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Still from the film 'Playtime', CAN 2005.
Still from the film 'Playtime'

Leicester Short Film Festival: CAN 2005

by guest writer Adele Pascale
A jam-packed three days movie watching was in store at Phoenix Arts for the 2005 CAN Film Festival. Adele Pascal was there...


The CAN Film Festival is the 4th largest short film festival in the UK and took place over the last weekend in October.

Over 250 short films were submitted, including 16 international films - with 51 of those making it onto the shortlist for the awards or the 'Golden Monkeys' as they are known.

Still from 'El Descampado', CAN 2005.
Still from 'El Descampado'

There were no restrictions for the films other than they had to be less than 15 minutes. Each film was judged entirely on its own merit regardless of the genre.

East Midlands Media were on hand on the Sunday afternoon for a workshop which enabled people to get a chance to see what it's like behind the camera and to have their questions answered by an expert.

Keith Allott, director of one of the shortlisted films: 'Eye Remember' and a member of Lineout said that the judging process was: "immense". He added the festival was a great way for local people to interact with national and international filmakers and share their creativity.

"The Film Festival was a great place to network and film director Ross said he used it as a chance to recruit extras for his new project"
Reviewer Adele Pascale

Janice Phillips of Lineout said: "This year's festival is the best yet - and it gets better every year. There are almost twice as many people this year as last with around 220 people turning up for the last night."

She added: "This festival is Leicester's version of the Oscars!"

Ross Underwood was the main actor in 'Eye Remember' and is also a film director. He got into filmmaking through the Max Q course which is organised by Lineout. The course covers everything you need to know about making a film; from the storytelling and technical side to marketing.

Still from 'Me My Swani and I', CAN 2005.
Still from 'Me, My Swani and I'

He said: "The film festival is a great place to network and I've used it as a chance to recruit extras for my new project, a film called 'Asking Her Out'."

Obviously it's all about the films in an event like this and there were nine awards in total to be given out on the night including Best Performance, Best Screenplay and Best in Festival. There was also an audience choice award which worked by calculating the number of decibels generated by clapping after a film. Keith Allott won this with 'Eye Remember'.

Chris Bell won Best Performance for his role as a young boy troubled by his father in 'The Loneliness Of A Spot Kick Penalty Taker'. He said: "I didn't expect to win and found it quite easy to play the role."

The Golden Monkey Award
The Golden Monkey award

This film was made entirely by children - from the concept of the film down to the actual camerawork.

Sheffield filmmaker Kieran Clark submitted a film called 'Still Life' starring grandmother of five Elma O' Shea as a troubled mother coming to terms with drowning her baby daughter and confessing to her son. Kieran's next project is a film set in Retford, Nottinghamshire about a boxer returning to his home town.

I had the pleasure of seeing 34 out of the 51 films and the standard was amazing. The judges must have had a very difficult time in picking the winners. Some made me laugh, some made me cry and some really affected me.

last updated: 02/11/05
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Rupa Jani
I don't know nothing....I love films..

Siobhan
I very much enjoyed the evening - the quality of short films was on the whole excellent, and it was great to see some of the amazing stuff being made at the moment.

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