Birmingham’s Cinematic festival showcases the future of film - for free! See them at the IMAX on the 16th and 17th October 2007.
Organisers of the Cinematic 2007 short film festival have challenged Birmingham cinema-goers to forgo Hollywood-produced features and experience a programme of innovative new short films for free.
Cinematic at IMAX
Cinematic will showcase a diverse selection of local, national and international films, on the giant screen of Birmingham’s IMAX Cinema at Millennium Point, on the evenings of the 16th and 17th October.
Inviting regular cinema-goers to take up the Cinematic short film challenge, Festival Director, TIC’s Stephen Gordon said: "How many times has the outcome of the film you've paid to see been predictable, falling victim to the same precedents in plot and structure? Whether you are affected by hard-edged drama, amused by charming animation, or simply prompted to muse on quirky experimentation, you’ll find lots to delight you at Cinematic 2007."
Films by nine Midlands’ film-makers are included in the programme of thirty-four to be screened, short-listed from over 130 entries. Notable entries include the drama 'Window', by Kings Norton’s Philip Blake, which shows the lives of a young couple unfolding from an unnervingly fixed point-of-view. Another local feature is 'Quest for Fire' by Acocks Green’s Steve Rainbow. Steve’s documentary follows one man’s brave search for the hottest curry in the world! Amongst the experimental films, 'Dogtail No.4', by Moseley’s Anne Guest, is a witty film through which the weighty issues of identity, diversity and quarantine are tackled.
Another experimental offering has come from Wolverhampton director, Adrian Davies, who has created a visual realisation of both his own dreams and nightmares, in the film 'Innerscape'. Pritam Singh’s inspirational project 'Beating Drums for Brum’s Heritage' is explored in a documentary by Darlaston-based director, Mark Pressdee. Wolverhampton-born rapper, SHIMM1 has produced a taster for his debut album in the music video 'It’s Over'.
Attracting an increasingly international pool of talent, Cinematic’s programme also includes the multi award-winning Croatian animation 'Soldat' and a captivating exploration of memory in the film 'Salmo’s Memories', by independent New York-based animators, Camila Valdeavellano and Cayetana Carrion. Edgar Allan Poe’s timeless short story 'The Pit and The Pendulum' is portrayed to outstanding effect by a Canadian animation team, led by director Marc Lougee.
A panel of local professional judges will make awards in Cinematic’s drama, documentary, animation and experimental film categories, as well as for the best student film and overall ‘most innovative film’. A ‘people’s choice’ award will also enable the festival’s audience to vote for their favourite film.
Stephen Gordon says: "Whilst the popularity of Hollywood-produced films clearly shows that they entertain millions of people, there is much to discover in short films. Freed from big studio bureaucracy, yet constrained by budgets and facilities, the medium of the short film engenders greater innovation and provides a platform for stories and issues untouched by Hollywood. With our free seat offer, film-fans have everything to gain from a Cinematic experience at Birmingham’s biggest film event!"
How to see the films
Cinematic’s free screenings on 16th and 17th October start at 7pm. Anyone wishing to attend is advised to book seats in advance by contacting Nina Parmar on 0121 331 5400 or via email to email@example.com or visit www.tic.ac.uk/cinematic. Unreserved seats will be allocated each evening on a first come, first served basis.
Cinematic is being organised for the fifth year by Birmingham City University’s Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) and supported by IMAX Cinema Birmingham and Birmingham’s New Technology Institute (NTI).
last updated: 16/10/07