Leading development consultancy and screenplay discovery platform ScreenCraft and Beverly Hills-based media financier Bondit have announced Frolic ‘N Mae, written and to be directed by Danny Madden, as the recipient of the Spring 2016 Short Film Production Fund.
The project centers on playful and imaginative ten-year-old Mae. Bored and an outcast at her cousin’s birthday party, she responds by creating Frolic, who, according to Madden, is “a little monster born of ink and cardboard who comes to life as a manifestation of her pent-up energy.” When Frolic escapes and starts wreaking havoc on the neighborhood, Mae must frantically track him down and come to terms with her differentness in the process. The visionary and ambitious project will blend real elements, actors and practical effects with 2D character animation.
In 2012, Madden and his Ornana banner were featured as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Indie Film”. His projects have screened and taken prizes at South by Southwest, Florida Film Fest, Future Shorts, and more. He has had three films featured on Short of the Week, and his last six projects have been Vimeo staff picks.
The Short Film Production Fund, administered quarterly, offers between four and ten production grants per year in amounts up to $20,000 to talented filmmakers for short film and online series that display originality, vision & exceptional development potential. Additionally, the program offers matching funds up to $5,000 for crowdfunding campaigns, while ScreenCraft pledges ongoing creative development and BondIt and Buffalo 8 Productions pledge production guidance and resources.
Previous grant recipients include filmmakers Natasja Fourie, and Tom Botchii & Sam Kozel and Dani Bailes and Alexis Korycinski.
The deadline for the current quarter of the Short Film Production Fund is August 31st, 2016.