Swindon based short film Mr Wiggles has been giving the opportunity to compete for a spot at the American Online Film Awards in New York in December and needs the support from the local community to give it a chance of making the bill.
For the first time ever Mr Wiggles is available to the public to watch online until the 14 May in the Spring Showcase where audiences can vote the film through to the finals. The film premiered in Swindon in May 2012 and has been produced, filmed and edited by Swindon filmmakers – by Infinite 8 Productions in association with Dreambase Studios and DogTag Films.
The film addresses the challenging subject of child and domestic abuse, following a young brother and sister on their journey. Mr Wiggles was written by Steve Ware, co-directed by Steve Ware and Stephanie Knapp with production director 16 year old Darren Potter. The cast and crew consisted of around 40 local film makers and received great support from local sponsors and businesses.
For the past two years the film has been on the festival circuit screening around the world, including India, China and the US. The New York film festival will be the final showing.
During the film production the cast and crew held two fund raising events to help those who have been affected by the issues raised in the film. On 23 July 2012 the team presented a cheque for £1,492 to the Swindon NSPCC Centre.
North Swindon MP Justin Tomlnson is pictured with the team
To watch and vote for Mr Wiggles, all you need is a showcase pass which allows them to watch all the films in the showcase. This costs £2.37 or £1.79. Click this link to a discounted pass
Once the showcase pass has been purchased follow this link to the film
After viewing the film give it rating out of 5 stars. The highest rated film will go through to finals.
Writer and Co-Director Steve Ware: said ‘The film has been nominated for the Best Short Film at The American Online Film Awards. As this is an audience award, we will need as many of your votes as possible to ensure Mr Wiggles goes out on a bang. If the film wins the audience award, it’ll go up to a panel decision in New York. We will keep you posted and hopefully we will win your vote. Thank you for your continued support."
Co-Director Stephanie Knapp added: "We’ve had such amazing support for the local community from start to finish. I believe that this is a driving factor in the film’s success so far.
"This is such a crucial time; we really need people to continue the support and vote Mr Wiggles through. What an achievement that would be!"
Right, Mr Wiggles actors Doug Kirby and Hope West pictured by Liz McDermott