After a while away, Pat Kelman and Imaginative Leap Films are back with an exciting and provocative new slate of projects in development.


1. SISTERS (Working title)

Status – In development. Currently development funding being discussed with BFI

Projected budget – £250k

Anticipated shooting period – Early 2018

Writer and Director – Pat Kelman

As per usual with Pat Kelman’s work, the detail of the scenes are created through improvisation, based on a detailed framework and outline.

Developmental workshops have been held with the talent, and at least three short films are being produced using the same characters as part of the process (see below)



Three sisters and their partners spend a weekend family reunion dealing with the causes of their youngest sibling’s death at the same event the previous year. The eldest sister has to try and heal the family and prevent the guilt and recrimination from tearing them apart.

2. LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (Working Title)

Status – Early Development for submission to the next round of Film London Microwave or Creative England’s iFeatures project.

Writer and Director – Pat Kelman

Projected budget – £175k

Anticipated shoot period: 2017

Initial workshops are currently being held in London to explore characters and situations. The project is intended to be a multi-threaded kaleidoscope of London life and experience, as seen through the eyes of four children playing truant one day.




Writer and Director – Pat Kelman

Budget – £5k per film


UK Television names as listed in the SISTERS project above.

As part of the development process and funding process of the feature SISTERS, at least three short films are being produced in 2015, all budget circa £5000, to develop backstory and subtext for the feature.
These will be used to show:

–       Characters

–       Situations

–       Directorial skill

–       Acting quality

–       Investability

–       Market Potential

They will also be used to attract a lead actor with a Feature Film background.


We are proud to announce that award-winning feature film ENCOUNTERS has just been listed on
for pre-order.

Winner of Best Feature Film Award at ReelHeART International Film Festival, Toronto; Cornwall Film Festival, UK; Cheap Shot International Film Festival, Los Angeles

Release date is November 24th.

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The ReelHeART International Film Festival, Toronto, today jointly awarded the Best Film Award in the ReelTube category to Pat Kelman’s Filmaka shorts FRANCIS, THE LETTER GAME and ELEPHANT BOY.

The ReelTube category was added to the Festival lineup this year for films made specifically for the internet.

This is the second time Pat Kelman has been honoured by the Festival, winning the Best Feature Film award in 2005 for ENCOUNTERS.

Pat is, as you can imagine, delighted with the news.

Pat Kelman’s film “Francis” has been awarded the Special Jury Prize in the “Truth or Dare” competition on He will compete against the other qualifiers in the Final round, due to take place in three months’ time.

Pat Kelman had the pleasure of introducing his award-winning feature film “Encounters” to a small but very enthusiastic audience at the Dada Cultural Bar, Sofia, Bulgaria on Monday May 31st 2010.Encounters Premier screening at Dada CulturalBar, Sofia 31/5/10

Encounters Premier screening at Dada CulturalBar, Sofia 31/5/10

Pat Kelman’s film Encounters: Speed Dating Can Hurt was released on DVD in the US on November 24th.

It sold out in its first week on Amazon, but is now back in stock.

Here is a review I found on Your Movie

“The performances were terrific, with the relaxed realism that made the film all the more dramatic. A beautifully observed slice of life that will resonate with everyone and will tug at the heart strings. Funny (actually hilarious in places) and at the same time guaranteed to make you shed a tear as well. Bizarre and perfect in many ways. I recommend you see it soon.”

Thanks you, Sherry McWilliams!!

Just recieved the announcement that my Filmaka Short Film FRANCIS has been selected in the Cornish Shorts competiton at the Cornwall Film Festival 2009.

ELEPHANT BOY and FRANCIS have been selected to screen at the FEAST ON FILM event at MOOR’S BAR, Crouch End on Tuesday 8th September.

Pat Kelman will be in attendance to answer questions in what is often a lively and enthusiastic evening of film and conversation.

Link to Moor’s Bar
57 Park Road, Crouch End, London. N8 8SY

The very lovely people at Kino London have added a report on their August screening, that featured SAY SOMETHING, STUPID.

Pat Kelman at Kino London #8

Pat Kelman, writer and director of the film was in attendance, as was lead actor Ben Kettner and Imaginative Leap regular DOP Imran Uppal.

The film was very well received as part of a very strong programme of shorts, and Pat has promised to bring another film to the event when it transfers to the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane next month.

Photos © Kino London

Pat Kelman’s film SAY SOMETHING, STUPID screened tonight at KinoLondon #8. London’s premiere “open mic” screening night had a packed house ready for some sweet, fun films.

Happily the film was received very well, and Pat has promised to bring another film along next month.

Archive: Tail Slate reviews ENCOUNTERS

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In 2006 TAIL SLATE gave ENCOUNTERS three stars out of four, calling the film: “… entertaining and emotional. The performances were terrific, with a relaxed realism that made the film all the more dramatic. I also think it would be easy for most people to find a connection to one or more of the characters […]