Courtisane Film Festival 2010

30.01.10
Courtisane Festival, Gent Dates: 17-21 March | Location: Gent, Belgium The uniquely brilliantly Belgian Courtisane has launched a new website, announcing some of the programme for its festival in March. This year’s Artists in Focus are animation star David O’Reilly and the great Morgan Fisher, whose engaging and clever films work their way between avant-garde cinema, film industry and contemporary art. Plenty more and it’s all in funky ...
Venice Film Festival: extra format

28.01.10
The Orizzonti section at Venice Film Festival Venice – surely the world’s top notch film event – has announced that its Orizzonti section dedicated to “new trends” in world cinema is to open itself to all “extra-format” works. We’re not sure what that means, but it includes short films, and the Festival promises “a broader and more dynamic overview of the new forms adopted by the ...
Rotterdam International Film Fesitval

27.01.10
International Film Festival Rotterdam Dates: 27th January – 7th February | Location: Rotterdam APEngine is excited to be heading off to Rotterdam this weekend. As well as lots of films… we’re particularly looking forward to the Kino Climates a series screenings, discussions and performances, exploring the current and future shape of independent exhibition. And we’ll certainly be popping in a few times to the Break Even Concept ...
UKFC and BFI: plans afoot

27.01.10
UK Film Council Public Consultation The Guardian’s Arts Diary briefly reports that “proposals” have been drawn up for the merger of the UK Film Council and the British Film Institute, “mooted” last year. Meanwhile, UK Film Council’s public consultation on its policies and plans for the next three years ends on 9 February. You can have your say via a survey. Though they’re already putting some ...
Call for Filmmakers – Gleaners Archive Residencies, Manchester

27.01.10
Gleaners - call for Filmakers Date: Deadline: 5th February | Location: North West Film Archive, Manchester Abandon Normal Devices has hooked up with the North West Film Archive to present a new project, Gleaners. They are offering two filmmakers an opportunity to spend a month each within the archive, exploring the collection and creating a new work. Each filmmaker will be matched with a band/musician who will create ...
Helen De Witt on Sexploitation – Riding the Wild Pink Horse

27.01.10
The Immoral Mr. Teas (Poster), Russ Meyer A season of Sexploitation films for the BFI last year, curated by Julian Marsh III, brought tantalising new terms into the vocabulary of underground film fans – the ‘nudie-cutie’ and the ‘roughie’ being two. Both are the names given to two of the subgenres of Sexploitation, which is, of course, itself a subgenre of the Exploitation film, a form ...
Black Lake by David O’Reilly and Jon Klassen

25.01.10
Black Lake by David O'Reilly & Jon Klassen Not to be confused with the 1976 B-movie Creature from the Black Lake, this Black Lake is a much more refined and delightful fellow; a dreamy short film that leads the viewer on a journey around a limitless 3D universe. This collaboration between Irish animator David O’Reilly and LA based illustrator Jon Klassen, came from this year’s If ...