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New York award for film student
Still from Vendetta
The film, a 50-minute thriller, hit the right note in New York
A young filmmaker who learnt his craft at a Wrexham college has won an award at a major international festival.

Daniel J Fox won in the best short film category at the New York International Film and Video Festival for his 50-minute thriller Vendetta.

The 23-year-old only graduated from North East Wales Institute's moving image course last year.

Now he has attracted the attention of a Hollywood agent following the success of his 1,500 film.

His success is all the more impressive given that the other films in the same category had budgets in the region of $55,000 (30,000).

He is in discussions which could see his next film, Cascade, taken up and distributed commercially.

Fox said the plot of Vendetta was a "pretty standard" story, but he had aimed to make it in a different way.

"It's a thriller. We tried to make it cheaply and hopefully visually interesting which is not what you always get from a low-budget film."

Vendetta poster
The film was shot around the world despite its small budget
Despite its lack of money, the film still manages to include international locations.

"We shot not only in north Wales, we shot in Liverpool, London, north California and Greece.

"Some of that was on family holidays but luckily the camera equipment is so light you can stick it in a small case, take it on holiday, get the shots you need and you have got instant production values.

"Your movie suddenly looks expensive," he said.

Fox described Vendetta as a "calling card" for the type of film he would like to make at present.

"We set out to make a film which was very commercial.


"It was an entertaining, hopefully accessible film.

"It wasn't a film about angst, it was a straightforward adventure story."

He cites one of his main influences as early work by Steven Spielberg, action movies such as the Indiana Jones series.

"These are the people that inspired me when I was younger.

"Hopefully I can move into Hollywood and start making films with a decent budget."

But in the meantime, his next project is a rather closer to home and less ambitious - he plans to shoot a 500 science fiction comedy set in and around Wrexham.

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