Stray Bear Productions & Factory Fifteen announce the online release of Kibwe Tavares’ short film JONAH‏


A Kibwe Tavares Film


Released online on on May 31st 2013

Stray Bear Productions and Factory Fifteen are pleased to announce the online release of Kibwe Tavares’ short film Jonah, after its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013.

Jonah is a visual extravaganza, a stunningly ambitious live action/animation epic about the human cost of progress. With backing from Film4, Channel 4’s Alpha Fund, BFI and Shine Pictures, and in association with Jellyfish Pictures, the film was written by Jack Thorne (Long Way Down, The Fades), produced by Ivana MacKinnon (The Scouting Book for Boys), and stars Daniel Kaluuya, Louis Mahoney and Malachi Kirby.

Kibwe’s first short, Robots of Brixton, received 500,000 hits online and won a special Jury prize at Sundance 2012. Kibwe is currently in development with Film4 on his first feature film.

Jonah tells the story of Zanzibarian beach boy Mbwana, hungry for the future, who creates a myth that transforms his small town into a tourist hot spot. When the reality turns out to be far from his dreams, he sets out to destroy the town – or himself.The film was shot on location in Zanzibar in summer 2012. The ambitious nine-day shoot included three days of underwater photography. The post production was carried out in London, with Jellyfish Pictures creating a stunning VFX fish; meanwhile Kibwe’s animation company Factory Fifteen, who met while studying at the Bartlett school of Architecture, designed and produced an underwater world and dystopian futuristic cityscape. The film was mixed and graded with the help of Company 3.

The film will be part of the 2013 Sundance shorts tour, travelling to US theatres through summer/autumn 2013.

Jonah is a short film like no other, a soaring poem to lost innocence and a visual feast. It will be live and free to view on the Film4 website from 31st May.


About Stray Bear Productions

Stray Bear Productions was set up in October 2011 to produce feature film, TV and online content. Producer Ivana MacKinnon, formerly of Cloud Eight/Celador Films, is developing a slate of projects with talent including Tom Harper, Debs Paterson, Chris Shepherd and Josh Appignanesi.


About Film4

Film4, headed by Tessa Ross, is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most innovative talent in the UK, whether new or established.

Alongside developing and financing features, Film4 backs a number of short films each year, enabling new and up-and-coming filmmaking talent to hone their skills or explore a story idea with the support of an established production team. Previous shorts supported by Film4 include Martin McDonagh’s Academy Award-winning Six Shooter, Paddy Considine’s BAFTA-winning Dog Altogether, John Maclean’s BAFTA-winning Pitch Black Heist, Sam Taylor Wood’s BAFTA and Palme D’Or nominated Love You More and Fyzal Boulifa’s BAFTA-nominated The Curse, which won the Illy Best Short Film prize at Cannes 2012.

Launched in 2011, Film4.0 is a talent and idea driven hub within Film4 that works with emerging and established talent, supporting them to tell unique stories and connect with audiences in new ways. Film4.0 has been working with filmmakers to release their shorts online as soon after completion as possible, some exclusively or at the same time as their festival premiere. Shorts to have been released in this way already include Peter Straughan’s Gee Gee, Catherine Shepherd’s See Me and now Kibwe Tavares’ Jonah.

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About Channel 4’s Alpha Fund:

Channel 4’s Alpha Fund supports the best creative ideas, emergent companies, newcreative talent and grass roots innovation across the UK with the aim of enriching Channel 4’s reputation for creativity. It is a unique fund supporting the broadcaster’s diversity of supply by providing outstanding talent with a route to entry into the media industry.


About BFI Film Fund

BFI Film Fund

With £26m to invest in 2013, the BFI Film Fund is the UK’s largest public investor in film – supporting first-class film-making through development and production, to distribution and international sales. The BFI Film Fund supported four films world premiering at the 2013 Cannes film festival: Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant and Ruairi Robinson’s debut The Last Days on Mars, both in Directors’ Fortnight; Paul Wright’s debut, For Those In Peril in International Critics’ Week; and Mark Cousins’ feature documentary A Story of Children and Film in the Cannes Classics section.

Upcoming films backed by the BFI Film Fund include Yann Demange’s 71, Declan Lowney’s The Alan Partridge Movie, Amma Asante’s Belle, Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary, James Griffiths’ Cuban Fury, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, Destiny Ekaragha’s Gone Too Far, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now, Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman, Roger Michell’s Le Weekend, Sophie Fiennes’ The Pervert’s Guide To Ideology, Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin.



The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema

Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations

Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work

Promoting British film and talent to the world

Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences


About Shine Pictures

Shine Pictures led by Stephen Garrett (Executive Chairman) and Ollie Madden (Head of Film) is the feature film division of Shine Group. Recent film productions (under previous banner Kudos Pictures) include David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises, Brighton Rock, the Amy Adams and Frances McDormand comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen directed by Lasse Hallstrom, written by Simon Beaufoy and starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. Shine Pictures has a joint venture company with New Regency, for whom they are producing The Gray Man, an international thriller set to be directed by James Gray, and the feature version of bestselling Scandinavian thriller Three Seconds to be directed by James Watkins.


About Factory Fifteen

Factory Fifteen are a UK based film and animation studio Co-founded by Kibwe Tavares, Jonathan Gales and Paul Nicholls. Factory Fifteen’s diverse backgrounds range from architecture, 3d visualisation, engineering, animation and photography. As a result their multi-disciplinary talents and distinctive approach to film making has been engaged by high profile brands including Samsung, Channel 4 and The British Film Institute.

The collective has won a raft of awards including the Jury prize for animation direction at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Architectural 3d Film for Golden Age and Best Architectural 3D Image for Megalomania. In addition their creative shorts and artwork has been exhibited internationally at festivals and venues such as SXSW, Onedotzeoro, Arts Electronica, Alpha-ville, The Creator’s Project and The Whitechapel Gallery.


About Jellyfish Pictures

Jellyfish Pictures are a BAFTA award-winning VFX Company with an established track record of producing consistently high quality and innovative work for the Television and Film markets. The growing reputation of the company has meant Jellyfish are lucky enough to be currently working with some of the most exciting film makers and television companies in the UK.

Awards over the last 2-3 years include a BAFTA for Best Visual Effects, a further BAFTA nomination for Best Visual Effects in 2012, and two EMMY nominations for Outstanding Visual Effects in a visual effects driven series, two Royal Television Society awards for best digital effects, as well as a number of nominations; two highly sought after Visual Effects Society awards (the Oscars of the VFX industry) as well as three further nominations for ‘Outstanding Visual Effects in a broadcast series’ and ‘outstanding visual effects in a broadcast miniseries movie or special’; A Bulldog award for best visual effects in a broadcast series (2012), 6 New York Festival Gold awards as well as a number of other awards.

Recently completed work includes Planet Dinosaur for BBC 1 in mono and stereo (approx. 2500 shots and 3 full hours of CGI), the feature film The Dinosaur Project for Studio Canal released in mid 2012 with much critical acclaim for the CGi and VFX, VFX and CGI creatures for the Kibwe Tavares Film Four/Shine/BFI short film “Jonah”, shots on the Jason Statham movie “Hummingbird”, Visual effects and creative concept work for the recent epic Nutopia/History channel series Mankind: the story of all of US, creative concept and VFX for How we invented the world for Discovery/Nutopia, Can You Live Forever for Dangerous Films and Discovery Channel, Inside the Human Body for BBC 1 and visual effects for the first episodes of the epic history series America: The Story of US with Nutopia for the History Channel (which became the Channel’s highest-rated and most watched special of all time).

The company has a very strong focus on art direction and creative solutions and pride themselves in finding the right solutions for each project’s budget and ambitions.

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