Posts Tagged ‘Film’


Call for Entries – 20th Raindance Film Festival

Wednesday, 28 March, 2012

London, 26 September – 7 October 2012

The Raindance Film Festival is listed by Variety as one of the world’s top 50 ‘unmissable film festivals’.

Raindance aims to nurture, support and promote independent films and filmmakers from the UK and around the world.

Submit your film to the 20th Raindance Film Festival (26 September-7 October 2012).  You have until 24th June 2012 to submit. Rules and Information at the Raindance web site:


7th Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival begins tomorrow!

Thursday, 22 September, 2011

This week marks the opening of the 7th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival, with a programme of film screenings, artists’ moving image installations, artist talks and hands-on activity as part of it’s Once Upon a Time programme.

The Festival begins with the switch on of the Artist Trail at 11am on Friday 23rd – a series of video projections and installations in locations around the town, including The Gymnasium Gallery, The Town Hall Prison Cells, Bankhill Ice House and Shoregate Ice House, which run until 5.30pm each evening over the Festival weekend.

The official opening film however takes place at 7pm at the Maltings theatre & Cinema, and marks the world premiere for North East England-Iranian co-production I Am Nasrine. Swept along by an incredible lead performance and powerful soundtrack, I Am Nasrine is an intimate coming-of-age story set to capture imaginations at film festivals the world over. The Festival were delighted to confirm recently that director Tina Gharavi, the film’s producers, and cast & crew, including the Micsha Sadeghi, the actress who plays Nasrine, would all be in attendance. The film was produced by Tina’s production company Bridge + Tunnel as part of a project in which local refugees’ voices were heard and their stories told.

Highlights for children, young people & their families over the weekend include The Ice Book, a beautiful miniature pop-up theatre show which is being projected in the Maltings Henry Travers Theatre on Saturday afternoon, while Sunday afternoon offers a workshop with the artists behind The Ice Book, allowing kids aged 10+ to see behind the scenes and to experiment themselves with green screen technology!0.

Tickets, as with all events, can be bought The Maltings Theatre & Cinema Box Office on 01289 330999 and from

Tickets are available to purchase now from the Maltings Theatre & Cinema’s Box Office: Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-tweed, Northumberland, TD15 1AJ, UK.Box Office: 01289 330999

Ticket prices vary, and are subject to a 50p online booking fee.
The Festival Pass, priced at £20 / £15 concessions, offers entry to all films (excluding The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, satellite events and workshops). Entry to the Artists’ Trail is free, with no need to book.

Travel Info: To find out about getting to Berwick, including special coaches running directly to the Festival from Newcastle Central Station, and back again, for only £5, go to


London 48 Hour Short Film Award 2010

Tuesday, 24 August, 2010

Final Cut

London Festival Fringe – Roxy Bar and Screen, 18 August 2010

The entrants to this competition all have one thing in common: the ability to work to an extremely tight deadline.

Last February each entrant team was given a title and genre, both selected separately and at random, along with a deadline 48 hours later, when they had to submit the final product.

Each of the movies was posted on You Tube and the judges had the tricky task of scoring each movie, all of which are quite different from each other and come from many different genres. They couldn’t have been easy to compare. The winner was selected by a very narrow margin and announced at the end of the screening.

The evening overall was very enjoyable and wonderfully presented by Katya Ozols. Three of the judges were present and went through each of the entrant films giving an individualised critique to each of the teams, much to the interest of the rest of the audience, most of whom seemed to be in the industry. All seven films can be seen on You Tube or via link on the London Festival Fringe site. This is a great opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their skills without incurring huge expense. The judges were clearly enthusiastic about the process and had a lot to say in the Q&A session following the screening and award.

Team: Alma
Title: 3 Lives
Genre: Romance
Director: Mark Withers
On Screen: Trudi Jackson, Matthew Walker, Vivienne Gibbs, Fliss Walton, Lucy Caplin, Al Constantine, Nish, Tim Diggle

This movie was shot with a camcorder and documents the morning of an unconventional London wedding. It was part comedy and part romance.

Team: Art is Useless
Title: The Well of Loneliness
Genre: Suspense
Director: Jimmy Henderson

This movie is true to the genre. The filmmakers take quite a daring option in shooting the film in black and white and without dialogue. To compensate, the makers have used sound, music and beautifully eerie shots to create the atmosphere.

Team: Avocado
Title: What Maisie Knew
Genre: Biography
Director: Pavol Kajan
Writer: Annabel Dearing
Producer: Natalie Thomas
On Screen: Ruth Posner, Rob Lyndon, Provence Maydeo, Lady Suzy

This film was shot as a documentary. An unconvinced presenter interviews a young woman who has perfected the art of speaking with cats. It is a very clever idea and well presented.

Team: Spontaneous Skamp
Title: A day off
Genre: Fantasy
Director: Sophie Windsor Clive
On screen: Sande Schells, Adam Skidmore

This is a quirky movie showing Vincent Van Gough having some down time. The story is told through narration and some very memorable music. The shots and editing are very pleasing and the idea is unique.

Team: Water Rats
Title: Miss Lonely Hearts
Genre: Crime
Director: James Ward
Story: James Ward, Dory Dutton, Samuel Recko, Patric Lyons
Editors: Matthew Tanti, Aaron Moore

The grainy film and film noir shots combine with a very unusual story to create this film. There is nothing run of the mill about this film and all but the most intuitive of spectators will come away with more than a bit of doubt as to what they have actually just seen.

Team: Yardie Style
Title: She
Genre: Mystery
Director: Rhyannon Brand
Writer: Shelley-Ann Higgins
Actor: Lee Neville

The setting and sounds set up a creepy atmosphere. The script and acting maintain it. This short generated a lot of discussion as the version which was screened on the night was different to that which the judges judged. The filmmakers said that they accepted their marks on the original version, however due to a difficulty with editing within the deadline, they decided to present what they felt was the best cut for the entertainment of the audience on the night.

Award Judges: Phil Wood, Manager and Programmer at the Roxy Bar and Screen; Nathan Theys, Director, Film Creatives; Enrique Rovira, Director, Producer,; Kathy Hill, Director, Writer, ‘Down and Out in Cannes

Presenter: Katya Ozols

Reviewed 19 August

(c) Leanne O’Loughlin 2010