Open submissions for Making Tracks, October 2012
Would you like to see your film with a live soundtrack? We are asking for filmmakers, animators and artists to send us their experimental and artist films, music videos and animations to show at our next Making Tracks event at Rich Mix on 18th October 2012.
Funded by Arts Council England, Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform on which to showcase new film talent. Whirlygig Cinema will present a diverse programme of short films alongside brand new scores, performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.
This is a unique chance for filmmakers to experience their films in a live context and with a brand new score which they will be able to keep after the event. We are particularly interested in films that have never been shown in public before due to problems with music copyright. One of the aims of Making Tracks is to expose previously unseen pieces of work and give aspiring filmmakers the attention they deserve.
To find out more and submit a film, please visit our submissions page. The deadline for submitting films to this event is Friday 21st September.
Nature-themed films wanted for music festival in woodland location!
UPDATE (3rd August) - SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED! Thanks to all who submitted.
We are delighted to announce that we are going to be hosting the film tent at In The Woods, a cutting-edge one day music festival set in a secret woodland location just one hour south of London. Now in its 7th year, the festival has become a hotbed for showcasing new artistic talent and will take place on 1st September 2012.
So in response to this we have decided to curate our own talent showcase in the form of 'Whirlygig Cinema Au Naturel', a programme of films inspired by nature, animals and The Great Outdoors. We would love for you to send us your films, and this includes animations, documentaries, music videos, experimental films, dramas - in fact anything and everything as long as it ties in with the theme and is under 10 minutes long.
To submit, please complete our online form by Friday 3rd August. If your film is selected you will have the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to the festival!
WhirlyKids comes to town on Sunday!
Last year we entertained the good people of East London with a comedy programme at the East End Film Festival's free day of film - CineEast, or Movie MayDay as it was called back then. This year we bring forth a selection of films for children aged 3 to 9 and will introduce many adorable characters, real and animated, including Stompy the Bear, Midge the One-Eyed Cat, Old Owl and Georgie.
If you have your own curious little character, bring him or her along on Sunday to experience this endearing little collection of films by emerging film talent! This will take place this Sunday (1st July) at 12.30pm on the dot, at the Kobi Nazrul Centre (Main Hall), 30 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR. And the good news is, admission is free for all!
Photo gallery: what our events look like...
If you are interested to see what our short film nights look like, you can see photos from our event so far at our gallery. Photos were taken by Helen Nias, John Steed, Neil Cheshire, Tserina Poynder-Meares and Muffin Hix.
Hey - kids like short films too!
On Sunday 1st July we will be presenting our new WhirlyKids programme at the East End Film Festival’s CineEast, which is a day of free cinema and film events around East London. If you have kids between the ages of 3 and 9, bring them along for a selection of animations and films. This will take place at 12.30pm at the
Kobi Nazrul Centre (Main Hall), 30 Hanbury Street, London, E1 6QR. Don't forget that admission is free!
Sneak preview of Making Tracks programme
The next Making Tracks is fast approaching, and we are now delighted to give a sneak preview of the programme. This time we place a heavy focus on artist video and The Cabinet of Living Cinema will perform live re-scores to films by new and established video artists, animators and experimental filmmakers.
This event will feature work by two students of the Royal College of Art, Liron Kroll and Sandra Djukic as well as international video artist Toby Tatum and animators Samuel Lehane, Bill Porter and Tessa Moult-Milewska. We are also excited to be screening a previously unseen experimental short by renowned audio-visual artist Noriko Okaku. The full line-up will be announced in the next couple of days, keep a close eye on this page.
Submissions open for next Making Tracks
Would you like to see your film with a live soundtrack? We are looking for experimental films and artist videos to show at the next Making Tracks event at Rich Mix on 30th May 2012.
Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform on which to showcase new film talent. We will present a programme of experimental film and artist video alongside brand new scores, performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.
The Cabinet will use a wide range of instruments and foley (live sound effects!) to bring a fresh perspective to the films, adding a new dimension to the visuals and creating an invigorating live experience. Filmmakers hear their new score for the first time on the night and will receive a copyright-free recording of it after the event.
Visit our submissions page for more details on how to submit.
“There is intrinsic value to seeing films in a way that Making Tracks makes possible…After the first few public screenings, I never watch my own films. Making Tracks was an exception: I was looking with eyes wide open at an entirely new film being born right in front of me, and I knew I had just this one chance to see it.” Srdjan Keca, filmmaker
“Making Tracks was important to me as it allowed a short film I had made to finally be shown publicly as before I hadn't been able to afford to clear the music I originally used. It not only brought great musicians to my film and also meant that I could finally show it.” Tom Chick, filmmaker
Introducing... Spotlights, a new and unique opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work
Over the coming months, we will be hosting Spotlights; a series of short film events that focus closely on the work of up-and-coming filmmakers.
Each event will feature films and talks by three up-and-coming directors, providing audiences with a gripping insight into their work and practise whilst traversing a range of styles and genres. Screening in the cosy basement bar of Trangallan Restaurant, Newington Green, Spotlights will strive to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing hand-picked emerging film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.
We are currently looking for filmmakers willing to take part in these events. The requirements are fairly relaxed, but the participant should have a adequate body of work to be able to fill a 30 minute slot, during which they can present films and/or film clips and discuss their work. They should be happy with speaking in public and able to talk about their work confidently and concisely.
These events will take place on the second Tuesday of every second month, with the first three booked for 10th April, 12th June and 14th August 2012. If you are a filmmaker and would like to take part, please email email@example.com for more information or to be considered.
Making Tracks Podcast
Listen up! We have recorded a podcast to try and explain what Making Tracks is all about and why it is so important to filmmakers.
At our last event at the Rich Mix in January we staged our first post-show Q&A. Katie Steed, founder of Whirlygig Cinema, was joined onstage by musicians Kieron Maguire, Robert Parkinson, Catherine Ring and Francesca Ter-berg, and four of the filmmakers: Jo Shaw (Dogged), Max Lincoln (Red House), Hannah Robinson (Relax) and Srdjan Keca (Mirage.
It was a perfect chance for both parties to meet each other and chat about the new scores.
This weekend: Making Tracks takes on the International Student Film Festival London
This weekend sees the very first Student Film Festival London, a festival showcasing the very best in international student film, taking place mainly at London College of Communication. We are honoured to be hosting two events with The Cabinet of Living Cinema in the style of Making Tracks, where we will screen and score an array of amazing student films. The first will feature on Friday 3rd as part of the festival's Friday Night Party in the LCC bar (the Darkroom) alongside Gorilla Film Magazine, which is a free event (and cheap booze!) and a perfect opportunity to show off our stuff to new audiences. Then on Sunday we will be raising the bar and opening the fesival's glamourous Closing Night Awards Ceremony at none other than the Apollo Cinema in Piccadilly. This will be ticketed; please don't hesitate to find out more.
For both events we will be dipping into our archives and pulling out the very best student films to re-score once again. On Sunday, however, we will also be presenting two brand new films that were screened elsewhere in the festival, and our lucky audience will hear their new scores for the first time ever.
We also have 4 pairs of tickets to give away to Trudy Bellinger's career interview this Friday. Trudy is an award-winning music video director and this interview will discuss her career which has seen her move from installation artist to Executive Producer of Merge UK. This is a perfect opportunity for budding music video directors wishing to gain an insight into what it takes for a successful future. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win.