Not necessarily our own, but exciting happenings in the region which we wanted to share...
BFI NETWORK South Coast Talent Meet-Up
BFI NETWORK in partnership with DVMISSION are celebrating local filmmaking and media talent at this networking meet up.
Whether you’re a first-time filmmaker, animator, writer or producer you're invited to come along to meet, chat and share ideas with each other. These informal meet ups are set up with the aim of building and supporting the local filmmaking community, and also to encourage you to collaborate and develop ideas for the two recently announced BFI NETWORK funding strands.
5-6pm - BFI NETWORK Funding Strands Q&A
Find out more about the BFI NETWORK funding strands from regional BFI NETWORK Talent Executive, Alice Cabañas. The two funding strands include:
• Short Film Funding for fiction shorts, in both live action and animation.
• Early Development funding programme supporting projects with writers based in England.
You can read more about these opportunities here:
Joining us on the panel with BFI NETWORK regional talent executive Alice Cabanas, are Liam O’Hara and Will Shutt producers of ‘Run it Off’ (2017) and Luke Jeffery director of ‘Hells Bells (2017), both iShorts supported films. They will be answering questions about how they beat off the competition to get funded, what the experience was like and how it has impacted on their careers. There is also an opportunity to see the films as part of the screening programme that follows the panel discussion.
6-7pm - Screening
Featuring winning short films by local filmmakers including award winners from the Making Waves International Film Festival, Shorts Cut/Guide Awards, Southampton Film Week and BFI NETWORK this will be a celebration of the great talent in the region and an opportunity for an announcement about future collaborations.
Funded by Creative England’s iShorts, delivered as part of the BFI NETWORK
'Run it Off' (2017)
Run it Off is a story about a long-distance runner who has lost his way in life. He inadvertently saves a young woman from throwing herself off a bridge. As their efforts to get home take a detour, a night-time jog through the city reveals how each can gain enough courage to face the next day.
Dir. Liam O’Hara
Dur. 13 mins
‘Hells Bells’ (2017)
Rosie Dean doesn’t look like a typical Morris dancer, but something about her local group has drawn her in to the extent that she has cut off all contact with her friends and family… Quirky British pastime or sinister secret society? Hell’s Bells explores the dark underbelly of this ancient folk tradition.
Dir. Luke Jeffery
Dur. 14 mins
Winner Best Local Film Making Waves International Film Festival
‘Seasonal Contract’ (2018)
A disenchanted young woman sells her soul to the devil to save her dying mother. However, due to a spelling error, her soul is sold not to Satan but Santa.
Dir. George R Lee
Dur. 13 mins
Winner Best Local Film Portsmouth Film Festival Shorts Cut/Guide Awards
Short and sharp; Delicacy is a film about the depths we are willing to go to find the latest trends in Soho’s growing foodie culture.
Dir. Michael Middleton-Downer
Dur. 9 mins
Winner of Regional Filmmaker Prize, Best Fiction and The Michael Fuller Award for Best Film at Southampton Film Week
‘Safe Space’ (2018)
Safe Space is the story that chronicles the relationship between Sarah and Amne. Sarah is a key worker in a women's safe house. Amne is a new resident and Sarah's new client. The story begins when the two first meet and ends when they say their final goodbye.
Dir. Ben S. Hyland
Dur. 9 mins
7-8pm - Happy Hour!
Join us for post panel drinks and the opportunity for some creative casual networking.
Date: Thursday 7th March 2019
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Venue: Portsmouth Room, Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2AB
023 93870 200
Tickets: Free advance booking
DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge
The UK’s longest continuously running 48 Hour Film Challenge now in its 13th edition.
BFI NETWORK supports new writers, directors and producers from across the UK.
City Eye/Southampton Film Week
City Eye exists to inspire and promote film and digital culture in the region. Southampton Film Week is a City Eye project.
Shorts Cut/Guide Awards
Promotes interests in film exhibition and education in the Portsmouth region staging screenings in diverse locations and engaging with new audiences.
Making Waves International Film Festival
Making Waves supports and exhibits pioneering work by international talent and local independent filmmakers and offers opportunities to develop skills in filmmaking, distribution and events.
Thanks to Portsmouth Guildhall for their support and contribution to the event.
'A Feral World' is a post-apocalyptic tale of survival featuring a young, orphaned boy and his friendship with a woman who’s desperate to find her missing daughter. Filmed over four years, we watch the boy mature into a teenager. Sound supervisor Leslie Gaston-Bird (AMPS, MPSE) gives an overview of creating and managing audio assets for the 5.1 mix for this feature, which is scheduled to debut next year.
Leslie Gaston-Bird Leslie is a sound engineer with over 30 years of experience in film, video, music, and radio. She works at Mix Messiah Productions, based in Brighton and London. She is also Vice President for the Audio Engineering Society's Western Region (USA & Canada). Leslie is a former Associate Professor of Recording Arts at the University of Colorado Denver, where from 2013-2015 she served as Chair of the Department of Music and Entertainment Industry Studies.
Date: Thursday 29th November
18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Palmerston Lecture Theatre, Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN
Tickets: Free advance booking
Battleships of the Silent Era
This September join No.6 Cinema at Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard for some fantastic silent films with music accompaniment including live music by Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne who you can also see and hear in November as Turner Sims and Southampton Film Week present Metropolis.
Thursday 27th September 2018 - 7.00pm
Dawson City: Frozen Time, pieces together the bizarre true history of a collection of some 500 films dating from 1910s - 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory, in Dawson City, located about 350 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films and newsreels, archival footage, interviews and historical photographs to tell the story, and accompanied by an enigmatic score by Sigur Rós collaborator and composer Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic), Dawson City: Frozen Time depicts a unique history of a Canadian gold rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery, and salvation - and through that collection, how a First Nation hunting camp was transformed and displaced. Written and directed by Bill Morrison.
Friday 28th September 2018 - 7.00pm
Battleship Potemkin “Even now I feel again the emotion it aroused in all of us. When we left the theatre, we started erecting barricades ourselves. The police had to intervene before we would stop.”
Luis Buñuel, My Last Sigh, 1982
Declared the greatest film of all time at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and one of only two films to have appeared on all of Sight & Sound’s critics’ polls (1952–2002), Battleship Potemkin has also been widely censored, as much out of fear of the perceived influence of its ideas as for any contentious material on screen.
In essence, it tells a five-part story of a naval mutiny leading to full-blown revolution, but while this material could be crudely propagandist in other hands, Eisenstein uses images of such dynamic compositional strength and editing of such frame-perfect precision that it’s hard not to be swept along, regardless of personal politics. Despite endless quotation and parody, the set-piece massacre on the Odessa Steps still packs a sledgehammer punch.
South West Silents are proud to present one of the true classics of cinema on the big screen in full blown High Definition. Film courtesy of the BFI.
Recorded soundtrack of Edward Meisel's 1926 score to accompany the film.
Saturday 29th September 2018 - 4.15pm
Zeebrugge April 23rd 1918 saw one of the most daring and heroic raids of the First World War with the British Royal Navy attempting to block the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge, a key U-boat and light shipping base for the Imperial German Navy.
Based on the raid, Woolfe and Bramble’s much forgotten gem is a film that recreates the famous heroic attack at Zeebrugge with a mixture of drama and authentic First World War film material including captured German film as well as the most advance special effects of the time.
South West Silents and No6 Cinema, Portsmouth are proud to present this very rarely screened film up on the big screen. Film courtesy of the BFI and Studio Canal.
Live Music by Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne.
Saturday 29th September 2018 - 7.00pm
Nelson Rarely seen since its original release, Maurice Elvey’s masterpiece on the life and career of Admiral Nelson was a major passion project for Britain’s most prolific film director. Written by Alfred Hitchcock’s scriptwriter Eliot Stannard and made with the support of the Admiralty at a time when the Navy needed to recruit. The film transforms Nelson into an action packed hero for the British audiences of World World One, celebrating his heroic status and recreating famous moments in British Naval history.
Elvey’s action packed film is very much an education as well as entertainment with stunning cinematography and razor sharp action sequences mixed with model shots and animation. Part of the film was shot on HMS Victory, making NELSON the only feature film ever made on the Royal Navy’s most famous ship.
South West Silents and No6 Cinema, Portsmouth are proud to present this rare screening of Elvey's forgotten masterpiece celebrating the life of one of the British Navy' greatest heroes. Film courtesy of the BFI.
Live Music by Stephen Horne and Martin Pyne.
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Film Hub South West Programming Meet-Up
Local Filmmakers – Meet the BFI Network South West Talent Executive
Date: Wednesday 20th June 2018
Venue: City Eye at Studio 144, Guildhall Square, Southampton,
DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge
DVMISSION is inviting filmmakers of any age and any experience to sign up for Portsmouth's twelfth DVMISSION 48 Hour Film Challenge.
It is really as simple as (1) registering with DV Mission - The 48 Hour Film Challenge (2) get some friends together with a camera and make a film over one weekend from 9th-11th March (3) then screen your film at DVMISSIONS glittering gala and awards ceremony on 17th March at The Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea.
For more information visit:
Silent Film Fortnight
Turner Sims in partnership with the University of Southampton’s Film and Music departments presents a three-part series focusing on the film heritage of the First World War. With introductions to each film, expert insights and guests, including two of the country’s leading silent film score performers, the series of screenings and talks will show the role cinema played in memorialising the war after the armistice, and reflect on cinema’s continued importance to our present day understanding of the conflict.
The Guns of Loos (1928) Sunday 11th February 2018 3pm
Silent Film Screening with Live Music Accompaniment
Stephen Horne piano, Martin Pyne percussion
Dawn (1928) Tuesday 13th February 2018 7.30pm
Silent Film Screening with Live Music Accompaniment
Composer and pianist Andrew Fisher leads an ensemble in an improvised performance to accompany the film.
1918, At Home, At War Thursday 22nd February 2018 7.30pm
Silent Film Screening with Live Music Accompaniment
Neil Brand piano
Click here for full details and booking
Film Hub South West
Get involved in Film Hub South West as part of the BFI's Film Audience Network!
The BFI Film Audience Network Boundaries are changing. From January 2018 Hampshire and Isle of Wight will sit within the South West region rather than South East. The South West Hub leader, Watershed in Bristol, is eager to hear from cinemas, cross art venues and film festivals as well as other relevant organisations and freelancers that share its ambitions towards a thriving and relevant cultural film exhibition sector. A sector which nurtures generations of filmgoers and remains in tune with new of ways of experiencing film and moving image that operate across the new region.
Earlier this year, the British Film Institute invited applications from organisations to take on the Film Hub Lead role for regions and nations as part of the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) for the period 2018 - 22, responding to priorities and criteria outlined in BFI2022. This includes greater responsibility around film festivals, community cinemas, talent development and changes in regional boundaries in England. Building on our successful leadership of Film Hub South West & West Midlands, Watershed leads on a bid for the period 2018-2022 for the South West area, which now includes Hampshire and Isle of Wight, previously part of Film Hub South East as illustrated on this map.
Join in a consultation session at Harbour Lights Picture House in Southampton for a chance to help us shape Film Hub South West from January 2018. FHSW wants to be responsive to regional contexts and needs, working collectively.
Wednesday 4th October2017
Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Eastleigh Film Festival 2017
This September Eastleigh Film Festival, curated by The Point, returns to the Borough with six days of memorable movie-going magic.
Now in its fourth year, EFF has a reputation for staging iconic movies in locations to match, celebrating the joy of cult cinema. This year the festival presents a handful of carefully selected titles from across the decades, including Brian De Palma’s genre-defining Carrie, the Box-Office breaking Die Hard Trilogy and Kevin Smith’s seminal Mallrats.
This year’s event welcomes industry experts to The Point for an inspiring Film Careers Morning. Director Neil Mcenery-West (Containment) and Actor Tom Wilton (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) will present workshops on Directing and Performance, alongside talks on Writing for the Screen and Editing. Created to offer participants an invaluable insight into filmmaking, this event is open to all seeking a career in film.
Presenting bespoke screenings of cult classics, EFF will screen 19 films at 12 unique venues, breathing life into your favourite films this autumn.
Dunkirk - 35mm screenings at Harbour Lights
If you're nostalgic for the pre-digital era - or if this is something you've only heard rumour of - then a rare treat is in store! Harbour Lights, Picturehouse are bringing out their 35mm projector this summer for the release of Christopher Nolan's latest film 'Dunkirk'.
We urge you to get along and enjoy the 35 mm projection (as the Director would prefer you to see it) - and celebrate a film that used locations along the south coast from Weymouth to Lee-on-Solent.
The mass evacuation of more than 330,000 Allied troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940 was one of the most dramatic and pivotal episodes of the Second World War. In his latest feature, director Christopher Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight trilogy) plunges viewers into the thick of it with what he describes as “the most visceral experiential two hours that audiences can hope for”.
Told from three points of view – land, sea and air – Dunkirk unfolds with a palpable sense of dread and tension, evoking the very human and immediate desire to survive.
With cinematography from Hoyte van Hoytema (Interstellar), a score from Hans Zimmer, and an all-star supporting cast that includes Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy and Mark Rylance, this is the must-see spectacle of the summer.
The Guernica Children
FEATURING Q&A + DISCUSSION OF REFUGEES, PAST AND PRESENT
The infamous bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, commemorated by Picasso's famous painting, led directly to the evacuation of four thousand Basque children to Britain. It was the largest single influx of refugees ever to arrive in this country and the first to consist solely of children. The British Government did not want them here - so it was that an enormous voluntary organisation stepped in to care for the children - much to the annoyance of the Government! Everybody expected their stay to be brief, but the conflict dragged on. By the end of the Spanish Civil War many of the children literally had nothing and nobody to return to and remained in Britain for a lifetime. This is the story of the Basque children - of those that returned to Spain and those that made Britain their home. It is the story of a remarkable grass-roots organisation that cared for them and the conflict it generated with a British Government which saw the children as a political embarrassment.
In this R.T.S. award-winning documentary film, eye witness accounts are mixed with expert analysis, dramatic reconstruction and previously un-screened archive footage to tell the story of The Guernica Children.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A including the film's
director Steve Bowles, Simon Martinez from the Basque Children's
Association and Mike Brown from CLEAR - a human-rights organization
working with asylum-seekers and refugees in Southampton today.
Wednesday 21st June 2017
Harbour Lights Picturehouse
Title: The Guernica Children
Duration: 62 mins
Director: Steve Bowles
Hosted by Basque Children Association
EMBRACE - International Women's Day
Embrace follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt's crusade as she explores the global issue of body loathing, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies.
Promoted by Vie Portland. This is a Demand film; this means that it can only go ahead if a certain amount of tickets are reserved first, so, please, reserve your tickets as soon as possible; no money will be taken from your account until the event is confirmed.
There will be goodie bags for at least the first 100 people!
The screening will start promptly at 6.45pm.
Tickets can be bought via this link: https://tickets.demand.film/event/1486
Wednesday 8th March
Odeon Southampton, Leisure World
Film Expo South
FILM EXPO SOUTH is back Friday 3rd February 2017 at the AGEAS Bowl, Southampton to collaborate, inspire excite, stimulate and engage the filmmaking population yet again with:
Watch Vidoeo highlights from 2016
"Film Expo South is a fantastic event. As a speaker I found my panel had an exceptional range of experience and expertise. As an attendee I was bowled over... Next year I'll arrive early and clear my diary for a full and long day."
Phil Attfield - VFX and Animation Partnership Manager at NextGen Skills Academy
For more information visit: www.filmexposouth.co.uk
Friday 3rd February 2017
The Ageas Bowl
£20 - £40
Documentary Film Screening
Baka - A Cry from the Rainforest
Phil Agland/ UK/ 2013/ 89'
“This is a sublime film – warm, human, beautiful to watch, filmed with intense love and achingly sad” The Times
As part of the Royal Anthropology Institutes Film Festival Ambassadors programme we are going to be screening Phil Agland’s Baka: A Cry From the Rainforest
A quarter century after his award-winning documentary Baka: People Of The Rainforest, Phil Agland revisits the same Baka family in the Cameroon. For the first time they watch the film he made of them, delighted in seeing lost ones brought back to life. They’re also astonished to have a glimpse into how they used to live. For in the span of a single generation, Agland discovers that the Baka people’s lifestyles have dramatically changed. The rainforest, once so abundant with game, is now depleted by hunters and timber companies, and the Baka are losing their hunting skills. They’re also being decimated by a homegrown alcohol that is highly addictive and wiping out the menfolk. With the women now becoming addicted, it is even taking its toll on young, and unborn children. Inspired by the film, the Baka men embark on a journey into the forest to reconnect with the old way of life of their fathers.
The screening will be introduced with a short talk on the context of the film and its history at 6.30pm and will be followed by the screening at 7pm (duration 90mins).
There will be a short Q&A opportunity post screening.
Date: 30th November 2016
Time: 6:30 - 9:00pm
Venue: The Pod, The Spark, East Park Terrace,
Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 0YN
Exit 6 Film Festival
Exit 6 Film Festival is an all-day event screening short films and music videos at multiple venues in the ever-growing town of Basingstoke.
The Vue Cinema and The Red Lion Hotel are included in the daytime screening venues as well as a music event at Sanctuary which will be showcasing local bands and artists.
In the evening there will be a screening of the Judges top 6 films at The Anvil (The Forge) where our guest judges will be in attendance and the Award for Best Film will be presented.
Finally, there is an Afterparty at the Tea Bar where the Audience Choice Award will be presented and delegates are invited to try the famous Exit 6 Cocktail.
Date: Saturday 24th September
To find out more and purchase tickets please visit exit6filmfestival.com
30th Year Launch
You are invited to launch our 30th anniversary year and join the conversation about our plans for City Eye at Studio 144.
Come along and discover how we can support your filmmaking, tell us what you would like to see and do, discover what is in store for Southampton Film Week 2016 - and beyond!
We are eager also to hear your stories about City Eye's past, so if you have been involved in any way please come and share your story or drop us an email.
This event is free but it would be great to have an idea of numbers so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you are planning to attend.
If you attended this event and wish to continue a conversation further, have thought of something new you would like to discuss or if you couldn't make it but still wish to talk to City Eye about plans for Studio 144 click here.
Thursday 12 May
Southampton Solent University,
Sir James Matthews Building,
Above Bar Street (opposite Studio 144)
Get Carter & Post Show Q&A
A dark and stylish new adaptation of the classic Newcastle-noir thriller.
Set in the hard and uncompromising world of 1960s Newcastle rife with crime, sex, gambling and violence this adaptation tells the story made famous in Mike Hodge’s seminal film starring Michael Caine in the lead role.
Jack Carter is back home for the first time in years. He’s back to bury a brother who hated him, in a town he swore he was never going to see again. He’s back to find out who killed his brother, to pay debts and settle scores.
On Wednesday 27th April there will be a special post-show Q&A.
"This riveting production takes a piece of iconic cinema and transforms it into a theatrical experience of the highest order" ★★★★★ The Independent
"Intense, gritty, tenacious" ★★★★★ Reviews Hub
Find out more about NST here.
26th - 30th April
Post-show Q&A: Wed 27 April
Southampton SO17 1TR
Director Q&A Screening
Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?
Feel-good family entertainment! An exciting and fun-packed adventure for everyone age 6 to 106! On their summer camp holiday, four misfit kids suspect that the park’s mascot has been murdered but no-one believes them so they set out to investigate Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? These four kids BILLIE, THE COLONEL, WOODY and SHIV immediately suspect the camp’s new manager DIANE (played by Bonnie Wright - Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter) and they try to build their evidence. But the kids get quickly in over their heads and they realise they’re going to have to use all their childlike savvy if they’re going to solve this crime! A film full of comedy, action and intrigue that takes place on Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline, and the gang learn the importance of true friendship along the way.
At this screening there'll be a special Q&A with the directors of the film, Tim Clague and Danny Stack.
Tickets cost £10 Click here to book your seat
For more information about the film visit
Thursday 14th April 2016
Harbour Lights Picturehouse Cinema
Reserve Tickets £10
The Hampshire Picture Co
Two-Day Continuity Workshop
with Hollywood Industry expert, Caroline Sax
Designed for anyone who is interesting in making films. Continuity is the backbone of filmmaking and it’s essential that whatever you wish to do, you learn it’s importance. In addition, it’s a great career especially if you’d rather go into the film industry young and graduate to working on Hollywood features. You will be amazed.
There are fourteen places only.
For more information contact email@example.com
One Day Creature FX Workshop
Participants will be working with a short film script to explore how to create strange and wonderful characters or animatronics with blood and gore as well as VFX.
The day includes a panel discussion tutorial and practical demonstrations.
One Day Producers workshop:
Are you about to make a short film or even a feature? Are you wanting to know how to produce it Guerrilla-style? Then this interactive workshop is a must. Caroline Sax and Chantelle de Carvalho who recently held a Masterclass for The Hampshire Picture Co, will be going through what a producer has to know and be able to do from A to Z. How to option source material. How to work with a writer. How to put a package together and submit to finance. Looking at different finance models. How to approach and contract cast. How to budget. How to schedule. How to negotiate with crew. What pitfalls to be aware of. Setting up a production office. How to function during shooting. Preparing for Post Production.
The nature of one day is that we will have to schedule it very tightly. If anyone feels they need longer on a specific part of these workshops, like budgeting for example, we will set up another workshop to go through this.
The Hampshire Picture Co | www.thehampshirepicturecompany.co.uk
Dates: SAT OCT 7 + SUN OCT 8 10am-5pm
Course Fee: £115 (for two days- £57.50 pd)
Date: 30th April Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Friday 5th February 2016
9.30am - 6pm
Winchester Discovery Centre