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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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  • ‘Reels on Wheels’ – Metropolitan Magazine Feature

    ‘Reels on Wheels’ – Metropolitan Magazine Feature

    Eurostar’s Metropolitan magazine features an article about Cannes in a Van for May’s edition. The four-page feature written by Emma Howarth touches on the history of Cannes in a Van with a few glimpses of the obstacles we had to overcome to lead us to where we are at present. Co-founder of CIAV Andy Greenhouse spoke about his time on the road to La Croisette… “We didn’t have a van until the eleventh hour, then when we did get one we were [...]

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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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  • Big Society The Musical Premieres

    Big Society The Musical Premieres

    When no one hears you shout… Sing. Premiering as the opening film today at the London Labour Film Festival is Big Society The Musical, an innovative new feature film from independent not-for-profit filmmaking & arts organisation First Take. The film began as a quirky idea from director Lynne Harwood, but quickly grew into a creative hub, drawing in writers, actors and musical talent from around Liverpool including lead actor Paula Simms. It was back in 2011 that producer Jennifer Monks (also [...]

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  • 09.04.14 Screen Social: STUDENT FILM SPECIAL

    09.04.14 Screen Social: STUDENT FILM SPECIAL

    STUDENT FILM SPECIAL This month, to tie-in with our Student Film In Transit competition, April’s Screen Social showers us with some of the best student-created music videos, shorts and animations from across the student-sphere. There’ll also be an eclectic live set from WILDEAST, who create  a kind of world music with a twist – the Gypsy clarinet meets Dubstep meets the Sufi flute.“Fueled by the vibrant world music scene of London, WILDEAST offers a ritualistic journey for the dwellers of the urban concrete jungle.” The [...]

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  • BAFTA WINNER:Room 8 (dir. James W. Griffiths)

    BAFTA WINNER:
    Room 8 (dir. James W. Griffiths)

    Congratulations to James W. Griffiths who has just won the 2014 BAFTA for Short Film for his short Room 8. The film was written and directed by Griffiths and was an entry into the Imagination Series competition run by Bombay Sapphire (who must be glad of the extra PR). See it while you can online! We’ll be posting two student films tomorrow as part of our Student Film Month, so look out for those.

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  • 12.02.14 Screen Social: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

    12.02.14 Screen Social: THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

    THE BIRTHDAY PARTY The Music vs Film mashup night Screen Social is a celebration edition in aid of homelessness charity, Shelter. If your birthday falls on February 12th or you just want to party like it’s yo’ birthday – you’re invited! Music videos, films, DJs and plenty of drinks. Send us your own video content & music/clip requests and celebrate with us. It’s also our very own Ross Henbest’s birthday on the night and he’d love to share it with a [...]

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  • Van d’Or winning director launches new Kickstarter campaign

    Van d’Or winning director launches new Kickstarter campaign

    In the indie-filmmaking sphere, it’s always exciting when an emerging director moves onto his or her next project. For Michael van der Put he’s spent the last twelve months developing his next film ‘Rage’, the second film in a planned triptych of shorts called ‘Broken Hearted Youth’. ‘Callum’ his first film, screened at 26 festivals around the world winning 15 awards including our very own Van d’Or for Best Film, Best Actor (James Tarpey) and Best Director (Van der Put). – Michael [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:Dinner and a Movie (dir. Ben Aston, 2013)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Dinner and a Movie (dir. Ben Aston, 2013)

    The third film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from director Ben Aston, co-written by Aston and Maria Hummer while at the London Film School. It was part of the Official Selection for the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 and the London Short Film Festival 2013 among others. As the tagline goes… ‘A heartwarming dramady about love, life and prison dating websites…’

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: The Cycle (dir. Jessica Ashman)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH: The Cycle (dir. Jessica Ashman)

    The first student film to be featured as part of our Student Film Month has an interesting connection to Cannes in a Van. The director of this film The Cycle is experienced animator Jessica Ashman, who, way back in 2011 was the very first recipient of a BEST FILM Van d’Or Award for Fixing Luka at the inaugural Van d’Or Independent Film Awards, held at The Roxy Bar & Screen in London Bridge. Currently studying for an Animation MA at the Royal College of Art, Jessica already [...]

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  • 08.01.14 Screen Social: FRAME X FRAME (Animation Special)

    08.01.14 Screen Social: FRAME X FRAME (Animation Special)

    FRAME X FRAME (Animation Special) The Music vs Film mashup night Screen Social kicks off the new year with a special animation edition featuring award-winning films, music videos and explorations of sound in motion. Including another great selection of shortlisted and winning entries from The Van d’Ors’ animation category. This will be a packed night full of film, music, chat and drinks to ease you into the new year! Be sure to book your tickets now to guarantee entry. Click [...]

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  • Feel Flows (dir. Paris Zarcilla)

    Feel Flows (dir. Paris Zarcilla)

    Music-based short films are often difficult to categorise but that didn’t stop director Paris Zarcilla ploughing much of his own money into making this cinematic gem which took the Best Music-based Film award at this year’s Van d’Or Awards in September. Paris came down to November’s music-themed Screen Social in London and had a chat to us about the making and funding of the film. His interview (in the cupboard) will be appearing online soon, but for now just enjoy the film…

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