The second Ffilmic Film Festival took place at Theatr Llywn, Llanfyllin at the end of October 2008.
An eclectic range of feature films, shorts and video art from around the globe were screened over two days. One of the highlights was ‘The Cameraman’ a Buster Keaton silent comedy. Paul Shallcross gave a talk prior to the film about early 20th century film making and then played his own composition on the piano to accompany the film non-stop for 70 minutes! Appreciative audience members described it as one of their best cinema experiences to date. Other highlights were the screening of ‘Persepolis’ and the Take 2 Ten Day Film Challenge screenings. Entrants of all ages and abilities were give a prop, line of dialogue and a genre and then ten days to make the film. These were screened to a packed audience who laughed and supported all the film makers. Awards were given by Jennie Castle, Llanfyllin Town Mayor, who praised all entrants for their ingenuity and creativity. The awards were kindly sponsored by Lake Vyrnwy Hotel. Over the weekend talks were given by Pete Telfer about Culture Colony – Y Wldafa Newydd and Richard O’Sullivan, a Wales based video artist, also came to discuss his work. Children and young people had the opportunity to create their own shadow puppet film. They spent the day making shadow puppets and creating a story which they then performed so it could be filmed. The finished piece is available to view online.
Ffilmic was funded by the Film Agency of Wales with support from Lake Vyrnwy Hotel, Valleys Film Society, Spar Llanfyllin and the Estonian Embassy.
Below is a list of people who have supported and helped the festival come to life:
- Ruth Carter – Voluntary Film Consultant – (who has contributed many hours!)
- the Valleys Film Society
- Lake Vyrnwy Hotel for sponsoring the Take 1 Five Day Film Challenge
- Llanfyllin SPAR for sponsoring the Launch
- Dan Thomas – Film Agency for Wales
Friday 24 October Ffilmic After Hours @ the Workhouse, Llanfyllin MUSIC – BAR – SCREENINGS 9.30pm – 1.00am Tickets: £5 (NOT part of the Ffilmic Pass)
Saturday 25 October Shadow Puppet Workshops @ the Youth & Community Centre, Llanfyllin 12pm – 5pm
Using the story “Where the Wild Things Are” participants will get the opportunity to learn about making shadow puppets, they will create a story based upon the story “Where the Wild Things Are”. They will use their shadow puppets to tell this story with a shadow puppet screen. This will then be filmed and pieced together to create a short film made by all the people who took part.
Wrap Party @ the Old New Inn, Llanfyllin 9.00pm – 1.00am Come and relax and enjoy the sounds our resdient DJ’s. A chance to discuss the films and meet the organisers in an informal atmosphere.
Black Box 2008
The Black Box 2008 – Reflecting the Artist’s Gaze The Black Box is a new introduction to Ffilmic, we will be screening a curated programme of work by established international video artists. Saturday 25th October 11am Culture Colony – Y Wladfa Newydd with Pete Telfer An open talk & discussion by film maker Peter Telfer. Culture Colony – Y Wladfa Newydd will provide content on the internet in the form of films about artists, art and artistic process. Using Pixel Foundry’s Artists Archive, Culture Colony – Y Wladfa Newydd has been able to commission a number of films in preparation for the web site launch early next year. Ideas and Creativity are the essential ingredients in the stories told through these films and some of Wales’ most important artists, musicians and writers have already had films made about them. Where television can only offer clips and sound bites the internet will release film makers and content from the compromises of formats and personality led programmes offering a new informed experience for viewers and users of services such as Culture Colony – Y Wladfa Newydd. This presentation by film maker Pete Telfer will give a preview of things to come when the Culture Colony – Y Wladfa Newydd web site launches. 12.30pm Richard O’Sullivan Wales An introduction and screening of selected works by the artist. Richard has exhibited his video art works throughout Europe, Latin America and the USA and recently held his first solo show ‘Occupy My Time’ at the Clapham Picture House. His work explores landscapes and the meaning of place. 2.00pm International Video Art A selection of artists videos from Russia, UK, Canada, Spain. Featured artists : Christina Ferrández Spain ‘Cronica del Naufragio’ Roberto Santaguida Canada ‘Miroslava’ Mark Evans UK ‘Movement’ Irina Posina Russia ‘Kolomyazhskaya’ Vera Svetlova Russia ‘Beloe Plate’ 3.00pm Co-located A curated piece by Paul Haywood Video artist and senior lecturer for film & video art at Sheffield Hallam University. In the summer 0f 2008 the fine art department of Sheffield Hallam University finally closed it’s doors. Compressed in to one hour are forty years of fine art films from the students who studied there. 4.00pm Kai Kaljo Estonia A retrospective of the the work of Estonian video artist Kai Kaljo. Kai’s work explores and questions the notions of space, place and identity. with a quirky and sly humour. She confronts the prejudices that exist in both personal and social relationships.
The films are being screened in partnership with the Valleys Film Society who run a programme of films from September to March.
SHORT FOCUS FILMS
Friday 26th September screening with The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (12A)
Dir. Mira Shapiro UK 2007 – English & Hebrew 15 mins
All the details for Sarah’s arranged marriage have been settled. Aside to her mothers terminal illness, she is now about to go through the religious rituals of becoming a “Kosher Jewish bride”. Among those rituals are the Mikvah; a cleansing and purifying ritual, Kallah (bride) classes and the ritual of cutting her long straight beautiful hair short; a ritual which after she will need to cover her head with a wig so to avoid tempting any other men than her husband.
Friday 3rd October screening with There Will Be Blood (12A)
Dir. Ragne Mandri Estonia 2006 – English subtitles
In the middle of the war two sisters have created their own imaginary world where they can play their innocent games.
Friday 10th October screening with Lust, Caution (18)
Dir. Yves Brodsky – France 2006 10 mins
A double murder but is it dream, madness or reality? A dark psychological thriller with twists and turns that keep you guessing until the very end.
Friday 17th October screening with Juno (PG13)
Dir. Frank Wood – UK 2007 8 mins
The Cameraman – (Suitable for all ages)
Friday 24th October, 7.30pm
Dir : Edward Sedgwick – Starring : Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin – American 1928 78 mins – Silent Film
Piano Accompaniment by Paul Shallcross
Buster Keaton stars as a still photographer who has fallen in love with an office worker at MGM. In a bid to impress her he yearns to become a cameraman. A series of mishaps ensure his road to success is neither straight nor easy. (There will be screenings of a selection of short Welsh Animations prior to the film, with a brief introduction to silent film from Paul Shallcross.)
Lotte from Gadgetville – (Suitable for all ages)
Saturday 27 October – 10.00am
Dir : Heiki Ernits & Janno Põldmai – Estonia 2006 81 mins – English Subtitles
Somewhere in Europe by a great sea stands a small village, where inventing all manner of domestic gadgets is held in great esteem. The villagers organise an annual competition of new inventions. One of the most famous inventors in the village is Oskar, the father of the energetic girl dog Lotte. His primary rival is Adalbert the rabbit, whose wife even participates in the competition with all her heart. Victory would be important to their family and would bring honour to the entire rabbit clan.
Saturday 25th October, 12.20pm
2nd Verse the Rebirth of Poetry – (Suitable for all ages)
Dir : Carl D. Brown – USA 2007 79mins
2nd Verse explores urban teen life in the San Francisco Bay Area through the rising popularity of poetry and Spoken Word. Although poetry is the unifying characteristic that brings these young people together, the poems are not the film’s main focus. The film tells the story of the teens’ lives amid the Bay Area’s melting pot of ethnic and economic backgrounds.
Inventos : Hip Hop Cubano – (Suitable for all ages)
Saturday 25th October, 2.00pm
Dir : Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi – Cuba / USA 2005 50 mins
A Buena Vista Social Club for the Hip Hop generation.
This award winning film provides a unique insight into the realities and politics of contemporary Cuba. Experience this as ‘Inventos’ follows the pioneers of this musical movement to their homes, the stage and as they travel abroad for the first time.
“Inventos” refers to the methods and means by which Cubans deal with the difficulties imposed on daily life by the U.S. embargo, and hip-hop is one of the most fascinating and dynamic of these techniques.
Gypsy Caravan: When the Road Bends (PG)
Saturday 25th October, 3.00pm
Dir : Jasmine Dellal – USA 2007 110mins
GYPSY CARAVAN is a dazzling display of the musical world of the Roma, juxtaposed to the real world they live in. This rich feature documentary celebrates the luscious music of top international Gypsy performers and interweaves stirring real life tales of their home life and personal stories. Shot by documentary icon Albert Maysles, the film takes place on tour in Europe and in the USA during the Gypsy Caravan concert tour, and on location in Spain, Macedonia, Romania and India. Directed by Jasmine Dellal whose previous feature, AMERICAN GYPSY, won international acclaim for its portrait of an American Romani family battling a decade of drama.
Tuul (The Wind)
Saturday 25th October, 5.15pm
Dir: Tanel Toom – Estonia 2005 15minss
A strange and devastating wind threatens to destroy a mans life.
Saturday 25th October, 5.30pm
Dir: Virgil Widrich – Austria 2001 12mins
A man working in a copy shop, copies himself until the whole world is filled with him.
Take 2 Film Challenge Screenings
Saturday 25th October, 6.00pm
Screening all the short films made by new and not-so-new film makers. All films were made as part of the Ffilmic Take 2 Ten Day Film Challenge.
Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm
Dir: Tim Sternberg – India / USA 2007 15mins
Salim Muhammad is a 55-year-old man who lives in Kolkata, India with his wife and five children. Since the age of ten he has made a living screening discarded film scraps for the kids in his surrounding neighbourhoods using a hand-cranked projector that he inherited from his father. A pragmatic businessman as well as a cinephile, Salim runs his projector with his sons in the hope that they will carry on his legacy of showing films to the local children.
Criminology in Iran
Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm
Dir : Amir Heshmati – Iran / UK 2007 5mins – English Subtitles
A short film on the day to day activities and lives of ordinary citizens of Iran which obstinately involves breaking the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Saturday 25th October, 7.30pm
Dir : Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi – France 2007 95mins
The poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands.
Favela Rising (12A)
Additional Educational Screenings – Tuesday 14th October
Dir. Jeff Zimbalist – Brazil/USA 2005 79 mins
A screening of this powerful & dynamic film for ‘A’ level media studies students. Introduced and followed by an after screening discussion workshop led by Ffilmic film festival programmer Ruth Carter.
Winner of 36 international film festival awards Favela Rising documents the struggles of former drug trafficker, Anderson Sa, as he rallies the community of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most feared slums to fight back against a life of violence through the power of music.
“A powerful documentary that has revolutionized cinema.” Spin Magazine
“Daring and emotional” The Hollywood Reporter
The educational screening of this film is supported by the ICA.