Unique Human

*Considered by BAFTA for the British Animation Short Film 2020 (it made the long-list)*

This part animated/live short film by Autistic filmmaker Sam Downie, gives a short glimpse into the world of Autism. The film is loosely based on the infamous "Think Different" commercial from Apple Computer in 1997. On screen it features people with Autism.

For cinema, the sound is mixed in 5.1 Dolby.

Film Development Background :

In January 2019, 104 Films & Biggerhouse Film commissioned a short film project to explore the possibility of making a short film, to give a general audience a small window into the condition of Autism, and Neurodiversity.

This film and project had funding from ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

ABOUT SAM DOWNIE :

Sam Downie is a polymath. He's a neurodivergent Filmmaker, Actor and Voice-Over. Despite the struggles Sam faces living on the Autistic spectrum ( such as discrimination and not being understood ), Sam has achieved what many filmmakers aspire to do, which is, to develop, shoot, edit and screen award-winning films, using a combination of skills, talent and techniques.

  • Sam Downie
    Director
  • Sam Downie
    Writer
  • Sam Downie
    Producer
    Dawn Of The Dark Fox
  • Tom Stubbs
    Producer
    Biggerhouse Film
  • Stephen Clarke
    Producer
    Biggerhouse Film
  • Alex Usborne
    Producer
    104 Films
  • Sam Downie
    Key Cast
    “Voiceover”
    Lots of Credits
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    500 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital DLSR
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Different Voices 3 : Life Magnified
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    March 15, 2019
    UK Premier
    Official Selection
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
    Sheffield
    United Kingdom
    June 7, 2019
    Shown in the "We Are Neurodiverse" screening and talk session
  • JUST EAT
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    June 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • The Autism Show
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    June 29, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Encounters Film Festival
    Bristol
    United Kingdom
    September 25, 2019
    Official Selection (out of competition)
  • ICA London
    London
    United Kingdom
    November 23, 2019
    London Premiere
    https://www.ica.art/learning/we-are-neurodiverse-screening
  • Considered for : BAFTA British Animation Short Film 2020
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 11, 2020
    BAFTA
    Considered for : British Animation Short Film 2020
Distribution Information
  • Sam Downie
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
  • 104 Films
    Distributor
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director - Sam Downie