Worcestershire Pride & Splendid Cinema present Spidarlings (Salem Kapsaski, 2016)

Film Studies @ Worcester


Worcestershire Pride & Splendid Cinema present

Spidarlings (Salem Kapsaski, 2016) + Q&A w Director and Stars

The Hive

28 September, 2017, 19:30


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Cinema Obscura Launches

FREE film club based at the University of Worcester. Showcasing double bills of World cinema, Genre and Exploitation classics. The more obscure the better!

First Screening: Wednesday 4th October, 6.30 in the Urwin Lecture Theatre.  Pleasantville & Night of the Living Dead.

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Welcome Week Treasure Hunt

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Playback Exhibition National Tour Coming to The Hive



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

1 – 21 September 2017, Showcasing Work by local filmmakers

Over 200 short films made by up and coming artist filmmakers (aged 16 – 24) from across England will be showcased in Playback, a touring interactive exhibition supported by Channel 4 Random Acts and coming to The Hive, Worcester on 1 September. The exhibition will be complemented by a series of free filmmaking events.

Covering a wide variety of disciplines and mediums, the work on show reflects the concerns and vision of young people working with film today. Visitors stepping inside the exhibition space can choose which of the three minute films to watch using the interactive displays, and selecting films by category or choose from curated show reels.

The exhibition will present a number of stunning films which have been made by young Worcestershire based artists and filmmakers. Highlights from Worcestershire include films by Elle Smart and Lisa and Jason Smith.

Lisa & Jason Smith are a brother and sister team, both travellers they have made a film called ‘Hotchi’ which looks at traveller identity. Lisa is keen to smash misconceptions about travellers. Jason her brother was born deaf. The film features a narrative that aims to give viewers a glimpse into how we might experience the world if we were deaf.

Elle Smart is a graduate from the University of Worcester and has a degree in Digital Film Production and Screenwriting. Her autobiographical film ‘Impact’ explores Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Elle has worked on various film sets and her screenwriting debut feature film, ‘In A Year’ is currently touring the festival circuit and has been nominated at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival, as well as showing at Los Angeles Cinefest.

Other filmmakers from the neighbouring Hereford region include Chris Hyde whose film looks at old age; Michael Bailon who has created an amazingly detailed hand drawn animation and Becky Doctor a 22 year old filmmaker whose comedy looks at the cult of coffee making.

A particular highlight is Anne Coombes’ atmospheric film, which explores the power and beauty of Pole Dancing as a gymnastic style, fitness phenomenon amongst young women.

Free Filmmaking Events
Alongside Playback The Hive is hosting two free workshops for young people with an interest in filmmaking.
• Ink, Paper & Plasticine, from media company Calling the Shots introduces the basics of animation. Participants aged 9 – 16 years can try their hand at animating with coloured inks, paper cut-outs and plasticine. The workshop is taking place on Saturday 9 September from 2 – 5pm.
• Filmmaking: Where do I start? by Rural Media. This workshop is for 16 – 24 year olds and doesn’t require any previous filmmaking experience. The workshop will explore short film ideas, critique inspiring shorts and offer tips about what makes a good story and how to get a film made. The workshop is taking place on Wednesday 20 September from 4 to 7pm.

Places are limited for both workshops and are offered on a first come first served basis, booking via The Hive website –

Playback in association with Random Acts

“The Hollywood of tomorrow” Dino Bonacic, because
“One of those projects that we personally think there should be a lot more of”
Finn Blythe, 10 magazine
“Any budding directors, actors or screenwriters should be in attendance”
babyface, i-D

Playback brings together over 200 short films made by young artist filmmakers in one exhibition, which tours the country until March 2018. These remarkable and award-winning short films made by emerging talent span a range of art forms and topics – from an animated take on the refugee crisis, to the dark dreamscape of a zombie apocalypse.

Watch the films See a selection of the shorts that feature in Playback
The touring exhibition Find out if Playback is coming to a venue near you
The festival Be in the know about the Playback Festival’s return to the ICA
Cinema distribution Learn about how you can exhibit these short films in your area
Find out more Discover the filmmaking opportunities available across the country

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TRIP to Sheffield International Documentary Festival

I am coordinating a trip to the Sheffield International Documentary Festival from the 9th to the 14th June 2017. Depending on interest I may do this as an official trip and arrange accommodation etc. or, failing that, people can make their own arrangements and I will set-up a contact group so we can all stay in touch.

Why Come?

The SIDF is one of the biggest and best festivals in the UK and one of the top 3 Documentary festivals in the world. It is a chance to gain amazing insight into the film business, the commercial festival circuit and documentary making in all its forms. Every year there are hundreds of mind expanding documentaries in all sorts of forms and genres from all over the world: entertainment, adventure, politics, art, anthropology, TV content, feature films, underground shorts, Virtual reality and animation. Whether you are a film fan (hundreds of films and talks), a filmmaker (industry sessions galore), a game designer or animator (Alternate reality strand),or just someone interested in any of the subjects covered (special events, talks etc.) this is an amazing experience.

There are screenings in multiple venues across the city, pitching sessions, workshops, networking, market place and of course loads of parties. You will rub shoulders with other students, filmmakers, TV executives, distributors, sales agents producers and celebrities.


Act Now

Standard delegate passes are around £350 but you can get a full pass as a student for £129 +vat. If we can book quickly we may be able to negotiate some bulk deals on accommodation (hopefully for around £20 a night) or you can couch surf, use air BnB, stay with friends, or otherwise improvise.

If you want to come please respond as soon as you can by clicking this link: https://form.jotform.us/71243672389160

All the best,


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New Resource – On Craft

Simply put (from their website) It’s On Craft , "..gather high-quality material from films, graphic novels and other visual media and let you explore how other professionals crafted it."

Crafts they support include Animation, Art Direction, Idea to Screen, Project Management, Scriptwriting, Sound and Music, Storyboarding, Compositing, Directing, Character Design, Backgrounds.

The really exciting area from a student experience point of view, is that the resource is designed to make professionals accessible. They offer ‘ask me anything’ online sessions where students can participate in Q&A sessions with artists, filmmakers, animators, game developers etc. They are also developing networking functionality so that students can do virtual studio tours and contact professionals directly.

This is still being trialled so please take a look. Use it or lose it.

Access it here: http://library.worc.ac.uk/craft

Students need to enter their name, email address and a password to get started. They will then just need to confirm their email address.

If you like it please use the survey link so that we can get lots of qualitative feedback

Please feel free to share on fb, or VLE pages for students and forward to anyone I might have missed from this email.

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Splendid Cinema: Acclaimed BAFTA winning Under the Shadow, 27 April

Thursday 27 April, 2017: Under the Shadow(GB, QA, JO, Babak Anvari, 2016) 15 cert. 84 min. TBC

BAFTA Award Winner 2017 – Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer!
I won’t say this supernatural thriller set in Tehran during the height of the Iran-Iraq war, where a mother and young daughter struggle to cope with the terror of almost nightly bombardments, while also haunted by a malevolent spirit, is the scariest film of the year, but, like The Babadook, it’s damn scary!

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

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Visiting Game Art speaker Jason Pickthall – 1pm Weds 3rd May 2017 EE G162

Jason Pickthall is coming in to talk to students and staff on Weds 3 May 2017 at 1pm. The venue will be Room EE G162, St Johns Campus.

Jason is a concept artist and visualisation specialist with a wealth of experience in the Games Industry. Currently working as Lead Concept Artist at Midlands based developer Rare; his previous clients and employers include Blizzard, Nintendo, Microsoft, Bethesda, Rebellion, BBC and Konami. His extensive experience in video game development ranges from level designer, 3D artist through to concept artist on a whole range of platforms. Visit Jason’s site to see his portfolio of extraordinary game art concepts www.jasonpickthall.com

I know it is nearing submission time but an hour’s break to escape in some beautiful artwork should be a welcome distraction for students and staff hopefully! ALL are welcome.


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BAFTA’s Guru Live event – 6+7 May

For the second year, BAFTA will be holding a 2 day festival called Guru Live at our headquarters in London on 6+7 May. You can find out more here, but the event will be a chance for aspiring creatives to meet and learn from leading names across Film, TV and Games through masterclasses, Q&As, roundtables and other sessions throughout the weekend, all at just £6 per session. We’re also doing an event in Glasgow too on 6 May. Many of the sessions would be perfect for any students who are studying related courses and perhaps looking at going into a creative career.

Would you be able to help spread the word to your students at all please? I have included some copy below and an image attached – any support would be much appreciated J


Wanna get into film/tv/games? Book for #GuruLIVE for 2 days of panels + masterclasses with BAFTA winners + nominees http://bit.ly/gurulive

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Looking to get into the film, TV or games industries? Want some great advice from the best in the business?

BAFTA are opening their doors to budding film, TV + games-makers for a weekend of wisdom from BAFTA winners + nominees! At Guru LIVE on 6+7 May, there’ll be 2 days of masterclasses, panels + Q+As, with the teams behind films such as The Girl With All The Gifts and Under The Shadow, TV shows like Dragon’s Den and game studio Rebellion all confirmed to speak so far. We’ll also be running masterclasses from the teams behind Notes on Blindness and Murder in Successville.

Tickets are just £6 per session and flying out the door! See the full programme for Guru LIVE and book your tickets here http://guru.bafta.org/live

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Splendid Cinema: Embrace of the Serpent 30 March 2017 7.30pm

OK, so this film is a bit of a hard sell; not because it is “difficult” or “politically provocative” but because it is a very quiet, and exceptionally beautiful, film. Those who attend will be well rewarded for the effort. So please help by circulating this announcement to any and all that may be interested.

30 March, 2017: Embrace of the Serpent/El abrazo de la serpiente(CO, AR, VE, Ciro Guerra, 2015) 12 cert. 125 min.

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. A truly beautiful, moving and spiritually challenging film.

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome Street, Worcester, WR1 1UH

Doors open at 19:15 for a 19:30 start

Tickets £5 on the door

Dr. Mikel J. Koven

Senior Lecturer, Film Studies

Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00 – 16:00 & Thursdays 13:00 – 16:00


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