Thursday, 9 August 2018

Nether gonna give you up

I wasn't expecting to write this so soon but I can cheerily confirm there's another upcoming festival for my new film Sunscapades! Following on from this week's earlier news nugget that it will screen at Encounters late September, before then the film will get two screenings at the BUT (B-Movies, Underground and Trash) Film Festival that will take place in the Netherlands - Breda, to be precise.
Sunscapades is part of Shorts Block 1 - Over the Top Humor on August 30th 7pm at the Chassé Cinema, repeated on September 2nd 12pm at the Nieuwe Veste in Hall 4. You can grab up some tickets here.
What's especially cool about this news is that, as with Encounters, this is a festival that has screened my work in the past. In fact it was one of the very first events to take a punt on my films, screening my student film House Guest (with whom Sunscapades does share a certain B-Movie/Underground/Trash vibe, I'd be happy to concede) way back in 2009. It's good to be back in BUT country.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Sunny times ahead


I'm very happy to reveal that my film Sunscapades will screen here in Bristol next month as part of TWO programmes for this year's Encounters Short Film Festival!
It's the first time I've had a film in the fest since 2011 and it's a real honour and privilege to be among a line-up that includes some of my favourite new and established filmmakers whose work includes Wildebeest (Nicolas Keppens), Cabin Pressure (Matthew Lee), Perinatal Positivity (Emma Lazenby) and Brexicuted (Chris Shepherd).
The full line-up looks fantastic, with some personal favourites including Ooze (Kilian Vilim), Via (Izzy Burton), KUAP (Nils Hedinger), Travelogue Tel Aviv (Samuel Patthey), Mamoon (Ben Steer) and Hybrids (Kim Tailhades) as well as recent interviewees Robert Löbel (Island) and Patrick Bouchard (The Subject).
Sunscapades will screen in the festival's animation competition programme Happy Sad on Wednesday September 26th at 2pm, then again the following day in the comedy programme From the Sublime to the Ridiculous at 8pm, both at Bristol's Watershed in Cinema 1. Check out the current programme here and stay tuned for even more event updates as they come!

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

There's just no sinking the bugger

Yet more adventures for our pal Klementhro coming up this month and next. Firstly there's the Big Cartoon Weekend in Saint Petersburg, another offshoot of Russia's Big Cartoon Festival as its name suggests. Klementhro will play in the third programme 'Borrowed Time' that kicks off 7pm on Sunday July 29th at the Rodina Cinema, rubbing shoulders with some fantastic other films such as The Burden, Catherine and Mr. Madila.
Following that will be an early August screening at Ukraine's Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art in association with the London Short Film Festival at which the film originally screened back in January of last year. I'm humbled to say it will be screening in a special retrospective of the best British shorts of the past three years to screen at LSFF. The even takes place on August 10th at 4pm and you can watch the programme for updates here.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Now let's never speak of She-Ra again

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/475950525-skwigly-skwigly-podcast-83.mp3
Another podcast for the podcastey pile. In episode 83 Steve brings us a chat with Trevor Jimenez, director of the short film Weekends that recently won the Jury Award and Audience Award at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival as well as ten other festival awards and counting. Presently playing in competition at Anima Mundi, upcoming screenings include Animation Block Party, Fantoche and Anibar.
Also discussed in this episode: The reaction to She-Ra’s redesign, Annecy and Society for Animation Studies conference highlights, Brad Bird vs. bloggers, the premiere of Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires and Vice’s bizarre Simpsons article. It's a fun'un, get it in your earholes now or download for later.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

That's a paddlin'

After an initially busy June my latest film Sunscapades has hit a bit of a lull, with no upcoming festival screenings confirmed before late August.
Taunting this patchy performance is my preceding film Klementhro, which just won't go away it seems. Following its inclusion in the fabulous Lichtspielklub Short Film Festival - AKA British Shorts - everyone's favourite paddlin' fool will be included as part of a series of special short film screenings tied in with the festival.
The British Shorts Summer Edition will take place at Berlin's outdoor cinema Freiluftkino Insel im Cassiopeia from 9pm on Friday, August 3rd. I don't know the specifics of what else is playing just yet but you can check out the official Facebook event for updates.

Friday, 6 July 2018

To stop your minds from wandering

http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/467845824-skwigly-skwigly-podcast-82.mp3
In episode 82 of the Skwigly Animation Podcast we look back on George Dunning’s iconic contribution to British animated cinema Yellow Submarine some fifty years on.
The film will be celebrating the lead-up to its 50th anniversary this Sunday (July 8th) through a number of newly-restored theatrical screenings across the UK in association with organisations such as Anim18, the BFI, Everyman Cinemas and Picturehouse Cinemas. Keep your eyes on the Anim18 website for future events including a screening at Birmingham’s MAC on the anniversary itself (July 17th) and a number of special interactive ‘singalong’ screenings from August.
This one gave me an excuse to feature a segment with my father Lynn who was among the weekend workers doing cel painting on the film in the mad rush to get it done. Also Laura-Beth speaks with Gillian Lacey, one of the film's Assistant Animators who would go on to set up the Leeds Animation Workshop and teach at the National Film and Television School.
Listen below or direct download:
Also discussed in this episode: The legacy of Smallfilms founder Peter Firmin who passed away earlier this month and whose own body of work (alongside co-founder Oliver Postgate) included such classic UK series as The Clangers and Bagpuss. Peter also guested on the podcast in episode 60 a couple years' back:

Monday, 2 July 2018

Chuck Amuck

http://nightofthetrampires.com/
Some more festival screenings for Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, Mike Mort's high-energy indie animated feature that I scribbled and yelled over last year. Its North American premiere at Montreal's Fantasia Festival is now set to take place 4:45pm on July 21st at Concordia's SGWU Auditorium and you can grab your tickets here.
http://frightfest.co.uk/
The following month it's finally screening here in the UK, so all being well I'll be able to catch its national premiere in London as part of Frightfest 2018. This one will be two screenings on August 25th at the Leicester Square Cineworld - 3:45pm on the Arrow Video screen and 4:15pm on the Horror Channel screen. Swing by and give it a look-see, 'cause they definitely don't make 'em like this anymore.

Friday, 22 June 2018

Fantasy Worlds

Yet another June screening for Sunscapades will take place next week. Marking its Venezuelan premiere, the film is part of the animation category official selection of the pleasingly-acronymed MIFVIF - Maracay International Film and Video Festival.
The animation screening takes place at 10am on the 24th at the Casa de las Artes Lounge 2.
http://nightofthetrampires.com/chuck-steel-at-fantasia-film-festival/
An event I don't yet have specifics for - but am quite excited about - is the Canadian premiere of Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, following a warmly-received world premiere at Annecy a couple weeks' back. This will be happening at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, although alas I'll have left the city by the time it kicks off. Tsk, always the way innit.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Academics and Philosophers

Next week I'll be stomping around my old stomping grounds of Montreal and, while my agenda is primarily syrup and bacon-oriented, my ever-brilliant spouse Laura-Beth will be in town to speak as part of the prestigious Society for Animation Studies Conference that this year takes place at Concordia University. For you animation academics who might be in attendance you can see her PhD presentation The changing face of replacement animation: how looking to the past can revolutionize the future of stop motion animation as part of the Auteurs and Experiments session that kicks off at 1:30pm at Concordia's De Seve Cinema. Among the other speakers are some fantastic artists including previous interviewees Janice Nadeau, Diane Obomsawin and my old UWE pal Philippe Vaucher.
https://www.atthefringe.org/film-festival
In a couple weeks' time my not-very-academic film Klementhro will be playing as part of the At The Fringe International Arts Festival in Tranås, Sweden. I now know it will be part of the program Philosophy in Spoken Words (the name of which in and of itself has made my day) that takes place July 1st at 2pm, the again July 2nd at noon. Check out their site for venue specifics and the full programme and whatnot.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Fringeworthy

Not to be outshine by plucky newcomer Sunscapades, my previous film Klementhro's still finding new places in the world to pester. Three-plus years down the line, the film's Swedish premiere will take place during the first week of July in Tranås for the international short film festival section of this year's At The Fringe International Arts Festival. Don't have specifics to hand just yet but as ever they'll be up here as soon as I know. In all these years I've never missed an opportunity to self-promote!