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  • Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (dir. Louis & McCourt)

    Easy – Mat Zo & Porter Robinson (dir. Louis & McCourt)

    Another superb entry to The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards 2013 and part of the Official Selection for the 2014 season is this music video for Mat Zo & Porter Robinson directed by a directing collective who go by the name of The Line. It was produced by friends of Cannes in a Van, Bullion Productions who are on a roll at the moment with recent videos for Mercury Music Prize nominees Disclosure and commercial work for Ford and Toyota. We [...]

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  • Screen Social: Interview with DOLLFACE director Louis Paxton

    Screen Social: Interview with DOLLFACE director Louis Paxton

    A few weeks back, we hosted the first Screen Social to feature the new crop of films which make up the Official Selection for Cannes in a Van’s 2014 season. We also grabbed the filmmakers for a quick interview on the night. Here Louis Paxton talks to Screen Social about his experiences making Dollface, which won Best Comedy at The Van d’Or Independent Film Awards in September 2013. He also chats about funding and entering his film into festivals.

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  • ATLAS – Eat Me

    ATLAS – Eat Me

    As The Van d’Or Awards approach ever-faster,  we at Cannes in a Van look forward to seeing and hearing the extraordinary vocal talents of the marvellous ATLAS, who will be performing live on the night of September 19th. “The melodies that haunt the music of ATLAS come to their creator after dark. While you’re asleep, her violent lullabies are voiced over reverberating bass and electronic enchantments. So watch, and listen closely. These dramatic visions – projected dreams and potent nightmares [...]

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  • The Anchor (dir. Luke Daniels)

    The Anchor (dir. Luke Daniels)

    A favourite from the 2011 Van d’Or Awards, director Luke Daniels‘ perfectly-formed (in our opinion) poignant short film features the stirling acting talents of one Liam Bewley who is currently appearing in a Marmite viral near you (and an excellent ‘yeast-extract welfare officer’ he makes too). Co-written by both Bewley and Daniels, the film won the Van d’Or for Best Screenplay and tells the tale of a one man and his relationship with a bar stool. The Anchor is touching, clever [...]

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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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  • Independent Cannes: Interview with Welcome to the Majority director Russell Owen

    Independent Cannes: Interview with Welcome to the Majority director Russell Owen

    During The Cannes Film Festival 2013, Cannes in a Van spoke to independent filmmakers about their experiences in Cannes and beyond. This is a short interview with ex-storyboard artist-turned-director Russell Owen who screened his short Anglesey Road this year at Cannes in a Van.

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  • Tell Tale (dir. Michael Middleton-Downer)

    Tell Tale (dir. Michael Middleton-Downer)

    Director Michael Middleton-Downer was at Cannes in a Van 2013 to screen Tell Tale, his entry into the London Sci-Fi Festival’s 48 hr challenge. Mike had previously worked on Van d’Or Awards 2012 Best Director winner Steve Reeves’ debut feature film Keeping Rosy. Click here to see our interview with Mike.

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  • Independent Cannes: Interview with Tell Tale (2011) director Mike Middleton-Downer

    Independent Cannes: Interview with Tell Tale (2011) director Mike Middleton-Downer

    We spoke to UK director Michael Middleton-Downer who made the mammoth drive to Cannes to screen his short films at Cannes in a Van. Here he and actor Marc Hendrey talk about their festival experience and making their short in 48 hours. Watch Tell Tale here. See the trailer for One Tonne here. For news of post-Cannes activity follow @cannesinavan #CIAV or like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/filmfestival1

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  • Project Kronos (dir. Hasraf Dulull)

    Project Kronos (dir. Hasraf Dulull)

    From the guy who brought us dogs and cats at war in his epic motion graphic short Fubar Redux, comes this intriguing documentary treatment of a futuristic journey through space research, Project Kronos. With a huge amount of work behind this new film, Hasraf Dulull seems set to direct an effects-heavy feature, perhaps expanding on his take on interstellar space travel. We hope to welcome Hasraf back for a screening at a future Screen Social.

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  • ONE TO WATCH: Mum Says(dir. John Brown)

    ONE TO WATCH: Mum Says
    (dir. John Brown)

    This is the one that got away, but perhaps it makes the film stronger for it. Mum Says is an intense drama about a young boy who lives in a fractured middle class family environment. He is coming to terms with his parents and who they really are. Brilliantly directed by John Brown, the film surprisingly walked away empty-handed at the 2012 Van d’Or Independent Film Awards. Though unsuccessful in securing a gold-van-statuette (who wouldn’t want one), the film  has picked [...]

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  • Spin Spun Span (dir. Emily & Anne)

    Spin Spun Span (dir. Emily & Anne)

    Screened previously at Screen Social, this is ‘a surreal journey through the cotton factories of the North West of England, led by a choir of singing spindles and a spinning mule. This short film was commissioned by Bolton Museum & Archives for their permanent collection. Joint copyright is held by the Museum and the film’s directors Emily Howells and Anne Wilkins.’ Animation: Emily Howells & Anne Wilkins Music: Billy Payne emilyandanne.co.uk

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  • Countdown (dir. Celine Desrumaux)

    Countdown (dir. Celine Desrumaux)

    We absolutely love this animated short from Celine Desrumaux, who is one to watch. This was one of the films screened at the first ever Screen Social and really sums up what we love about film & music coming together to create a cool cocktail of colour, noise, & style. Can’t wait for her next project.

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