Film of the Month: Scilla Andreen

Posted December 7th, 2016 by Matt Turner

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Scilla Andreen is CEO and Founder of Indieflix.

Indieflix is a film streaming service “created by and for independent thinkers” that takes a different approach to similar platforms. Their Royalty Pool Minutes payment model rewards filmmakers for each minute that their film is viewed, increasing the filmmaker’s payout as the= company grows. IndieFlix was founded in 2005 with 65 titles, and now has over 8,000 shorts, features, documentaries, classic TV and web series from in excess of 85 countries, 2500 film festivals and the top film schools in their catalogue.

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Ben’s Blog: Writing About Writing About Film.

Posted December 6th, 2016 by Ben

Not so long ago I made the outrageous suggestion that it’s impossible to spoil a film by revealing the plot. Considering how giving away the twist of a movie based on a best selling book can provoke a twitter storm of death threats, it should be more remarkable that most reviews rarely stretch far beyond a regurgitation of the narrative. Plot-reviewing makes sense for the purpose where it originated, the short first-look review that used to live on the first page I’d turn to in any newspaper. But these are less reviews than a buyer’s guide. In much the same way that I don’t need Which Magazine to interrogate the full socio-political implications of my new toaster, a film review of this kind has a specific function and does it well. Beyond that initial purchasing choice though it has little value, yet it’s surprisingly rare for anyone to stray beyond this template when discussing cinema.

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Festival Focus: Underwire Highlights

Posted December 5th, 2016 by Matt Turner

From across Underwire’s mixed, interesting programmes this year, a selection of some of the best short documentaries included in this year’s festival, some of which are viewable online.

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Ben’s Blog: Winners Don’t Do Drugs.

Posted November 29th, 2016 by Ben

The criminalisation of narcotics is a complex issue. Decades of prohibition have not resulted in a decline in drug use and whilst this is not the victimless crime many imagine, the spiral of social problems associated with the drugs trade does flow from its illegality. However, in one area at least, I can see no alternative except a total ban. In the strongest possible terms I hereby call on all filmmakers to pledge to never include a sequence where characters take drugs and “things go weird”, because this is, without doubt, the most criminally boring thing you can watch.

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Ben’s Blog: Dystopia

Posted November 24th, 2016 by Ben

One of the more light hearted sequences in Adam Curtis’ complex and mesmerising film “Hypernormalisation”, illustrates his suggestion that filmmakers helped enable the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by creating a “pessimistic mood”. Around an hour and forty minutes into the film he essays this idea using a fantastic montage of disaster movie clips set to Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream”. As crowds stare in horror, a variety terrors pour from the skies delivering impressive destruction to eye catching landmarks. Amidst the chaos Curtis silently brings up a caption remarking that all the films were released before 2001. It’s fun but of course the correct response is, “so what?”

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Guest Blog: Pollyanna Ruiz

Posted November 22nd, 2016 by Matt Turner

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Dr. Pollyanna Ruiz is Lecturer, Media and Film at the University of Sussex and is involved with the Engaging Youth in Heritage project. Here she tells us about one of the films produced as part of the project, You Can’t Move History, about the campaign to save South Bank’s famous skate spot, and the relationship between film and skateboarding.

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Festival Focus: Underwire Film Festival Programme Preview

Posted November 21st, 2016 by Mark Ryan

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London’s Underwire Film Festival returns at the end of this month, boasting an exciting programme of new features, shorts, and Q & As from up and coming and established female British filmmakers.

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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

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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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