For the next few weeks we will be posting miniblogs all about our SF and Fantasy festival FantastiCon, each highlighting a different aspect of the convention.
Today’s miniblog is all about our Independent Film Cinema.
Hull has been named the European City of Culture for 2017 and between now and then it is our intention to highlight all the wonderfully creative things and people that have come out of Hull over the many years it has been a creative hub.
What’s that? You didn’t know that Hull shaped the British film industry? Many people don’t.
Think of the Carry On films or the Doctor series of comedies, both creators of which were born in Hull. And here’s another big name you may not have associated with the city, J Arthur Rank, whose Rank Organisation became a behemoth of film-making and distribution, another legend born in Hull.
So, with the creative energies of the City spooling up for the City of Culture year in 2017, we thought it only fair to showcase some of the short film making talent on offer by running an independent film cinema.
It is a small, marquee covered area inside the convention with a dozen seats, a large TV showing a looping show reel of films from creatives not only from Hull and the surrounding area but from all over the country too. Got a short film you’d like considered? Send it to us and we’ll consider it for the convention!
On Sunday evening during the Fantastic Awards Ceremony, we will be giving awards for; ‘most innovative’, ‘professional production’ and ‘best film’.
As we intend to showcase new and rising talent, we are not charging these film makers to take part. All we ask is that they send us their very best work and we will make a decision whether it makes it into the final showreel or not.
We are also lucky enough to now have multi-award winning film maker Rob McLellan who has not only kindly allowed us to show his short film ‘Abe’ at the convention on the big screen but will also join us on stage afterwards for a chat about his work and career in the independent film industry.
The Independent cinema is a very proud addition to the convention for us and we thanks all the film makers for sending us your films, we are sure we will have to make some heart breaking decisions when the time comes to compile the final showreel.
Keep on creating and we’ll keep on shouting about your work to the masses!