Just So Film Fund: 2nd Commission Winners

Charlie Lyne & Lance Oppenheim

The Winners: Charlie Lyne & Lance Oppenheim

Just So, in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest, are proud to announce the 2nd round of short films to be commissioned from the Just So Film Fund. The two winners below were selected by a panel including guest judges Nils Leonard (CCO & Chairman, Grey London), Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (Directors, 20,000 Day On Earth), Anna Higgs (Creative Director, Nowness) David Jenkins (Editor, Little White Lies) & Matimba Kabalika (BFI)

Both projects will go straight into production and will be released later this year.

We can’t wait to share these films with you in the coming months.

“The filmmakers selected here represent the essence of what Just So is about - passionate, innovative, bold storytelling. I very much look forward to seeing these brilliant films come to life, and I’m excited to see a new generation of world class documentarians continue to come through the work that they do.”

Matimba Kabalika, BFI


Charlie Lyne

Charlie Lyne

Charlie Lyne is a writer and filmmaker best known for the feature-length essay films Beyond Clueless and Fear Itself. He is also the director of a number of shorts and the ten-hour protest film Paint Drying. His work has screened at festivals including Sundance, SXSW and Rotterdam.

Project Title: Paperwork :
Project Logline: An entire nation's attitudes towards sex, consent and privacy are put to the test when five gay men appear as both perpetrators and victims in a landmark legal case.

Lance Oppenheim

Lance Oppenheim

Lance is a director, editor, and photographer from sunny South Florida. His work has been screened at over 50 film festivals and featured by The New York Times, the Smithsonian Institution, The Atlantic, Vimeo (as four Staff  Picks), Short of the Week, and PBS national broadcast. Lance currently attends Harvard College.

Project Title: Narrative
Project Logline: A PI-turned-documentarian crafts flattering biographical videos for recently convicted criminal defendants in efforts to mitigate their sentences. In doing so, she affects the perception of the truth. Or does she?

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