Guest blogger David Hartley (no known relation!) invites you along to next week’s Kinofilm European Short Film Festival.
“If you’ve not got the time to watch a full-length film, watch a short one instead,”
So said Orson Welles, privately to me just before he died (honest…). Unfortunately, Orson, I replied, there aren’t many opportunities to watch short films these days except if they’re shoehorned into the special features bit of disc two of the special edition DVD behind an Easter Egg and a password.
Come to think of it, I for one would much prefer two or three quirky shorts before the main feature at the movies instead of those annoying Orange ‘mowbill’ adverts. What I want is a festival where I can see lots of short films at accessible venues, in a range of genres, maybe from lots of different European countries…
That being said, its a good thing the Kinofilm Festival has returned. After a three year hiatus, Manchester’s premiere European short film festival is back kick-starting on the 27th April straight through a jam-packed week of the best UK and European short films, until the 2nd May.
Kinofilm has gathered a strong reputation in the city it its 15 year existence and shows no sign of deviating this year with a programme featuring over 200 shorts, 8 feature films (including Oscar-nominated Revanche and critically acclaimed UK film Kandahar Break) and a series of educational sessions for budding film-makers. Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Chicken Run) will be conducting a masterclass, and if you fancy yourself as the next Cary Grant or Helen Mirran, try out your best movie-star pose at the Acting workshop.
This year there is a special focus on Polish films in conjunction with an exhibition of Polish movie posters featuring the incredible artwork of designers such as Wiktor Gorka and Andrzej Krajewski.
The exhibition was launched last night and will continue until the 16th May. Head down to the basement of the Triangle Shopping Centre to feast your hungry eyes. As ever, there is a Facebook group to join to keep abreast of the latest developments and if you are super-keen, Early Bird festival passes are available now from Eventbrite for a measly £25. Get ‘em while they’re hot, cinephiles!
Find out more at the Kinofilm website.
Thanks to David for the guest post – if you’ve got a project or event going on in Manchester and would like to publicise it here on Mancunian Way, please do get in touch through the comments below or by email sarahmancunianway AT googlemail.com.