With a background in experimental theater and music, Mike Figgis is an award-winning British director of works that have cut across genres, formats and media. After early acclaim from American critics and audiences for his feature “Stormy Monday,” he relocated to Los Angeles, a move that began a decorated chapter in his career. His 1995 film “Leaving Las Vegas” earned him two Oscar nominations and a Spirit Award, among others.
The writing and directing skills of the London-based Greenhill were first recognized in 2013 when his short film “Brando-ing” was shortlisted for the Virgin Media Shorts Competition. The founder of the Cambridge Independent Filmmakers’ Association, a community group that brings local filmmakers together, he went on to forge a career in postproduction and narrative development with the likes of Feel Films.
With over a decade of experience in creating imaginative, original and compelling content for some of the world’s biggest luxury brands, Day-Lewin is a distinctive storyteller. Responsible for 15 Cannes Lions awards for his creative campaigns and projects, he has a love of film that dates back to his time at the Guildford School of Acting in the 1990s in England. With this short-film series, he is helping to identify the next generation of film making talent.
Romain Choay and Benjamin Grillon’s creative partnership was formed when they worked together at a bespoke advertising agency in London eight years ago. They continued to collaborate on high-end commercials and videos and soon realized they shared a passion for — and ambition to move into — narrative film. We caught up with the pair at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman just after they wrapped filming “Encore,” their winning entry for “The Stay.”
For the past eight years, the London-based actress has worked extensively in TV, film and theater in the U.K. — most notably as one of the lead characters in the television series “Some Girls” and as part of the cast of Nicola Wilson’s play “Plaques and Tangles,” directed by Lucy Morrison at the Royal Court. More recently, Felgate appeared at Charing Cross Theater in “The Knowledge,” while making a move into writing and directing with the short film “Little Hard.” She ventures deeper into writer-director territory with her entry for “The Stay,” entitled “Deuce,” which draws on her real-life experiences as the daughter of a Grand Slam-winning tennis pro.
Based in New York City, Sargent works across the fields of film, theater and dance. Her evening-length dances have been called “imaginative ... both lovely and disturbing” by The New York Times, and her production credits include “A Perfect Journey” for TUMI/Tribeca Film Festival and the viral “Pantsuit Power” dance video. As a director, Sargent is in production for “12 Turtles,” a feature documentary about future planning for disability. As with her short film for “The Stay,” titled “Strangers’ Reunion,” Sargent’s work dives deep into her personal life as an attempt to make sense out of complicated emotional conversations.
Trained in fine art, Emma Miranda Moore began her career as a fashion photographer. She honed her visual aesthetic in her work for international magazines such as The Face and Red, and her scrapbooks became increasingly full of narrative stories. Now a director and writer, she has screened short flms at Bafta-qualifying festivals, including Underwire, Aesthetica and Sheffeld Doc/Fest. Her commercial work involves collaborating directly with brands, including Dior, Chanel and Liz Earle. She enjoys telling positive, female-centric stories with humor and fawed, relatable characters. Inspired in part by her relationship with her own best friend, Moore wrote the short film “100%” as an homage to the power of female friendship.
A passion for fashion, a sophisticated yet cool sense of style and an eye for color have fueled Miranda Almond’s 20-plus year career as a fashion editor and stylist. The London native is currently the senior fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar UK, where she directs covers and editorials featuring A-list celebrities and models. Almond created the looks for three of the films in “The Stay” series — “The Note,” “Encore” and “Strangers’ Reunion.”
Record producer, composer, songwriter and engineer Dan White was an accomplished musician — he was the lead guitarist for the critically acclaimed but short-lived indie rock band Tribes — before launching his own label and music production company, Buff Records. White teamed up with writer-producer Alice Felgate on “Deuce,” a heartwarming story in which music plays a starring role.
London-based cinematographer Kate Reid studied at the U.K.’s National Film and Television School before embarking on a whirlwind career that has included work in movies (“Batman Begins,” “The Brothers Grimm”), television (“Game of Thrones,” “Hannah,” “Years of Living Dangerously”) and documentary film (“Venus Vs.,” “The Closer We Get”). Her strong visual style and unique eye — not to mention the fact that she is one of few women in a male-dominated profession — made her the perfect fit for “100%,” the short film based on the bond between two female friends.