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BAFTA-winners among the highlights as Ickle Film Fest returns

BAFTA-winners among the highlights as Ickle Film Fest returns

The Ickle Film Festival is Dundee's only international short film festival but don't let the name fool you.

This year, the fest is back bigger than ever with films from BAFTA-winning duo Ainslie Henderson and Will Anderson, plus the winner of The Skinny Short Film Award, Bryan M Ferguson, set to make an appearance.

As well as short films from around the world, guests can enjoy Q&A sessions, a talk from the Scottish Documentary Institute and the festival's first awards ceremony - headed up by Cannes Film Festival judge and the DCA's Head of Cinema, Alice Black.

Featuring over 20 independently made films, some from as far away as Japan and Spain and others made here in Dundee, the festival kicks off on Thursday, September 24.

"As Dundee’s only international short film festival we provide a platform for new filmmakers to have their films screened across the city," explained organiser Becca Clark.

"We also try to bring in more established filmmakers within the short to medium format, to give our entrants advice on making films and getting into the industry."

The free festival has grown since its 2010 start and last year's event went down so well that organisers have secured funding for the first time.

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What's on?

The festival's official programme was launched earlier this week and you can see the full line up online. As well as an eclectic selection of short films from all over the world, a number of more established names are also taking part, as Becca explained:

"We will be showing Caustic Gulp, the film that won Brian M Ferguson the Skinny’s Short Film Award. Brian has won a variety of awards and we actually screened one of his films before but this year we’re doing a showcase with him. He’ll be there to discuss his approach to film and how he’s been getting recognition and noticed.

"Then we have White Robot, an animation duo who won a BAFTA recently for their short film Monkey Love Experiment. We’ve got a little Q&A session with them and we'll be showing a back catalogue of their stuff too.

"We'll also have an information and screening session with the Scottish Documentary Institute's Duncan Cowles, who is a friend of the Ickle Film Fest. Duncan will be bringing some filmmakers who’ve gone through the institutes Bridging the Gap programme to talk about what it's all about."

Monkey Love Experiments Trailer from ainslie henderson on Vimeo.

Origins

"The festival was started in 2010 by Lucy Alexander and Cara Pirie who then handed it over to myself and Margaret Smith after the 2012 event," said Becca.

"Since we took over we have tweaked it a bit and maybe gotten a bit more wider recognition too - this year in particular as we have managed to get funding for the first time from Regional Screen Scotland.

"We’ve just been trying to grow it by opening up our submission process and linking up with other film festivals around the world."

One link that the relatively small Dundee festival may not have anticipated was getting to work with Cannes Film Festival judge, Alice Black.

Alice, who is the DCA's Head of Cinema, has signed up as a judge for the Ickle Festival's first competition, which will see one filmmaker win a cash prize of £250. Alice will decide a winner and then provide feedback to the creators.

"Filmmakers had the option to put their film forward to be judged by Alice Black, who a Cannes Film Festival judge," said Becca.

"This was quite appealing, I think, as the winner receives a financial prize of £250 and gets feedback from Alice on why she choose them as the winner."

The Ickle Film Festival is bigger and better than ever

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The Hannah Maclure Centre at Abertay joins the Generator Projects and Tin Roof art houses as the festival's key venues and each will play host to a number of big events.

A full line-up of the events and where they are taking place is available online. Any updates or information on the festival in general can be found on the event's Facebook page or Twitter.

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