Kids are becoming an ever more obvious fixture at cinemas, whether it’s parent and baby screenings, Saturday film clubs, or creeping into Suicide Squad (you know who you are!), but the Brood Film Fest, set to touch down in Exeter, offers a new view of the younglings and ‘early parenthood as never seen before in public’.
The Brood Film Fest, says the blurb, ‘will take you on a journey through 21st century pregnancy, birth and new parenthood via the work of 16 artists/filmmakers from around the world, all created in response to their own very real experiences.’
The Brood Film Fest, subtitled 21st century parenthood in film, is the first ever international short film festival dedicated to the subject of early parenthood, and features shorts that range ‘from the ambiguous to the sublime, from the hilarious to the downright shocking, from the tragic to the transformational’.
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All the works for the premiere screening of Brood Film Fest’s official selection of international short films were selected by a panel of professional judges including award-winning Hollywood producer and parent rights advocate Nicky Bentham (Neon Films), Exeter Phoenix Digital director Jonas Hawkins and Brood Film Fest’s creative directors Mila Oshin and Kris Jager (Project AfterBirth, DIEP.org.uk, BroodFestival.com).
Plus director Josh Appignanesi will introduce the trailer to his new feature, The New Man, inspired by the challenges he faced as a new father.
There will also be a Q&A with Myanmar-based filmmaker Kristen Palana, whose film about her post-partum experience won the Cannes Film Festival 2015 award for best animation. And Brood Film Fest’s Exeter-based creative co-director Mila Oshin will give a talke and an open audience Q&A.
The Brood Film Festival kicks off at the Exeter Phoenix on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 between 7.30-10pm.
The opening event will be followed on Wednesday, September 28, by a free all-day looped public screening of Brood Film Fest 2016, between 11am and 9pm. And will be online on the Digital Institute for Early Parenthood from October 1 to November 11.