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Ickle Fest: Dundee's cinema celebration with a difference

Ickle Fest: Dundee's cinema celebration with a difference

Ickle Film Fest, Dundee’s only international short film festival is back.

The quirky film festival regularly takes over alternative cinema spaces in Dundee to present films made everywhere from Israel to Australia.

Neither art galleries nor restaurants are safe from the clutches of its experimental filmmakers who create all sorts of cinema - such as animation, documentaries, dramas or comedies - to be screened in unique venues around town.

Last year saw the biggest ever edition of the film fest take place in four Dundee venues and the not-for-profit event has grown year on year since its inception in 2011.

Filmmakers in all parts of the world are being encouraged to send in their work for screening at the festival as submissions are now open.

  (Ickle Film Festival)
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The festival is "low-fi and has the DIY ethos" but is known for championing experimental films and stunning animation.

It has been known to features talks, screenings, workshops, markets and a legendary closing party, organised with the help of sponsors.

And, last year award-winning filmmaker John McPhail, the only director to win multiple awards at the Virgin Media Shorts competition, also made an appearance.

"The festival is entirely free and it's very informal. We open the doors 30 minutes before the start times," last year's organiser Becca Clark said.

"There are quite often little technical hitches, but it's important we keep it free so that everyone can come along, that's pretty crucial to us.

"It's a great way to discover new work, be inspired to make your own work and to get involved in the local creative scene.

"We would invite everyone to come along and enjoy themselves."

  (Ickle Film Festival)
via STV via STV

Taking over screens near you

"The festival has been growing every year, but we really noticed a spurt [last year]," continued Becca.

"People submit their works for inclusion in the schedule and [last] year we had interest from much further afield.

"It's really nice to see it growing. We've got films from Australia, America, Europe and of course lots from the UK."

See what happened last year in the article below:

The Ickle Film Festival is bigger and better than ever

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If you want to enter the competition then you'd better get a move on as the submissions close in a matter of days.

More information on the unique film festival and how to submit an entry is available online or on Facebook.

Header Image: Kenneth Lu & Ickle Film Festival. Made by STV Dundee.

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