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Alice Waddington

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Alice Waddington
Born
Irene

(1990-07-31) July 31, 1990 (age 30)
CitizenshipSpanish
Alma materUniversity of the Basque Country
OccupationFilmmaker
Years active2010–present

Alice Waddington (born July 31, 1990) is a Spanish film director, writer, photographer and costume designer[1][2] having developed most of her work in the field of modern cinema. Her directing style is defined by a contemporary approach to the golden era of large-scale-studio horror films (1920s–1970s) in classical production companies such as Hammer Films or Universal's Creature Features; mixed with current surreal humor and sometimes including musical cinema.

Early life

Born as Irene [3] on July 31, 1990 in Bilbao, Spain to a Catalan psychologist and a Galician teacher, Waddington adopted her stage name[3] at sixteen, while assisting director of photography Quique López.[4] At 18, she studied advertising at UPV-EHU University where she started capturing promotion stills and directing fashion films as a photographer and assistant of photography for the Spanish editions of Harper's Bazaar, Neo2[5] and others.

Career

At 20 and for three years, she worked as an advertising creative, a producer and an advertising video editor at the agencies Leo Burnett Iberia and Social Noise also specializing as a digital storyboard artist.

Actress Ana Rujas on Alice Waddington's short film Disco Inferno
Actress Ana Rujas surrounded by a FX wall of fire on the set of Waddington-directed Disco Inferno.

In 2014, with the help of Mexican executive producer Yadira Ávalos, Waddington took a year off advertising agency work to write and direct a short movie. She found sponsors[6] to help her produce her first narrative 11-minute film,[7] Disco Inferno (2015), which received nominations in 63 international film festivals including genre fan favorites such as Palm Springs,[8] Fantasia, Sitges (Noves Visions Short award[9]) or Fantastic Fest, which first awarded her as Best Director in her category, and second best feature project of the Fantastic Market for her movie Paradise Hills.[10] Eleven other international festival wins ensued, with a considerable comparative presence of the short picture in American and Canadian festivals.

Waddington entered pre-production of her first full-length feature, Paradise Hills in 2017[10] with Spanish production company Nostromo Pictures.[2][11] The film is a science-fiction thriller written by Brian DeLeeuw[12] and Nacho Vigalondo. It was released in 2019.

Waddington has pointed out in interviews that after Paradise Hills she desires to direct biopics, socially metaphorical fantastic horror about minorities[13] and terror stories that have taken place.[14]

In June 2019, it was announced that Waddington is developing her second film Scarlet, from a script written by her and Kristen SaBerre. The film will be distributed by Netflix.[15]

Social activism

Waddington is a proactive demander for progressive social change regarding causes related to female cooperation [16] and sorority within the arts.[3]

In the context of film, she has been vocal about the need for both more female-led and more diversely-cast films worldwide[17] and about motivating young women to enroll into filmmaking programs.[18] She has also often mentioned the need for film studios around the world to hire more women, with an accent on women of color.[13]

Personal life

Waddington is fluent in Spanish and English and conversational in French and Catalan.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes Ref(s)
2015 Disco Inferno Yes Yes Yes Short film
2019 Paradise Hills Yes Yes No

Awards

Waddington's short film "Disco Inferno" has been presented on 63 plus,[19] genre and conventional film festivals across the world, winning several awards:

Year Festival Category Film Result
2015 Austin Fantastic Fest - United States Shorts with Legs - Best Director[20] Disco Inferno Won [21]
Austin Fantastic Fest - United States Best Feature Project Paradise Hills Won (Silver)[22]
Sitges Film Festival - Spain Noves Visions - Best Short Film[9] Disco Inferno[23] Won
2016 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival - United States Best Director[24] Disco Inferno[25] Won[26]
Slamdance Film Festival United States[27] Best Anarchy Short Film Disco Inferno[28] Won[29]
Monster Fest - Australia Best Cinematography Disco Inferno Won[30]
C-FEM - Festival de Cine Fantástico Europeo de Murcia Grand Jury Prize Disco Inferno Won
Mikrofilm Short Festival - Spain Best Director[31] Disco Inferno Won
Cinefantasy Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantástico - Brazil[32] Best Short Film[33] Disco Inferno Won (Best Soundtrack)
Festival de Cine de Horror - Mexico Best Short Film Disco Inferno Won[34]
Festival Fantosfreak - Spain Best Short Film Disco Inferno Won[35]

References

  1. ^ Odriozola, Amaia (2013-07-18). "La nueva brigada de It Girls españolas" [The new Spanish It girl brigade]. Glamour Magazine (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  2. ^ a b Cabeza, Elisabet (April 1, 2016). "Spanish Filmmakers to follow: The magnificent Seven". Screen International.
  3. ^ a b c Confuso, Hombre (2013). "'As women we are all sisters, and criticizing each other is a fruitless and harmful fight'". Doze Mag (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2019-10-09.
  4. ^ Ortega, Pablo (December 10, 2013). "Alice Waddington". Esquire Spain (in Spanish). Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  5. ^ Diaz, Lilu (December 19, 2016). "Making of Neo2 Enero 2012" [Making of Neo2's January 2012 issue] (in Spanish). neo2.es.
  6. ^ Durán, Mawi. "National Spanish TV Program El Hub". Non Stop People (in Spanish). Retrieved January 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Rakestraw, Kevin (December 26, 2015). "Undistributed and Honorable Mentions (2015)". Film Pulse.
  8. ^ Fessier, Bruce (June 20, 2016). "ShortFest directors pick favorite packages of short films". USA Today.
  9. ^ a b Mayorga, Emilio (October 17, 2015). "'Invitation' tops Sitges". Variety.
  10. ^ a b Hopewell, John (August 13, 2015). "'Amateurs,' 'Paradise Hills,' 'Kiken' Set for Austin Fantastic Market". Variety.
  11. ^ De Pablos, Emiliano (January 14, 2016). "Atresmedia, Warner's 'Palm Trees' Dislodges 'Star Wars' from Spanish B.O. No. 1 Berth". Variety.
  12. ^ Rubinstein, Mark (May 1, 2016). "'The Dismantling': A Conversation With Brian DeLeeuw". The Huffington Post.
  13. ^ a b Miller, Amarna (March 3, 2017). "Alice Waddington, the director who makes fantastic genre films to denounce social issues". Atresmedia Cultura (Atresmedia culture, national Spanish Film and TV network) (in Spanish).
  14. ^ Alarcon, Samuel (December 20, 2016). "Upcoming Cinema (El Cine que Viene): Disco Inferno". National Spanish Radio and Television Network (RTVE and RNE) (in Spanish).
  15. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (June 26, 2019). "Netflix Lands 'Scarlet', Next Film For 'Paradise Hills' Helmer Alice Waddington". Deadline. Retrieved October 31, 2019.
  16. ^ Editorial Team, Zurda (December 2015). "'Unfortunately the more I have relaxed my appearance as a woman, the more respect I have perceived'" (in Spanish).
  17. ^ Garcia Muñoz, Isabel (December 14, 2015). "Alice Waddington: I like to think we've created the first Gothic Horror film with twerking in it". Caras de la Información (in Spanish).
  18. ^ Perez Guevara, Jose Antonio (2017-02-19). "Interview with Alice Waddington". 242 películas después (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  19. ^ W., Marvin (2016). "Disco Inferno's festival and award list".
  20. ^ Barlow, Wil. "Fantastic Fest 2015 Award Winners Announced, Including 'Green Room' and 'Anomalisa' | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  21. ^ Hernando, Pablo. "Spanish artists who deserve to be stars". GQ Magazine (in Spanish).
  22. ^ Sapienza, Ethan. "Fantastic Fest Announces Pitch Projects for Genre Film Market | IndieWire". www.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2017-03-21.
  23. ^ Bonzo, Alfredo (November 24, 2015). "Disco Inferno, by Alice Waddington (Critic)". Fiebre de Cabina (in Spanish).
  24. ^ Miska, Brad (October 18, 2016). "The Brooklyn Horror Film Festival Award Winners Announced!". Bloody Disgusting.
  25. ^ "Films at the Brookyln Horror Film Festival". Arrow Video. September 16, 2016.
  26. ^ Jones, Tamika (October 20, 2016). "Horror Highlights: Brooklyn Horror Film Festival". Daily Dead.
  27. ^ William, L. Blizek (2016). "Disco Inferno". University of Nebraska's Biannual Journal of Religion and Film. http://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/vol20/iss2/16/: 3.
  28. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (December 8, 2015). "Slamdance Film Festival Rounds Out Its 2016 Lineup". Indiewire.
  29. ^ Sharf, Zack (January 29, 2016). "Here Are the Winners of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival". Indiewire.
  30. ^ Rowan-Legg, Shelagh (November 30, 2016). "'Raw', 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe' and More Win at Monster Fest 2016". Screen Anarchy.
  31. ^ "Mikrofilm Festival - Fifth Edition Winners". Mikrofilm Festival (in Spanish). August 16, 2016.
  32. ^ "Cinefantasy - Disco Inferno". CineFantasy. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-10-15.
  33. ^ Perez, Silvana (August 17, 2016). "Meet the films selected for the 7th Cinefantasy Festival". Bocado Inferno (in Portuguese).
  34. ^ Zurda, Team (December 15, 2015). "Alice Waddington's Disco Inferno". Zurda Magazine.
  35. ^ A.Benitez, German (July 21, 2016). "Fantosfreak XVII: Festival Chronicle". Noticias en serie (in Spanish).
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