Hastings Film Makers Festival 2013

From 26-28 April, the Electric Palace Cinema is presenting the first ever film festival featuring films sourced from Hastings. Curator Mark French has drawn together some exceptional film makers to showcase both their new features and shorts.


Hastings is lucky to have so much talent concentrated in the locality, and while the genres are diverse, the programme aims to explore and discuss links in the style and substance of the films. They range from black comedy to social satire, off-beat drama to mystical experimentation, music documentary to opera re-worked as film fantasy. All the work has been created in the past year and many of the screenings will be premieres and previews, with a great opportunity to talk to the film makers themselves.

It’s never been a better time to celebrate emerging Hastings culture.

Other venues for the festival include Christ Church Parish Centre, St Leonards for the opening night preview of opera-film Alcina, and a special showing of cutting edge short films and moving image at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings.

All tickets £5

Early booking is highly recommended. www.electricpalacecinema.com

Festival Programme

Friday 26 April, 8pm: Alcina

Presented by St Leonards Film society at Christ Church Parish Centre, London Rd, St Leonards.

Directors: Sam Sharples & Nichola Bruce

Opening night preview of a new opera film adapted from Handel’s haunting “Alcina” by Jenny Miller and Polly Graham's Barefoot Opera Company. This is the story of an enchantress on a magical island who loses her powers of seduction. Filmed in Hastings and St Leonards-On-Sea. Q&A with directors Sam Sharples & Nichola Bruce.

For tickets to this event only: www.stleonardsfilmsoc.co.uk

Saturday 27 April, 2:30pm: Jump

Showing at the Electric Palace

Director: Bindu de Stoppani

A romantic drama set in a stunning village in Italian Switzerland. Q&A with director, Bindu de Stoppani.

Saturday 27 April, 5pm: Swandown

Showing at the Electric Palace

Director: Andrew Kötting

Andrew Kötting returns with an assorted band of associates as they make their way from Hastings to Hackney, via the Olympic site, in a swan-shaped pedalo from our own Hastings boating lake. Q&A with director, Andrew Kötting.

Saturday 27 April, 8pm: Frank

Showing at the Electric Palace

Director: Richard Heslop

Caught up in a world he doesn't fit in to, 'Frank' is a lonely outsider who manages to find friends in the strangest of places. Q&A with director, Richard Heslop.

Sunday 28 April, 12pm: Interference

Preview screening, showing at the Electric Palace  

Director: Nick Pilton

Set in an isolated country house in the Sussex hills, a dysfunctional family confronts dangerous relationships, drug induced paranoia, and secrets that should never be heard. Q&A with director, Nick Pilton.

Sunday 28 April, 2:30pm: Hastings Shorts

Showing at Jerwood Gallery, Rock a Nore, Hastings

With a diverse range of subjects, this is a fascinating look at the best short films and moving image work to have been made in the Hastings area in the past year. Featuring work by filmmakers including: Nichola Bruce, Andrew Griffin, Andrew Kotting, David Jackson, Roland Jarvis, Rebecca E Marshall, Nick Snelling, Toby Tatum and more.

For tickets to this event only: (01424 728377)

Sunday 28 April, 5pm: Hear Now

Showing at the Electric Palace

Director: Mark French

Premiere screening: Legendary free-Jazz saxophone improviser Trevor Watts is a Hastings resident but his influence is recognised worldwide. Q&A with director Mark French, and Trevor Watts.

Sunday 28 April, 8pm: Edge

Showing at the Electric Palace

Director: Carol Morley

Hotel guests, trapped together in the frozen Eastbourne landscape, gradually begin to thaw - and to find a purpose that connects them all. Q&A with Mark French (lighting dept). 


Tickets are available in advance online from this website, or on the door.
Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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