The short films, selected by filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University Demelza Kooij, represent a diverse range of regional talent, encompassing many genres and narratives.
After a record 72 submissions, and an intense judging process, FACT can announce this year’s seven shortlisted filmmakers: Daniel Boocock, Hu Ching-Chuan, Mike Forshaw, Lars Koens, Alzbeta Kovandova, Stefano Nurra and Dan Sloan. From glossy hi-definition thriller, to chilling drama, dark comedy and 3D scanning-inspired animation, the range of films this year are original, unique and inspired, ranging from the digitally mastered to vignettes shot on 35mm.
Hu Ching-Chuan’s Uncanny Field explores a future world wherein the Internet is accessed in three dimensions, whilst Stefano Nurra’s Hum is set in a more traditionally fantasy universe, far beyond our imagination.
Alzbeta Kovandova and Lars Koens both use a more delicate, artistic hand, to create their beautiful filmic work, whilst the beautifully shot The Desolate One by Daniel Boocock emulates this same artistry through the stunning backdrops plaing host to the action
Lastly, Mike Forshaw’s Saturday is sure to bring a tear to the eye of anyone whose family was affected by the Hillsborough disaster, and Five Minutes by Dan Sloan tips the idea of the “date night” on its head with a touch of dark comedy.
Head judge Demelza Kooij said “the selection process was full of surprises, fun, and also difficult. I am glad to be able to say that I have genuinely fallen in love with a few of the films in this year's programme. My selection for Liverpool Film Night journeys from open landscapes and mountains ranges to the inner psyche, imaginary places, foreign countries, and back to the heart of Liverpool.”
Liverpool Film Night is Merseyside’s longest standing film event dedicated to supporting and showcasing local, aspiring talent. This year’s selection of films, curated by filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University Demelza Kooij, will join the roster of previous Film Night success stories, with participants from the last few years going on to become full time filmmakers, entertaining even bigger audiences with their work.
Alongside head judge Kooij, panel members include David A Hughes, award-winning composer and producer; Carl Loughlin, actor and filmmaker specialising in LGBT films; and Helen Walsh, author and director.Together they will lead a discussion about the evening’s showcase, before taking questions from the audience.
Liverpool Film Night offers local filmmakers the chance to see their short films on the big screen in front of a live audience, and is just one of FACT’s continuous efforts to support the filmmaking community in the region. In 2016, the much-praised workshop series Film Talent Development Programme, funded by Creative England helped train and promote North West creatives. Information about upcoming activities, including the NW Filmmakers meetup events, can be found at fact.co.uk.
You can buy tickets for this year's Liverpool Film Night here.