We're back from an awesome trip to NYC where we won two awards at the Equus Film Festival 2016! We're really thrilled. Our press release with all the details is below! :-)
UK HORSE FILM MAKERS NEW YORK DOUBLE TRIUMPH
A UK video production company is celebrating winning two awards at the world’s leading equine film festival in New York.
Equine Productions, based in Chepstow, took honours at the Equus Film Festival for The Island Project, in the international documentary category, and also for the Midnight Race, which won best equestrian commercial – mini.
The Island Project tells the story of Emma Massingale, a horse trainer who survives for a month on an island off the west coast of Ireland, training two unbroken Connemara ponies without using any equipment - just her voice and natural horsemanship skills.
Emma was also heavily involved in ‘The Midnight Race’ - a promotional film made for QIPCO British Champions Series.
In it, former racehorses from the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre, were trained by Emma to let themselves out of their stables, walk up to a gallop, and race by themselves – all under the light of the moon.
There were more than 150 entries.
Sam Fleet, Managing Director of Equine Productions, said; “We’re so delighted to win these awards. Every film we produce we’re proud of, and to get recognition like this is so special.
“We’re so grateful to Emma for asking us to help tell her story, she did such a brilliant job with The Island Project also being able to show how awesome and versatile former racehorses can be with training.”
Emma, who lives in Bradworthy, near Barnstaple in North Devon, filmed much of The Island Project herself while alone on the island.
Emma said: “You don’t normally win prizes for working with horses in this way, so to win two awards for ideas I dreamt up is just awesome! The Island Project was a way of challenging myself without challenging my horses and I loved every second of living, filming and surviving whilst being completely alone.
“The Midnight Race was equally challenging as we had to turn it around in six weeks. I was absolutely thrilled with how well the racehorses did in such a short space of time, and with the final film!” Emma said.
Harriet Collins from QIPCO British Champions Series, who commissioned The Midnight Race, said, “We wanted to create something that was really innovative and that captured the excitement of the Series which features the top 35 races in the UK and were delighted with the results.
“Since launch the film has been viewed nearly a million times and we are thrilled that Equine Productions who created the film have been recognised with this prestigious award,” Harriet said.
Gillian Carlisle, Chief Executive of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC), said, “We’re dedicated to retraining of retired racehorses and the involvement of three horses from the BTRC in The Midnight Race demonstrates just how incredibly versatile these amazing animals are, and the range of things they can be trained to do, once their careers on track have ended.”
Dave James, Equine Productions Creative Director, the director for The Midnight Race, said, “It was a project that presented many challenges, none more so than doing it in the dark. It was technically demanding on all fronts and wouldn't have been achievable without the talents of the horses and Emma.
“It's also brave of our client QBCS to green light such an exciting and demanding project. I'd like to thank all involved, in a promo that we at EP are incredibly proud of,” said Dave.
Equine Productions, which was formed in 2012, had six films in total showing at the four-day long festival.
The others were: The Colours of Caulfield, produced for the Melbourne Racing Club; Many Clouds – A Week to Make History, produced for The Jockey Club; How To Win the Grand National, produced for Great British Racing; and The Original Horsepower – behind the scenes, produced for The Jockey Club.
Sam Fleet said, “The reaction we got from everyone we spoke to while we were there was brilliant – but we couldn’t do it without our clients asking us first, so we’ll always be grateful to everyone who works with us, at every level.”
The Equus Film Festival, which took place over the weekend, is the world’s premier showcase for horse related films and documentaries. The awards ceremony took place on Sunday November 20.
Watch the trailer to The Island Project - https://vimeo.com/143366649
Watch The Midnight Race here - https://youtu.be/MxsUpzK2XuQ