AWI Short Film Competition

A Short Film About Anxiety

Anxiety is the world’s most common mental health condition, but something few candidly speak about. Personal and intimate, the contributors talk via smartphones about their relationships with anxiety in their place of comfort, mixed with imagery and sequences inspired by the filmmakers’ own experiences.


Content heads up: descriptions of anxiety, intense sounds, flashing lights

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Director: Lily Rose Thomas + Stephen Isaac-Wilson

Stephen is a London based director who has directed many films with amazing emerging artists. In 2013 Stephen was accepted onto the BBC Academy's 'Production Trainee Scheme', where his filmmaking career really began. Last year he was commissioned to direct a portrait film for the Tate’s Queer British Art exhibit and also produced a 40-minute Mykki Blanco documentary about black queer alternative culture in Johannesburg. Lily is a director and photographer who is especially interested in creating narratives around women, heartbreak and intimacy. Her photography has been shown at galleries in London and New York. Lily started her filmmaking career by directing music videos, and has since worked with many well-known brands. Realizing that the moving image held more potential, she is currently working on her first solo short film. Lily and Stephen met working at a magazine together and have previously worked on another film. They wanted A Short Film About Anxiety that provided a positive message that also felt real and true to the experience.

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