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VATICAN GIRL, NETFLIX

Netflix original series: BAFTA TV Award nominee 2023

FORMAT: Four-part series | Duration: 4 x 60 minutes | 4k

SYNOPSIS: Rome, Vatican City, 1983. After leaving a music lesson, 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, a Vatican citizen, vanishes without a trace — entangling the Church in a decades-long mystery. Amidst falsified evidence, evocative drama reconstructions, and alleged tracks, Emmy winner director Mark Lewis (former author of “Don’t F**k with Cats”) explores the theories that have gripped Italy ever since, involving everyone from the mafia, terrorists to top ranks of the Catholic Church.

AWARDS: BAFTA TV Awards 2023 Nominee, Best Factual Series | Grierson Awards 2023 Shortlisted, Best History Documentary

IMPACT: The series had a significant social impact, prompting both the Italian Parliament and the Vatican to reopen their investigations into the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi; it holds the potential to uncover new information in the case.

DIRECTOR: Mark Lewis

EDITORS: Joe Carey (Lead Editor), Cristina Balduin (Additional Editor)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Stefano Ferrari

PRODUCERS: Chiara Messineo, Jonny Taylor, Simon Mills

CHANNEL: Netflix

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Raw TV

ODE, BBC2

BBC commissioned short film for the 2 Minutes Masterpieces programme

FORMAT: Short film | Duration: 3 minutes | 4k

SYNOPSIS: Using Arthur O’Shaughnessy’s ode as inspiration, Naomi Waring’s film celebrates the confidence, pride and beauty that disco dancing brings to working class young girls in Northern Ireland. 

FESTIVALS: Official selection at Aesthetica Short Film Festival (BAFTA-Qualifying) | Chicago International Children’s Film Festival | Uppsala Short Film Festival | Dublin International Film Festival.

HIGHLIGHTS: Through vibrant and dynamic editing, the film aims to inspire young artists to discover confidence and break through social barriers.

DIRECTOR: Naomi Waring

EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: George Barns

MUSIC:Toydrum

CHANNEL: BBC2

COMMISSIONER: BBC

WWII CHINA FORGOTTEN ALLY, HISTORY CHANNEL

History Channel’s one-part historical documentary, adapted from the book ‘Forgotten Ally’ by historian Rana Mitter.

FORMAT: Feature documentary | Duration: 52 minutes | HD

SYNOPSIS: Unveiling the often-overlooked conflict between China and Japan during World War II, this documentary explores its lasting repercussions on modern China and beyond. 

HIGHLIGHTS: Seamlessly blending firsthand accounts, rare archival footage, and engaging animated reconstructions, the film offers fresh perspectives on established historical narratives.

DIRECTOR: Vicki Lin

EDITORS: Cristina Balduin, Stephen Yang and Robert James

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Daniel Furth Jr

CHANNEL: History Channel

PRODUCTION COMPANY: TVF International

MORNINGTOWN, CENTURY FILMS

Short film starring BAFTA and Emmy winner actor Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who, True Detective)

FORMAT: Short film | Duration: 1 x 9 minutes | 4k

The project is currently in development as a feature film.

SYNOPSIS:Morningtown, inspired by true events, fearlessly explores contemporary fatherhood, family breakdown, and the crisis of mental health.

HIGHLIGHTS:  Dive into the character’s inner turmoil, portrayed in stark black and white through the masterful performance of award-winning actor Christopher Eccleston. His portrayal captures the essence of family breakdown and paranoia, offering an authentic depiction that provides valuable insights for the audience.

DIRECTOR: Brian Hill

EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Liz Biggs, Conor Maloney Hill

PRODUCER: Emma Clarke

ORIGINAL SCORE: Fraser T Smith

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Century Films

BEAUTIFUL IN THE MORNING, CARITAS FILMS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Feature Film, 1 x 94′, DCI 4K.

COMMISIONER: B.F.I.

DIRECTOR: Flavia Casà

SYNOPSIS: Set in the British seaside, Beautiful in the Morning is a coming of age story about Marielle, an 18 years old girl who during the summer travels to her family country house to reconnect with the women in her family, only for them to be torn apart by an intrusive stranger.

FILM PREMIERE: Los Angeles Femme Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection

AWARDS:

  • Winner, Sochi International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize and Best Cinematography
  • Winner, London Int’l Motion Picture Awards for Janine Birkett (Best Uk Actress), Jack Loy (Best Uk Actor), Mark Wingett (Best supporting Actor).
  • Finalist, Los Angeles Femme Int’l Film Festival, Best Feature Writer (Flavia Casà).
  • Nominee, Top Indie Film Awards for Best Feature, Best Cinematography and Best Music.
  • Special Mention at Unrestricted View Film Festival.

HIGHLIGHTS: The late editing sessions with the director, discussing passionately on how to represent realistically the emotional world of an 18 years old.

FISHPONDS OF THE AMAZON, MANOS UNIDAS

Fishponds of the Amazon is an inspiring story of collaborative work in a remote village in the Peruvian rainforest, narrated by renowned journalist Georgina Godwin.

FORMAT: Short documentary | 16 minutes | HD

SYNOPSIS: The Amazon is burning, threatened by mass exploitation; public opinion is split between conservationists and liberalists. But what if it were possible to reconcile both? Through the local N.G.O. Tacif, filmmaker Cristina Balduin gained access to a remote village in the Peruvian Amazon where the NGO had launched a sustainable aquaculture project to improve the economic conditions of low-income families while protecting river wildlife. The documentary follows 24 fishermen as they learn to run a sustainable fish farm, showcasing their positive approach to change and the strong link between collaboration, gender equality, and motivation.

HIGHLIGHTS: Filmed under the intense jungle sun in the style of guerrilla filmmaking, this documentary finds its true essence in the editing room. Combining live-action footage with colorful animation and a frenzied Latin-American soundtrack, it provides a vivid glimpse into local life.

DIRECTOR & EDITOR: Cristina Balduin

VOICE OVER ARTIST: Georgina Godwin

ORIGINAL SCORE: Richard McCormick

ANIMATORS: Nicola Jane Francis, Mariana Leal and Tolia Milcheva

ORIGINAL ILLUSTRATIONS: Fleur Beck

COMMISSIONER: Manos Unidas and Tacif, N.G.O.s

THE REVEAL, JUNGLE CREATIONS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short documentary, 1 x 4′, HD

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Jungle Creations and Baldwin&

SYNOPSIS: In 2010, U.S. Sergeant J.D. Williams was leading a small recon team in Afghanistan when an IED detonated directly underneath him. J.D. was badly injured but survived. And when back home, he found a way to challenge himself again.

The film was featured on Muse by Clio Magazine. Please read the full review here

HIGHLIGHTS: Being inspired by J.D. story of resilience and superation. And when a message is so meaningful, cutting it down to just 4 minutes proves quite challenging.

MY BABY SHOT ME DOWN, DD PRODUCTIONS

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short Film,1 x 10′, 35 mm

DIRECTOR: Daniella Daemy

SYNOPSIS: My baby shot me down is an experimental film about domestic violence with a twist. A story about five women and their insatiable desire for revenge. A stylised, tarantinian fight back where violence is a contradictory, yet symbolic, response to the abuse. A film without dialogues, where the images and the music speak for themselves by being daring and empowering.

AWARDS:

  • Winner, Best Short Film, Open World Toronto Film Festival
  • Nominee, Best Editing, Southampton International Film Festival.
  • Winner, Best Short Film, Southampton International Film Festival.

Read the full review of the film here

HIGHLIGHTS: Editing the flashbacks of the abuses and trying to picture realistically yet sensibly the horrors that too many women face daily.

THE DRY CLEANER, AMAZON PRIME

ROLE: Offline editor

FORMAT: Short Film,1 x 17′, DCI 4K Cinemascope

DIRECTOR: Chris Carr

CHANNEL: Amazon Prime

SYNOPSIS:  The Dry Cleaner is a contemporary short spy film about the moral dilemma of agent recruitment. British Intelligence officer George Collins makes contact with Middle Eastern student Lydia, who at her university knows members of a revolutionary group called the FKA. George tries to persuade Lydia to work with him and provide information. Will Lydia spy on her friends in Britain or will she leave George out in the cold?

The film is currently in development with the same characters as a feature film. Shot in London on Red Epic.

AWARDS:

  • Honourable Mention at SpyFlix Film festival
  • Official Selection at London Lift Off Festival, The British Short Film Awards, New York Independent Cinema Awards

HIGHLIGHTS: Experimenting with suspense while getting into the mindset of an hesitant aspiring young spy.