Bednarowicz’ comedy short gets a global deal

Writer/director Eric Bednarowicz’ 18-minute comedy, “Carpe Millennium,” is not only included in a compilation of shorts from around the world, but the program will be distributed internationally starting this spring.

Oracle Releasing, a Los Angeles-based film sales and distributor, picked up Bednarowicz’ short after seeing it in one of the many festivals in which the film screened this year.

The story is about a young man (Steven Yeun of AMC’S “The Walking Dead”) who is determined to lose his virginity on the eve of the millennium. In his attempt to impress women at a party, he brags about his friendship with a movie star. Just as he’s about to get lucky, the celebrity shows up.

“Carpe Millennium” is one of nine films from Argentina, Israel, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and the United States comprising the “A Moment of Youth” compilation, dealing with issues particular to young people.

“We are proud of them all because even if they are different from one another they have a collective voice that says when you are young anything is possible,” comments Pierre Laurent, the head of Oracle’s foreign office, which is handling the distribution.

As such, the DVD will be released April 15, on Global Youth Service Day, tying in event by the non-profit Youth Service American, based in Washington, D.C.

Produced for a shoestring budget of around $6,300, Bednarowicz, a 2009 Columbia College grad who made “Carpe Millennium as his thesis film, says they got “incredibly lucky” with their talent, largely due to casting director David O’Connor’s fee-free assistance and SAG’s low-cost contract.