Perfect Monster – A short horror film

A short monster horror film about breaking a cycle of violence. Funded by the BFI and Creative England.

We did it!

On 10th May 2016 we successfully raised £7,060 of £7,000 target with 229 supporters in 28 days

New stretch target

Extra funding will enable us to make our monster even more awesome... more detailed, more drooly and more fearsome.

About the film

We’re proud to announce that we are making our new film, PERFECT MONSTER, as part of the BFI and Creative England 2016 iShorts scheme.

Written and directed by Matt Harris-Freeth, and produced by Paul Harry Thomas, PERFECT MONSTER is an intense, visceral, live-action horror film about a violent relationship and a primal monster.

That’s all we’re going to say about the plot for now. After all, this is a monster film – and our job is to keep you on the edge of your seat.

"With Perfect Monster, I want to get into the story fast and create an intense, scary and uncompromising horror that ends with a sense of hope." – Matt Harris-Freeth, Writer & Director

In the style of some of the awesome movies we grew up with in the 80’s and 90’s, we’re planning to use classic practical creature FX to animate our creature, but these don’t come cheap. We’ve had £5,000 in funding from the BFI and Creative England, and we’ve raised some private money – but we still need a little bit extra to bring our monster to life using the classic special FX we know and love.

So we've turned to Crowdfunder.

And to you.

We’re in search of 1,000 short film and horror fans to join us on our journey by pledging £2 each to bring our monster (and our film) to life.

We want to give you a fantastic cinematic experience, and we want you to be part of it. To see some of our previous award-winning films, click here.


What we’re NOT going to do

We’re NOT going to ask you for £5 in return for a social media shout-out.

We’re NOT going to ask you for £50 in return for a lousy T-shirt.

We’re NOT going to ask you for £200 in return for us coming to your house and making you breakfast in bed (otherwise known as an Executive Producer credit).

In fact, we’re NOT going to ask you for anything more than a pledge of £2 in return for a ticket to our advance online screening, plus a package of digital extras and a chance to win the actual monster featured in the film.

We think that’s a pretty cool reward.


How we’ll use your pledge

Filmmaking is not a cheap process. We’ve done the sums, and the minimum we need to make this film is £12,000.

Luckily, we’ve been given £5,000 by the BFI and Creative England, and we’ve managed to raise a further £5,000 from private money and our own coffers. This will cover the essentials such as cast, crew, locations, and kit hire, but the additional money we raise through Crowdfunder will allow us to make the monster.

The additional £2000 that we’re asking for may sound like a lot, but the materials for the creature FX alone come to £500, and we need someone amazing to build it. Your money will be used to ensure that our film has the highest production values possible.


Please make a pledge of just £2 today. YOU can be part of this film and make it happen!


Ticket to our advance online screening plus a pack of extras and a chance to WIN the monster

EVERYONE who pledges just £2 will receive:

  1. A digital ticket to see our film online before anyone else (as many times as you like)

  2. Our Digital Download Pack, including script, storyboard, concept art, official poster, and soundtrack

  3. Entry into our prize draw to WIN the actual monster from the film

Why aren’t we asking for more?

Well, if you’d like to pledge more, you can do so at checkout – and that would enable us to get to our target more quickly.

But this campaign isn’t about asking for handouts. It’s about finding you, our audience, who want to join us on our journey and see an awesome horror film at the end of it.

We’re in search of 1,000 short film and horror fans to join us on our journey by pledging £2 each to bring our monster (and our film) to life.

(You can pledge by PayPal or GoCardless – but we do get more if you use GoCardless as they take a smaller percentage in fees.)


Other ways you can help

Get involved. Help us spread the word...

  1. Follow us online. We're on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Vimeo.

  2. Annoy your friends. We need to reach as many fans as we can, and we can’t do it alone. Following us? Help us spread the word. Repost our stuff. Or post your own. Don't forget to include the hashtag #PerfectMonster with any posts. We’ll share the stuff you post, and if you make your own cool stuff, let us know and we’ll share it.

  3. Put us in touch. Do you have any friends who work in media, perhaps a friend who runs a blog or radio show? Send them a link to our Crowdfunder page or get them to contact us direct via email.

The team

MATT HARRIS-FREETH (Writer/Director)

Matt is an award-winning, Welsh film director based in Bristol, UK.

With over a decade of experience directing and editing music videos for some of the most well-known artists in the world, Matt is now continuing his passion for directing narrative fiction.

From divorce and spaceships to violent relationships and monsters, Matt creates visually striking genre films that are a twist on the familiar.

Most recently, Matt completed award-winning short CROCODILE, produced by xFilm. It’s enjoying a successful festival run, screening at BAFTA-qualifying Aesthetica and Oscar-qualifying Atlanta Film Festival, among others, and picking up a nomination for Best Short Film at the Royal Television Society West Awards 2016. Another of Matt's short films, PENALTY, produced by JS Productions, picked up the award for Best Short Film at the same RTS West Awards 2016.

Alongside working as a commercial and corporate film director, he’s currently developing a number of features and continuing his collaboration with xFilm on PERFECT MONSTER.

Matt was also recently selected for Creative England’s South-West Talent Centre Module.



Paul is an award-winning producer and the founder and MD of independent production company xFilm.

Paul's film career started as a production coordinator on Belgian feature ELLEKTRA, which picked up six international awards. He has since gone on to produce five shorts, all of which have premiered at Oscar- or BAFTA-qualifying festivals. He has also produced films for Rankin (as part of 2014's Collabor8te season), and for Film London (as part of 2015’s London Calling).

Paul launched xFilm in 2011, and has since produced over 200 films for major brands such as Red Bull, Peugeot, Kinder, Direct Line, and E.ON, as well as music videos for artists such as Netsky and Bombay Bicycle Club.

His company's first co-produced feature, RADIATOR (Dir: Tom Browne), screened in Picturehouse cinemas nationwide to great acclaim in late 2015, and won the Audience Award at Glasgow Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at Dallas International Film Festival. He has recently completed principal photography on his first feature documentary, which will be released in 2017.


JAMIE TALBUTT (Sound Designer)

Jamie is a BAFTA-nominated foley mixer and sound editor based in Cardiff. He has years of experience working on major drama productions in the film, television and games industries.




Jessica has worked as Costume Designer on all of Matt’s films. Jessica has also worked as a costume maker for TV series such as DAVINCI’S DEMONS, as well as Hollywood studio films, including X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES and GRAVITY.


“Can you tell me more about the story?”


This is a monster film, and it’s only fifteen minutes long. We don’t want to give anything away. Needless to say, it was chosen along with 15 other films out of more than 400 entries to this year’s iShorts scheme, run by Creative England. They’ve awarded us £5,000 of BFI money, and they don’t muck about. To get commissioned, you need a VERY good story.

“Are there any bigger rewards on offer?”


Everyone gets the same reward. Which is awesome.

“Can I ask another question?”

Sure thing. Get in touch and we'll be happy to answer anything.

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