We are so happy to announce that Living With It by Holly Summerson has been commissioned by Short Circuit's film scheme.

In April 2021, Short Circuit invited one-page outline submissions. Holly submitted her idea and was one of the 16 selected to take part in further development and to pitch. Following the successful pitch - this project has now been commissioned and we are in pre production already.

The film

Accepting the long-term effects of disease - and making the best of an imperfect situation - are explored through the relationship between two dysfunctional flatmates in this animated mockumentary.

Holly Summerson will direct and take the lead in animating. Niki Rooney is writing and Reece Cargan is producing.

Director, writer and animator Holly Summerson:

I’m so excited to create this fun, fantastical, emotional film with an amazing team and the incredible support of Sharp Shorts!

The story

Perfectionist Lee must adapt to the imperfect reality of living with a disease - brought to life as a chaotic supernatural flatmate 'BUG'.

Upbeat light-entertainment show ‘Dream House: Nightmare Housemate’ is attempting to renovate their relationship through a series of home improvements. Lee wants to ignore Bug and steam ahead with her perfect home makeover, but her surface-level changes changes keep backfiring.

Eventually, she is forced to confront the real issue: that Bug is a permanent and significant part of her life.

Lee & Bug

Themes of Living With It

Living With It’ explores the universal theme of making the best of imperfection, as well as an under-represented perspective on disease, focused on enjoying a life that’s slightly different from conventional expectations.

The comedic flatmate relationship and striking visuals discuss illness, grief and shifting identity in a creative, captivating and understandable way.

Writer - Niki Rooney:

It's so thrilling and moving to be working with an editorial team who all identify with disability/chronic illness for the first time in my entire career. This representation on and off screen is so important to me, and I've never been prouder to have my name attached to a project.
I'm looking forward to sharing with the world our funny, authentic portrayal of the lived experience of 'Living With It' through Lee and Bug.

Producer - Reece Cargan:

I am excited to work with Holly again after our time working on Bombito's Who I Am Now (currently in post production) as I know we work well together and will craft something unique and beautiful.
I'm also ecstatic to get to work with an established talent such as Niki who has a knack of being able to write scripts that can make you laugh out loud one second and then slap you in the feels with an emotional sucker punch the next!

The scheme

Short Circuit is a film talent initiative for Scotland delivered by Film City Futures in partnership with Glasgow Film, and funded by The National Lottery through Screen Scotland and BFI NETWORK. The programme aims to support new and emerging filmmaking talent across Scotland through a combination of funding, events and training opportunities.

Each team will each receive up to £15,000 to produce their film. Teams will also take part in intensive production training, and will be paired with an established Producer, Director or Writer who will mentor the team to help them to deliver their final film.

More information

Read the short circuit press release.

Read the Screen Scotland press release.

NETWORK@LFF is the BFI flagship talent development programme based at the very heart of the BFI London Film Festival, and delivered by BFI NETWORK.

Reece Cargan has been selected along with 11 other filmmakers from across the UK to take part in this years programme.


The programme

Now in its seventh year, is supported by the BFI with National Lottery funding, and will take place from October 8-11. The 12 filmmakers were selected from 360 applicants. The BFI said the programme

celebrates difference in approach and perspective, and seeks out filmmakers looking to disrupt conventions.
In terms of interdisciplinarity, range of genre and sheer verve, this is one of the most exciting cohorts we have seen.

Previous participants include Limbo writer-director Ben Sharrock, Animals producer Sarah Brocklehurst, After Love writer-director Aleem Khan, Censor writer-director Prano Bailey Bond, and Ruth Paxton, the director of A Banquet.

Network@LFF 2021 filmmakers

Reece Cargan – producer Jessi Gutch – writer-director-producer Tina Pasotra – writer-director Theo James Krekis – writer-director Rafael Manuel – writer-director Miles Sloman – writer-producer Sophie Mair and Dan Gitsham – writer-director Alia Ghafar – writer-director Isaac Tomiczek – writer-director Eloise King – writer-director Savvas Stavrou – writer-director

Read the Screen Daily article in full.

Jack Goessens film Everyman is continuing its journey to worldwide audiences and will screen at 7 upcoming festivals in September, October and November 2021.

The film which stars Adam Kashmiry, Goose Masondo, Jamie Stewart and Arran Skillin is a personal, visual essay about gender transition – focusing on the social context and implications and exploring how the world is different living as female compared to being perceived as male.

Jack is excited for more audiences to be able to see the film including 3 new UK screenings at Aesthetica, Bolton and SQIFF. SQIFF will also be screening Steven Fraser's latest film Prosopagnosia.

UK festivals include:

  1. Bolton International Film Festival in Bolton from 29 September - 3 October

  2. Scottish Queer International Film festival on home turf in Glasgow, 6 - 10 October

  3. Aesthetica short film festival in York, 2 - 30 November

Everyman is also continuing to travel across the globe, stopping off at festivals in the following places:

  1. Ohio Dayton LGBT Film Festival 8 - 14 October

  2. Florida OUTshine Film Festival 14 - 24 October

  3. Copenhagen MIX Copenhagen 22 - 31 October

  4. Berlin KUKI Film Festival 3 -10 November

Bolton International Film Festival

BAFTA qualifying Bolton International Film Festival is a hybrid event this year:

  • Physical: Wed 29th Sept - Sun 3rd Oct

  • Online: Wed 6th Oct - Sun 17th Oct

Physical screening

You can see Everyman in a physical screening on Friday 1st October at 12:30 at the Bolton Museum and Library. You can also view Everyman online from 4pm on Wednesday 13 October for 48 hours.

Buy passes or get your tickets here.

Scottish Queer International Film Festival - SQIFF

We are so excited to be screening not just Everyman but also Prosopagnosia by Steven Fraser at a festival we love and visit as guests every year - SQIFF! We are beyond happy that we have two films in this years selection.

SQIFF are holding in person events with reduced capacity and COVID safety measures in place 6 to 10 October at CCA in Glasgow.

Watch Everyman

You can see Everyman at SQIFF 2021 as part of the Opening Night Shorts at the CCA Theatre from 6.30pm.

Watch Prosopagnosia

You can see Steven Fraser's stop motion animated film as part of the Scottish Shorts Part 2 strand at the CCA Theatre from 3.30pm.

View the SQIFF 2021 brochure. You can also find accessible versions of the brochure and festival access information.

Dayton LGBT Film Festival

Following SQIFF, Everyman will travel to the American MidWest to show not once. - but TWICE at the 16th edition of the Dayton LGBT Filmfest.

We will be screening before the film No Straight Lines: The rise of Queer Comics.

We are very excited for the film to screen before two live audiences at the iconic arthouse Neon movie theatre. You can buy tickets directly from the theatre.

OUTshine Film Festival

This one is for the Floridians! Outshine is the largest LGBT cultural arts event in South Florida and is an amalgamation of the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

The film will screen virtually as a pre-feature short before the film Instructions for Survival.

You can watch the film from October 18 to October 21 - only if you live in Florida.

MIX Copenhagen

The goal of MIX Copenhagen is to show a wide range of films that bend gender and break sexual boundaries, influence the gender debate and reflect a diverse world.

The festival takes place 22 - 31 October with screenings in Cinemateket And Empire.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

Following the screening in Copenhagen - Everyman heads to Aesthetica. This is an amazing and celebrated festival in York. Everyman will show as part of the Everymen: A celebration of Trans Masculinity strand.

Everymen: A celebration of Trans Masculinity strand.

The Transgender Film Center is a filmmaker-led organisation which helps trans creators to bring their work to audiences around the world. Despite the recent boom in queer storytelling, transmasculine experiences remain under-documented in film as a whole.

In response, TFC founder Sav Rodgers brings a programme focusing on trans masculine narratives. Steering away from cliches, these films are vital portraits and we are proud to screen as part of it.

How to watch Everyman at Aesthetica

Everyman will be available to view on Thursday 4 November from 10:00 - 12:00.

Find out more and get tickets.

Discover the digital programme .

KUKI, the Young Short Film Festival, Berlin

Following Aesthetica - Everyman appears at KUKI, 14th Young Short Film Festival in Berlin.

The physical festival takes place from 14 - 21 November in Berlin. Everyman will also be available to view online between 16 November and 13 December 2021.

KUKI have been campaigning for a diversity of perspectives since 2008. Their films deal with uncomfortable topics and raise questions, but they also inspire confidence and compassion, and candidly tell of life’s difficult hurdles and significant triumphs.

Further information