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2016 is the third year of Derby Film Festival in its current guise. After successfully building on the impressive iD Fest and incorporating Fantastiq Film Festival into the programme, it’s a high quality and very welcoming affair which goes from strength to strenght. This year it has expanded even more – More previews, more top …

Since 2004, the Japan Foundation, London has organised a Japanese film programme in close partnership with distinguished film venues and programme advisors in the UK. Each year, a programme of titles are put together under a carefully chosen theme to highlight trends in Japanese cinema and showcase the versatility and uniqueness displayed by Japanese filmmakers. …

The cork pops and the water of life generously fills many large tumblers played by an enthusiastic professional orchestra. This short whiskey commercial is a fascinating display of musical and cinematic skill long enough to unforgettably entertain the audience and infuse it with energy bursting from the commercial’s London-based director Jorn Threlfall. Threlfall’s enthusiasm is equally …

As Festival Director Rob Nevitt says the secret film is always a bit of a gamble, and Darling left many of the audience bemused or angry. It wasn’t helped by being in the late night slot after a fair amount of alcohol had been consumed during the day. Whilst Mickey Keating’s film wears its influences …

Deathgasm

As Celluloid Screams comes to an end for another year it’s time to take stock on what has been a great weekend of films. Yet again it seems to have been more popular than every before, and in terms of the fare on offer, another very strong year. Screening The Witch was undoubtedly a coup, …

If you’ve never done a horror allnighter before you’re missing-out on an almost unique cinematic experience. Imagine spending your sleeping hours in a darkened room watching gore, comedy, monsters and all manner of indescribably acts (and that’s just the audience). It takes a delicate scientific balance of alcohol, fluids, snacks, steely determination and a black …

Grimmfest 2015

Grimmfest has firmly established itself as one of the strongest northern film festivals. Showcasing a mix of the best new horror, sci-fi, cult and fantasy films, this year’s festival takes place between 1st – 4th October at Odeon Printworks, Manchester. Along with a selection of premieres and some classics, there will be several events running …

No/Gloss Film Festival 2015

No/Gloss is ab independent film festival in Leeds which celebrates DIY and unconventional cinema and low/no budget films from independent, local and international film-makers. Conceived in early 2012, it was born out of a need for a local film festival that supports independent film-making. No/Gloss is a no-frills film festival which screens films in unique …

Celluloid Screams 2015

Celluloid Screams, Sheffield’s horror film festival, returns to the Showroom Cinema over the weekend of 23-25 October. Now in its seventh year the festival is in rude health. 2015 sees the best line-up yet featuring some of the best new horror from around the world. Along with a glittering array of feature and shorts, the …

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Whilst Kristen Wiig may well have been the biggest winner of the 69th incarnation of Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF), the sheer quality and diversity of programming meant that it remains one of the most important showcases of new film in the UK. I was fortunate enough to spend a long weekend in Edinburgh and …