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  • Mini Reviews from BFI London Film Festival 2014

    Mini Reviews from BFI London Film Festival 2014

    It’s that time of year again and as always, our trusty CIAV father figure-with-a-dark side Janus Avivson lets rip into the movies he’s loving, hating and eeerr… not so fussed about. We have to stress any opinions expressed by the sometimes controversial Mr Avivson are not necessarily those of Cannes in a Van… but his opinions and chat are always great so whatever is published here will be entertaining at the least. KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON – USA 2014, 84 [...]

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  • Whirlygig Cinema: Spotlights: Ladies’ Night – 7 May 2014

    Whirlygig Cinema: Spotlights: Ladies’ Night – 7 May 2014

    Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers. Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30-minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. This month is no different. Spotlights: Ladies’ Night on Wednesday 7th May will showcase shorts by women, featuring work by A D Cooper, Lydia Esler and Lily Smith, in partnership with Underwire [...]

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  • And The Winners Are…

    And The Winners Are…

    So it’s happened! The results are in and the wait is over. The winners of all 15 categories in The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards are decided! A memorable night was had by all at The Old Truman Brewery in London’s Brick Lane. Presented by Edith Bowman who held things together when the tech failed. The night was dominated by Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor winning film Callum (directed by Michael van der Put) and starring James Tarpey in [...]

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  • Street Cinema at The Venice Film Festival

    Street Cinema at The Venice Film Festival

    Venice is not known for its roads, so screening films on the street from a Ford Transit van isn’t always easy. The Venice Lido is a strip of land with 12km of beaches, protecting the islands of Venice from the sea and elements. This is where the 70th Biennale di Venezia happens, and where Cannes in a Van pitches up.

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  • A Guide to the Venice Film Festival

    A Guide to the Venice Film Festival

    After a long and arduous journey through Europe, we were treated to guided tour of the 70th Venice Film Festival from local venetian Marina Rizzi. If you’ve never been to the Venezia Biennale, this gives you a brief idea of what to expect.

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  • Virgins of Venice

    Virgins of Venice

    Our first day on the Lido began with a level of apprehension; it was to be the first time in Cannes in a Van history that we’d attempt to screen films publicly on the street for those at the 70th annual Venice Film Festival. Armed with the Official Selection from the 2012 Van d’Or Independent Film Awards and some newly submitted Italian films – our intention was to sit on the fringe of one of the worlds oldest and most [...]

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  • London to Venice – In Transit

    London to Venice – In Transit

    Over a thousand miles, traveling through six different countries, three blokes embark on a long and arduous journey, the destination? The 70th annual Venice Film Festival. Setting off on Wednesday 28th August from London, UK, we travelled to Folkestone to catch the Eurotunnel before speeding through France into Belgium. Onwards then to Germany, where we organized a film screening at a film academy in Ludwigsburg, close to Stuttgart. The sun was battling our plasma in the late afternoon so time came to [...]

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  • Calling Italian Filmmakers!

    Calling Italian Filmmakers!

    Do you have an Italian film?

    Cannes in a Van at VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

    After 7 years of screening independent films in Cannes, the four-wheel film festival Cannes in a Van is making it’s first-ever trip to The Venice Film Festival at the end of August. Along with screening The Van d’Or Awards 2012 Official Selection, there’ll also be a clutch of Italian shorts selected especially for the trip.

    If you have (or know of) an Italian-language (preferably with English subtitles) short film, music video, animation or experiment to enter, we’d love to hear from you.

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  • Sheffield Doc Fest – Film Reviews by Janus Avivson

    Sheffield Doc Fest – Film Reviews by Janus Avivson

    Our man on the ground, Janus Avivson, once again reviews films in the only way he knows how – honestly… this time, from Sheffield Doc Fest. Sheffield Doc/Fest June 12-16 2013 Some brief and very personal reviews by your favourite grumpy old semi-retired reporter Janus Avivson of Hampstead ITALY: LOVE OR LEAVE IT – 2011 Italy/Germany, 78 min, directors: Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, producer Gustav Hofer. Two smart and handsome gay guys travel the length of Italy’s boot for [...]

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  • Launch of the National Youth Film Festival

    Launch of the National Youth Film Festival

    Schools and youth groups invited to take part in free film screenings as part of £26 million investment in film education 21 October – 8 November 2013 sees the first National Youth Film Festival – a nationwide programme of free film screenings and related activities for children aged five to 19. Building on the success of National Schools Film Week which ran until 2012, the festival will be an annual celebration of film and cinema, enabling young people right across the UK to [...]

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