We feel enormous gratitude to Earl’s Court. ‘Kid Gloves’, our short film, could not have been made without their invaluable support. What a boost for emerging filmmakers! We were thrilled to have won Best Short Film. This honour represents a team effort and reflects the dedication of both the cast and crew.

Moving forwards, Kid Gloves will now do the rounds of festivals with submissions into Tribeca and Sundance as well as BAFTA qualifying festivals. None of this would have been possible without the generous support, time and energy extended by Caroline, Sean and Toby. I sincerely hope the festival will grow and continue to help emerging filmmakers in the future.

Trace Taylor – Editor of Kid Gloves


Merle is gardening at her Earl’s Court home when she meets her young neighbour, Lucy. Their conversation is brief but warm. It kindles hope inside Merle. Could this be her second chance?


DJ Connell’s novel Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar was published in the UK by HarperCollins where it was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize. The book was optioned by Sarah Radclyffe Productions and Macgowan Film and is now in preproduction. Sarah Radclyffe founded Working Title Pictures with Tim Bevan in 1983 and produced such breakthrough films as ‘My Beautiful Laundrette’. Today she is one of Britain’s top independent producers.

Connell’s novel was adapted for screen by Mark Herman (‘Boy in Striped Pyjamas’). The feature film is expected to be completed in 2017. DJ Connell lives in London and is a regular contributor on BBC London. She is currently working on her fourth novel. For further details see


After leaving Edmonton to study at Cambridge University, Julia Hart began her film career with Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig at Sprout Pictures in the UK, assisting in Production and Development. She has continued to work as a script reader, film translator, and (more recently) was a judge on the 2013 UK Film Festival short film submissions. She currently works as Creative Associate for Vox Pictures in London, and co-founded Just In Case Films.

Her first short film as a director, Emma Change The Locks, starring Olivia Williams, premiered at the Raindance Film Festival, and has been nominated for four awards at the Italy International Film Festival (Milan), including best short film.

Most recently she co-adapted Your Mother and I, a short story by Dave Eggers, into a short film starring Don McKellar (The Red Violin, Last Night), currently in post production.

I’m very honoured and grateful to the Earl’s Court Film Festival. Without the support of Earl’s Court Film, Kid Gloves wouldn’t have been made. We are submitting now to other festivals, and will let you know where it goes. We are thrilled that it had its debut at Earl’s court.
Julia Hart – Writer & Director


Dan Kay has previously worked in Production for the BBC, Comic Relief, Sprout Pictures, under the tutelage of Stephen Fry, and So Television with Graham Norton. He is currently production managing and line producing at Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow Productions, where he has experience of managing budgets up to £5m and crews of 100+ people. Dan’s previous short films have had numerous Short Film Festival screenings and Awards, including an RTS Student Award for Best Drama. Dan is a member of the Production Guild of Great Britain.


Ju Shardlow is a member of BAFTA Crew 2016. She studied at the London Film School, Central St Martins and did film production at NFTS/BFI. She previously worked in production management on comedies and dramas for BBC, SKY, Hartswood Films and Feelgood Fiction. She then moved into documentary film production, working as a Researcher and Assistant Producer 2012-2014 for The Culture Show and other BBC Arts formats. She has recently produced ‘Emma, Change The Locks’ (nine film festivals, including Raindance International Film Festival, Milan IFF) , and ‘Fellow Travellers’ (five film festivals including Los Angeles Cinfest, Athens Animfest). 


Trace Taylor’s experience ranges from editing short-form, quick turnaround, VT-style programmes to landmark observational documentaries. She has edited short films that have won awards and have been officially selected at festivals worldwide. These festivals include Raindance, Cannes Short Film Festival (2015), London Short Film Festival (2015), LOCO Film Festival (2015), Los Angeles Cinefest (2015), LA Indie Film Festival, Hollywood (2013) and BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2013). In 2015, she was nominated for Best Editing for ‘Emma, Change The Locks’ at Milan International film Festival.  Trace is an Associate Member of the Guild of British Film & TV Editors. She was also recently chosen as one of 300 of the brightest ‘below the line’ crew talent in the UK and is now part of the prestigious BAFTA Crew (2015).