summer slate. Next month we’ll be filming a commercial for Cardiff Independent Film Festival 2015, starring the brilliant Earl Palmer; rehearsals are already underway for COUNTRY PIE, the short comedy down for July; and August brings us our very first fashion shoot for cool new clothing label Amazing Aardvark. All this… plus tiny cuts are releasing their second EP, complete with an all new sound!
APRIL 2014: A WALKING SHADOW
Our teaser for our very first feature film A WALKING SHADOW is finished and will receive its first public play at the end of the Cardiff Independent Film Festival. The one minute horror trailer will screen at the Chapter MovieMaker Takeover on Monday 7th April.
APRIL 2014: FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH
Cardiff Independent Film Festival launched to a full house at Porter’s on Sunday 30th March. It was standing room only at the city centre theatre – no mean feat on a Mother’s Day afternoon! We screened three excellent international shorts before unveiling our honour call and sizzler reel. The main event was the screening of MAGPIE, the moving second feature film from the director of the hugely successful COLIN. This was followed by an insightful and downright hilarious Q&A from the film’s director, its producer and one of its main stars.
MARCH 2014 – CARDIFF INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
From 30th March to 7th April, Panik Attak Productions and friends will bring you the inaugural Cardiff Independent Film Festival! With premieres, films from around the world, Q&A’s, networking events and a master class, this really is not to be missed! Book your tickets here.
MARCH 2014 – S-COPS TEASER GETS ITS FIRST SCREENING
The teaser for our new comedy show S-COPS screened to a packed auditorium at Chapter MovieMaker on 3rd March. We’re very pleased to report that it got laughs in all the right places. Phew!
FEBRUARY 2014 – TINY CUTS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING!
Our debut EP, developed to promote our planned first feature film A WALKING SHADOW, is complete. We will be aiming for airplay on Amazing Radio, Rocker’s Dive Radio and a selection of FM stations. Stay tuned for more updates and please keep ‘em peeled for the movie teaser, which we’ll be releasing in around two months’ time.
JANUARY 2014: AMAZING AARDVARK
We are very happy to announce that we'll be producing a series of commercials for Cardiff clothing brand Amazing Aardvark! Amazing Aardvark makes high quality high street clobber that's ethically traded, eco-friendly and organic. Check out their site here.
DECEMBER 2013: HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
As 2013 draws to a close, we'd like to thank all the peeps who have helped us over the course of the year, so... THANK YOU! We're settling down over Christmas to judge the latest Cardiff Indie Film Fest submissions; to add the finishing touches to our teasers for S-COPS and A WALKING SHADOW; and to prepare our tiny cuts EP for release in early 2014. Happy holidays and see you next year!
NOVEMBER 2013: 'THE END HAS NO END' NOW ONLINE!
You can watch our latest award-winning short film here. The comedy was made back-to-back with A VERY IMPORTANT CALL as part of fivebyone, our initiative that challenges filmmakers to shoot one film in one day with one actor in one location for £100 or less.
NOVEMBER 2013: PETER'S MYSTERY GUEST!
Want to win tickets to see Wales thrash Australia? Then check out our brand new commercial for Peter's Foods and the Welsh Rugby Union. Guess Peter's Mystery Guest to win! Click here to play!
NOVEMBER 2013: CiFF FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS!
Sunday 3rd November saw Cardiff Independent Film Festival (CiFF) throw its Late Late Halloween Party at Gwdihw in Cardiff. The all-day event included spooky short film screenings; the capital city premiere of horror indie Molly Crows; filmmaker Q&A's; a raffle; and DJ sets until midnight. Thanks to all who attended and contributed! We raised £250 for the cause which will go towards advertising and venue hire. CiFF is run by long-time Panik Attak collaborator Ally Parkhurst, members of Panik Attak and their associates.
OCTOBER 2013: NEW COMMERCIAL COMING SOON!
Here at Panik Attak HQ we've been busy making a brand new commercial for Peter's Foods and the Welsh Rugby Union. We're keeping tight-lipped about the content and its star quality, but keep your eyes peeled for its release in around a fortnight's time.
OCTOBER 2013: 'THE END HAS NO END' WINS BEST FILM!
Our fivebyone film THE END HAS NO END has won Best Film at the Pick and Mix Allsorts charity fundraiser in Cardiff. It was a great night of film, live music and comedy, and all proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support. THE END HAS NO END can next be seen at Cornwall Film Festival (8th - 10th November).
OCTOBER 2013: THREE MORE AWARDS FOR OUR 'LUV WALES, LUV PETERS' ADS!
Our videos for Peter's Foods scooped two prizes at last night's Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Wales Awards! The 'Luv Wales, Luv Peters' campaign won the Wales Marketing Award for Food, Drink, Retail and FMCG... and it won the coveted Judges' Special Award! The campaign now qualifies for the UK-wide CIM Excellence Awards 2013. And if that wasn't enough, we've just learned that the campaign won the prestigious Creative Marketing Award 2012 at the IWA Western Mail Business Awards. The campaign, which centred around our videos featuring Panik Attak regular Earl Palmer, has now won six industry-recognised awards. A big thanks to all involved!
SEPTEMBER 2013: A VERY IMPORTANT FILM FESTIVAL
On Saturday 28th September, Panik Attak attended Thurrock International Film Festival in support of A VERY IMPORTANT CALL. Our fivebyone comedy was screening in the Fiction category and its star, Earl Palmer, was nominated for a Best Performance award. Unfortunately, Earl was pipped at the post... but the screening brought the house down and actually won the audience choice ballot in the Fiction category. We are over-joyed with how the film was received and offer our thanks to Natalie and Ben for putting on such a great festival.
SEPTEMBER 2013: FIVEBYONE SCREENING AT CHARITY EVENT
Our fivebyone comedy THE END HAS NO END has been invited to play at the Pick and Mix Allsorts charity fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support. We are honoured to have been invited to the event, which takes place on October 6th in Gwdihw, Cardiff. Tickets are £4 and all proceeds go to Macmillan, so please pop along and show your support!
SEPTEMBER 2013: CORNWALL HERE WE COME
Our fivebyone short THE END HAS NO END has made the Official Selection at the 12th annual Cornwall Film Festival. With Mike Leigh as its patron and Mark Kermode picking out the highlights, this is an excellent festival and we're very proud to have made the cut. A big thanks to everyone involved in our fivebyone project for helping to make this happen. The festival runs from 8th - 10th November at the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.
AUGUST 2013: CiFF COMMERCIAL NOW ONLINE!
The advert we made for Cardiff Independent Film Festival, featuring Panik Attak regular Earl Palmer sporting a monobrow, can now be watched through our 'Videos' page. Check it out and, if you're into all things film, give the Festival a go, too! There'll be Q&A's, competitions, masterclasses - and the very best in independent cinema.
AUGUST 2013: IT'S A WRAP...AGAIN!
We've helped shoot another five sketch-based commercials for Cardiff Independent Film Festival... in just one day! The sketches will be released during the course of the Call for Entries and once the Official Selection has been confirmed. Be sure to check out the website: http://www.cardifffilmfest.org.uk.
JULY 2013: IT'S A WRAP!
We've just wrapped three projects in one weekend! Our teaser trailer for S-COPS, our teaser for A WALKING SHADOW and our advert for Cardiff Independent Film Festival are now all in the can and awaiting the chop. Many thanks to all involved!
JUNE 2013: CASTING CONCLUDES
We are very pleased to announce that KEVIN JOHNS (THE GOSPEL OF US, HIGH HOPES) will be playing the role of Nigel opposite MATTHEW BATTE (THE AMITYVILLE ASYLUM, SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT: THE HOMECOMING) as Clive in our teaser trailer for S-COPS. Panik Attak regular EARL PALMER (A VERY IMPORTANT CALL, THE NEXT BLAIR WITCH) will also be joining the cast in a small role before appearing in our new commercial for Cardiff Independent Film Festival and our teaser trailer for the survival horror A WALKING SHADOW.
JUNE 2013: FUSE IS LIT FOR CARDIFF INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
Panik Attak Productions will be working with regular collaborators Ally Parkhurst and Steve Fox to bring the Welsh capital its inaugural indie film showcase. The three day Festival will take place in April 2014 at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, and will include a competition, a master class, an original networking event and, of course, screenings of the very best indie films around. For more information, please visit http://www.cardifffilmfest.org.uk
JUNE 2013: FESTIVAL SCREENINGS FOR BOTH FIVEBYONE FILMS!
Both THE END HAS NO END and A VERY IMPORTANT CALL have been selected to screen at the Deep Fried Film Festival in August. The Lanarkshire festival works closely with charities, including Cancer Research and Spirit Aid, by donating all of the money raised from ticket sales to the charities involved. We are thrilled to have both our fivebyone films make the Official Selection!
JUNE 2013: EARL PALMER RECEIVES 'BEST PERFORMANCE' NOD FOR 'A VERY IMPORTANT CALL'
A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has been selected to screen as part of Thurrock International Film Festival 2013. What's more, its star, Earl Palmer, has been nominated in the Best Performance category. This means he will be judged by Brian Blessed, Alfred Molina, Brian Berdan, Julian Glover and Iain Glen. Congratulations to Earl, a big THANK YOU to everyone for your support and we'll see you at the Thameside Theatre on 28th September.
MAY 2013: OLIVER STONE LIKES TINY CUTS!
Legendary filmmaker Oliver Stone (SALVADOR, NATURAL BORN KILLERS, PLATOON) gave our video for tiny cuts the thumbs up when he favourited it on Twitter. The Hollywood veteran favourited the music video on the 14th May - and made us incredibly happy in doing so!
MAY 2013: NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR TINY CUTS
We've just released the new music video for the tiny cuts track Slowly. This marks the third and final installment of the band's SEX/death song trilogy, which includes Love Run Free and So Near (both of which we also made videos for). Please watch the track here and if you like it, please share it!
APRIL 2013: SCRIPTS & SITES
Not so much news as an update on a very busy month! AJ has been beavering away on S-COPS, our TV series idea that sets a small Welsh Valleys police station against a sadistic serial killer. We now have a full series outline, a sample episode and a teaser script ready to go. We have also been redesigning websites, including the Cardiff Independent Film Festival site (http://ciff.webs.com) and our own, which will be going live soon.
MARCH2013 - A-A-A-A-AND ANOTHER ONE...
Our short comedy A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has just been selected for the Audience Choice Film Festival 2013. Our film will play at the festival, based in Indiana (USA), in September. Thanks to all involved for helping to get our film its fifth festival selection.
MARCH 2013 - 'A VERY IMPORTANT CALL' SECURES FOURTH FESTIVAL SCREENING!
We are very proud to announce that our fivebyone (www.5x1.co.uk) film A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has made the Official Selection for the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival. The Festival, which takes place in the Stradey Park Hotel between the 9th and 12th of April, marks our film's fourth festival selection. Thanks to everyone who helped make this film happen and we hope to see you at the screening next month!
FEBRUARY 2013 - FIVEBYONE AN INSPIRATION
Our filmmaking concept fivebyone (www.5x1.co.uk) has inspired a high profile competition called '666 Short Cuts to Hell'. Created by Movie Mogul and brought to you in association with Frightfest and Horror Channel, the competition challenges filmmakers to make a short film in line with six killer rules. For more information, check out www.shortcutstohell.com. The competition was launched as part of Glasgow Film Festival 2013.
FEBRUARY 2013 - 'DEATH, INC.' GETS OPTIONED
AJ's sci-fi noir screenplay, DEATH, INC., has been optioned by London-based Dark Pictures. Dark Pictures are developing a slate of three feature film productions, including an adaptation of a hit 90's novel and an untitled project by a notable Sundance alumnus, and will be looking to produce DEATH, INC. within the next 18 months.
JANUARY 2013 - PANIK ON THE STREETS OF LONDON
The London Short Film Festival's opening night screening of our film THE END HAS NO END went down a storm, and we saw some excellent work from other filmmakers, too. A cracking start to a new year! We're now turning our attention to our feature film projects, with one of our screenplays in the process of securing an option agreement and an all new screenplay in the process of being written.
DECEMBER 2012 - CADWALADERS GETS A NEW CUT We have just finished producing a short second promo for Cadwaladers Coffee & Ice Cream Cafe. It's thirty seconds of shameless food porn and you can view it here.
NOVEMBER 2012 - WORLD PREMIERE OF 'THE END HAS NO END' THE END HAS NO END, our short comedy starring our very own Paul Jay, has made the Official Selection of the London Short Film Festival 2013. This BAFTA qualifying festival, described in The Guardian as "the best short film festival in the world", will run from the 4th to the 13th January next year.
NOVEMBER 2012 - DOUBLE AWESOME FOR 'A VERY IMPORTANT CALL'!
Our short comedy A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has been selected for The London Underground Film Festival 2012. It will screen next month as part of 'The Best of The London Underground Film Festival'. A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has also been receiving some excellent reviews on Trigger Street Labs, where it made the cut as a Featured Short Film. Trigger Street Labs is an arm of Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, 21) and is designed to give writers and filmmakers a leg up through peer review.
OCTOBER 2012 - 'LUV WALES, LUV PETERS' WINS TWO INDUSTRY AWARDS
The 'Luv Wales, Luv Peters' campaign for Peter's Food Services has won two gold awards at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations PRide Awards 2012. The campaign centred around the commercials WATNAV and WINOCULARS, produced and directed by Panik Attak Productions. Many thanks to all who contributed to this success!
OCTOBER 2012 - GREAT NEWS FOR A 'VERY IMPORTANT CALL' Our short comedy A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has been invited to screen at Roathbud: Film Discoveries 2012 as part of the Made In Roath Arts Festival. The film has also received glowing reviews, the most recent of which can be found here. In its opening weekend, the short has been watched over 200 times on YouTube and over 200 times on Funny or Die, with a 95% funny rating! Thanks to everyone who watched the film for your support and please share it (we're just 999, 800 hits away from a million views)!
OCTOBER 2012 - 'A VERY IMPORTANT CALL' NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH ONLINE You can now watch A VERY IMPORTANT CALL in the Screening Room section of this site. Made back-to-back with THE END HAS NO END as part of our fivebyone initiative (www.5x1.co.uk), the film offers viewers a unique way in which to deal with nuisance phone calls. THE END HAS NO END will be posted at a later date.
SEPTEMBER 2012 - FIVE BY ONE HAS LANDED You heard about it first here. Well, now our new approach to filmmaking has a website: www.5x1.co.uk. Please click, read, join and share! It won't take long and it could be just the thing you're looking for!
AUGUST 2012 - 'A VERY IMPORTANT CALL' SELECTED FOR BRIDGE FEST 2012
We are proud to announce that A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has made the Official Selection for Bridge Fest 2012. Bridge Fest is in its seventh year and has selected fifty four films from fifteen countries to screen at its festival in Vancouver, Canada. These films include shorts, features and documentaries, and we are delighted that A VERY IMPORTANT CALL has made the cut. Bridge Fest 2012 runs from the 7th to the 10th September.
JULY 2012 – WE MADE IT! It’s the end of July and we have now completed our two new shorts, A VERY IMPORTANT CALL and THE END HAS NO END. We have started our first round of festival submissions and we'll be sure to keep you informed on how we get on.
JUNE 2012 – FIVE BY ONE Our two new films, THE END HAS NO END and A VERY IMPORTANT CALL, were both made in accordance with a concept we devised here at Panik Attak called FIVE BY ONE. FIVE BY ONE is a call to arms for all filmmakers who have the big ideas but lack the big bucks. It’s a framework that seeks to level the playing field and nurture resourcefulness, and these are the conditions…
Shoot one short film in one day, using one actor in one location, with a budget of one hundred pounds.
In order to ensure a quality film is produced, there are no restrictions for time spent in pre-production or post-production. You can borrow any resources you want without affecting the budget cap, but be mindful of how elaborate camera set-ups will eat into your time. Happy shooting!
MAY 2012 - CONNIE FISHER NAME-CHECKS VIRALS IN PRIME TIME SPOT TV and West-End star Connie Fisher referred to our viral ads for Peter's Food Services as being at "the forefront of the YouTube phenomenon." The star, who made the claim in 'Connie's People', her BBC1 show, went on to praise the "...cult advert for a well known Welsh Pie manufacturer.” Tidy.
APRIL 2012 - CHECK OUT THE ART ON THAT Panik Attak's AJ has designed two new posters for our upcoming comedy shorts, THE END HAS NO END and A VERY IMPORTANT CALL. The films will be released this Summer.
MARCH 2012 – LOVE RUNS FREE The video for the second single from tiny cuts, LOVE RUN FREE, is out now! The video, sourced and edited by AJ, comes with a very big THANK YOU to Wallace Kelly; Mr Irving Weiss; Bert Munson; Ray Jr.; Robbins Barstow, Dan Barstow and all the Barstow family; and all the families who appear in it.
FEBRUARY 2012 – NEW ADVENTURES IN ICE CREAM The Cadwaladers advert, starring Panik Attak’s own Paul Jay, Ella John (THE NEXT BLAIR WITCH) and the one and only Brian Hibbard (TWIN TOWN, THE BAKER), is shooting this month! Principle photography takes place on the weekend of 11th February and the ad will be going live the following week. Tidy.
JANUARY 2012 – CADWALADERS HERE WE COME Exciting times at Panik Attak HQ! SLOWLY and LOVE RUN FREE are pretty much complete – just a few tweaks on the audio and we’re away; the two shorts THE END HAS NO END and A VERY IMPORTANT CALL are just waiting on the scoring; and we’ve secured a contract to shoot an advert for Cadwaladers Ice Cream Café. Get in!