“Struggles Within” has been selected to be “in consideration” by the Top Indie Film Festival. This is the films first film festival to be in consideration for awards since being released in late July.  The Top Indie Film Festival is a festival that supports independent film makers and knows how hard it is to write a script and take the script to the finished film.  The festival wishes to reward hard working film makers and help them find success and celebrate their achievements with over 30 categories for films to win in. The festival is also a recognized IMDB festival.

The Top Indie Film Festival is an online competition so films are not screen films to the public. They have an “industry” panel of Film Makers that judge the films. All submissions must meet the festivals high judging standards to be considered for official selection and any awards.  Every two months in a cycle, the panel choose nominees and winners so filmmakers don’t have to wait an entire year for results. It is important to the festival to allow film makers to quickly build buzz for your project. Winners and nominees and award winners will be announced by the 25th of the following month after the bi-monthly deadline.  Meaning results, for “Struggles Within” should be announced on Sept 25th.  But the final announces for overall awards will be made in January 2018.

“Struggles Within” is consider a contender in the category of “Experimental Short” film due to it’s out of the box style and look. the 14 minute film using almost no words during the film but relying on the art of dance, drama and emotion to tell the story of one young woman’s struggle with depression and contemplating suicide.  It’s about her choices to find the hope to continue to live. “The story is told through the thoughts of the main character”, Matthew Marshall one of the film’s producers says.   The film is a timely story that speaks to what many people in society are struggling with. It’s done in a way that words do not fill the story, but images, dance and music do, so the viewer can “feel” the story being told on screen. The film is touching people’s hearts and emotions for those that have seen it. Especially anyone who has ties to depression in their own lives either personally or through a family member or friend.

Struggles Within is written and directed by Corrinne Wood a Chatham native. “Mental illness is something really near and dear to my heart, and this film is designed to show an audience who may not be struggling with a mental illness what kind of daily struggles really goes on inside the mind of someone struggling with depression”, says Wood.

The film was a collaboration between Chatham based IME Films, Port Stanley based m & s Marshall Productions and London based iFilmGroup.  Filming of the project became a story onto itself of life imitating the art being created.  “The film became about this group of people who had an understanding of depression and mental illness through life experience or association with people who had been through it.  That it’s Ok to struggle. That through talking and communication about the issue we can help each other,” says Marshall.  Struggles Within was filmed and features dancers, actors and crew from St. Thomas and London.

Since its release the producers have received many messages and responses from people who suffer with depression and mental illness saying how much they enjoyed the production and how much it has spoken to them. “Struggles Within” will continue to be entered into film festivals. Once it is finished the team would like to give it to organizations who deal with mental illness as a DVD that can be watched by others. “We feel that what our team has been through personally is very much what many others are going through in their lives. Because the story has almost no words everyone can relate to what is being shown on the screen,” says Marshall.

The cast features: Katie Ostojic, Morgan Flanagan, Camryne Quinn, Maysee McLean, Julia Hunter, Olivia Torrance, Talitha Wood, Amy Krosnicki, Carly Schelken, Chassidy Fleming, Mackenzie Hyatt, Elizabeth White, Bianca Sinclair, Abby Johnston, Nia Wood, Ashley Wood and Rylan Rand.


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