November sees a fistful of film festivals in the UK vying for your attention.
Wales’ national horror festival Abertoir is back for its 5th frightening year.
Held at Aberystwyth Arts Centre from the 10th to the 14th November the festival will be showing more than 20 horror films from around the world, including premieres, cult screenings and classics. Highlights include a screening of The Cat and the Canary with live piano accompaniment, a sneak peek at Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Tree followed by a Q&A with Hardy himself and a live concert by The Damned.
There will be UK premieres of the Indian corporate supernatural thriller Fired, a film that plays in real time, Wake directed by Chad Feehan (who produced All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) and, from Spain, the supernatural horror Exorcismus (aka The Possession of Emma Evans). The festival will also be screening the world premiere of the British film Siren, a terrifying tale of lust and revenge. The oldies are not forgotten either and this year’s festival sees showings of such classics as I Spit on Your Grave, The House on Haunted Hill and Countess Dracula.
With films, music, talks and special guests, the lovely seaside town of Aberystwyth looks set to become a horror haven once more.
From the 11th to the 13th November Sinefest are holding a 3 day Singaporean film festival in central London screening two UK premieres amongst the four feature line up. The opening night film will be Cannes Critics’ week selection Sandcastle with director and actor Boo Junfeng in attendance and he will also be available for an audience Q&A after the screening.
Other films in the line-up include Royston Tan’s 881, a film about Getai culture (a form of art with stage and song performances), Here, directed by Ho Tzu Nyen and Invisible City, a documentary about ‘documenteurs’. A number of short films will also be screening.
THIRD LONDON GREEK FILM FESTIVAL
The 3rd Annual London Greek Film Festival takes place from the 8th to the 15th of November at Westbourne Studios in West London. The festival’s goal is to cover the entire range of Greek movie productions from small, independent productions to large-scale movies as well as documentaries and video-art.
The 2010 London Greek Film Festival will present more than 45 short and feature films, documentaries, experimental films and video-art productions in competition. This year the festival’s organisers want to ensure that the different types of movie on offer will screen each day so that visitors can see a variety of productions, even if attending for just one day. Many of the films will be shown for the first time in Great Britain.
The Festival will also feature a number of workshops under the guidance of film professionals. On the 12th of November Azhur Saleem (a British producer and actor) and James Boyle (director) will present a workshop focussing on independent cinema and ways of promoting it. A workshop on Saturday 13th of November on script and its technical implementation will take place under the auspices of the festival’s art director and head of CosmoCinema, Christos Prosilis. The Odysseus Awards ceremony will take place on Monday 15th November at Mythopolis.