Festival Focus: London International Animation Festival Programme Preview

Posted November 16th, 2016 by Nicole Rutkowski

The London International Animation Festival (LIAF) have unleashed their programme for this year’s edition. Tickets for the festival are on sale now. From the 2nd through 11th of December, the LIAF will be showcasing a spectrum of creative animation at the Barbican, with additional programmes at The Horse Hospital, Close-Up Cinema, and The Whitechapel Gallery.

The LIAF is a year-round celebration of animation and will be a 10 day comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the international indie animation scene encompassing every style, genre, and technique.

LIAF 2016 will include: International Programmes; Abstract Animation Showcase; Animated Features; British Animation Showcase; Retrospectives; Music Videos Session; Late Night Bizarre; Masterclasses; Workshops; Special Guests; Animation Industry Events; Best of the Festival and much more. Here’s five events you might not have thought about to check out during the December festival.

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Ben’s Blog: Outsiders.

Posted November 15th, 2016 by Ben

As revealed by the blatant bias of my recent blog on politics in film, I am a creature of the left. I doubt this is either a surprise or a problem for you, chances are you think of yourself the same way. However the simple left/right binary is a broken clock when used to explain 21st century politics; no surprise for a metaphor that casts back to the aisles of a church in revolutionary Paris. There was a time when your work all but dictated your political alignment, but now? What does filmmaking make you now?

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Kickstarter Round Up 2016

Posted November 10th, 2016 by Nicole Rutkowski

As a way of looking back on our ongoing partnership with Kickstarter, here are five notable films that have launched on the platform from SP filmmakers and friends that you’ll want to check out:

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Guest Blog: Usayd Younis and Cassie Quarless

Posted November 9th, 2016 by Matt Turner


Generation Revolution is a feature-length documentary about the new generation of activists of colour, striving to change the political and social landscape in this country. Ahead of the film’s UK screening run, the filmmakers behind the projector introduce us to the conditions that led to the film’s creation, why they made the film and what they hope it may achieve.

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Events: Panic

Posted November 7th, 2016 by Mark Ryan


Small notice about a SP filmmaker’s film, one that’s had considerable festival success, and now has a limited cinema run. Support SP filmmakers!

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Ben’s Blog: Lies.

Posted November 5th, 2016 by Ben

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Awards: BAFTA Breakthrough Brits 2016

Posted November 4th, 2016 by Nicole Rutkowski

The BAFTA, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has, once again, created a professional network and masterclass programme designed to connect emerging talent to BAFTA-winners and nominees. This year they have selected 18 talented newcomers across film, television, and games. These “Breakthrough Brits” are selected by an international jury which, this year, included actors Joe Dempsie and Rosamund Pike, director Sarah Gavron and game designer Mike Bithell.

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Scream Pitch 2016

Posted November 2nd, 2016 by Matt Turner


SCREAM PITCH: Our annual round-up of the best horror projects in town.

Yes. They’re back. And this time no one gets out alive. It’s SCREAM PITCH!!!!

To read complete pitches and to contact any of the writers, please email Andy.

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Film of the Month: Alexander Dinelaris

Posted November 1st, 2016 by Nicole Rutkowski

Alexander Dinelaris is a producer, playwright and screenwriter best known for his work on Alejandro Iñárritu’s last two features. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Revenant. Dinelaris, along with the other three credited screenwriters, won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Birdman in 2015. His smart stories offer a peek into his rocky beginnings.

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2Spooky4Me: Our Own Personal Horror Canon

Posted October 28th, 2016 by Matt Turner

Next up in our 2Spooky series, some favourite horror films from some of the SP staff members. A cross-section of genre films, recent treats and veritable classics. Watch one this weekend.

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