INDIGO - WRITTEN aND directed by Paul Jerndal, music by Frida Sundemo, starring Cecilia Forss and Johan Matton
Indigo is a conceptual film project - about alienation on the inside.
Two young, lost souls in New York City share a common struggle - they are stuck in lives they do not feel they belong. She is an adored actress and he, a bike messenger. On the outside they seem like each other’s opposite, but on the inside they are the same- dehumanized by an internal loneliness that alienates them from feeling alive.
Indigo has won 22 International Awards, got 12 Nominations and 75 Official Film Festival Selections – in 22 countries.
"BEST FILM" - WINNER" River Bend Film Festival, Indiana US 2015" STEPHEN SUSCO AWARD" - WINNER. River Bend Film Festival, Indiana US 2015. "BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - WINNER" Los Angeles Film and Script Festival,US 2014
"AWARD OF MERIT - WINNER" Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, US 2014
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - WINNER" Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood, US 2014
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - WINNER" Trinity International Film Festival, Chicago "DIAMOND AWARD - WINNER", California Film Awards, US "JURY CHOICE AWARD - WINNER" Flagler Film Festival 2015 "BEST EDITING - WINNER" Short of the Month 2015"BEST MUSIC VIDEO NOMINEE" Byron Bay Film Festival
"HONORABLE MENTION- WINNER" Los Angeles New Wave International FIlm Festival 2014
"HONORABLE MENTION - WINNER" The International Film Awards Berlin, Germany
"BEST FANTASTIC SHORT FILM - NOMINEE" FilmQuest Film Festival Salt Lake City US 2014
"BEST ACTRESS - NOMINEE" FilmQuest Film Festival Salt Lake City US 2014
"BEST EDITING - NOMINEE" FilmQuest Film Festival Salt Lake City US 2014 "BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - NOMINEE" Flagler Film Festival 2015, US "BEST FOREIGN FILM - NOMINEE" Flagler Film Festival 2015, US "BEST DIRECTOR DRAMA - NOMINEE" Flagler Film Festival 2015, US
"BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY - WINNER" Nasicae Short Movie Festival, Italy
"BEST ORIGINAL BACKROUND SCORE -WINNER, Short of the Month 2015 "BEST EDITING - WINNER" Nasicae Short Movie Festival, Italy "BEST FILM - NOMINEE" Short of the Month, 2015 "BEST MUSIC VIDEO NOMINEE" Great Lakes Film Festival, US "SPECIAL MENTION - WINNER" EL CORTO DEL AÑO 2015, "BEST EDITING" NOMINEE, TMFF, Glasgow, "BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY" - WINNER 12 Months Film Festival. "BEST ACTRESS" - NOMINEE 12 Months Film Festival. "BEST ORIGINAL SCORE" - NOMINEE , TMFF. "BEST SHORT FILM" - WINNER, Cinemafest Mexico. "BEST DIRECTING" - WINNER, The Online Film Festival "BEST EDITING - WINNER" London Shows International Film Festival "AWARD OF RECOGNITION" Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS - FILM FESTIVALS
- Los Angeles Film and Script Festival 2014
- Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood 2014
- Byron Bay Film Festival 2014, Australia
- The International Film Awards, Berlin
- Los Angeles New Wave International Film Festival 2014
- Trinity International Film Festival, Detroit 2014
- Ionian International Digital Film Festival, Greece
- FilmQuest Film Festival Salt Lake City US 2014
- NYLA International Film Festival, New York US 2014
- Cambodia Town Film Festival 2014
- Festival Internacional de Cine Contracorriente Argentina 2014
- Shortcut 100 Film Festival, Chicago, US 2014
- Woodstock Museum Film Festival, US 2014
- Way Out West Film, Sweden 2014
- Minneapolis Underground Film Festival 2014
- Hollywood Film Festival 2014
- Grenada Afterglow Film Festival 2014
- INDIE FEST USA 2014
- Access Code Short Film Festival, US 2014
- Katra Film Series, New York 2014
- VIDEOFEST2K14, Mexico
- NASICAE SHORT MOVIE FESTIVAL, Italy
- Pune Short Film Festival, India
- Flagler Film Festival, US
- Sirius Film Festival, United Kingdom
- Short of the Month
- 8th International Children´s Film Festival, Bangladesh
- FINCORTEX - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES EXPERIMENTALES, Colombia
- Ascona Film Festival, Switzerland
- California Film Awards, US
- Golden Palmera, Dubai 2015
- Nez International Film Festival, India
- EL CORTO DEL AÑO, Spain 2015
- Nordisk Panorama Film Festival in Belgrade and Serbia 2015
- Goa Short Film Festival, India
- River Bend Film Festival, US TMFF 2015, Glasgow
- The Royal Film Festival
- #TOFF The Online Film Festival
- 12 Month Film Festival
- Roma Cinema Doc, Italy
- Manchester Indie Short Film Festival, UK 2015
- COLOR International Film Festival of India
- Cinevana Amsterdam 2015
- Chelsea Fashion & Film Festival, NYC 2015
- Los Angeles Cinefest 2015
- Nordic Panorama, Belgrad 2015
- Cinemafest15, Mexico
- Barcelona Planet Film Festival 15
- Rolling Frames International Film Festival
- London Shows International Film Festival
- El Ojo Cojo International Film Fest
- 2015 Broken Knuckle Online Film Festival
- Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival
- Broken Knuckle Film Festival, US
- 31st edition of the European Film Festival of Lille, France
- Balkan Film Food Festival 2015
REVIEW: "This stylish meditation on loneliness and destiny uses opposite ends of the economic and privilege spectrum within the city of New York. A male bike messenger (Johan Matton) and a female celebrity (Cecilia Forss) have similar disconnected and depressed lives, but endure a different kind of existence while experiencing their ennui. There is interesting superficiality that both characters must undergo in their separate worlds, and despite the privileged circumstances of the celebrity, her world seems even more fraught with being alone than the messenger who is practically invisible.
Beautiful imagery of New York city becomes a distinct character unto itself, while theindigo of the title refers to the deepest depth of midnight blue that the characters suffer. Each are searching for redemption, but can their psyche live up to that promise?"
- reviewed by Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com
2014.06.17 - EXCLUSIVE SCREENING AT SOHO HOUSE, WEST HOLLYWOOD
At the members club Soho House, West Hollywood in Los Angeles an invited audience gathered for the first screening of Indigo. In the private cinema people from the industry was introduced to film by director Paul Jerndal who talked about the importance of reflecting about your inside.
2013.11.30 - Music Video version premiered
2015.09.25 WINNER "BEST SHORT FILM" in MEXICO
Indigo got it´s 20th Award at CINEMAFEST in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Paul Jerndal spent a week in the city doing over 20 interviews for TV, Radio and Newspapers. The message of the film was discussed and seemed to affect the people of Mexico.
2014.12.31 INDIGO - AN EMOTIONAL JOURNEY 2014 -
TODAY - 16 International Awards, 12 Nominations and 48 Official Film Festival Selections – in 16 countries.
A YEAR AGO - Indigo was completed and an emotional journey went into a new phase. With hopes of inspiring and encouraging people to reflect more about alienation on the inside – the film was now going to reach out to people all over the world...
Indigo premiered in its first film festival early April and Paul Jerndal traveled to Los Angeles to attend the QnA and to receive two Awards. In May, guests from the entertainment industry were invited to the exclusive members club Soho House in West Hollywood for the first private screening of Indigo.
In the summer the film reached out to several countries film festivals and received another five international awards. In July, Paul came up with an idea to make the film a catalyst for something stronger – something that could touch a wider audience.
The start of this new concept took place in August where Indigo had its Swedish premiere at Way Out West Film Festival in Gothenburg. The success and now Oscar Nominated film Turist (Force Majeure) by Ruben Östlund also premiered at the festival. At Haga Bion Indigo hit the Swedish audience for the first time along with Jonas Åkerlund´s and Coldplay´s short film Magic. The biggest Swedish Newspaper, Aftonbladet, was present for Indigo and the campaign #Otillräcklig (Insufficient) started with Indigo as the core element.
INDIGO A CATALYST
For one week Indigo was screened free online to people in Sweden and that marked the start of #Otillräcklig. Aftonbladet along with actress Cecilia Forss and director Paul Jerndal started this nation wide campaign to make people "start talk about it". Cecilia and Paul did lots of interviews, wrote a debate article and launched a Podcast where they used their own personal experiences and the film Indigo to help inspire people to reflect and talk more about their inside. Aftonbladet also published ten different stories with Swedish celebrities opening up their hearts and shared their stories about anxiety, self esteem to encourage others to start “talking about it”.
TV AND RADIO
Cecilia and Paul then introduced the film to 600 people at Skandia Bion in Stockholm and where interviewed in TV4, Studio1, Radio P4, Aftonbladet, Partiprogramet, Nöjesguiden, Dalademokraten and Dagens Nyheter about the project, the film and their own personal journeys.
With 2014 coming to an end, Indigo totally got 13 International Awards, 9 Nominations and 34 Official Film Festival Selections – in 16 countries. The filmmaker Paul Jerndal sums up this year;
“With the Indigo project I wanted to encourage everyone feeling alienation on the inside. It’s all about that inside. And to make a choice. To choose to reflect, to try to get perspective of your own life – to start from within.”
I’m so proud and grateful of Indigo’s journey and everyone involved. To be a part of the awesome campaign #Otillräcklig was a perfect way for Indigo to play an important role in today’s society with all demands we have on our selves. For Cecilia and I to share our personal stories was of course scary - but we hope that doing this will encourage others to start talk about their inside, to start reflect and stand still for a moment.
This film did not have any sponsors or funding – it has all been a passion project. The dream that came trough would not have been possible without all of you guys who contributed in one way or another. LOVE to all of you!
Filled with new energy from this journey I´m right now working on new film projects with similar goals; It my belief that we all need have one eye looking outside and one eye focusing inside.” // PAUL JERNDAL
2014.09.21 Indigo "Official Selection" in three new US Film Festivals.
After the important nationwide campaign #otillräcklig in Sweden where Indigo was the core element to help people reflect more about their inside - the film has now been invited to three new international film festivals; Hollywood Film Festival, Grenada Afterglow Film Festival and INDIE FEST USA.
"This stylish meditation on loneliness and destiny uses opposite ends of the economic and privilege spectrum within the city of New York. A male bike messenger (Johan Matton) and a female celebrity (Cecilia Forss) have similar disconnected and depressed lives, but endure a different kind of existence while experiencing their ennui. There is interesting superficiality that both characters must undergo in their separate worlds, and despite the privileged circumstances of the celebrity, her world seems even more fraught with being alone than the messenger who is practically invisible.
Beautiful imagery of New York city becomes a distinct character unto itself, while theindigo of the title refers to the deepest depth of midnight blue that the characters suffer. Each are searching for redemption, but can their psyche live up to that promise?" - reviewed by Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com
2014.08.23 - Cecilia and Paul interviewed in live nationwide TV shows.
TV4 Morning Show "Nyhetsmorgon" interviewed Cecilia Forss and Paul Jerndal about self esteem, Indigo and the "not good enough"-campaign. They were also interviewed in Aftonbladet TV.
2014.08.19 - Indigo, Cecilia and Paul, core in nation wide campaign about alienation on the inside.
Sweden´s biggest Newspaper Aftonbladet releases nation wide campaign to make people "start talk about it". Actress Cecilia Forss and Director Paul Jerndal has a key role in the project with interviews, debate article and the launch of a Podcast where they use their own personal experiences and the film Indigo to help inspire people to reflect and talk more about their inside. Indigo will be official online in Sweden for free.
"We are so proud to be a part of this awesome campaign. This is a perfect way for Indigo to play an important role in todays society with all demands we have on our selfs. For us to share our personal stories is of course scary - but we hope that doing this will encourage others to start talk about their inside, to start reflect and stand still for a moment. It is our belief that we all need have one eye looking outside and one eye focusing inside. / Cecilia Forss and Paul Jerndal
2014.08.19 - Exclusive Screening at one of Europe´s most famous movie theaters.
Indigo was screened for 600 people at Skandia Biografen in Stockholm. Paul Jerndal introduced the film and was interviewed on stage together with Cecilia Forss. Colin Nutley and Helena Bergström was present for their screening of Medicinen.
2014.07.31 - Scandinavian Premier in Sweden at Way out West Film 2014
Along with Jonas Åkerlund´s premier of "Magic" with Chris Martin from Coldplay - Indigo will have it´s Nordic Premier in Gothenburg, Sweden. The actress Cecilia Forss, pop star Frida Sundemo who did the soundtrack and director Paul Jerndal will attend.
"We are all excited about our Scandinavian Premier in Gothenburg. Most of all we hope that everyone who will see Indigo will get encouraged to lower their demands on themselves, to start being who they truly are. If people could just reflect a little bit more about their inside after attending a screening of this film we have succeed. What matters is not what you do, how you look, where you are from, who you love - its how you feel and what you can make other feel." / director Paul Jerndal