Beautiful, magical, emotional filmmaking with an edge of darkness.
Delfilm was set up by award-winning filmmaker Derek Boyes to develop his slate of film and television projects.
Derek is passionate about telling imaginative stories that unite our shared humanity. He loves to share knowledge, inspire others and encourage creative collaboration. This website keeps you up-to-date with all of his filmmaking antics, as well as housing an extensive archive of his work-to-date, featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes content.
LAST NIGHT'S FESTIVAL SUCCESS
LAST NIGHT, the first no-budget short film made through the Guerrilla Filmmakers Lab was simply supposed to be a warm-up exercise after a five year gap from directing. I wanted to test my skills and become a more resourceful and innovative filmmaker. Two years on, it's been selected for six international festivals, a finalist in one and winning best mobile filmmaker in another. Not bad for one man and his phone!MORE
HENRY BRAMBLE HITS FESTIVALS IN 2021
It's bewildering to think that after nearly a decade, this wonderful short film is finally finished and doing the festival circuit. If there was one good thing about having a Lockdown, it was that I was able to find the time to learn the necessary skills to complete the previously thwarted visual effects for this film myself. I hope it is a fitting tribute to talents of the wonderful Archie Lyndhurst.
FILMMAKING PLAN - POST-COVID!
Setting up Digi-Del (my corporate arm) in 2017 has proved to be a great way to earn a living AND to build up a professional guerrilla filmmaking kit, However, it's also taken up most of my spare time and after a year of restrictions due to Covid-19, I have to really pull my finger out and get that second guerrilla short film under my belt, so any interested producers or DOP's please do get in touch!MORE
"I'm a Derek
...and Derek's don't run!"
"Peter Jackson - Bad Taste (1987)
Who Am I?
I am a writer/director who graduated in 2004 from the National Film and Television School with the spellbinding fantasy short, The Happiness Thief. The film premiered in competition at Cannes that same year and went on to play at film festivals across the globe. I have since directed a variety of shorts for Screen South, the BBC and the Bfi while developing a slate of imaginative feature films. My first screenplay Blackout, a gritty micro-budget thriller, was optioned by Ipso Facto Films in 2009 after it beat over two hundred feature projects to the final of The Big Pitch scheme.
In 2011 I stepped back from the industry to bring up my beautiful daughter, but continued to expand my developing slate. In 2017 I successfully re-launched myself through the support of Raising Films' Closr programme. Through this incredible networking platform I have been able to reconnect with the industry and pitch my new film and television projects. Alongside this I have also been setting up The Guerrilla Short Film Lab - a collective of professional filmmakers who pool their skills and resources to make regular no-budget shorts as a means to try out innovative ways of developing stories and making films.
Derek Boyes - Biography
Born in 1972, I spent the first few days of my life in an incubator after having an emergency blood transfusion. This early isolation might explain my need to be noticed, constantly showing-off and (as my Dad put it) buffooning around. In these early years I also indulged in scrupulous amounts of Dr Who, Basil Brush and Morecambe and Wise, but it wasn't until I experienced the phenomenon that was Star Wars, at my local Granada cinema in Maidstone, that my imagination was so joyfully ignited.
The 1980's began with my parents divorce, followed a few years later by the unexpected death of my grandparent. Unbeknown to me at the time, these two events would become the basis behind several reoccurring themes in my work. At secondary school, the need to be accepted by my peers only encouraged my 'clowning around'. My school reports repeatedly described me as 'easily distracted in class' resulting in below-average marks. My only salvation was having a genuine talent for art, where I consistently achieved A grades.
Outside of school I had ambitions of becoming a world famous magician and developed some impressive sleight-of-hand skills (that I still use on my daughter today). Unfortunately by the time I was old enough to join the prestigious Medway Magical Society, the world of filmmaking had already reeled me in and by the end of the decade I was making spoof videos in a disused quarry as an excuse to experiment with home-made special effects.
Three years later, having moved up north, I wrote, produced, directed, edited (and starred in) my first 16mm film - A ridiculously ambitious fantasy short filled with stunts, pyrotechnics and animatronic dragons. Moving on to university I produced three slightly more sensible 16mm shorts, before heading into the feature-film industry, where I miraculously landed my first job on Star Wars - Episode One (Yes, I know).
The next four years were to be some of my most memorable, witnessing first-hand the talents of Tim Burton, George Lucas, Beeban Kidron and Robert Altman. By now I was itching to direct again and decided to apply to The National Film & Television School's fiction direction MA. Two years later I emerged with a spellbinding graduation short called The Happiness Thief that premiered in competition at Cannes in 2004 and went on to play at film festivals across the globe.
Attracting a reputable agent at Curtis Brown, I soon acquired my first drama commission from the BBC and directed a Digital Short for Screen South. My first screenplay was optioned by Ipso Facto Films, after the gripping thriller beat over 200 projects to the final of The Big Pitch. In 2011 I became a proud father to my wonderful daughter, whose vivid imagination inspires me daily. I now continue to build a slate of magical and emotionally engaging film projects in the hope that I will soon be able to share them with the world.