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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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  • SATAN HAS A BUSHY TAIL – A short comedy drama (Indiegogo)

    SATAN HAS A BUSHY TAIL – A short comedy drama (Indiegogo)

    At last years Van d’Or Independent Film Awards, Dollface, winner of Best Comedy Film, kept our mouths wide open with laughter as this dark comedy took us on a tale of a man with a tragic yet humorous obsession. Directed by the wonderful Louis Paxton, this short opened the world to the start of what is certainly set to be a successful career. Louis next project ‘SATAN HAS A BUSHY TAIL’ is a story of a two men from very different generations, [...]

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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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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: IMENA (RÊVE/DREAM) dir. Nosa Ott (2011)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    IMENA (RÊVE/DREAM) dir. Nosa Ott (2011)

    Our thirteenth film in Student Film Month is IMENA (RÊVE/DREAM) dir. Nosa Ott (2011) A young girl wakes up to the sound of African music and goes through the process of self discovery through the rites of dancing, embracing the culture and its colorfulness. We hope you enjoy. Student Film Month In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In Transit competition, we’ve launched Student Film Month at Cannes in a Van. Every day throughout February, we’re publishing a student film from somewhere in the student film-sphere. [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: Stanley Pickle dir. Vicky Mather (2010)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Stanley Pickle dir. Vicky Mather (2010)

    Our twelfth film in Student Film Month is a the multi-award winning short ‘Stanley Pickle’ directed by Vicky Mather (2011). Studying Fine Art at London’s Kingston University and then going on to studying at the National Film and Television School, Vicky uses her photographic design background and filmic techniques to creative a visually striking and unique style. STANLEY PICKLE (2010) is a short pixilation film shot entirely on a stills camera on 2 sets and 2 locations at the NFTS. The film [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:The Stuntmen (dir. Sam Cleverly, Alice Rowe, Matt Toy 2013)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    The Stuntmen (dir. Sam Cleverly, Alice Rowe, Matt Toy 2013)

    Our tenth film to feature in Student Film Month is ‘The Stuntmen’ dir. Sam Cleverly, Alice Rowe, Matt Toy (2013). ‘The Stuntmen’ is a short student production on what it takes to be a professional stunt man in today’s industry. Shot, directed and edited by Sam Cleverly, Alice Rowe and Matt Toy – all graduates in Film and Television Production from Bucks New University, High Wycombe. Student Film Month In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In Transit competition, we’ve launched Student Film Month at Cannes in [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH: Adore (dir. Michael Hughes, 2005)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Adore (dir. Michael Hughes, 2005)

    The seventh film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from independent animator Michael Hughes, produced as his degree film from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2005. ‘Adore’ is an emotive tale of a boy on the threshold of love and affection. The film has screened at various animation festivals including Annecy, Anima Mundi and Hiroshima. Since graduation Michael has worked as an animator on various short films, TV series and commercials as well as ’Fantastic Mr.Fox’ and ‘Frankenweenie’. He is also developing his own [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:The Golden Bird (dir. Cat Bruce (2011)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    The Golden Bird (dir. Cat Bruce (2011)

    The sixth film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from independent animator and designer Cat Bruce, produced as her degree film from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2011.  ‘When a boy goes in search of a mysterious golden bird, he soon discovers that, in his world, things are not as they seem. A Brothers Grimm adaptation.’ Student Film Month In celebration of student filmmakers everywhere and our Student Film In Transit competition, we’ve launched Student Film Month at Cannes in a Van. Every day throughout February, [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:Merfolk (dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley, 2012)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Merfolk (dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley, 2012)

    The fifth film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from director Rory Waudby-Tolley, this is his third year major project at the National Centre for Computer Animation, Bournemouth University. It was the winner of Best Animation at Purbeck Film Festival (2012) and was highly commended at the Animated Exeter Awards. ‘In an alternate reality, merpeople have been forced to leave the polluted oceans, and live along-side humans on mainland Britain. After ten years in the UK, an elderly [...]

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  • STUDENT FILM MONTH:Slow Derek (dir. Dan Ojari (2011)

    STUDENT FILM MONTH:
    Slow Derek (dir. Dan Ojari (2011)

    The fourth film to feature in our Student Film Month is this short from director Dan Ojari, with sound design from Joe Tate. Dan is a graduate of the Royal College of Art with an MA in Animation. He is an award winning animator and director based in London. Predominately using stop-motion animation and scale models within his work, he also combines other film making methods to create the desired aesthetic and movement. ‘Slow Derek’ is the tale of Derek, an office worker, as he [...]

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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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