Statement of Intent
Unfundable Films Present: Pillow Talk - A Feature Length Exhibition Of Intimacy.
"Pillow Talk is a poetic series of short films based around the dialogue and events that take place
in the bedroom. A sexual, intimate, comic and sometimes tragic drama that explores the human
Wikipedia describes pillow talk as ...'the relaxed, intimate conversation that often occurs between
two sexual partners after the act of coitus, usually accompanied by cuddling, caresses, and other
physical intimacy...Pillow talk, more broadly may also refer to conversations between parties that
may be of a more casual and flirting nature, and are not necessarily engaged in a physical
relationship.' We want you to prove them wrong (or right). Do whatever it takes to create a short
film that both showcases and challenges the ideas that arise when confronted with the phrase
"Pillow Talk". By outlining this umbrella theme for each short, we aim to produce a feature length
film comprised of shorts that explores a diverse and uncensored look into the lives of others.
Consider each short a work of art at an exhibition, a song on an album or a poem from a collection.
Everybody has their own experiences and ideas, failures and successes. The final project will be an
exhibition of talent, an insight into the life of each director, writer, actor, crew member. That
moment of pillow talk in life is intimate and it's engrossing and it's special to each person involved.
When I premiered my first feature to an audience, it felt like I was getting naked in front of a crowd
of people and asking them to be honest. I realised that the art of filmmaking IS an intimate
experience, from scrawling those first ideas on a napkin right up to the screening. Making a film is
special, it's creative and it's exciting but most of all it's an experience. Why wait around for some
executive with a wallet full of cash to hand you out a piece of the pie for a slice of your soul? This
project allows you to do what you want on the big screen and become a part of a full length feature
Unlike other film competitions, we have no prize or sponsor - we are a group of filmmakers with a
passion. We have already shot a feature film out of our own pockets carrying the kit in our
backpacks, grabbing scenes when and where we could. This project is about a love for the art of
film - we do this because we want to and we're looking for more people with the same ambition. Be
creative and challenge the idea - show us something new, something we didn't expect. Make us
laugh, make us cry - do whatever you feel like doing because we want to see it and we want to be
part of it.
1 room, 1 location (unless there's a really cool reason not to).
Character(s) must be close to sleep, sleeping, recently woken, in bed, trying to sleep or trying to
stay awake (think outside the box - how far can it go? Where do people sleep? Why does
everyone do what they do?).
No branding, or music you don't have all the rights too (we don't want to get sued).
Keep it real (what do people really wear to bed?)
If you're gonna break the rules, make sure there's a reason for it.
Crystal clear 1080p in 16:9 ratio please! (we need it all to match for the final film).
Be creative, make your own posters, t shirts or breakfast cereal. Create your own world.
In English, or with English subtitles (unless your not meant to know what's being said).
3 set photographs, PDF of screenplay and a portrait of each character as well as full cast and
crew list required for each submission as part of documenting the experience and promoting the
Colour, black and white or animation - you decide.
Each pillow talk needs a title. This title is at the very beginning handwritten white on black with
the name of the director underneath, 10 seconds of dead space before it begins and no credits
(the credits will be collectively added at the end of the final presentation).
The film can be of any length, although we recommend somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes.
Each individual project can be entered into festivals prior to the final collaboration but try to
avoid it being posted across the internet.
If the work is to be presented separately, then include a title or credit advertising it as part of
pillow talk - help spread the word.
As much as you love your film, if you want it to be part of pillow talk then we need the rights to
screen it as part of the feature wherever we choose. It's a unique project and a great way to get
your name out there. Everyone who contributes will be credited appropriately.
Don't hold back - we don't want to censor this project - if a character needs to swear, walk
around naked or have sex then let them run wild!
We do however want this project to be tasteful, so be selective and appropriate with what you
do. Sometimes what you don't see is more important than what you do.
Please don't kill anyone or any animals or anything - I know I don't want that on my
Unfundable Films 2011