Fancy a Jam Pictures create short form drama and comedy content for a variety of audiences and platforms. The company was born in 2014 at the University for the Creative Arts when students from various creative disciplines teamed together to do what they love: make films! Since it's conception the team of Fancy a Jam have grown in size and in skill. It is our mission statement to bring new and exciting comedy-drama content to the world, whilst subverting genres, surprising audiences and honing our original voice.
Our story begins in 2014 with the production of our first short film "Sunday Dinner with the Morgans" - a dark comedy that allowed the viewer to voyeur into the lives of four members of the Morgan household. The short found success on both sides of the Atlantic, playing at over 20 festivals in 6 countries and winning various awards including a southern regional Royal Television Society 2015 award and a Best Undergrad award at the Learning on Screen 2015.
In the summer of 2015 the team gained a commission from the Screen South Ignition Network to create a 3 minute short film for the Random Acts initiative. In a field full of artistic and experimental work, we decided to set ourselves apart and make a zomcom called "I Dream of Zombies". Thanks in part to it's bombastic concept and casting of Game of Thrones actor Joseph Altin the short was chosen for broadcast in November 2016 by Channel 4 as part of their Random Acts series. It was later "reacted to" on the hit show Gogglebox and ran in Electric Cinema's before Ben Wheatley film 'Free Fire'.
Following this success we secured further funding for our next short "Belle and Bamber" through Creative England's iShorts initiative, which matches up and coming film makers with industry support and funding. The short concept we took into production was a dark comedy centred around a young girl and her vindictive and manipulative imaginary friend. Since it's completion in the winter of 2016 It has played at a number of Oscar and BAFTA qualifying film festivals including Atlanta FF in the US, London Short Film Festival, Encounters, and Aesthetica.
Most recently the team was commissioned by Screen South Ignition Network, funded by Arts Council England and the Genera Film Fund to produce "Ballerino". This drama comedy is set in an a topsy-turvy world where football is only for girls and ballet is the manliest pursuit there is, it follows one working class boy as he defies society and his father’s wishes for him to be a ballerina in favour of his repressed fascination with his sister's sport: football. This project was shot on 16mm by NFTS graduate Matt Gillan and is scheduled to release to festivals in spring 2018.