Festival Focus: Encounters Programme Preview

Posted Friday, August 12th, 2016

The UK’s leading short film and animation festival Encounters returns to the Watershed Bristol in late September for it’s 22nd edition, serving as a platform for both emerging and established animators and filmmakers who’ve produced work in the short form.

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Festival Focus: Open City Docs Fest – Dispatch #2

Posted Sunday, June 26th, 2016

From Open City Docs, two films that engage with enormous subjects in ambitious fashion. A six hour home video account of Iraq in wartime, and a dramatic, cryptic essay on the nature of border control in modern Europe.

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Festival Focus: Open City Docs Fest – Dispatch #1

Posted Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

On the day of its commencement, some notes on some of the films playing this year’s Open City Doc Fest, a festival that whilst young and small in scale compared to some of the other documentary festivals, is proving increasing impressive and ambitious. Offering challenging and intelligent programming in both the film and industry sections, and an approach that favours creative, smart documentary filmmaking over the more audience-friendly material you find leading elsewhere, Open City have been consistent from the

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 – Dispatch #2

Posted Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

In this second dispatch from Doc/Fest, two films adapted from texts of some kind, and an exploration of the various challenges and opportunities that arise from this process. In a way, all filmmaking is about finding the right cinematic language to externalise something that exists only in the head of the filmmaker, but in these films that process of translation is unusually present.

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 – Dispatch #1

Posted Monday, June 13th, 2016

After a whirlwind weekend at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, some notes on a few films seen. One unknown entity, one surprise highlight and a final statement from a legendary filmmaker. Three demonstrations of the scope and strength of modern non-fiction filmmaking.

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Festival Focus: East End Film Festival Programme Preview

Posted Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Since humble beginnings at the start of the new millennium, East End Film Festival (EEFF) has grown into one of the capital’s most interestedly and diversely programmed festivals. Having been through a number of iterations since it’s establishment, first linked to Tower Hamlets council, then Raindance; since 2006 the East End Film Festival has stood alone as a fiercely independent, reliable fixture in London’s film festival circuit. In that period, they’ve presented the best in independent film from the local area and wider, premiering features from Ben

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Festival Focus: Open City Docs Programme Preview

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016

Running just a few weeks after its larger cousin Sheffield Doc/Fest, Open City Documentary Festival has, in just a few years, established itself as a formidable provider of quality documentary filmmaking in London. Founded by Michael Stewart, a documentary producer and lecturer in Social Anthropology at UCL, alongside the school and their year round screening programme, Open City aims to champion creative non-fiction filmmaking and showcase a mixture of new talent and interesting, disruptive works from more well known documentarians. This

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Festival Focus: Sheffield Doc/Fest Programme Preview

Posted Friday, May 6th, 2016

Sheffield Doc/Fest, one of the world’s foremost showcases for documentary filmmaking, have revealed their programme in full ahead of the festival next month. The programme includes 160 films and 25 alternate realities projects, a talk with Michael Moore alongside the (premiere) of his new film, and mini retrospectives on the recently departed Chantal Akerman and the very much alive D.A. Pennebaker, who’ll also appear in conversation. As we have noted before with no small amount of pride, there are 20+ films

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Festival Focus: Frames of Representation Programme Preview

Posted Friday, April 15th, 2016

A new festival, co-curated by BRITDOC‘s Luke Moody and Nico Marzano from the ICA, Frames of Representation offers a selection of the sort of documentaries that rarely reach UK audiences through regular distribution. Presenting new styles, methods and forms for non-fiction filmmaking, the programme focuses on films that present their subjects in unique and innovative ways. Their inaugural edition is based around the theme of the ‘New Periphery’, looking at documentaries that bring marginalised individuals to the forefront of the screen and offer voices to

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Festival Focus: LOCO Film Festival Programme Preview

Posted Friday, March 11th, 2016

Last night, LOCO unveiled their programme, alongside a swish new website. With twelve days of comedy focused cinema, events, parties and a terrific training weekend for young filmmakers, (more on this soon) LOCO is one of the friendliest, most convivial film festivals in London. As they put it at their launch, “it’s about meeting filmmakers, screening good films, making partnerships and bring people together.” We’ve flicked through their lovely print brochure and picked five possible highlights amongst the programme.

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