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Call for entries - Lancaster Children's Film Festival 2010

Lancaster Children’s Film Festival (LancsCFF) is issuing a call for entries for the upcoming 2010 festival, to take place from October 23rd-October 30th.  Screenings will take place in Lancaster’s Dukes Cinema.  For entry form and requirements go to:



Encounters International Film Festival & Depict - submission deadline

This is just a gentle reminder that Encounters International Film Festival’s Early bird submission prices end on Monday 31st May.  After this date the cost of DVD entries will rise from £20 to £25.

However, we are still offering filmmakers the opportunity to submit their films digitally to us for the reduced price of £15.  So far almost 70% of you are choosing to submit your films this way which not only reduces the costs for you the filmmaker but is also better for the environment.

We are also still offering reduced fees for multiple film entries with at least a 25% reduction for those submitting 2 films or more. Visit for further information and submissions criteria or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

Depict! – Can you do it in 90 seconds?

Free submission, upload at Deadline 6 Sept 2010. A Watershed project.


Cambridge international super 8 film festival continues this week

After a successful first week, the festival goes on for a second week. Directors came from France and the US; prizes went to Colombia and Japan; and appreciative audiences enjoyed four competition programmes, a panorama showing and an eye-bending retrospective from Ian Helliwell with plenty of questions to answer. Traditional film projectors were also in evidence, to show the distinctive collage achieved by the workshop participants (another cutting-edge success) and in Mat Fleming’s brief but thrilling Super 8 Hypnosis Experiment that rounded off Saturday night.

A full list of prizewinners is already on this site, and we’ll have a further gallery of pics in due course. Much social chat has thrown up much to develop in future showings and festivals, particularly in the direction of performance and music collaborations. Showings resume on Wednesday at Anglia Ruskin University and will end on Saturday evening back at Buckingham house with a feature-length showing and a compilation from all previous festivals so far. for more information


Leigh, Kitano and Innaritu in competition as Cannes 2010 unveiled

New films from Woody Allen, Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears, Jean-Luc Goddard and Oliver Stone will premiere at the 63rd Festival de Cannes, while Ridley Scott's Robin Hood is the opening night film.

Running from May 12 to May 23, the event also sees the debut of Enda 'Hunger' Walsh's tantalising collaboration with Hideo 'The Ring' Nakata, Chatroom, Woody Allen's London shot You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Sophie Fiennes’s Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow and Frears modern-day retelling of Far from The Madding Crowd, Tamara Drew. Full line-up after the jump.


Cannes in a Van - the other festival - seeking sponsors

CANNES in a VAN ( - who brought Franny Armstron'g landmark Age of Stupid to the festival last year, from the back of a transit - is returning to Cannes and is looking for spponsors. More info from CIAV's Sam Clements below:

Cannes in a Van, the four-wheeled film festival, has come up with an innovative way to fund this year's trip to Cannes in May. Their plan is to secure sponsorship on a daily basis for the duration of the festival from a variety of different companies. They are calling it The Cannes in a Van Daily Sponsor Scheme.

'A broad selection of independent film' The Times

After being hit by the recession and the lack of sponsorship led to a self-funded trip last year, co-creator Andy Greenhouse decided things could be done differently, which led to the unique concept of daily sponsors, who, for a small fee will see their company name, film title or product promoted across Cannes in a Van's online content, tweets, branding, international coverage and van livery, for one designated day during the Cannes Film Festival. "It's a way of injecting a bit of fun into sponsorship and funding the trip at the same time", Andy says.

'They call this vehicle of dreams... 'Cannes in a Van' - Mark Kermode, The Culture Show


Glimmer 2010 kicks off next week, featuring Herzog's Plastic Bag

glimmer_2010THE 8th Hull International Short Film Festival - Glimmer - gets underway on the 19th of April (until the 25th) and includes a look at the work of Jeff Keen, a retrospective of a 14-year-old filmmaker and the UK festival premiere of the Werner Herzog narrated Plastic Bag. While I wonder if it is the same plastic bag who made an unforgettable screen debut in American Beauty, you can check out the full line up of the festival online at Famous for their pay-what-you-want entry fee - introduced by fest director (and Netribution's DVD editor) Laurence Boyce - key competitions include the Anthony Minghella Award for Best International and Best UK Short. This year for the first time the event is run in association with the University of Hull.

With the majority of films in competition being screened for the first time in the UK, this will be a chance to be the first to check out some of the great talents working in short films. Highlights include Curtains, a dark but comedic UK film that marks the co-directorial debut of Julian ‘The Mighty Boosh’ Barratt, and the UK Premiere of Plastic Bag, an elegiac film about the life of a plastic bag with narration from legendary film director Werner Herzog (see below in mini). The competitions will be judged by a jury of industry professionals, including scriptwriter Dominic Minghella who will oversee the award named in memory of his brother with prizes of £500 and £1000. Other competitions including the GLIMMER Award for Best Yorkshire Short, with a prize of £250 sponsored by the Hull School of Art and Design, and the GLIMMER Award for Best Hull Short, with a prize of £500 sponsored by Hull City Council.


6th Renderyard Short Film Festival Call for Entries

The Renderyard Short Film Festival runs from 8th to 10th October 2010 and supports the screening of new short films and animations including documentaries and this year feature films. The Festival also includes music videos and film scripts and film scores. The Festival is held in London and Spain. We screen in central London at the Roxy Bar & Screen. And in Spain at the Biblotecha in Logrono. The films that are shown have been produced by drawing inspiration from personal sources and influences that allow each director to project their own reflections and ideas as new forms of visual self expression.

Categories : Short Film / Animation / Documentary / Music Video / Micro Film / Film Score / Scripts / Childrens Films / Feature Film | Submit Your Film at | the deadline for entries is the 31st July 2010.


Cambridge International Super 8 Film Fest from 22nd of April

Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival - Free film festival from the 22nd of April 2010 to the 1st of May 2010 in Cambridge (UK).

In 2009, the third Cambridge International Super 8 Film Festival was hailed a resounding success with more than 88 short films shown in four days! More than 20 filmmakers from all around the world joined the festival for a great  days of networking and film.


Abandon Normal Devices 2010 - Cumbria, Lancashire & the web

AND 2010 - 15 March - 10 April 2010

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This Spring, AND will lead you on a digital journey across real and virtual worlds, set against the scenic backdrops of Cumbria and Lancashire - abandon the city and head for the hills....

Expect strange, playful and radical interventions across the northwest's natural landscape, with high-wire adventures in Grizedale Forest,an inflatable cinema in Preston, and organised chaos as we dance on masswith Improv Everywhere in Blackburn. 

With innovative new commissions from pioneering net artists Ubermorgen, James Coupe and Geoffrey Alan Rhodes, a host of projects will map the region as artists, engineers and designers force us to question our relationship to nature and technology.