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Finding Josephine is due to screen at London Short Film Festival January 13th 2014 at 1830 in Cine Lumiere.
We’re super-pleased to be recognised yet again by this vibrant and eclectic festival in its 11th year.
The screening of Livingston Lives will take place on Thursday 6th of March 2014 at at the Howden Park Centre (Livingston -EH54 5AE).
Doors open at 16:30 and the film should screen before 17:30.
9th Children’s India International Film Festival – Bangaluru 2013
DOKUFEST Kosovo 2013
Erasmus Huis International Documentary Film Festival, Jakarta 2013
Festival Film Dokumenter Yogyakarta 2013
Unfortunately I often seem to find out about these festivals after it’s too late to arrange travel to them…
… In other Josephine-related news we’ll be skyping with her for her birthday on the 19th of December. Thanks to Gary from Plan for sorting this out. This will be the first time we speak to the family since they’ve seen the film!
Commissioned by West Lothian Council with the support of Heritage Scotland this little film celebrates 50 years of Livingston New Town.
Livingson was built from scratch in the 1960s to house the over-spil from Edinburgh and Glasgow’s over-populated working class areas; 50 years and three generations later Livingston has become a town of its own.
the film has not yet had its premiere but as soon as it becomes available online we’ll be sure to include a link.
I’m so proud to have presented Finding Josephine at Take One Action, literally one of my favourite film festivals! Screening in both edinburgh and Glasgow this festival really focuses on thought-provoking, world-changing films. No wonder we are so flattered…
Take One Action Film Festivals is the UK’s leading global citizenship film festival, led by film lovers, artists and globally-concerned citizens based in Scotland who believe that cinematic experiences can inspire lasting change.
Tomás Sheridan has been awarded a Document 24 residency by Creative Scotland in collaboration with The British School at Rome to offer Scottish-based filmmakers the opportunity to work for three months on a project (a documentary in my case) based in Rome. So April to June 2014 I’ll be in the Eternal City working on my next film (wt Roman Postcards)
I’m so pleased that the workshop at Lago Film Festival with its strict 10 rules of Docma13 resulted in such a cool little film:
Carlo Migotto assured me that his “retrospective” of my work did not imply I was old or he secretly desired I were dead. However the screening of Archive of Dreams, Radiostan and Finding Josephine at Lago Film Festival was a total success with questions and audience involvement. This was actually the FIRST ever time that multiple films of mine were screened on a big screen at the same time!
9th Children’s India International Film Festival has selected Finding Josephine for this year’s edition. I’m so pleased that this wee short which is centered on children, on how they see their world and on how they are going to change it.
We’re honored to announce that Radiostan, after screening at 24 festivals over 2 years, winning prizes and special mentions, being acquired by Canal+ and distributed by Future Shorts has been invited to be part of the permanent factual collection in the British film Institute’s archive. This means that this wee film with a budget of a few hundred pounds (mainly travel costs) is now officially part of British film history!
Don’t ask me how but after 3 years of auditions coordinated in the UK for Cirque du Soleil we are now official Casting Partners for Europe which means that in the years to come we’ll have the pleasure of attending, coordinating and filming many more great auditions held by talent scout Marc-André Roy. It’s a bit of a departure from our usual film work but we are nonetheless thrilled and flattered by this opportunity!
Ok, we’ve been a bit lax with bigging-up Finding Josephine’s successes. Whie we weren’t looking (or rather we were busy with our day-to-day lives Finding Josephine got into various festivals and in some cases has already screened at them:
DOXA Documentary Film Fest Vancouver – May 2013
Southside Film Festival, Glasgow – May 2013
Gdansk/ Streetwaves Festival, Poland – June 2013
April 2013 saw me teaching Documentary film-making in a University in the border town of Gorizia in Notrth-Eastern Italy to some very bright and motivate students who unfortunately are stuck in a loop of theoretical classes without many opportunities to get films actually made. But we changed all this! Starting from “What is a documentary?” through, pitching skills, theatre-style exercises to develop team work and confidence into development and production they managed in just over a week to produce thought-provoking and intelligent documentaries making me a very proud teacher… Nice one guys. Good luck on your path I hope I showed you some new routes to explore ;). Special thanks to Ludovica Fales of Kitchen Sink Collective who assisted me throughout the course and made the whole thing possible with her can-do attitude and enthusiasm!
#findingjosephine reaches 50,000 views on Youtube!!!
FINDING JOSEPHINE is now online as part of Why Poverty’s launch.
I’m very proud of this little documentary about a big subject.
Please share and tweet #findingjosephine #whypoverty.
Radiostan is still getting picked up 2 whole years since it was made! This crazy little short, shot and edited over km3,500 in 4 weeks in Central Asia and Russia and costing £500 never ceases to surprise me… This time it’s Art Gallery TenderPixel in London screening Radiostan for a curated program at 18:30 on October 9th.
If you haven’t seen this film yet then download a wee program here and get yourself out there to see experimental shorts. I wish I’d been to all the places this film has been, I would’ve visited 4 continents in 2 years averaging a new country a month! Just goes to show that big budgets and lots of time and equipment aren’t everything…
Oh, and this is the event’s facebook page:
We’re very pleased to have collaborated with Leith Agency’s on this very worthwhile and humorous Breast Cancer Awareness video. Please share to raise awareness on this important issue!
Changing your account to an ethical bank is much easier than you think. Your money will no longer fund arms, fossil fuel and irresponsible investment banking. You will make the world a better place and send a clear message to our banks: Ethical banking should be normal banking! We procrastinated for a long time before leaving RBS and BoS but now it’s done and we feel much better already.
You can follow the link to switch to Coop Bank or find an ethical bank near you which you’re happy with:
So, somehow in the middle of the night with a few clicks Polifilm has graduated to its next incarnation and I have somehow gone from being self-employed to my own employee! We’re now ready to take on bigger projects, bigger budgets and bigger teams! Happy days and welcome Polifilm Media Ltd.
So far we’re deep in research and recces to prepare for our film commissioned for Livingston’s 50th anniversary. So far when I’ve been telling people I’m making a film about Livingston the instinctive reaction has been: “Why?”
Well, I must say this started as a corporate gig but I’ve since discovered that the commissioners are actually after a deep and thought-provoking film about this fascinating town which at first glance appears not to have a history of it’s own. It is in fact a great mosaic of people and stories that have been thrown together by circumstance. the creative juices are flowing here at HQ…
We’re so proud to be part of fire-theatre history with our promo&doco about Festa del Fuoco di Stromboli. This amazing yearly festival takes place on Europe’s most active volcano on the island of Stromboli in the middle of the Mediterranean. The videos were a year in the making squeezed between all the other pressing engagements for Polifilm but we worked hard with visionary August Shuldes, the founder, brain and heart of the festival, not to make the usual trite promotional documentary and to capture some of the magic of the event… I hope we have succeeded!
I was honored and excited to be invited to be a jury member at this year’s Concorto Short Film Festival in Pontenure (PC) Italy. Apart from their amazing hospitality with lovely hotels, food and wine for the full week, I was pleased to see a large grassroots support for this highly intelligent and ambitious festival in the small town of Pontenure in the middle of the Po valley. The selection was amazing and we found it quite hard to pick the winners but after hours of debate we pulled it off… I strongly recommend this festival if you ever get the chance. back to rainy Scotland now…
Finding Josephine is now complete!
Here’s the trailer if you need a memory refreshment.
Commissioned by Why Poverty this personal short in which Mango (my daughter) and I travel to Uganda to find the girl we sponsor will have 500.000 potential viewers with over 50 broadcasters involved in the project’s funding. I’ll post worldwide broadcast dates as soon as I know them.
THIS TRAILER IS NOT SUITABLE FOR MINORS
Here’s a wee teaser for ART of TORTURE, Leo Bruges‘ first feature length documentary.
Jeff is a self-harming artist from Glasgow who has been re-enacting and painting life-size crucifixions of people of all ages and backgrounds to draw attention to issues of human rights abuse. Now, as a centre-piece for his project he is planning an ambitious escapade in the Middle East…
NOTE: One of the side effects of our work as documentary filmmakers is that sometimes we lose the access to characters which we have built so carefully… Art of Torture seems to be on hold for the time being…
Radiostan is to screen in the 13th Annual Dawson City International Short Film Festival, April 5-8. The festival is set in the intimate environment of Dawson City. A town that still retains its Gold Rush charm and is surrounded by the Canadian wilderness. With some luck the Northern Lights will also make an appearance. I so wish I could go all the places the Radiostan tape has been!!!
We’ve sponsored Josephine for the past 2 years and we’ve decided we’d like to make a personal link with her beyond the direct debit that leave our bank every month, so we started to do what we do best… we started filming. Why Poverty saw the trailer and thought the idea is worthwhile. Now we’re preparing for our shoot in a small village north of Kampala and we’re of course very excited to finally meet Josephine in person!
The film, produced by North Isle Productions and the fantastic Lili Sandelin will be completed by May. Watch this space.
Fa piacere sapere che un film prodotto quattro anni fa sta ancora girando sul grande schermo.
Il 27 febbraio al Cinema Massimo 2 ci sará una rassegna dei corti che hanno vinto il Premio Chicca Richelmy allo Spazio Torino del TTF. Se ancora non lo avere visto é un’ottima opportunitá.
It’s great to know that a short film, made four years ago is not rotting on a shelf.
Archive of Dreams will be screening again Monday 27 february, 2012 in Turin Italy as part of a showcase of Turin Film Festival’s winners over the past few years.
Archive of Dreams won the Jim Poole award in 2009. Part of that prize was the chance to screen before a feature for one week.
After going to over 25 festivals, Radiostan has won its first very own prize: the SILVER MIKELDI at Bilbao’s 53rd ZiNEBI International Film Festival!
We are so pleased and flattered that such a prestigious and long-running festival would give recognition to our little short but there you go!!!
Special Thanks go out to Guillaume and Tanya Petrk who made cinetrain (and consequently Radiostan) happen, to Joona Pettersson (camera), Elena Petrosyan (sound) and Timur Yuldashev (production manager) for being the amazing Kinomadi crew and of course to all the Cinetrain Easy-cool gang who made that experience even more special!!!