Cardiff Independent Film Festival

Cardiff independent film festival (CIFF) has been backed in town this month. Hundreds of people attended the festival. A variety of films on exhibition has attracted not only the locals but filmmakers and film lovers from around the world.

German filmmakers sharing ideas photo CC: CNP

German filmmakers sharing ideas photo CC: CNP

The three-day celebration of award-winning festival provided a showcase for nominated independent filmmakers to exhibit both feature films and shorts. As well as those which are based in UK, films from other parts of the world such as France and Germany were all in competition.

As well as the films in competition, there are also several films which are out of competition such as The Great Unwashed which is directed by Welsh filmmaker Louis Fonseca to be exhibited.

Stan's Slave crew photo CC: CNP

Stan’s Slave crew photo CC: CNP

Satan’s Slave, an erotic supernatural horror film which was well-known in 1970s, was backed to screen during the festival. The established screenwriter David McGillivary, director Norman J. Warran, Composer John Scott all came to the event and share their experiences and ideas with the audience.

David McGillivary photo CC: CNP

David McGillivary photo CC: CNP

David McGillivary said he was excited by the atmosphere, “This is a wonderful opportunity for filmmakers to get together and share ideas and watch each others’ films. It’s one thing to go to the cinema and see the latest blockbuster, but it’s only at a festival like this that people from literally all over the world can see each others’ work.

I just arrived in Cardiff and when I sit down around the table, suddenly I am talking to two German filmmakers who are just off after Cardiff to Shanghai. This is tremendously exciting.”

Mr. McGillivary says that it is also an exciting time for young filmmakers. “When I was young, it was tremendously expensive to make a feature film and very few people could afford it, but now, it’s possible to go out and shoot a film on your mobile phone, and this is wonderful for young people who have very little money. In theory, now, anybody can make a film.”

Student shorts nominee from Paraguay photo CC: CIFF

Student shorts nominee from Paraguay photo CC: CIFF

Different from last year, student shorts award is additionally included this year. Alistair Parkhurst, the chairman of CIFF says, “The student film society from Cardiff University got involved in the festival last year. After the festival, they asked if students can get a separate prize, and I think it can be a good opportunity to bring student film to the festival.

There are lots of talent students filmmakers, but they don’t always have the resources, which makes it hard for them to compete against those better financed and private- funded films, so this festival allows them an opportunity to be seen on the big screen as well.”

Patrick Gillespie photo CC: CNP

Patrick Gillespie photo CC: CNP

Patrick Gillespie is the only Welsh student nominee who is nominated with his short film “Land of our father”. The film is about the life of a Welsh dairy farming family and the struggles they face.

“I like telling stories about people because I think that they are the most interesting. For me, making films about human stories are more powerful and I enjoy the most. Through the film, I will learn more about the people, and as a result, other people will learn more about the people as well.

This is my first time to compete in the festival. I think any sort of recognition I get from a festival may help me in the future, and maybe it will aid my career, but at the same time, it’s just about people seeing the film for me, ” he says.

 

*Thanks to Alistair Parkhurst & Patrick Gillespie for permitting me to use some of the film clips.

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