Little Wing Film Festival: Opening Night

Little Wing Film Festival

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The Little Wing Film Festival opened last night with a programme of shorts by emerging young filmmakers.

The opening night took place at the Hen & Chicken Theatre in Islington ― which will be the venue for the entire weekend’s programming of this inaugural festival.

Four short films were shown:

Final Call: a wonderful, sweetly subversive animation ― like a grown-up, hand drawn Zootopia.

Letters From Alcatraz: an American prison drama with impressive production value.

83 Soi Soonvijai 14: the most technically precise of the programme ― a dryly comic family portrait that adds up to something moving.

Binary Star: a touching look at a turbulent but loving mother daughter relationship.

Binary Star

Binary Star

Altogether, the programme was an exciting look at the weekend ahead; a promise of emerging creative voices with great potential.

Little Wing was set up by film programmer Mariah Mathew, with the hope of creating a festival that would support emerging filmmakers in a sustainable way. The festival will continue throughout today and tomorrow, including a series of shorts, features and filmmaking workshops. All tickets are £6.

More information on the Little Wing Film Festival can be found here.

The festival runs from September 1st to 3rd at The Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington, with a mix of shorts and features, all by very talented up-and-coming filmmakers. Tickets are £6 for each screening, and there will be a 4-hour workshop with Nicola Peluso, one of the brains behind wearefilmclub, for £15, that focuses on filmmaking on a microbudget.

There’s an option to leave constructive comments and compliments that will be delivered to each filmmaker, if the audience feels moved to write something. This stems from the idea that it can be arduous, with exhausting setbacks, when trying to get your work recognized in the beginning of your creative career, and a kind word, particularly from a stranger, can be immensely appreciated. I want to create a space that is approachable and easy-going, where young creatives can feel supported and share opportunities, and we can work towards changing attitudes around the acceptability of unpaid work.

The festival organiser is a recent graduate and started this project with £200 saved from bartending. It’s come along really well, and there is so much potential in it to grow, because the call for this kind of support from young creatives is loud.

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