Matthew Simmonds (Midlands)

Matthew Simmonds

Matthew Simmonds set up Outward Film Network to embrace and promote zero budget filmmaking and celebrate the realities of being an independent filmmaker. Over a period of fifteen years working within and outside the industry Matt has written and directed five short films, receiving recognition from Sundance, Loch Ness and Hansel festival of film. Matt production managed David Woods’ debut feature Till Sunset and has worked in TV and corporate video. Matt is currently in the early stages of development for his first feature film Junction 6. See Matt’s short films here.


David Woods

David Woods (South East)

David Woods is an independent filmmaker and writer from the UK. He has directed five short films on budgets ranging between £60-500 with four of them playing on the international film festival circuit. His latest ‘Split’, made for just £200, is about to collect its third festival laurels at Columbia Gorge IFF 2015. David’s £3,000 feature debut Till Sunset was released by R Squared Films on Blu-Ray disc in 2013 and his second is currently in development. In addition to these projects, David is undertaking the second short film project under the Outward banner; Matthew Simmonds’ @MovieGeek which is set for production later in 2015. He is based in the South East. See Dave’s short films and trailers here.


Philip Slatter

Philip Slatter (South East)

Phil Slatter produced his first short film ‘The Appointment’ in 2003. He has since produced five further shorts including Twisted Words of Guidance and Visual Stimulation which was screen at a London showcase and selected for Hansel of films ‘story of our time’ competition. In 2012 he wrote and directed the short ‘Everything but Nothing’ which was selected for the Loch Ness film festival. He co-directed the feature documentary Blindstorm: Riding the Storm and worked on other short films in various roles and on the feature film Till Sunset. He has worked as a film critic for hospital radio and writes articles and reviews for FrightFests ‘Gore in the Store’, UK Film review and ‘The Fan Carpet’. See Phil’s shorts films here.

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