General News

The Bubbleologist at Sheffield DocFest

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

We’re very pleased to announce that our short documentary ‘The Bubbleologist’ has been selected to play at the 2013 Sheffield International Documentary Festival. We hope to see you there!


The Super Massive Project

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Hold on to your hats, Buzz Films presents a brand new entertanment project that aims to build on some recent web based success. Robin Schmidt & Simon Wan have been developing a new format, featuring a raver, a ninja and a little bit of Diana Vickers, and are now looking to tap into the ‘people power’ of crowdsourcing to help grow the project.
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How can you get involved? Well for starters please check out the fundraising page here – We’ve set the donation amount at only $10 (About £6) and hope to build an army of closet ravers to not only help financially, but spread the news, share the links, and become part of the start of the crazy journey. Not only that, but you’ll also be donating to charity by just clicking the links. Check out more details on this here, and get involved!

You know you want to.

A Royal appointment

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Like many of us who’s ever looked up at the sky on a clear night, I have been fascinated by the stars. So, it was no surprise that I was over the moon (pun intended!) when I was given the opportunity to direct a series of short films for the Royal Observatory.


The ‘Astrophotographer of the Year’ competition is international, and the names of the people who we were going to film were withheld until the very last minute.We were told that the commission would potentially include a long haul flight to overseas contributors, and although it was great to meet the young enthusiastic Daniel in Leeds, and Nick with his transforming telescope shed in Oxford, it was even better to be given the chance to visit Rogelio and Steven in sunny California. With expired i-Visas, both Jan and I rushed through some tense last minute interviews with the American embassy, but managed to get them through by the skin of our

It was a fascinating insight into the world of the ‘astrophotographer’. Being able to experience the passion that they all shared on a subject that I’ve always found amazing was an honour. To be able to see the milky way sprawl into the heavens with my bare eyes on a mountain top over looking San Jose was something I’ll never forget.

Simon Wan

See the short films here

Robin shortlisted for Cannes competition

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Robin’s on a roll… fresh from the recent successes in the 14 Islands Film Challenge, he’s now been shortlisted for the prestigious Framepool Fireflies Challenge from a pool of quality submissions from around the world.
Robin will be on La Plage Courage beach in Cannes next week when they announce the winner.
The Full version of Robin’s entry MONUMENT can be viewed here


+ Fabrice Agro (FRANCE)

+ Marcus Baier, Chad Ochs – Team Hamburg (GERMANY)

+ Mike Clear, Rob Hughes, Ben Harrex (UK)

+ Bianca Döring (GERMANY)

+ Daisuke Izumi (JAPAN)

+ Elwin Mok (INDONESIA)

+ Kazuhiro Morikiyo, Miyuki Saito, Ai Nakajima (JAPAN)

+ Robin Schmidt (UK)

+ Corlin Stubbs (USA)

+ Wakana Suzuki (JAPAN)

'At the End of the World' – Official Selection at Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Very pleased to announce Jan’s short documentary ‘At the End of the World‘ will be in competition at this years Rushes Short Film Festival in London. See below for official screening times. The film will be part of a large collection of documentary shorts – a bargain at £5!

Tickets will go on sale from Wednesday the 16th of June.

Screening Times

Buzz Films working with 4Talent

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

We’re very pleased to announce that Buzz Films will be providing workshops and masterclasses at this years Inspiration Week North, where young people under 20 will get a taster of various creative industries to get an understanding of what’s involved. As much of our work in recent years has been featuring young people, we feel proud to be involved in something where we can share skills, and work towards giving advice on how people can start to think about a career in media production.

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The scheme is open to anyone regardless of their background or education, so if you’re an organisation working with young people and you think 4Talent’s scheme might appeal, click the logo above for more information or alternatively email us and we’ll answer any questions if we can.

Buzzfilms at HotDocs Toronto

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Jan takes doc development slate to HotDocs in Toronto.

What is HotDocs?

North America’s largest documentary festival which runs for 11 days, April 29 to May 9, and presents over 170 films from more than 40 countries. HotDocs welcomes hundreds of international filmmakers and industry delegates to Toronto.


Screen East Low Carbon workshop

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Jan attends Screen East Low Carbon workshop – A new regional fund that looks to finance creative projects with an environmentally conscious production process. Buzz Films looking for development funding for two new feature documentary projects.

C4/Inspiral Entrepreneurship scheme

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Jan completes a C4/Inspiral Entrepreneurship scheme – developing new companies to become the next generation of content producers, through business and pitch development workshops with mentors Christina Burnett & Grant Keir.