MARS-II Invited to Hush Hush Film Night / The Base
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Hello stranger and welcome to my blog. As I type... the rain beats against the window, a child is angry they've been taken to Costa after a hard day at school and that machine used to make smoothies or "ice coolers" is just really really unnecessarily noisy. The summer has clearly ran away and the refreshing British weather is back!
It's always really rewarding to be accepted into a festival or event, the feeling of validation from another filmmaker or judge that they're saying "YES" we want your film and "YES" we want you to represent us - it's truly generous and uplifting. Though I've found recently, it can feel even better when someone discovers and approaches you of their own accord. A few weeks ago the HUSH HUSH FILM NIGHT e-mailed me about my body of work and requested to screen MARS-II at their event on the 26th of September this month! The evening event is set up to help expose and celebrate Leeds-based and affiliated filmmakers with currently six films set to screen (more TBA). Hush Hush will take place at music/visual arts studio THE BASE and is ran by Champion Up North who aim to "support the professional development of musicians and artists in Leeds".
MARS-II In Official Selection At South Africa's Celludroid
Finally, I Can Reveal What I've Been Teasing! MARS-II has made the Official Selection at CELLUDROID. What the hell is CELLUDROID you ask? Well... it isn't just the best name for a film fest I've ever come across but is touted as South Africa's ONLY event of this nature in the country, showing genre films such as science fiction, anime and fantasy. As far as my research took me, it seemed to look like it was the only one of it's kind in the whole continent!
The film has been chosen as one of just seventeen films selected from the many international submissions recieved and will legitimately be it's "African Premiere". The short films have been split into two feature length volumes that'll screen in Cape Town twice according to the site schedule. Following those screenings, Johannesburg is the second destination for CELLUDROID, but this is currently unconfirmed by the organisers. The festival begins at the end of this month and continues into the start of September. The film festival shows feature films too; such as weird and interesting documentaries, recent new films and classics such as PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (directed by Ed Wood).
"The CELLUDROID Short Film Collection presents fantastic shorts from around the galaxy consisting of two separate feature length chapters with sci-fi, fantasy and animation subjects." www.celludroid.net
This announcement comes just days after MARS-II was screened in Hyderabad, India for short film event 'A Short Evening With Films'. With MARS-II containing themes of humanities quests and exploration, it's fitting that the film has broken ground into not one but TWO continents in only a week! Africa and Asia seemed a little out of reach before this week, but now slightly unbelievably, they are a reality. Hopefully... seemingly... desirably... there'll be more to come and this student film will continue to do well.
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