To coincide with our Halloween themed Horror Promo, we’re highlighting five films directed by SP members and patrons in recent years. Five unique and exciting horror films that challenge the genre’s conventions, and subvert expectations, in the way only independent film can.
With Halloween approaching on the horizon, and our promo underway, here’s a list of the best spooky gatherings going on around the capital to get your skin crawling in excitement.
The 36th Cambridge Film Festival’s Microcinema strand will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the London Film-Makers’ Co-op with 4 programmes of exciting new artist’s moving image films. The Microcinema strand will also have an immersive moving-image installation by artist and experimental filmmaker, Steve Farrer, followed by a roundtable discussion about where moving image was, is now, and will be in the future.
To coincide with the relaunch of Script Pitch on the SP site, we’ve spoken to the man behind it. SP’s Andy Conway, a Birmingham based lecturer, screenwriter and novelist.
Each year, Encounters features several features amongst its programme of short films. These films, from alumni of the festival or favoured filmmakers demonstrate successful transitions from short to feature filmmaking, as well as the appeal of moving back and forth between varying lengths. We spoke to the filmmakers who have features at Encounters, about the differences between short and feature filmmaking, their experiences with the industry and their thoughts on Encounters.
Last week, we spoke with three Shooting People members who have films included in Encounters Short & Animation Festival later this month. Here, we hear from two more – the talented, comedy focused filmmaker Kate Herron and Finland-born, Edinburgh-based new artist filmmaker Katri Vanhatalo.
Matt Ross is an American actor, writer and director who has managed to straddle the two worlds with remarkable success. As well as juggling leading roles in film and television, he’s directed several shorts and two features in the last few years – the most recent of which, the Viggo Mortensen starring Captain Fantastic has proved both a critical and audience favourite, winning multiple awards on it’s festival circuit and drawing an impassioned response from viewers.
Robert Eggers, director of the terrific horror phenomenon The Witch, has returned with his feedback on the April finalists for Film of the Month, choosing Cowboy Ben as the clear standout within a trio of impressive, and particularly beautifully shot, shorts. Congratulations to the various cinematographers who are not mentioned here, as well as the directors credited.. A terrifically well shot, compact but fully realised drama that plays out the whole history of a relationship in less than 10 minutes, for Robert, Scott…
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…
May the 4th be with you! Yes, it’s our annual SCRIPT PITCH SCI FI SPECIAL. That means you have before you the best new script projects in the SF genre. Anywhere. That’s a fact. Here are the loglines from this year’s Sci-Fi Pitch. To read complete pitches and to contact any of the writers, please email Andy.