Set in the North of England, Contenders follows a group of young people arriving at a mysterious gateway – all on the brink of crossing into an uncertain future.

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‘Considering this is her debut as a director, Rebecca King’s science fiction parable glows with quality in it’s lighting, pacing and storytelling.’ – Leeds International Film Festival

Contenders is a 15 minute short form exploring heroic acts from the younger generation and how they are, despite often criticised, the first to respond to a calling.

Contenders screened at Academy and Bafta Qualifying festivals in 2019 including those near her home town – Aesthetica Film Festival and Leeds International Film Festival. She was voted Best First Time Director at Indie Shorts Los Angeles where Contenders also picked up the award for Best Cinematography.


Key Creatives
(full Creatives list in Press Kit and Contenders Credits)

Director/Writer: Rebecca King
DP: Andrew Rodger
Producers: Cate Barr, Tian Boyce
Editor:  Chris Wilson
Composer: Ben Stanbridge
Sound Designer: Adam Jones
Colourist: Liz Glennard
Cast: Titana Muthui, Petre Dobre, Ali Ariaie, Nebli Basani, Raghad Chaar, Jordan Kouame, Laurie Duffy, Stephen Outhwaite

Special Thanks

Greens Team at Pinewood Studios