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A film company that strives to make beautiful, magical, emotional films with an edge of darkness.

Delfilm was set up by award-winning filmmaker Derek Boyes to develop his slate of imaginative film and television projects.

Derek is committed to social and environmental responsibilities, championing inclusivity, sharing knowledge, inspiring others and encouraging 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 featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes content.

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PAST

Blackout

HENRY BRAMBLE NOT DEAD YET

Even though the wonderful Archie Lyndhurst (who played Henry Bramble) has now turned from boy to man since we shot the film, I'm still hoping we can one-day release this magical short to the world. By complete coincidence I met a vfx producer who like me works part-time as a delivery driver. He has been helping me find a more affordable vfx team in Europe who I might be able to negotiate a deal with.

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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!

FUTURE

Henry Bramble

I'M PULLING MY SOCKS UP - HONESTLY!

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. I really need to pull my finger out and get that second guerrilla short film under my belt this year. I really want to shoot on an original BMPCC, so any interested producers or DOP's please do get in touch!

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"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.

What Others Say

  • “Derek was a pleasure to work with. He had a great original script, wonderfully imaginative ideas and real clarity about what he wanted to achieve - so it was a really enjoyable experience.”

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    Sara Deane
    Cinematographer
  • "Charming and fun to be around, Derek is an incredibly talented individual with that enviable blend of creativity and diligence. His impressive filmography is evidence of his skill as a filmmaker."

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    Ed Barratt
    Producer
  • "Derek cares about sound and has some great ideas. He is also very good at getting the best out of limited resources and is good at directing child actors, which is a rare skill."

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    Ian MacBeth
    Sound Designer
  • "Derek is an extremely talented and personable director. His professionalism and knowledge is highly valuable to any producer. I have loved working with Derek and highly recommend him."

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    Annabel Bates
    Producer
  • "Derek was an enthusiastic and hard working writing partner. Full of ideas, he helped the project move forward and I appreciate the time spent working with him."

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    Ian Dowson
    Screenwriter
  • "Derek has a naturally engaging personality, which students immediately warm to. He is able to use his experience to enthuse and encourage youngsters to produce work of excellent quality."

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    Moira-Jayne Watts
    Assistant Head Teacher
  • "Derek's energy and good humour along with his dedication to a project made him, in my experience, a great person to work with."

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    Jake Corbett
    Cinematographer
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Workshops & Masterclasses

Open and honest access to my filmmaking skills, experience and knowledge

Having had no professional guidance when I was younger I am keen to share my knowledge to help other aspiring filmmakers of all ages and backgrounds.

If you think you may be interested in using my skills and experience to help others, then please do get in touch.

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