10 min, 2016

Driven by music and utilizing very little dialogue, The Dishwasher depicts the unusual relationship that develops between a kitchen worker who dreams of becoming a professional chef, and the prostitute who helps him find his way.

In the autumn of 2015, our short proposal The Dishwasher was submitted to the Storyhive Digital Shorts Initiative in British Columbia, vying against 150 other prospective teams for a chance to win a $10,000 production grant. Through a combination of public voting and jury selection, our project was awarded along with thirty other finalists across BC and Alberta, in projects ranging from live-action film, documentaries and animation. Post-production completed in February, and upon completion entered a pivotal second stage of jury selection where our project was awarded the distinction of Top Winner for BC. Since it's release, The Dishwasher has won Best Short Film (Special Mention) at the Best Shorts Competition and Winner of Outstanding Drama at the ITSA Film Festival in California, Best Short Film at the ModCon Film Festival in the UK, and recent nominations both for Best Score at the Kerry International Film Festival, and Best Director at The Short Film Awards in New York. It's also recently been inducted into AirCanada's Encore Inflight Short Film Program. Written and directed by Matt David Johnson,  The Dishwasher features original music from sibling/ singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson and an accompanying composition from Marko Koumoulas and Matthew Chung. Produced with the cooperation of the National Screen Institute. Starring Grace Fournier, Bonnie Hay, Ben Afful and Samuel Cuevas as 'The Dishwasher.'



WINNER Storyhive Digital Shorts Initiative (Provincial), BC, Canada
WINNER Best Short Film, The ModCon Film Festival, London, UK
WINNER (Special Mention), The Best Shorts Competition, California, USA
WINNER (Outstanding Drama), ITSA Film Festival, Sonora, California, USA
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Edmonton International Film Festival, Canada
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Access Code Film Festival, India
OFFICIAL SELECTION, NSI Short Film Festival, Canada
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION, 6th Annual McMinnville Short Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION, 17th Annual Kerry Film Festival, Ireland, UK
NOMINATION for Best Score
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Discover Film Festival, London, UK
OFFICIAL SELECTION, The Short Film Awards, New York, USA
NOMINATION Best Director of Narrative Short Film (Pending)
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Garden City International Film Festival, India
OFFICIAL SELECTION, Jehlum Long & Short International Festival, India
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Pending), Move Me Film Festival, Belgium, Europe
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Pending), Chicago REEL SHORTS Film Festival