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We like to cover independent and eclectic film festivals whenever and wherever we can, as well as more established festivals’ chosen highlights. We also welcome submissions of coverage.
EFN double award winner Plum Stupple-Harris talks to Steve Topple
28 November, by Steve ToppleFilmmaker Plum Stupple-Harris’ short, "ManMade," is EFN Short Film Festival’s 2023 double-award winner! For the first time in EFN’s history, a film won both Critics’ Choice and Audience Favourite awards. Journalist Steve Topple speaks to Plum about his filmmaking journey. ManMade features notable actors Cavan Clerkin (Inbetweeners), Harry Gilby (The Last Kingdom), and Oli Huntingdon (Happy Valley). You can follow Plum’s work [here->https://www.plumdirector.com. Steve Topple is a (...)
Painted Skies - A Celebration Of Fake Backgrounds
13 November, by Judy HarrisAn interview with Bruno Savill de Jong about his film season celebrating matte paintings.
Masterfully inspired by Afro-futurism: Amartei Amar on TsutsuƐ - ClermontFF2023
5 February, by Brasserie du Court team, Elise LoiseauSet in a small Ghanaian town at the edge of a large landfill site that spills into the ocean, the sons of a fisherman, Sowah and Okai, struggle to cope with loss of their eldest brother who drowned during a fishing expedition. Haunted by his demise, Okai believes their brother is still out there… Speaking at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, filmmaker Amartei Amar explained his choice to draw on the aesthetics of such movements as Afro-futurism. He does so (...)
Rehearsals, consent & reactions with EXPOSED dir. Anna Fredrikke Bjerke, EFN Critics’ Choice Award
17 October 2022, by Abla KandalaftA young drama student must reconcile the potential pros and cons of a defining lead performance act. The idea of articulating issues around coercion, consent and nudity through a theatre rehearsal creates an engaging and tightly woven short, which ends with a satisfying and well pitched crescendo. EXPOSED won the Critics’ Choice Award at Emerging Filmmakers Night 2022. EXPOSED was also a Vimeo Staff Pick and you can watch the full film HERE! Find out more about Anna’s work here.
Comedy, Horror and EFN’s Audience Favourite Award win with Bleep’s Ben S. Hyland
15 October 2022, by Abla KandalaftA couple’s relationship is pushed to the brink as they investigate a strange noise that’s woken them in the night. Ben S. Hyland’s short is a pitch-perfect mix of horror and laughs, staring comedy duo (and real-life couple) Rebecca Shorrocks and Paul F. Taylor. Bleep won the Audience Favourite Award at the Emerging Filmmakers Night Festival 2022. We caught up with Ben to chat about his first steps into filmmaking, his comedic proclivities and his all-time classic films. You can follow (...)
Snapshots from Leeds International Film Festival 2021
21 November 2021, by Abla Kandalaft, Alma, Tom L.J.Every year, the Leeds International Film Festival offers a carefully curated, diverse and exhaustive programme of feature films, retrospectives, shorts, music videos and more. Three members of the team were there. One of us was also part of the Jury for British and Yorkshire shorts! Here are some highlights away from the main feature competition programme. Alien on Stage by Lucy Harvey and Danielle Kummer A very amateur dramatics group of Dorset Bus Drivers spent a year creating a (...)
Q&A with Dan Thorburn, director of Salt Water Town
21 November 2021, by Abla KandalaftSalt Water Town was part of the British and Yorkshire shorts selection at the Leeds International Film Festival. It stood out for its impressive cinematography, troubling plot and standout performances by Owen Teale and Tom Glynn-Carney. Liam helps run a failing caravan park in a Welsh coastal town with his father Glenn, who clings to the belief that prosperity will soon return. When an insurance inspector reveals the land they own is worthless as a result of rising sea levels, Liam must (...)
Q&A with Sema Basharan, director of The Branches are Hope; The Roots are Memory - Leeds award winner
21 November 2021, by Mydylarama teamSema Basharan’s short documentary explores the history of peace activism and grassroots resistance in Bradford and the way the city’s religious diversity inspired movements towards peacebuilding, through a creative use of experimental art and visuals, archive footage and interviews. What inspired you to make a documentary about Bradford? And why the specific focus on concepts like peace? I’d previously made a film exploring Christian attitudes to war and peace through the story of some (...)
Vanguard Film Festival at Arnolfini
26 October 2021, by Elizabeth MizonThe Vanguard Film Festival was the final of three events making up Vanguard x Vans: On The Screen in Bristol this autumn, a “celebration of street art and skateboarding history”. An advertising boon for skateboarding apparel manufacturer Vans, no doubt, the festival also served to draw attention to street art collective Vanguard’s debut exhibition at M Shed: Bristol Street Art: The Evolution of a Global Movement, which runs until 31st October. That the organisations chose to split their (...)
ARCHIVE SPECIAL! The Remake Film Festival
27 July 2021, by judyTo mark our editor Judy’s return to Mydylarama after completing her epic PHD, here’s one of her older cracking reviews and an opportunity to revisit the wonderful concept behind the Remake Film Festival. As Hollywood’s fiscal calculations ensure it pumps out sequels, prequels and trilogies (etc.), the Remake film festival sets out a different relationship between box office hits and contemporary production. Filmmakers from around the world are invited to reimagine, reinterpret or remake (...)