Spotlights: Ladies' Night

Three women filmmakers get thirty minutes to showcase and chat about their work. A short film night with a difference!

In partnership with Underwire Festival.

7 May 2014. Doors 7pm / Films 7.30pm
Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, E8 1HE

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Whirlygig Cinema's Spotlights - applications open!

We are looking for filmmakers to take part in our Spotlights events between August 2014 and April 2014. Find out more

See great animation with Whirlygig Cinema in January

Happy New Year to short film fans everywhere! We start the year with two very exciting events, both of which focus heavily on animation. First up, we are hosting our animation-themed edition of Spotlights on Wednesday 8th January at Hackney Attic, where we will introduce you to four exceptionally talented and very diverse filmmakers; Carla MacKinnon, Tea&Cheese (Liam Tate and Jamie Stanton) and Adam Wells.

Spotlights is a monthly short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers. Carla, Adam and the boys from Tea & Cheese will be given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and animating process. Find out more

On Saturday 11th January, we will be returning to Rich Mix one more time for our Making Tracks: Retrospective to celebrate three years of Making Tracks and say farewell to the project as we take a break for the immediate future.

Making Tracks has provided an interactive platform for emerging film talent since 2010 fusing live music with moving image. With support from Arts Council England, we have hosted twelve events at Rich Mix and showcased over 120 short films, all of which screened alongside brand new scores, performed live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

On the 11th we will showcase a selection of the best short films and animations to come out of the project, with their respective live scores. Enjoy the films and live music and then party on with music from Shut the Front Door DJs and live visuals by Emily Bailey. See the full programme.

This event is part of the 11th London Short Film Festival, which takes place from 10th-19th January at venues across London.

Time for a whirlygiggle at comedy-themed Spotlights

Image credit: Rob Munday

The next Spotlights is taking place on Wednesday 4th December at Hackney Attic and this time we'll have a special focus on comedy. Come into the warm and meet some super witty filmmakers - writer-director Stuart Laws, filmmaking trio Tim Bunn, Joseph Patrick and Tim Woodall, and animator Rob Munday. You will also have the chance to see two lesser-known performances by British actor Martin Freeman (The Hobbit, Sherlock) and well as onscreen cameos by comedians Julian Barratt and Daniel Simonsen.

Tickets are on sale now - only £4 in advance, or £3 if you rock up on the night with a WhirlyBadge.

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Spotlights returns in November with a new look

Photo: Simon Ball presents his films at Spotlights, Aug 2013. Courtesy of Helen Nias.

We are getting ready to return to Hackney Attic with Spotlights on on 6th November, to experiment with a brand new image and concept.

Keeping the original format, with three emerging filmmakers being given half an hour to present a retrospective of their work through film screenings and chat, we are adding an extra feature. Each event will now focus on a particular theme or genre, to give a more specialised view of the films on show. So by doing this we hope that fans of animation, documentary, music videos, comedy, drama and artist video can really get the most out of the evening. We are keeping the Q&A at the end of the evening as well, so audience members can ask the filmmakers any questions they might have.

Spotlights on Wednesday 6th November will focus on drama and we look forward to welcoming some incredible fiction writers and filmmakers Chanya Button, Phil Hawkins and Fernando Tiberini. This will take place at Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE and tickets are £4 in advance, or £5 on the door.

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We're Making Tracks on Friday: short films + live scores

This Friday, Making Tracks will return to Rich Mix, where we will showcase a fresh new programme of short films accompanied by brand new live scores. The Cabinet of Living Cinema will use a wide range of instruments and foley to bring a fresh perspective to the films, adding a new dimension to the visuals and creating an invigorating live experience. Join the artists and filmmakers as they hear their new scores for the first time and see cutting-edge film in a totally unique context.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Tickets are £10 on the door, £8 in advance, or £5 (on the door) to WhirlyBadge holders.

See the full list of films here. We hope to see you on Friday!

Image reference: still from Jo Peel's 'Things Change', screening at Making Tracks on Friday 11 October.

Going Au Naturel for In The Woods for the second year running

We are delighted to be returning to In The Woods Festival in a couple of weeks time to curate their cinema tent for the second year running.

Now in its 8th year, In The Woods is a special one-day music festival in an enchanted secret woodland location in South East England. Curated and pulled together by the band Laurel Collective, the festival has fast become a watershed show for new talent, including music, art and film.

We can't wait to bring festival revellers a magical and diverse selection of short films, music videos and documentaries from some incredibly talented filmmakers, both emerging and established.

Alongside our specially curated programme of nature-themed shorts, Au Naturel, we are honoured to be collaborating with the likes of (in no particular order):
- London Short Film Festival
- Doc Heads
- Underwire Festival
- Flipside Film Festival
- Radar Music Videos and
- LOCO Film Festival

These lovely people will all be contributing programmes to highlight the type of material they promote or showcase at their own events. Our little tent will also play host to live acts The Cabinet of Living Cinema and Magnetic Foragers.

Our very own Au Naturel will be split into six themed mini-programmes: Birds and the Bees, Nature on the Brain, Man-imal, In The Woods, Water's Edge and Cinemagic Mushrooms.

In The Woods is sadly sold-out, but you can get still get a little taster of our Au Naturel programme.

Making Tracks to take a break in 2014 | Submissions open for October

After three amazing years of live scores, incredible short films, collaborations and Q&As, Making Tracks is to take a break in 2014. We have screened and re-scored over a hundred films since we started out in December 2010, and it has been an absolute privilege being able to offer this experience to so many filmmakers, both new and established. We hope to continue collaborating with The Cabinet of Living Cinema in future, but for the time being it feels natural to take a step back and consider new ideas and directions. A huge warm thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years - the Arts Council, all filmmakers and collaborators, our wonderful audiences and of course the awesome Rich Mix who have provided the perfect home.

Aside from a retrospective at London Short Film Festival in January 2014, we have just one more Making Tracks event at Rich Mix, taking place on Friday 11th October. Submissions are now open for this, so if you are a filmmaker and would love to experience your film with a live score, seize the chance while you can! We are accepting all types of film for this, including dramas, animations, music videos, artist film and documentary. As long as the film speaks for its self visual, and will still make sense once the original soundtrack is removed, please send it over and we'll happily consider it.

Making Tracks XL (extra live!): Moving image artists perform live visuals to live soundtracks

Max Hattler performs at Whirlygig Cinema's 3rd Birthday Party, 22/06/13. Photo by John Steed

Moving image artists, including the internationally renowned Max Hattler, are to team up with film score musicians The Cabinet of Living Cinema in an exclusive ‘extra live’ edition of Making Tracks on 27th July.

For this special event, moving image artists will perform live visuals to complement the live music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. In many cases, both visuals and music will be improvised, creating an experimental playing field for both parties.

Max Hattler will perform his new audiovisual animation Hattlerized Motorsaw with partner Sune Petersen, using experimental custom-built software. Other moving image artists performing are Emily Bailey, Tom Brown and Sarah Culross.

As well as this, there will be a selection of pre-made short films by emerging filmmakers and animation graduates from the Royal College of Art. These will also be scored live.

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SPIN: Happy Birthday Whirlygig Cinema

Lights and magic - celebrating three years of Whirlygig Cinema

Last Saturday we celebrated our 3rd birthday with a very special party up in the Hackney Attic. To try and reflect what we do in our own events, we laid on a programme of live audiovisual treats for everyone to enjoy. The party was opened by audiovisual duo Emily Bailey and ACRA who jump-started our senses with digital loops of celluloid animation and powerful electronic beats.

We then showcased the ten films that had been made especially for this event, by filmmakers that have all screened at Whirlygig Cinema in the past. All these films were made in response to the theme 'SPIN', using our logo as inspiration. It was a huge pleasure and honour to screen these films and they all received a massive response. The filmmakers that made films were: Inga Burrows, Dominic Currie, Tim Graham (cinema iloobia), Ed Hartwell, Helen Nias, Erika Pál, Sellotape Cinema, Andrei Sopon, Natasha Tonkin and Jayne Wilson. We will be putting the films online soon for everyone to enjoy.

Then followed two mind-blowing performances from (in our eyes) audiovisual giants. The magnificent and mysterious Nordic Giants set the place alight with their primeval soundtracks to carefully-selected short films. Then we witnessed a first-time AV collaboration between moving image maestro Max Hattler and electronica egghead My Panda Shall Fly.

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us; Whirlygig wouldn't be the same without the wonderful people that come to our events and support us in what we do for filmmakers. Here's to the next three years!

See photos from the event, taken by Paige Gresty and John Steed.