Awarded 8mm Indie film DEADLOCK gets free web release

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The website for the Finnish no-budget action short Deadlock, awarded as best action film at the Croatian Trash Film Festival 2008, launches on February 20th on

In 1998, teenage filmmakers John ?hman and Elias Lehtinen started an 8mm film project which was to last 10 years. The result, a 40-minute non-stop chase film taking its cue from classic 80’s and 90’s action films, was shot on location in the freezing conditions of the Finnish winter. Shot on 8mm film with a young amateur cast over three winters, the filmmakers traded budget and manpower for time and resilience. Deadlock spent 8 years in the making, the two-man crew working on the project in their spare time, while working on other projects and taking odd jobs.

The 3rd Trash Film Festival held in the autumn of 2008 in Varaždin, Croatia, gave Deadlock a Golden Chainsaw for Best Action.

The site will go live on February 20th, hosting the entire film in streaming and downloadable form. Deadlock is freely shareable due to it’s Creative Commons licence. At present, the Deadlock trailer can be viewed on the site.

The two-man Deadlock team is currently hard at work with their next project, a horror film due to be released with similar pinciples as Deadlock in autumn 2010.

John Ahman
producer-director, short film Deadlock

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