‘Welcome to the inner sanctum of bride to be Becky, where you will find fear, anger, rage and doubt,’ says the blurb to new short film The Aisle. It’s a world anyone who’s been to a wedding would recognise, but The Aisle is specially informed by behind-the-scenes experiences of writer, director and wedding photographer, Jimmy Swindells.
A young boxer fighting depression in the run-up to his first fight is Owain Astles’ Exeter Phoenix bursary winning short The Hardest Fight.
Turn an old joke on its head and you’re apt to start encroaching on a bizarre world of extremes. It’s an approach to life that can inspire a closer look at the edges of the world.
The Hardest Fight is Owain Astles’ film about ‘a young boxer struggling against depression in the lead up to their first fight’. To help get the short made, the filmmakers are looking to crowdfund some extra finance.
Get some welcome relief from the sun/ rain/ etc (delete where applicable) in the cinematic sanctuary that is Studio 74 at the Exeter Phoenix, as they offer tickets at just £5!
When we caught up with Owain Astles about his new micro short, an Exeter Phoenix bursary film, he was telling us how impressed he was with the work experience people he was mentoring.
Photographer and filmmaker Jimmy Swindells is looking for professional crew for his Exeter Phoenix commissioned short comedy/drama, titled The Aisle.
The official ticket launch for one of Exeter’s most anticipated summer events kicked off in Princesshay with a surprise flashmob of lindy hop dancers.
Bill Douglas called his film Comrades “a poor man’s epic”, and the special screening at Studio 74 at the Exeter Phoenix reinforced the epic qualities of this too-much overlooked film. But then the film does tell the story of the too-much overlooked tale of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and highlights the humanity of their struggle.
This week the Exeter Phoenix announced the winners of its 2017 film commissions.
It’s a testament to a film that it always seems to resonate whenever it’s rediscovered, dusted off for special occasions or unwittingly stumbled upon, which makes the special screening of Bill Douglas’ epic Comrades all the more tantalising.
Exeter’s Summer Film School is about to enter its four edition, which gives another chance for young filmmakers aged between 10 to 14 to explore movie creation.
Entries are now open for one of the South West’s most vibrant and longest running film festivals, Two Short Nights.
Melancholic comedy, a bit of a love letter to friendship plus Thelma and Louise meets Casper the friendly ghost, the British indie flick Burn Burn Burn is calling into Exeter with a special Q&A (via Skype) with first time helmer Chanya Button.
Fans of world cinema and Nordic Noir are in for a treat over the coming months, as Scandifilm returns to the Exeter Phoenix for a third year of unique and enchanting film experiences, all centred around Scandinavian cinema. More than just a film festival, visitors will be given the opportunity to live, eat and breathe Scandi.
Hot on the heels of a London retrospective of her films, director and artist Nina Danino will be at Studio 74 at the Exeter Phoenix for a screening of her film Jennifer and a Q&A.
Take a gander at some of the pictures from Two Short Nights at the Exeter Phoenix, courtesy of the Exeter Phoenix people themselves. We’ve also included their press release, which *hopefully* complements our own write up.
Exeter Phoenix’s annual short film festival, Two Short Nights, brought flocks of filmmakers, viewers and industry specialists to the city last week in a celebration of short film and the people who make them.
Now in its 15th year, last week’s festival was the biggest to date and attracted record numbers of film lovers to the city. Featuring the best of local and international short film, events ranged from screenings covering an extraordinary variety of animation, documentary and fantastic storytelling alongside unmissable opportunities for emerging filmmakers in the South West.
The festival’s opening night on Thursday included the 48 Hour Film Screening, a collection of films written, shot and edited in just 48 hours. The second day of the festival featured a sell-out screening premiering Exeter Phoenix’s 2016 film commissions – seven films made by emerging local talent with support from the city-centre arts hub.
Jonas Hawkins, Digital media manager at Exeter Phoenix said:‘The festival is all about offering a platform for new and emerging film talent and connecting filmmakers with a cinema audience’.
Other festival highlights included four curated selections of inspiring short film from directors across the globe, panel discussions, filmmaker advice sessions and a Live Pitch from teams of filmmakers competing to win the £750 South West Animation Short Film Commission for 2017. The commission was awarded to Exeter-based animator Stephen Whittingham, for his project idea Totem, a modern telling of a shamanistic coming of age tale through animation and live action, which will be made over the next 12 months and premiered at next year’s Two Short Nights Festival. An award ceremony and after party brought the festival to a close.
Awards went to:
Best Short Film Award
Bulgarian filmmaker Toma Waszarow for his film Red Light (Na Červeno)
Audience Choice Award
Exeter University Students Timiakindelle-Ajani & Hana Elias for their film The Search Party
Best 48 Hour Film Award
First place: Team Candyland’s film Little Billy Matches
Second place: Team Klassisk’s film Dölja Dem Väl
Third place: Team Exeter Indie’s film Hide Your Fears
Alongside their award, each winner received subscriptions to industry-standard software packages, a week’s worth of kit hire from Exeter Phoenix, a subscription to Little White Lies magazine and free cinema tickets.
At the end of this year’s festival, Exeter Phoenix officially opened their 2017 commissions, a collection of filmmaker opportunities for the coming year offering over £10,000 worth of support to filmmakers across the South West. Applicants are invited to submit ideas for films across four categories, and selected applications will be supported in the creation of their films through 2017.
(from a press release)
The awarding of the People’s Choice to Timi Ajani and Hana Elias for their film The Search Party closed another creative melee (so much more dignified than a riot) of short film and celebration of local, regional and international talent that took place at the Exeter Phoenix for its Two Short Nights extravaganza – now in its 15th year.
New developments of Virtual Reality and 360 video, and their scope for creating an immersive film experience will be explored at a talk and workshop during the Two Short Nights film festival at the Exeter Phoenix.
Director George Griffiths has ‘become infatuated with the creative process of documentary film making’. We got in touch and asked why, and to find out more about his Exeter Phoenix RAW Film Commission documentary, The Visions in the Dark, about people with Charles Bonnet Syndrome.
Exeter Phoenix’s annual short film festival, Two Short Nights, prepares to bring flocks of filmmakers, viewers and industry specialists to the city this December in a celebration of short film and the people who make them.
An inquisitive eye and the sense of a good story are ideal attributes for a filmmaker, and Luke Hagan displayed them both as he unearthed (which sounds so much nicer than ‘stumbled on’) the story of one of the world’s top designers who lives and works in Exeter.
For multifaceted filmmaker Dom Lee, 2016 has been an exhausting, epic and fantastical journey. Not only did he create a fort entirely out of cardboard boxes, but he also fashioned a spaceship out of a garden shed.
Get ready for some emotional journeys and pop along to the Alien Nation season of films at the Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74 cinema.
Owain Astles first took to the streets of Bristol to film interviews with homeless people in an attempt to counter the negativity he’d come across, but he had no idea of the reaction he’d get, or what his Sleeping Rough film would grow into.