MANCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 7 experimental films THAT WILL COMPETE IN COMPETITION IN THE 2ND EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL.

Experimental films will play ahead of the documentary Paul Sharits.

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*Experimental session followed by Director Q and A

Playing ahead of Paul Sharits on Saturday March 5th at 8:20pm @ HOME

O: a film shot with water lens

Film Festival Premiere

Directed by Takahiko Watanabe

(Japan)

Runtime- 5 minutes

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*** All experimental short films programme to play in front of Feature Documentary - Paul Sharits.

“O” - eau- is a film shot entirely with a lens made of a water drop. Tracing the memories of a water drop and a girl exceeding time and space, eventually the boundaries of human beings and water drops melt down, leaving the audience to experience the eternal and non-existent world called nostalgia. 

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Battlefield Casualties

Directed by Price James

(United Kingdom)

Runtime- 3 minutes

The film, launched by Veterans for Peace UK, highlights the realities of armed service for young soldiers. The films parody of iconic 80s Action Man toys, appears to be adverts for a new addition to the range called Action Man: Battlefield Casualties, but the ‘adverts’ are in fact a dark satire on the reality of life and death in and after the army.

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Double Blind

 

Directed by Zenon Kohler, Ian Anderson, Jasper St Aubyn West, Raoul Teague and Ricky Marks

(Australia)

Rintime - 2 minutes

Five VFX artists test the theory that a fine-art technique relying on chance could be applied to a motion piece. With no script or storyboards, the artists selected footage then independently experimented with different styles and techniques to create unique VFX shots. The result - a creative piece with no planned narrative.

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Sculptures That Lost The Sense Of Time

European Premiere

Directed by Luigi Pane

(Italy)

Runtime- 6 minutes

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For an artist, what is his own art? To what extent can an artist become one with his work?
Imagine a sculptor working on a marble figure. This artwork, while being shaped, will develop a life of its own, with its own soul. Now imagine this newborn soul wanting be part of the artistic process, contributing to the creation of an artwork in which itself is contained. And as its creativity fuels the process, it also slowly consumes itself, just as humans expend to eventually become a pile of dust.
What if the artist, witnessing this phenomenon, would then want to repossess his artwork and make it part of himself again?
Sculptures That Lost The Sense Of Time come out from a free collaboration between Luigi Pane and Federico Pepe who get together to explore and play with what are in fact a series of "impossible paradoxes in art". 

sick to the bones

Sick To The Bones deals about a lower-middle class house wife (Juana Basto) stuck in a domestic routine that makes her feel invisible and frustrated. Through an experimental approach and an unconventional storytelling style, this short film delves into the protagonist’s daily life, her fears and her confidence that lottery and fate will make things better.

The Calling

UK Premiere

Directed by Chris Boyd

(United Kingdom)

Runtime- 3 minutes

English language

The beginnings of life jump cut to the atemporal fluidity of networked nudes that form a spiralling galaxy.

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Simon

european premiere

Directed by Camille de Galbert

(United States)

Runtime- 11 minutes

English language

A man prepares for his final entry onto the grand stage, only to be confronted by his inner self. SIMON is a genre-crossing, dizzying dive; an inside-outside passage through dance. Passage from the imaginary to the reality, from childhood to adulthood. No one is more alone than the actor who enters the stage. No one is more alone than the child who’s about to join adulthood. And when the imaginary joins reality, the figure of childhood explodes.

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Twitch

Directed by Jules de Niverville

(Canada)

Runtime- 5 minutes

English language

TWITCH chronicles the life-pulse of a creature in conflict: its stirrings/twitching/convulsions, its agonizing missteps and battle with demons; an ode to overcoming dark energies that lie within.

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Playing ahead of Paul Sharits on Saturday March 5th at 8:20pm @ HOME