Thursday, April 20, 2006

(Mini) Festival Fever

A couple of mini-film festivals coming up in London in the next week or so. From 26th-30th April, the Apollo West End hosts the Sci-Fi London Festival. In the line-up are several UK premiere screenings, a programme of short films, and some intriguing panel discussions, such as a Contemporary Horror Heroines: The Ginger Snaps Trilogy and its Audience which includes a screening of Ginger Snaps. Even though I'm a big wimp and watch most horror films with a cushion over my face, I might try to get to that one.

The East End Film Festival runs from 27th April to 4th May, at various East London cinemas. The programme includes the London premiere of Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, Wah Wah and the UK premiere of a Chinese/French co-production, Walking on the Wild Side. Other highlights include a Q&A session with Richard E. Grant a script-to-screen session with screenwriter Toni Grisoni and an intensive animation writing workshop. All the screenings and events are reasonably priced, but you can purchase a festival pass for just £35 to guarantee unlimited entry to the festival.

I am resolutely still trying to promote Curzon Soho's Serious About Shorts series. You can catch the Bitesize Cinema programme this Saturday and on Thursday 27th there will be a selection of animated films showing as part of the Oscar Nominated Shorts programme.

Finally, I've just discovered the Bird's Eye Short Film Festival Blog, which I've added to my links. The festival itself is held in three stages, the first to celebrate International Women's Day in March, the second is coming up in June and the final part will be held in September. More details are on the festival homepage.

Who needs Cannes when you've got all this?

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