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By midlandsmovies, Apr 17 2018 07:56AM



Derby Film Festival 2018 – special guests, film previews and events in QUAD 4th to 13 May

Derby Film Festival returns from 4th to 13 May with a host of special guests, film previews and events as well as over fifty feature films.


Guests include actress and singer Toyah Willcox will discuss her career in film and television, from her debut in the television play Glitter in 1976, to Derek Jarman’s seminal punk film Jubilee and his version of The Tempest. She has also featured in films including Quadrophenia and Quatermass, and on BBC TV in Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde and Tales Of The Unexpected. Toyah Willcox will be in Conversation in QUAD on Saturday 5th May at 5:00pm. Both Jubilee (15) and The Tempest (15) will be screened as part of the festival on 8th & 9th and 9th & 10th May respectively.


Sir John Hurt's widow Anwen Hurt will introduce a preview screening of That Good Night – Hurt’s final leading role. Sir John Hurt was QUAD’s first Patron and Derby Film Festival’s Guest Of Honour in 2014. That Good Night (12A) Preview introduced by Anwen Hurt, takes place in QUAD on Wednesday 9th May at 6:30pm.


And Mandie Fletcher who will discuss her career in film and television, directing classics of British television, from Butterflies in 1983, to Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Desmond’s, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda, and the big screen, with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016. Mandie Fletcher will be in Conversation in QUAD on Sunday 13th May at 2:00pm


Exclusive film Previews include:

Redoubtable from the Oscar winning director of The Artist on Friday 4th May at 8:40pm. L’Amant Double, the latest release from French auteur Director François Ozon on Monday 7th May at 9:00pm. Jeune Femme the debut film of director Léonor Serraille on Tuesday 8th May at 6:30pm. Edie starring Sheila Hancock on Wednesday 9th May at 2:00pm. Ismael’s Ghosts starring Marion Cotillard and Mathieu Almaric on Thursday 10th May at 6:30pm. On Chesil Beach adapted from the novel by Ian McEwan on Friday 11th May at 6:30pm. The Suffering Of Ninko, from Japan, is a unique tale which blends live action and animation on Friday 11th May at 8:45pm. The Bookshop starring Emily Mortimer and Bill Nighy on Saturday 12th May at 7:00pm.


Festival films with a local interest include:

Portrait Of A Village is an affectionate portrayal of a semi-rural village in the East Midlands – Spondon - by local filmmaker Mark Rivers. Portrait Of A Village is a snapshot of life in modern Britain and explores the themes of home, community and belonging. Portrait Of A Village screens in QUAD on Saturday 12th May at 12:30pm.


A programme of short films, specially curated and tailored specifically to the needs of D/deaf cinema-goers, will include the Oscar-winning The Silent Child. Lives In Sign Language has been curated by London Short Film Festival’s young Deaf programmer Zoë McWhinney and shows the richness of D/deaf culture and experience. A mixture of comedy, romance, horror bring the stories of D/deaf characters to the screen in a selection of contemporary short films inclusive for all. The films include: Nonsense,


The Silent Child, My House, Imagine, Deaf, A Love Divided and Dawn Of The Deaf. Lives In Sign Language (Advised 15) will screen in QUAD on Saturday 12th May at 5:00pm. There will be Hard Of Hearing subtitles and BSL Interpretation.


Derby Based screenwriters Darrell Buxton and Steve Hardy will be on hand to introduce a Premiere of their film Ouijageist. In the film a young single mum moves to her new flat, and adds to the pressures of finding employment and meeting the rent when she and a friend begin dabbling with a Ouija board found at the property, consequently evil powers are unleashed and mysterious deaths begin to occur. Ouijageist (Advised 15) and Screenwriters Q+A takes place in QUAD on Sunday 6th May at 2:00pm.



This year welcomes a new strand called Paracinema, as part of the main festival. Including horror, sci-fi and fantasy films, it will also be exploring other genres outside the mainstream with special guests, previews and talks on a whole range of unusual genres and subgenres. Paracinema screenings, as part of Derby Film Festival, take place from 4th to 7th May. A Paracinema takeover will include a whole night of screenings on the opening weekend of the festival. The Paracinema All Night Takeover! (18) takes place in QUAD on Saturday 5th May, from 10:25pm to dawn.


Among the special events for Derby Film Festival, Derby Cathedral will host a screening of silent classic accompanied by a live score on the Cathedral’s Compton organ. The score will be performed by Richard Hills, organist of St Mary's, Bourne Street, who was named 'Organist of the Year' in 2010 by the American Theatre Organ Society. F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire tale Nosferatu, from 1922, stars the legendary Max Schreck in the title role. Nosferatu + Live Score (PG) takes place in Derby Cathedral on Saturday 5th May, doors open from 7:30pm.


Closing the Festival is the unique Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge. Returning for its ninth year, the Five/24 24hr film challenge entrants will make a three-minute short in just twenty-four hours, over the weekend of 5th and 6th May. The following weekend the public are invited to a screening of all the entries and announcement of the winners. Five Lamps Films 24 Hour Challenge Screening & Prize Ceremony takes place in QUAD on Sunday 13th May at 8:15pm. For more information on how to take part, please see: www.fivelampsfilms.co.uk

For full information on Derby Film Festival films, screening times and ticket prices please go to https://derbyfilmfestival.co.uk

FULL LISTINGS


FRIDAY 4TH MAY

12:00 LEON MUST DIE (ADVISED 18) S - UK PREMIERE

12:00 SOMETHING (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

13:35 BODIES (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

13:50 ALL LIGHT WILL END (ADVISED 18) - UK PREMIERE

15:30 OUT OF THE CORNER OF THE EYE (ADVISED 15) S - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

15:35 HI-DEATH (ADVISED 18) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

17:45 IMAGES OF APARTHEID (ADVISED 15) - WORLD PREMIERE + DIRECTOR Q+A

18:00 CHARISMATA (ADVISED 18)

19:45 ATTACK OF THE ADULT BABIES (ADVISED 18) + DIRECTOR & CAST Q+A

20:40 REDOUBTABLE (15) S – PREVIEW

21:00 THE PARACINEMA SOCIAL


SATURDAY 5TH MAY

10:00 THE PARACINEMA DEALERS ROOM

12:30 DEATH LAID AN EGG (18) S + NUCLEUS FILMS RESTORING CLASSICS INTRO

15:00 BORLEY RECTORY (ADVISED 15) + DIRECTOR Q+A

17:00 TOYAH WILLCOX IN CONVERSATION

18:45 ALL LIGHT WILL END (ADVISED 18) - UK PREMIERE

19:00 JUBILEE (15)

19:30 NOSFERATU (PG) + LIVE SCORE AT DERBY CATHEDRAL

20:45 HIPPOPOTAMUS (ADVISED 18)

22:25 THE PARACINEMA ALL NIGHT TAKEOVER! (18)


SUNDAY 6TH MAY

13:00 AN INTRODUCTION TO PINK CINEMA BY JASPER SHARP (ADVISED 18)

14:30 THE GLAMOROUS LIFE OF SACHIKO HANAI (ADVISED 18) S

14:30 PARACINEMA SHORTS (ADVISED 18)

16:20 THE ENDLESS (15) - PREVIEW

16:40 A TASTE OF PHOBIA (ADVISED 18) - WORLD PREMIERE

18:30 THE ASCENT (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

18:30 SOMETHING (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

20:30 THE LEGENDARY PARACINEMA QUIZ

20:30 REVENGE (18) - PREVIEW


MONDAY 7TH MAY

12:00 HI-DEATH (ADVISED 18) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

14:00 HIPPOPOTAMUS (ADVISED 18)

14:00 OUIJAGEIST (ADVISED 15) - WORLD PREMIERE + SCREENWRITERS Q+A

14:00 A.I. STUDIOS MAKE UP EFFECTS DEMONSTRATION

15:35 CHARISMATA (ADVISED 18)

16:25 ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK (15)

17:30 LEON MUST DIE (ADVISED 18) S - UK PREMIERE

19:05 BODIES (ADVISED 15) - EUROPEAN PREMIERE

21:00 L'AMANT DOUBLE (CERT TBC) S - PREVEW

21:00 OUT OF THE CORNER OF THE EYE (ADVISED 15) S - EUROPEAN PREMIERE


TUESDAY 8TH MAY

12:00 EAT MY SHORTS 1 (ADVISED 18)

12:10 JUBILEE (15)

14:20 MARISA IN THE WOODS (ADVISED 15) S

16:10 HUNTER'S CROSSING (ADVISED 15)

18:15 THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 JEUNE FEMME (15) S - PREVIEW

20:35 BACKSTAGE JAZZ MYSTERY (ADVISED 15) S

20:35 JUBILEE (15)


WEDNESDAY 9TH MAY

12:00 THE TEMPEST (15)

12:00 EAT MY SHORTS 2 (ADVISED 15)

14:00 EDIE (12A) - MIDWEEK TREAT PREVIEW

14:15 JUBILEE (15)

16:25 VISMRIT (ADVISED 15) S

18:00 THE TEMPEST (15)

18:30 THAT GOOD NIGHT (12A) - PREVIEW

20:00 MUSIC ON THE RUN (ADVISED 15) S

20:45 JUBILEE (15)

21:10 HUNTER'S CROSSING (ADVISED 15)


THURSDAY 10TH MAY

13:30 THE TEMPEST (15)

15:00 THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART (ADVISED 15) S

16:00 EAT MY SHORTS 3 (ADVISED 15)

17:00 MUSIC ON THE RUN (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 ISMAEL'S GHOSTS (CERT TBC) S – PREVIEW

20:45 THE TEMPEST (15)


FRIDAY 11TH MAY

14:50 THE KURODIANS (ADVISED 15) S

16:30 BACKSTAGE JAZZ MYSTERY (ADVISED 15) S

18:30 ON CHESIL BEACH (15) - PREVIEW

18:45 MARISA IN THE WOODS (ADVISED 15) S

20:35 LEAVE NOW (ADVISED 15)

20:45 SATORI SCREEN: SUFFERING OF NINKO (ADV 18) - UK PREMIERE S


SATURDAY 12TH MAY

12:00 PORTRAIT OF A VILLAGE (ADV 12A) – WORLD PREMIERE

15:00 QUAD YOUNG ADVOCATES PRESENT SHARKNADO (15)

17:00 LIVES IN SIGN LANGUAGE (ADVISED 15)

18:30 EAT MY SHORTS 1 (ADVISED 18)

19:00 THE BOOKSHOP (PG) - PREVIEW

20:40 EAT MY SHORTS 2 (ADVISED 15)

21:15 THE KURODIANS (ADVISED 15) S


SUNDAY 13TH MAY

14:00 MANDIE FLETCHER IN CONVERSATION

14:00 LEAVE NOW (ADVISED 15)

16:25 VISMRIT (ADVISED 15) S

18:00 EAT MY SHORTS 3 (ADVISED 15)

20:15 FIVE LAMPS FILMS 24 HOUR CHALLENGE SCREENING & PRIZE CEREMONY




By midlandsmovies, Mar 16 2018 11:00AM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2018 edition):


• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 20 – 25, 2018


• NOTTINGHAM MICRO FILM FESTIVAL Twitter @FilmNottingham http://www.nimfestival.com/ 8-10 March 2018


• INDIE-LINCS - March 15-18 2018 Based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and run in partnership with The School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln http://www.indie-lincs.com


• BRINDLEY PLACE OUTDOOR FEST - http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/brindleyplace-film-festival-2018/ July 16 -22 2018


• LEICESTER DOCFILM FEST https://twitter.com/docfilmfestival Contact John Coster November 2018


• BORDERLINES FEST http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk UK's largest rural film festival. Herefordshire/Shropshire - 23rd February - 11th March 2018


• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - November 22 – 25 2018 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival


• BIFF FEST (Black International Film Fest) https://www.biffestival.co.uk 2018 dates TBC


• SHOCK AND GORE FESTIVAL http://www.shockandgore.co.uk The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, July. Contact david@theelectric.co.uk or https://twitter.com/shockgore July 20 – 26 2018


• DEAFFEST http://www.deaffest.co.uk The UK's International Deaf Film & Arts Festival Wolverhampton. Contact info@light-house.co.uk Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019


• THE UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL LEICESTER - http://tonguesonfire.com/ 15 March - 31 March 2018


• SHOUT FESTIVAL http://shoutfestival.co.uk Birmingham Dates TBC for 2018


• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 4th - 13th MAY 2018


• FANTASTIQ FEST http://fantastiq.co.uk Fantasy/Horror Fest at Quad in Derby (part of Derby Film Fest)


• MAYHEM HORROR Film Fest - Halloween. Contact Broadway cinema in Nottingham http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem 11 October - 14 October 2018


• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 13 - 22 April 2018


• EAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL http://www.eastwindsfilmfest.com May 2018


• BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL - https://twitter.com/BeestonFilm 8th - 11th March 2018


• SHROPSHIRE RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/midlands-zone 5th - 7th October 2018


• GRINDHOUSE PLANET - www.grindhouseplanet.com November 2018 TBC


* BOTTLESMOKE FILM FESTIVAL - https://www.facebook.com/BottleSmokeStoke Stoke on Trent, 8th - 9th September 2018


* POCKET FILM FESTIVAL (Unseen cinema) http://www.unseencinema.co.uk/pocket-film-festival-2018/ Stafford 12-17 March 2018


* BIRMINGHAM HORROR GROUP - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-horror-group-mini-movie-marathon-25-march-2018-tickets-41683231668 Mini-Movie Marathon Mini-Movie 25 March 2018


* SHROPSHIRE'S FIRST WORLD WAR FILM FESTIVAL https://twitter.com/wilfredowen100 Oct/Nov TBC 2018


Other useful Film Festival information can be find at these links:

http://www.festivalfocus.org/festival

http://film.britishcouncil.org/festivals-directory/festivals-map

http://www.thefilmfestivaldoctor.co.uk

By midlandsmovies, Nov 26 2017 09:16PM



Grindhouse Planet Film Festival 2017


Still a young pretender on the Midlands circuit, the Grindhouse Planet Film Festival may have started small but has grown into a successful alternative to the mainstream regional showcases with its focus on the bloody and gruesome. Midlands Movies Mike heads to the home of horror for the second time for another dose of sleazy celluloid.


Now in its second year, the festival ran on 26th November with over 50 films being chosen to screen at Leicester city’s The Shed venue. With a cosy and friendly atmosphere the films comprised shorts and features from the local to the international whilst all the while maintaining its grass roots grime.


With a 48-hour film challenge and a question and answer session from filmmaker Steve Lawson, the event had a varying array of talented filmmakers and fans eager to see the nasty gems on offer.




The festival was spread over 10 hours and included such fan favourites as West Midlands zombie comedy Still, web-series sci-fi shocker The Rockman and dark drama All Bad Things.


Blood, guts, nudity, violence and laughs were all covered across the films and although Quentin Tarantino drew attention to the genre with his 2007 homage to the 70s double-features of his youth, it was great to see local filmmakers show their love for the exploitation movie tropes of the past as well.




Around the halfway mark, The Shed held host to a Q & A with Leicester filmmaker Steve Lawson of Creativ Studios. Having recently completed Hellriser (our coverage here) and a co-directing stint on short Time, and Again (review) the writer-director was happy to share his current experience with the passionate audience.


“Jumping from making my first film to working with distribution companies I realised very quickly you have to compromise a lot and change a lot of things but you cannot make films without producers”, explained Steve.


“After doing the low-budget Essex Heist which wasn’t a mega-seller but was distributed into Asda and other major retailers, other companies began taking my calls,” he joked. He went on to say: “My new film though is for Hereford Films (We Still Kill the Old Way) who are based in London. It’s a serious horror slightly away from the grindhouse style”.


Steve is a firm believer in filming efficiently which he says zero-budget filmmakers should have an understanding of - as whether you are making a £10,000 film or a £10 million film, filmmakers should prioritise the important business side of things. And with his career in full swing Steve gave some exclusive nuggets about his upcoming film.


“This new movie stars Shane Taylor from Band of Brothers as the lead and support comes from Rula Lenska who hasn’t made a film since Queen Kong. Actually I don’t know what I’m doing here as I start tomorrow at 9am and should be prepping!”




As well as Steve, we heard from Kelly McCormack who is heavily involved in the film-making scene in Leicester and beyond, and was down at The Shed supporting The Rockman (as associate producer) as well as Christmas based short The N0ughty List as a make-up artist.


“How did I jump from one to the other?” asks Kelly. “Well, they needed someone to put lots of fake blood on Santa and I had lots of fake blood”. Encapsulating the grindhouse spirit and community, Kelly feels the support from fans and filmmakers often help get these zero-budget films off the ground.


“I’ve been here most of the day and loved Charismata but the 48 hour film challenge was so good to watch to see what local people can do in a short time. Once you get a team that’s fully on board you know that it’s going to go mostly right with these mini-projects. Regarding the festival itself I was here last year but The Shed has had a refurbishment and the filmmaking community has had an even better atmosphere over the last 12 months so it’s made this year even more special”.


She adds that the spirit of genre film fans helps inspire others too. “There’s also a lot of networking going on and this is the type of festival where you can see people achieve whatever they set out to do. And we shouldn’t forget that big thanks should go to the organiser Marc Hamill as it’s been a really great day".


Another attendee was actor, filmmaker and grindhouse fan Ryan Flamson who starred as the main character for one of the entrants in the 48 hour film challenge.


“Well I starred as Coke-head the Clown [laughs] and it was a lot of fun and the short got a great crowd reaction. The turnout has been really good and the local talent is far better than people realise”.


Ryan adds, “People don’t always get the opportunity to showcase these types of films but Grindhouse Planet helps this and the quality of production is getting better and better. Especially with the budget limitations we all have”.


“Another thing is that people can come here to learn", says Ryan. "Steve Lawson gave a great Q & A about distribution and you can hear lots of feedback and get involved in networking too. I really loved The Killer Must Kill At Christmas from the 48-hour film challenge so recommend people go check that out”.


Check Ryan's recommendation below




With another successful year completed, the fans of saws, gore and more once again demonstrated their appreciation of all the talent on show and were buzzing to hear more about a third festival in 2018. Lets hope Marc and the team can grind out another successful full house of fright flicks next year. I'm almost certain he will.


Check out the official website here: http://www.grindhouseplanet.com


Check out The N0ughty List which is being shown before our own Batman Returns Christmas screening at Firebug in Leicester https://www.facebook.com/events/349772655487985/



By midlandsmovies, Sep 9 2017 07:48AM

BIRMINGHAM ON FILM II

9 - 17 SEPTEMBER 2017

 


Birmingham on Film returns this week with a celebration of the city’s waterways.

 

Last year Flatpack: Assemble launched a month-long season of Birmingham-related archive film, screening the best (and worst) films made in and about the city. Birmingham on Film II takes place from 9-17 September, with a focus on Birmingham’s 35 miles of canals.

 

Expect retro kids TV, Cliff Richard, Midlands alien sightings and everyone’s favourite disc jockey Alan Partridge….




STARMAN

Saturday 9 September, 7.45-10.00pm, Stirchley Baths, FREE

The John Carpenter classic, Starman (cert: PG) stars Jeff Bridges as an alien visitor to Earth who is knocked off course and must take an interstate road trip to rendezvous with a mothership from his home planet. 

 



DIY DRIVE IN CINEMA

Saturday 16 September, 2.00-4.30pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, £3

The chance to build your own mini-car out of scrap material and then park up for some Birmingham-based kids TV including Brum and Tiswas.

 

TAKE ME HIGH

Saturday 16 September, 6.00-7.30pm, Gas Street Basin, £10

Take Me High stars Cliff Richard as a self-absorbed banker who moves to Birmingham, buys himself a narrowboat and invents the Brumburger. This neglected musical oddity aboard a canal boat and a Brumburger is included in the ticket price. 

 

WATERWAY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

Saturday 16 September, 4.30-5.30pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

Sunday 17 September, 2.00-3.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

A selection of canal related archive shorts curated by the Media Archive for Central England followed by a special screening of I’m Alan Partridge.



MADE IN BRUM

Sunday 17 September, 12.00-5.00pm, Gas Street Basin, FREE

Hop aboard the floating cinema and catch a wonderful selection of family-friendly shorts made in Brum.

 

COLOUR BOX SHORTS: NATURE’S TALES

Sunday 17 September, 12.00-2.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

An assortment of Flatpack family favourites from our Colour Box short film programme.

 

THE BARGEE

Sunday 17 September, 3.30-5.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

Harry H Corbett – better known as Steptoe the younger – is a bargee who ferries boats and goods up and down the Grand Union canal, wooing various women while his mate Ronnie Barker keeps an eye on the tiller.


Birmingham on Film II is part of Birmingham Heritage Week, which runs from 7-17 September.


For ticket information go to http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/2017/08/birmingham-on-film-2/


By midlandsmovies, Jun 19 2017 01:43PM



Europe's Largest Indian Film Festival returns to Birmingham this month with 11 independent films, 2 music documentaries and a host of talent over 10 days in 3 cinemas.


The Bagri Foundation Birmingham Indian Film Festival (BIFF) returns to the city this summer in partnership with the citywide USTAV celebration of South Asian culture. Sister to the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, (LIFF) it is regarded as Europe’s largest Indian film festival and will run from Friday 23 June until Sunday 2 July 2017.


The festival opens on Friday 23 June at Cineworld Birmingham, Broad Street with a glittering red-carpet Birmingham premiere of the historical epic, The Black Prince by Kavi Raz, a powerful UK-produced film launched at Cannes. It stars Punjabi singer Satinder Sartaaj, who will be guest of honour on the opening night, iconic actress Shabana Azmi (The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Fire), Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men:First Class) and Amanda Root (Jane Eyre). The film dramatises the true but little-known story of the last King of Punjab who was abducted by the British Raj to be mentored by Queen Victoria.


Back into the 21st Century for the closing night, on 2 July, mac Birmingham will screen the surreal Malayalam road-movie thriller Sexy Durga directed by Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. Winner of the prestigious Tiger Award for best film at Rotterdam International Film Festival Sexy Durga set in Kerala tells the tale of a hitch-hiking couple who try to escape a road to hell after accidentally getting into a car of deranged gangsters.



The acclaimed festival features new and exciting cinema featuring cutting edge films that reaffirm the festival’s position as the ‘punk-rock of Indian cinema’ and is an edgy tie-in, to UK-India Year of Culture and complementing the BFI’s India on Film programme,


Further screenings include the regional premieres of Tamil comedy, Ticket - The Movie (Raaghav Ranganthan, 2017), anarchic Bollywood comedy Badman (Soumik Sen, 2017) and N Padmakumar's inspirational Mumbai drama A Billion Colour Story (2016). The festival experiments for the first time with horror with the disturbing Hide and Seek (Vishal Furia, 2016), plus the Regional Premiere of Pakistani gangster thriller, Whirlpool (Harune Massey 2017).


The Bagri Foundation Birmingham Indian Film Festival will also host an exclusive ‘In Conversation With’ including Bollywood Director, Ashutosh Gowariker who directed Bollywood superstar, Aamir Khan in the Oscar nominated Lagaan: Once Upon A Time in India (2001) and the epic historical romance Jodhaa Akbar (2008) starring former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai.


Cary Rajinder Sawhney, LIFF & BIFF Director, says: “We are delighted to bring Birmingham audiences a carefully curated selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema; all films are English subtitled, offering a rare window into over a billion South Asian lives. This year's selection includes premieres of new comedies, gripping thrillers, shocking horror and insightful true-life documentaries as well as bringing together UK previews of major award-winning films from the world's greatest film festivals."



New venue partners for this evolving festival continue to help it serve a broader diverse audience and this year the festival is delighted to welcome The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen, based at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. The festival’s long-term venues include Cineworld Birmingham Broad Street and mac Birmingham.


The films screened are in a wide range of South Asian languages to reflect the linguistic diversity of Birmingham’s Indian and South Asian communities and all films are subtitled in English.


Check out the event's official websites to purchase tickets and find out even more information about this exciting Midlands event: www.birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk




By midlandsmovies, Mar 29 2017 02:55PM



Film Festival Hints and Tips


Okay, so you have a short film that you have made. Congratulations!!! This is a huge step that you have taken. You are either incredibly excited or completely exhausted. Probably a little of both! So what do you do now?


You have a film that you are incredibly proud of and you want to get it out there to be seen by your peers as well as by industry people. Hopefully this will lead to more work. I have 4 films that have gone to film festivals…so let me tell you how I did it. Maybe you can get an idea of what the process will be.


What Festival Do I Submit To?


I think that this is where most young filmmakers make their first mistake. They submit their films to Sundance, and Toronto and Cannes and Berlin…All the major festivals. Now this is great, but odds are that this will be a waste of money. First, you need to determine who your audience is. Is your film a horror film? Is it a family drama? Is it a documentary? I only ask you this because it is a waste of your entrance fee if you submit a family drama to a horror festival. And vice-versa. Once you get a firm idea of your audience, then you will have narrowed your niche of festivals to submit to.

What Platform Do I Use?


There are 2 widely used submission platforms that you can use. I started out using Withoutabox.com for my submissions, but then moved to Film Freeway. Here are several of the main differences.


A. Fees are cheaper. WAB has 3-4 fees to use their submission platform and Film Freeway has only 1.


B. Film Freeway allows you to submit a link with your submission. This is vital because your film should be seen in high quality mode, and WAB has a very poor system in which to view your film. Unless you make a copy and send it thru the mail.


C. WAB has more places to submit to, but Film Freeway is improving daily.


D. If you are a student, there are many festivals on Film Freeway that allow you to submit for free.


E. Film Freeway allows you to search by genre. My latest film is a horror film. I found over 100 festivals that were specific to horror. I then was able to submit specifically to them, which upped my odds of success.


Time Moves Slowly Here


This can be very nerve-wracking if you are in a hurry for some response. You Must Be Patient! I submitted my film to 92 film festivals back in July 2015, and about 30% still have not responded. This is probably due to the fact that the festivals themselves are still out in the future. But what I’m trying to say here is this: Stay calm and be patient.


Do I Attend?


This is a very individual question that only you can answer. Do you have the finances to travel to the festival? If you do, that’s great. Choose your festivals wisely. Go to festivals where there will be industry people attending and other filmmakers. This is a time to meet as many of your peers as possible. Make it count.


In conclusion, getting into a film festival is very exciting. It shows that someone has actually enjoyed your film and wants to share it with others in their festival. This is a good thing. Be happy and be grateful. There are literally thousands of submissions every year to every festival. You got in. Try and make the most of it.


John Montana


John Montana is a guest writer and filmmaker for No Title Production Films from the USA






By midlandsmovies, Nov 15 2016 05:58PM




For the third year in a row we take a look at Leicester Comedy Festival and give our recommendations for some of the best film and movie-related shows that are occurring during 8th – 26th February 2017.


For all info on tickets and more check the events at the official festival website: http://comedy-festival.co.uk/events/


Midlands Movies Presents: Spinal Tap screening with live band

15th February

Firebug

First up is our own movie screening at Firebug on February 15th where we plan not only to show the fantastic rock-mockumentary from 1984 we are going to have a live band playing some of the hits from the infamous comedy film. From “Stonehenge” to “Big Bottom”, a band will accompany the movie alongside our usual themed fun with popcorn, food and costumes inspired by the film. Entry is FREE with a suggested donation.

www.midlandsmovies.com


CineMadness: Comedy Shorts

8th & 16th Feb

Firebug

If you're fond of the twin disciplines of 'laughing' and 'watching images on a screen' , then this is the show for you! Join FlipYou for a night of short comedy films and sketches from talented home-grown film-makers. With popcorn and pints you can sit back and enjoy our CineMadness! Free goody bags for all. (Advance ticket purchasers score amazing super goody bags!) Cert: 18

https://www.facebook.com/Cinemadness/


Comedians Cinema Club (split screen)

24th February

The Criterion

Comedians Cinema Club is a sure-fire blockbuster hit with laughs and movies which are nothing like the originals. Touted as one of the best audience participation comedy shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (The Guardian, 2014); this mixes the comedic with the cinematic for an engaging experience.

http://www.comedianscinemaclub.com


The Just Us League Presents Marveled

13th February

The Exchange Bar

Gary Tro and Javier Jarquin attempt to perform as many of the characters of superhero films as possible in chaotic hour long show.

http://www.garytro.co.uk/


Aidan Goatley: 10 Films with My Dad

17th February

The Regent Sports and Social Club

For Aidan and his dad, they communicated via films and he takes you on their journey from John Wayne to 3D to show how 2 men grew up with the help of popcorn and Hollywood. This Edinburgh Fringe Show was described as “charmingly funny” by The Scotsman.

http://www.aidangoatley.com/10-films-with-my-dad.php


Commentary

9th February

The Phoenix

This show returns to the Comedy Festival with media-mashing entertainment. Watch, listen and prepare yourself as live comedians, poets, musicians and more interact with films and animations before your very eyes. Re-scripting, re-scoring, re-invented cinema. #WhatAreYouWatching?

https://twitter.com/CommentaryShow


An Hour with Woody Allen(ish)

9th February

Grays at LCB Depot

Simon Schatzberger plays Woody Allen performing his classic 1960s classic stand-up comedy routines fresh from sell out shows in London and Edinburgh over 2015 and 2016.

http://www.woodyallenish.com/Welcome.html


The Elvis Dead

12th February

The Soundhouse

In this show the cult classic Evil Dead 2 is interpreted through the songs of Elvis so what more could you possibly need to know? 2016 Comedy Fest Best Debut Nominee Rob Kemp returns with something a lot different. With changes from last year’s show this new production promises to be different but still very ‘deathly’ fun.


Hats off to Laurel and Hardy

17th February

Leicester Guildhall

This award-winning production is from Guildford based theatre company Lucky Dog Theatre Productions and has been on tour since 2013 in the UK, Berlin, Prague and Los Angeles. The show portrays and accurate and moving portrayal of the comedy film duo which experts say is the closest impersonations they have ever seen.

http://www.luckydogtheatreproductions.com/shows.html


By midlandsmovies, Oct 29 2016 09:05AM

Midlands Movies editor Mike Sales finds out more about the exciting Beeston Film Festival which heads into its third year of attracting the latest short films from around the globe.


The festival builds slowly each year but has become an essential festival date in the calendar for up and coming Mildands filmmakers in its home in Nottinghamshire.


The Beeston Film Festival is now a regular annual event and as the organisers still feed off the success of the highly praised 2016 awards earlier this year, they have not rested at all in their goal to bring a bigger and better event to the region in 2017.


Running from the 9th to the 12th March 2017, the festival has some fantastic new plans for their event in Spring next year. Firstly, the festival has introduced a new Three Counties category. This particular set up will allow dedicated filmmakers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire to showcase their work specifically.


The films can be of any genre and this category is also split into two distinct sections for longer films (up to 15 minutes) and an award for shorts (up to 5 minutes).




Secondly, although the Beeston Film Destival offers up the magnificent B’Oscar for award winners, this year the organisers are offering a range of prize money for winners in their competition too. This brilliant announcement will help filmmakers from the Midlands - especially given the struggles of small independent production companies in securing funding for their projects.


The organisers have teamed up with the Matthew Martino Benevolent Fund (MMBF) which is a Nottingham based international charity that aims to support a whole generation of filmmakers, actors and creatives. Through varied schemes they attempt to raise raising as well as educate educating young people within the arts.


The MMBF are planning to award two financial prizes for the Three Counties category with the ‘Long’ entrants standing a chance of winning a £150 prize, professional mentoring, plus the physical award and other perks. In addition, the shorts section winner will see a £50 prize and a physical award.


Simon Phetter, Business Development Manager, MMBF Trust explains the background to this new partnership. "We are supporting the Three Counties Competition because we are Nottingham based firstly and we love encouraging local talent through such demographic driven competitions as they allow greater impact."


And it doesn’t stop there. For the very first time the festival will now be over multiple venues with The University of Nottingham’s Filmmaking Society hosting the opening night in their Student Union building. This will feature the Three Counties programme whilst the remainder of the festival will take place at The White Lion Bar and Kitchen as tradition from the festival’s earlier years.


The organisers hope one more perk will encourage filmakkers to submit and enjoy the festival by making their entry fee double up as their admission to the whole On-Line Festival too. Filmmakers will be able to watch the competition in their category of submission and enjoy the talent in all the others. The On-Line Festival presents films that are accepted into ALL the festival’s categories. This includes drama, comedy, horror, documentary, animation and the local Three Counties competition. The On-Line Festival will be available for 3 weeks after the festival in Beeston.


Further prizes will be awarded for Best Director, Best Script, Best Cinematography, Best Acting Performance, Best Soundtrack & Sound Design and an Audience award.


Phew! With a great new set of plans plus the expertise built up since the festival's launch, the 2017 Beeston Film Festival is definitely a date not to be missed.


For further information please visit their official festival site at http://festival.beestonfilm.com


Midlands Movies Mike

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