I am a writer/director interested in family fantasy, escapism, dark drama, thriller and psychological horror. I'm looking to get a first feature off the ground and eventually direct a trilogy of films based on my Cannes selected short from 2004.
Writer director Derek Boyes graduated in 2004 from the National Film and Television School with the spellbinding fantasy short, The Happiness Thief. The film premiered in competition at Cannes that same year and went on to play at film festivals across the globe.
He has since directed a variety of shorts for Screen South, the BBC and the Bfi while developing a slate of imaginative feature films. His first feature-length screenplay Blackout, a gritty micro-budget thriller, was optioned by Ipso Facto Films in 2009 after it beat over two hundred feature projects to the final of The Big Pitch scheme.
In 2011 Derek stepped back from the film industry to bring up his daughter, but continued to expand his developing feature slate. In 2017 he was selected for the Raising Films' CLOSR programme - a networking and career development platform for filmmakers who are also parents or carers. Through this initiative he was able to reconnect with industry peers and form the Guerrilla Filmmakers Lab as an innovative way to re-launch his directing career and keep producing regular work.
Winner - Best of The Festival and Best Actor - Archie Lyndhurst
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Children's International Film Festival Of Wales
Tredegar, Wales
2022
Winner - Best Children's Film, Best Film Poster, Runner-up in Best Screenplay and Honorary Mention for Best Production Design and Best Sound & Score.
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Wilde Indie Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival
Greenwich
2022
Winner - Best Storyline
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Folkestone Short Film Festival
Folkestone
2022
Winner - Best UK Short
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Ramsgate International Film & TV Festival
Ramsgate
2022
Selected for Programme #4
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Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
Los Angeles
2022
Official selection in competition
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Sitges Fantastic International Film Festival
Sitges
2022
Selected for Teen Tricks & Kicks Programme (Ages: 12+)
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Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People
Belfast
2021
Official selection in competition
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L.A. Shorts
Los Angeles
2021
College
National Film & Television School
Master of Arts in Fiction Direction
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"I'm a Derek and Derek's don't run!" - Peter Jackson in Bad Taste.
I am a writer/director interested in family fantasy, escapism, dark drama, thriller and psychological horror. I'm looking to get a first feature off the ground and eventually direct a trilogy of films based on my Cannes selected short from 2004.
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