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Film Festival Takes Off!

Film Festival Director, Leoni Kibbey, shares with us her thoughts on the Film Festival last year and what she has in store for 2014.

ImageIn early March this year the fledgling St Albans International Film Festival soared onto the calendar of St Albans. Visitors in their thousands flocked from as far as the USA to attend the inaugural event. Greeted by over a hundred smiling volunteers (made up of enthusiastic St Albans city folk & students from University of Hertfordshire) film fans were guided to one of the twenty-two venues across the city, where they could immerse themselves in a multitude of events. These included; feature film premieres, ‘in competition’ short films selected from around four hundred entries (..and sent in from thirty countries around the world!) or to take part in fantastic creative workshops.

Alongside the programme of films and educational workshops was a plethora of culture and entertainment; the Clocktower became an immersive cinema experience, the Culture Cart’s very own Tom- a  posh gentleman on a bike, had people lino printing film themed artwork; local poet Anthony Adler helped our festival go-er explore the inner mind of a film character; live music was performed by a selection of the bands from our music video competition, guests sampled the special ‘Mothers Milk’ concoction served by a seven foot tall Droog at our Clockwork Orange themed ‘Milk Bar’ and there was even a film pub quiz that lasted a marathon 5 hours!

The glamorous closing ceremony hosted by DJ Martin Collins of Magic FM awarded over £3000 worth of prizes and the sponsors; University of Hertfordshire, Blanco, XLN Business Services & Top Talent Acting agency gave out awards to the commendable winners.

It was an astonishing sight to see screenings packed full, working relationships and friendships being forged and most of all to see the community come together to create the solid foundations for a successful annual cultural event. We had spread our wings and successfully flown.

St Albans Film Festival is important for many reasons. Not only does it celebrate local filmmaking talent, but it promotes tourism and boosts local trade. It also educates and inspires the next generation of filmmakers as well.

The festival recently won the St Albans Mayors Pride ‘Cultural Innovation Award,’ which is a huge boost to moral as we gear up for festival number two.

May 1st – 4th 2014 is the date for the Second International St Albans Film Festival and we are delighted to announce that the theme for next year’s festival is BIRDS:  by birds we mean women in film as well as the feathered kind! We will be announcing the programme over the coming months.

If you would like to take the leap and enter the festival, then the deadline for sending in your short film (max 20mins– but the shorter the better) is February 2013. Anyone can enter a short film into the competition and we welcome films of any genre and about any subject. Our categories this year include: Short Films, Music Videos, Animations, Student Films and there is a special category for films made by budding film makers aged between 5 – 15! As we all know, the months fly by, so get creating!

For more information on the upcoming festival or to find out details of how to enter and be a part of our next festival head to http://www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

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Animation Workshop – The Showreel

Well, it’s a week on from the animation workshop and its well and truly the end of the summer holidays (and from the looks of it, the end of gorgeous summer weather – but it was good while it lasted, wasn’t it?).

This weekend we caught up with Richard Shaw who ran last week’s animation workshops; he’s been busy compiling all the work of the summer film workshop to bring us a completed show reel.

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Richard said of the week, which concluded with a short half an hour screening in The Maltings Arts Theatre; “it was different from what I normally do – given the amount of time we had to work on things. Usually, I only get to work with the kids for half an hour or an hour at a time!”

“Also, the number of children I was working with was a change for me: there were almost 20 kids there. It was a challenge to keep everyone entertained, but it was good fun,” he said.

If it was a challenge, it certainly didn’t show, as the only glitch in the showcase of work came in the form of a technical hiccup – the work itself, produced by children in groups of two to five members, amounted to fifteen videos.

Richard said: “I think the work was well received by the parents and families that came to watch [at the Maltings].”

“I didn’t do any plasticine animation last week [festival director Leoni Kibbey managed this are of work], but I felt very in control with what I did; some of it was my Pixilation stuff that I’ve practised before using lots of props – just fun little things from the pound shop that we could easily replace.”

“One of the things we did try out for the first time was the film about the apple. Given the amount of time we had, I could work closely with a group and we came up with this film all about an apple that comes to life – I had them chasing it up and down the room, we used green screen, there was even an interview with apple at the end: it was a lot of fun!”

Mr Shaw says he will definitely be keeping in touch with the St Albans Film Festival, and hopes he may be able to get involved with next year’s film fest. “I’m hoping to submit something for it, actually” he says. We wonder if it will feature our favourite live apple?

Check out some of the other animations here.

Film Maker Bootcamp – 29th July

In just over a week (from the 29th July) the first of the St Albans Film Festival summer workshops will begin with the 5-day Film Maker Bootcamp. This workshop focuses on making a mini movie in the space of just one week, with films covering genres including Superheroes, Sci-fi Comedy, Western, Drama and even Zombie movies. The week will conclude with a family and friends premiere screening.

filmbootcampThis is the second event of the Post-‘St Albans Film Festival 2013’ calendar, following a rare screening of Colour Me Kubrick in May, which included a brilliant ‘meet the screen writer’ Q&A session. Colour Me Kubrick was not released in the UK as it received no funding from the British Film Institute, and so the DVD for the screening was sent from Czech Republic, making the event all the more exclusive.

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Writer Tony Frewin, spent a long time answering the questions of the audience at the Maltings Arts Theatre (St Albans) and claimed the film had ‘written itself’ as it was based on the true story of confidence artist Alan Conway. The aptly named Conway, who impersonated film maker Stanley Kubrick for several years, was played by film legend John Malkovich – who Tony says was his first choice for the part, as he has the range needed to play such a role. Tony says his claim was supported by Malkovich’s work ethic: he was always on time and had the confidence to creatively add his own spin to the role; introducing the many accents his character uses and even cheekily adding a line about himself [John Malkovich] in.

Writer Tony Ferwin

Writer Tony Ferwin

These kinds of events are a great way to hear behind-the-scene seldom told facts and anecdotes. Tony Frewin, who also worked with Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, recalls Mr Kubrick’s reaction to Alan Conway; saying he jokingly called him an ‘ingrate’ for only watching a bit of one of his films (and not liking it!) and claimed he would get him back by impersonating him in return.

Iris Zaki, director of My Kosher Shifts

Iris Zaki, director of My Kosher Shifts

To show a continued commitment to the St Albans Film Festival competition entrants, the Colour Me Kubrick screening opened with a viewing of the short film; My Kosher Shifts by director Iris Zaki.

We look forward to more events like this over the coming year in the lead up to St Albans Film Festival 2014, and wish all those attending the Film Maker bootcamp this month the best of luck with your debut films!

Festival Winners and Closing Party.

Havana club, 7.30pm – This is it! Time to find out the winners of the festival! The grand closing ceremony was an over 18s red carpet event, with welcome drinks on arrival. The room was decorated beautifully and there was a buffet spread provided by Buongiorno Italia.

Winners and Awards

MAIN FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

Films for Kids (made by a Professional)
Judges special mention: SKETCH – The Walker Twins
Winner: BAGGAGE – Dir. Peter Butler

Music Video
Judges special mention: FELDSPAR – “THE FLAT & PAPER SKY” – Dir. Craig Heathcote
Winner: REGGIIMENTAL FEAT MATT HENSHAW “STAND BY THE WINDOW” – Dir. Adam Awni


Documentary
Judges special mention: SKIN – Dir. Janina Vilsmaier
Winner: THE GUEST – Dir. Kira De Hemmer Jeppeson

Student Film
Judges special mention: DAWID AND DOMINIK Dir. Andrew Salamonczyk
Winner: ROCKET BOYS –Dir. James Button

Over-18’s
Judges special mention: PHONE SEX GRANDMA – Dir. Jack Truman
Winner: PRODIGAL SON – Dir. CJ SCUFFINS

Main short film
Judges special mention: GRACIOUS AWAKENINGS – Dir Ben Jacobs, starring James Callas Ball, St Albans
Winner: TIME 2 SPLIT – Dir. Fabrice Bracq


Best Actor:
Judges special mention: Darren Kent – Sunny Boy (Main short)
Winner: Kerensa York – Lines in the Sand (Main Short)


MINI STUDENT FILM AWARDS

Best mini student film:
A DOG – Oscar Simmons, Shenley, Herts

Best performance by an actor or actress:
Emily Horton-Harpin, St Albans
LOVE LETTER – Written, Produced, Directed, Edited and Performed by Emily Horton-Harpin

Best Class entry:
TRUTH OR DARE – Lydate J&I School, Kirklees, West Yorkshire

Golden Nugget award:
KILPATRICK SNOWMAN – Kilpatrick Primary School, a special needs school in West Dunbartonshire

Made in St Albans film award:
THE DETECTIVE – Jack and Ashley Campbell, Age 14, St Albans


SHORTLISTED FILMS & ACTORS IN COMPETITION FOR THE FIRST ANNUAL ST ALBANS FESTIVAL 2013.

We are delighted to announce selected films listed below will be screened at the festival. Winners in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony on the Sunday evening 10th March.

MAIN SHORT FILMS – Sponsored by Blanco

  • GRACIOUS AWAKENINGS – Dir Ben Jacobs
  • LITTLE ANGEL – Dir. Darren S Cook
  • THE FLYING LESSON – Dir Phil Hawkins
  • SUNNY BOY  – Dir. Jane Gull
  • LINES IN THE SAND – Dir. Michael Gilroy
  • THE PLAYERS  – Dir Benjamin Garfield
  • MEMORY SCULPTOR – Dir. Ken Ochiai
  • TIME 2 SPLIT – Dir. Fabrice Bracq
  • HOLDING ON – Dir. Jo Southwell
  • THE SEARCH FOR INSPIRATION GONE – Dir. Ashley Michael Briggs
  • PADDED CELL – Dir. Andrew Martin
  • ID – Daniel Gentely
  • THE BEST MEDICINE – Dir.Dan Smith.

DOCUMENTARIES – sponsored by XLN Telecommunications

  • 1915 – Dir. Tom Graffin
  • CAKE CREATION  – Dir. Michelle Becker
  • THE GUEST – Dir. Kira De Hemmer Jeppeson
  • GRANDPA & ME & A HELICOPTER TO HEAVEN – Dir. Johan Palmgren
  • SKIN – Dir. Janina Vilsmaier
  • PETER & BEN – Dir. Pinny Grylls
  • MY KOSHER SHIFTS – Dir. Iris Zaki
  • LAMPWORT – Dir. Alex Parkyn-Smith
  • NEWTON FAULKNER – Dir. Ben Roper
  • PARKOUR IN ST ALBANS – Dir. Ben Roper

OVER 18S

  • VACUUM ATTRACTION – Dir. Morgan Miller
  • WE CAN GET YOU SOME REALLY CHEAP GEAR – Dir. JOSHUA WESTBURY
  • THE DOMESTIC – Dir. Mike Tack
  • PHONE SEX GRANDMA – Dir. Jack Truman
  • TWO PERSONS MAX – Dir. Tim Kent
  • WASTE DISPOSAL – Dir. Katherine King
  • SMILE – Dir. The Bashford Twins
  • SAW MISGIVINGS – Dir. David Lilley
  • EX SOLDIERS – Dir. CHRIS ARMSTRONG
  • PRODIGAL SON – Dir. CJ SCUFFINS
  • THE END OF LOUIS LANE – Dir. OLIVER GUY WATKINS

STUDENT FILM – Sponsored by UNITAL HERTS PRODUCTION CO.

  • POPSY – Dir. John Lerchen
  • BIKE SHED – Dir. Edward White
  • FIGURE #1 Dir. Chus F. Sarrión
  • MOMENTUM – Dir. Boris Seewald
  • DAWID AND DOMINIK Dir. Andrew Salamonczyk
  • ORPHEUS – Dir. James Button
  • TUMBLING AFTER – Dir. Nicholas Humphries
  • ROCKET BOYS –Dir. James Button
  • IL TOUR DE DAVIDE – Dir. Nicola Sersale
  • TRUE REPOSE – Dir. Oscar Garth
  • IN MY SHED – Dir. Agathe Dalisson
  • A SHORT FILM ABOUT KLEZMER – Dir. Janie Armour

MUSIC VIDEO

  • BIANCA & CHIARA D’AMBROSIO “LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE” – Prod. John Ryan
  • THE ZEN HUSSIES “ANGELINA TOUT” – Dir. Sarah Mallabar
  • FELDSPAR – “THE FLAT & PAPER SKY” – Dir. Craig Heathcote
  • DARIA KULESH “TOM TOM” – Prod. Daria Kulesh
  • BIG TIMOTHY MUSIC “LIFE IN NEW YORK” – Dir James Merchant
  • COLUMBIA “ON THE RUN” – Dir Chris Dundon.
  • DYNAPHONE RECORDS “DARLIN” – Dir. Rob Collins
  • LOUISE PETIT BAND “DEMONS” – Dir. Mark Wooldridge
  • REGGIIMENTAL FEAT TRAWR “TOUCH” – Dir. Adam Awni
  • REGGIIMENTAL FEAT MATT HENSHAW “STAND BY THE WINDOW” – Dir. Adam Awni
  • 8:58 “ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” – Dir. Chunky Nelson
  • THE BIBLE CODE SUNDAYS “NOW WE’RE PRINCES” – Dir Darren S Cook
  • ZERO T “ROXY MUSIC” – Dir. Andrew Clunie
  • MAKSIM – THE GODFATHER – Dir. Ben Roper

FILMS FOR KIDS

  • HIGH ABOVE THE SKY – Dir Kim Noce & Shaun Clark.
  • HOMEY – Dir. Benjamin Garfield
  • SPROCKETT – Dir. Hazel Meeks
  • ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT – Dir. Derek Holder
  • BAGGAGE – Dir. Peter Butler
  • SKETCH – Dir. The Walker Sisters
  • LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE – Prod. John Ryan.
  • A SHADOW OF BLUE – Dir. Carlos Lascano
  • FORGET ME NOT – Dir Kim Noce & Shaun Clark.

BEST ACTOR AWARD

  • Darren Kent – Sunny Boy (Main short)
  • Flora Brunier Time to Split – (Main Short)
  • Kerensa York – Lines in the Sand (Main Short)
  • DenDen – Memory Sculptor (Main Short)
  • Opal Dockery – Phone Sex Grandma (Over 18)
  • Billie Vee – Two Persons Max (Over 18)
  • Patrick Hanna – Momentum (Student)
  • Jake Talbot – Rocket Boys (Student)
  • Ethan smith – Rocket Boys (Student)
  • Edoardo Natoli – Il Tour De Davide (Student)

MINI STUDENT FILM SHORTLIST

  • HEDGEROW TALES – Buchlyvie Primary School, Stirlingshire.
  • FUEL THE FIRE – Sandaigh Primary School, Glasgow.
  • A DOG – Oscar Simmons, Shenley, Herts.
  • PIRATES OF THE INDIAN OCEAN – Northampton Bangladeshi Association Youth Club & Wind and Foster, Northampton.
  • DREAM BOY –   Young people from The Switch Project and filmmakers My Pockets.
  • VIKINGS – Lydate J&I School, Kirklees, West Yorkshire
  • TRUTH OR DARE – Lydate J&I School, Kirklees, West Yorkshire
  • FOX HUNTING – St Vincents Primary School, Mill Hill.
  • LOVE LETTER  – Written, Produced, Directed, Edited  and Performed by Emily Horton-Harpin, St Albans.
  • ANTI-BULLYING – Beauchamps High School.
  • THE VILLAGE IDIOT – Beauchamps High School.
  • KILPATRICK SNOWMAN – Kilpatrick Primary School, a special needs school in West Dunbartonshire
  • CTRL-Z – The Hills Lower School, Bedford.
  • STRICTLY KITCHEN DISCO – Johanna, Mandeville Primary School, St Albans.
  • GHOSTS IN THE WILD – Louis Holding, Surbiton, Surrey.
  • 10 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE BORED – William and Salim, St Albans.

MADE IN ST ALBANS

  • THE DETECTIVE – Jack Campbell, Age 14, St Albans.
  • A DREAM & A WISH – Iorwen Ellis, Age 8, St Albans
  • THE WEDDING – Tatiana – Mandeville, St Albans
  • THROUGH THE CHRISTMAS PORTAL – Laura. Martha, Nala Ages 8 & filmed by Will age 12, St Albans
  • A SPARK – Oscar Simmons, Age 12.
  • STOCKWOOD PARK MUSEUM –Reception Class, St Peters School, St Albans.
  • EDOARDO – THE HORRIBLEST BOY IN THE WORLD –  YEAR 3 St Peters School, St Albans.
  • THE PIANO – YEAR 5 St Peters School, St Albans.
  • THE ESCAPE (Legoman) – Benjamin, Mandeville Primary School, St Albans.
  • PICNIC ON THE HILL – Ages 7 – 10 Fleetville Junior school, St Albans.
  • MEMORY OF JUSTICE  – Oakwood Primary School, St Albans.
  • THE MURDERER – Jack Cate,Age 9 St Albans
  • SHOES & BIN – Fred Cobb, Age 8, St Albans.
  • SOMETHING – Rupert Williams, Age 9, St Albans
  • FOOTSTEPS FOR THE FUTURE – St Alban & St Stephen Junior School.

All films above are suitable for Children age 5 + There are two super films who made our shortlist but are not suitable for Primary School age so we will have a special  screening them with restricted access for age 11+ during the day on 9th March.

  • CLOSED EXITS – Rupert Rixon, St Albans
  • DEAD MAN WALKING – Jack Gentle Age 14.

After the awards came one of the most touching moments of the night, when Leoni’s family joined her on stage to pay tribute to her hardwork in organising the festival. Given that it was also Mothers Day, having her children join her on stage made the moment all the more poignant .

AFter the awards and thank yous were over, it was time to get on with enjoying the good food and good drink! The night even ended with the St Albans Film Festival Harlem Shake…

The Film Competition

The main eventcompetition flyer of this year’s St Albans Film Festival is the short film competition.

The competition will be the element of the festival that brings in international visitors to the city, as the 350 entries were submitted from 30 different countries, as far and wide as Australia, Singapore, Greece and the US.

Festival director Leoni Kibbey expects that the weekend of the 8th-10th March will bring in guests from America and Europe especially, and has labelled it a truly international event.

There were six categories in short film competition, which have been whittled down to those to be screened over the festival weekend at a number of quirky and unique venues across the city.

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The six categories in the short film competition are:

  • Short Film – short narrative live action film between 1 and 20 minutes long
  • Student Film – short film made by a student of any age from 5 to 95.
  • Music Video – under 6 minutes.
  • Documentary – inspiring short documentary film.
  • Children’s Film – U Certificate films for family audiences, aimed at children.
  • Over 18s Films – Something for the grown-ups!

The professional film makers had to submit their entries by the end of December 2012, and the mini student films had to be completed by January. There is a £500 award for the winner of each category, with the awards ceremony taking place 7pm on Sunday 10th at the Havana venue.

competition flyer