‘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.
Two Short Nights
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.
Entries are now open for one of the South West’s most vibrant and longest running film festivals, Two Short Nights.
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.
If you and your family are getting a bit tired of the same ole same ole, step into the Two Short Nights Family Friendly screening at the Exeter Phoenix’s Studio 74, with an hour of top shorts featuring animation and live action for children aged 7+.
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.
The past, according to LP Hartley, is a foreign country. LP was, of course, being metaphorical, but for filmmaker Bethan Highgate-Betts in her film Pink that’s exactly what it is. And in addition to time-travel-country-hopping she also aims to cross cultural divides, bridge age division and open up our eyes to the people around us.
Billed, by us, as a tale of Morris dancers and mind control, the trailer for Luke Jeffery’s film Hell’s Bells has been released.
Rupert Green’s Twitter profile says ‘I like to laugh and cook and draw, and I don’t like ironing’. He doesn’t say where he stands on scaring people, but that’s what his new film is set to do.
In a live pitch, budding filmmakers are being given the opportunity to win a package of support from the Exeter Phoenix, to make their film idea reality.
Having smashed its Crowdfunder target earlier this year, Hell’s Bells, made by Exeter-based film and theatre company Wandering Tiger, will receive a local screening on Friday 2 December 2016 at Exeter Phoenix as part of the Two Short Nights film festival.
An exciting new short film, Hell’s Bells, made by Exeter-based film and theatre company Wandering Tiger, will be shot in Devon this summer after winning the backing of Creative England and the British Film Institute through their iShorts scheme for emerging filmmakers.
If you’re stuck waiting for public transport, what better way to spend your time than to work out new film ideas. That’s exactly what Simeon Costello did and it bagged him the Exeter Phoenix documentary bursary.
Over the past two days the Exeter Phoenix have shown international shorts, documentaries and even award winning contemporary short films.
Each year the team behind Exeter Phoenix’s Two Short Nights film festival go out of their way to put together an eclectic mix of contemporary cinema’s finest shorts.
There are not one, but two screenings of international shorts at Two Short Nights at the Exeter Phoenix, and they go but such alluring titles that you should turn your phone to silent and bag your tickets tout de suite, as they say in international circles.
In its eighth year, one of the clearest outcomes of the Exeter Phoenix’s 48 Hour Film Challenge is the amount of fun the teams get out of. We reckon it’s down to the creative challenge combined with the bond of getting something done in a short timescale coupled with the thrill of seeing your handiwork on the big screen.
Short film IT Girl aims to explore our relationship with social media. With just hours before the KickStarter crowdfunder for the film closed – and after they reached their target! – we caught up with writer Richard Gosling to find out about his relationship with the online world and where the idea for the story came from.
Step into the mysterious world of a chihuahua as it explores its environment.