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I'm shooting a retelling of The Little Mermaid at Bestival this year, in association with the London Short Film Festival. The challenge: film & cut in 24 hours.
Oli Mason
United Kingdom
1 Team Member


I'm Oli Mason, a short film director, and I'm working on a new project.  I won a competition with the London Short Film Festival to make a short film at Bestival this September.  The twist: it has to be filmed and edited within 24 hours, on site.

The film will be screened at Bestival on the night of completion, and entered into the London Short Film Festival 2014.

The theme of Bestival is HMS Bestival, and I've chosen to make a retelling of the Little Mermaid.  Less Walt Disney; more faithful to the original Hans Christian Anderson. But with one significant difference.

What We Need & What You Get

To make this project come to life, I need to raise £1,000.  This will be spent on:

  • Camera (and insurance)
  • Lighting
  • Food and drink for cast and crew
  • And some fabulous aquatic costumes
If you are able to help, there are some incredible rewards:
  • For donations over £300: Executive Producer Credit (x2)
  • For donations over £150: Name the Captain's Ship (x1)
  • For donations over £100: Name the Sea Captain (x1)
  • For donations over £100: Name the Maid (x1)
  • For donations over £50: A fabulous sea creature costume (x6)
  • For donations over £20: A bespoke postcard and a signed script (no limit)

My Previous Short Films

I've directed a number of short films, including Something Old, which we shot with a full professional cast and crew, right down to Bad Romance, a zero-budget music video for innocent drinks' Glee club.  You can check them both out below.

Something Old

innocent Glee club perform Bad Romance

Other Ways You Can Help

If you're coming to the festival and would like to be involved, or know anyone else who is, we're shooting from the afternoon of Thursday 5 September to midday on Friday 6 September.

You can also help by sharing this campaign and video across your social networks.


Thanks you for reading this, and I hope you enjoyed the video.


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Select a Perk
  • £20GBP
    Sea urchin

    A bespoke postcard and signed script.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • £50GBP

    A fabulous sea creature costume of your own, which featured in the film.

    3 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • £100GBP
    Sea Captain

    Name the Sea Captain character. + the Sea Urchin gift

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • £100GBP

    Name the Maid character. + the Sea Urchin gift

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013


    Name the boat used in the film. + the Sea Urchin gift

    1 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • £300GBP
    Poseidon, the Sea God

    Executive Producer credit on the film. + the Sea Urchin gift

    1 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
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