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Leeds and Reading Popcorn Comedy

We ran Popcorn Comedy at Leeds and Reading this year and it was a blast. Carly Smallman and Jonni Music (aka Thomas Nelstrop) were our acts, with Carly doing an incredible job as compere.

We were a bit apprehensive at first about our slots of 12pm and 11.30am, but they turned out to be the perfect times. Hungover festival goers had enough time to stumble over to the tent and we were early enough not to be competing against the noise of the other tents. The relatively pleasant weather meant everyone who came to the tent were really positive about being there, rather than just to shelter from the rain. We’re still pumped from Buttery Biscuit Bass.

 

We’re not 100% sure when our next Birmingham Popcorn will be but check out the Facebook group for future notice. Meanwhile, here’s some snaps:

Great crowd in Leeds

Worst seat in the house.

Vin Deisel having the worst day ever.

Motovun Film Festival

It’s going to be a busy next week for Man In A Cat with screenings at Rushes Soho Shorts, Animation Block Party and Motovun.

Motovun Film Festival is set in the small medieval town of Motovun in Croatia. It’s a pretty beefy festival with 10,000s of people attending and some big prizes up for grabs. The shorts category is a smaller part of the festival, but we made the top 24 selection out of 653 shorts entries. We also now know how to say “Man In A Cat” in Croatian, “Muškarac u macki.”

Here’s a video from last years festival where you’ll spot special guest Terry Jones and err… Hardeep Singh Kohli.

Look at it it! Look how lovely it is!

Animation Block Party

Man In A Cat has got its way into Animation Block Party in Brooklyn! It sounds like a lot of fun, with all the screenings taking place outside and on rooftops. Here’s the full program:http://animationblock.com/summerfest2011/

We’ll be showing at the opening night on Friday, July 29th at the Automotive High School.

Barbara Benas, who did a bit of animation on the film, also has a film in the program. So it looks like we have a couple of tickets to give away…

Man In A Cat Preview Party – Roxy Bar 28th June

We’re finally having our London preview party for All Consuming Love (Man In A Cat) from 6pm on Tues 28th June, at The Roxy Bar and Screen! The film will be shown at 7pm and we’ll stick around afterwards and maybe move on for drinks elsewhere.

The Roxy’s going to be a cracking place to watch it as they’ve got an HD projector, 4m wide screen and 5.1 surround sound system… and they serve food. As the film itself is about 10 minutes long it’ll be a pretty casual affair with a few drinks. It should be a lovely night to hang out.

You can RSVP via the Facebook Event. It’s also going to be my birthday then, so Yehhyy!

Official Selection – Rushes Soho Shorts

We’ve been selected to be in competition at the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival, and it’s BAFTA accredited! It’s extra nice as they are the first festival to reply, so fingers crossed this 100% trend carries through (it won’t).

See the full Animation line up here: http://sohoshorts.wordpress.com/rssf-2011-official-selection-2/

We’re up against the big kids too, with BAFTA winning Eagleman StagAardmanBaby CowBBCStudio AKA, and Scottish BAFTA nominated Fixing Luka all being in the mix. Two of those were on the same UKFC funding scheme as Man In A Cat, so HIGH FIVES! It’s also pretty cool that we’re the featured image for the category.

Here’s the details of the screenings:

Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Saturday, 23 July  15.30   ICA – Cinema 1
Tuesday, 26 July   17.30    ICA – Cinema 2

BOOK YOUR TICKETS HERE!

Here’s the program for the Animation Category:

Man In A Cat Screenings

On Thursday 24th March, I spent most of the day trying to knock the last major kinks out of Man In A Cat and managed to rack up a half marathon running back and forth between my flat and various places around Birmingham. Finally after being awake for about 36 hours I rushed my DVD copy over to Vivid (renamed The Dirty End) for Man In A Cat’s first airing as part of Shorts on the Walls, run by Animation Forum WM for theFlatpack Festival.

Ian and I did a Q&A with David Allen and Steven Spencer, who directed that year’s other animated Digishort,Best. It was a giggle, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t make much sense, and was way to close to the painful finishing process to be able to talk about the film in any really insightful detail. Ian on the other hand did. After that we had a few drinks and I escaped the country for possibly the most deserved holiday ever.

Ian did a nice round up of the night on his blog and MiaC (as the cool kids call it) got a nod in the Flatpack Festival roundup.

While I was away Screen WM put on the official premiere for their Digishorts at The Electric on Tuesday 29th March. It went down really well by all accounts. Having seen the line up of that year’s Digishorts scheme, I’d say it’s the strongest group of films Digishorts have produced in a long time. It’s just a shame they are the last of the scheme – in that guise any way.

Man in a Cat screening at Light House

We’ve had two screenings of our animated short All Consuming love (Man in a Cat) so far, and now there’s a screening at Wolverhampton’s Light House cinema on Tuesday, 5 April. In even better news, it’s free to the public, so you can come along, see the film and watch the five other Digishorts filmed commissioned along with ours.

Here’s what’s going on:

On Tuesday 5 April from 7pm the Light House in Wolverhampton will be screening six short films made by the most exciting filmmaking talent emerging from the West Midlands region. In partnership with the UK Film Council, Digishorts was a yearly scheme run by Screen WM offering West Midlands based filmmakers and animators the opportunity to produce innovative and striking short digital films. In its eighth and final year, the slate of films produced demonstrate regional filmmaking at its strongest.

I think we’ll be doing another panel discussion after the screening and we’ll be hanging around for a little afterwards to have a chat, so do come and say hi.

To book a free place at the screening, email ayesha@light-house.co.uk.

See you there!

Louis blurrily swigging fizzy water on the panel afterwards.

Setting up an Animation Studio Outside the Capital

Animation Forum WM have organised a talk with animator Neil Bushnell (that’s him on the right) about setting up an animation studio. We’ll probably be popping along on Tuesday 1 March (it’s at The Studio in Birmingham), so we thought we’d let you know about it. 

Animators from around the region will be getting together in Birmingham this Tuesday for a free masterclass in establishing an animation studio by Niel Bushnell, founder of successful animation and visual FX outfit Qurios.

Niel Bushnell worked as an animator on feature films such as Space Jam and Lost in Space before establishing the award-winning, Newcastle-based, animation and VFX studio Qurios in 2002. 

Sounds good, no? To attend the event, you can RSVP via doing-it-the-hard-way.eventbrite.com. Directions to the venue can be found here.

Popcorn In The Independent

 

This week’s Birmingham Popcorn Comedy is hosted at The Victoria on Thursday 22nd at 7.30pm and The Independent reckons it’ll be one of the ten best comedy gigs in the UK!

We’ll be playing host to Nick Mohammed & Terry Saunders as well as a batch of funny new videos from the internet. Here’s some more info:

Nick Mohammed – “Delicious… Mohammed is sharp, with great comic presence” Julian Hall, The Independent, “An absolute treat… Brilliantly observed… Choke-on-your-beer funny” Roger Cox, The Scotsman

Terry Saunders – “One of a generation of young, articulate, post-Lee & Herring comics” – The Guardian

Popcorn Comedy: Simon Munnery & Cardinal Burns, Thurs 27th May

As usual we’ll be bringing some funny new videos from the internets, and are quite excited to be able to host sketch duo Cardinal Burns and Simon Munnery. Here’s some more info on them:

Cardinal Burns Seb Cardinal and Dustin Demri-Burns have performed to sell out audiences across the country, from their critically acclaimed debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, (**** Irresistible, The Guardian) to a total sell-out run at London’s Soho Theatre.

Simon Munnery Also known by his stagenames of Alan Parker: Urban Warrior and The League Against Tedium, Simon has made a career out of his own brand of slightly awkward, uneasy humour that edges on the surreal.