Cine-Sister’s first screening!

If you’re in Manchester this weekend come and see the launch of my first film programming venture Cine-Sister!

Support female filmmakers and some fantastic charities (MASH, Women’s Aid, & Shelter) and there’s loads of other great stuff happening at the event. The screening starts at 2pm on the 4th of March 2017 in at Texture, 67 Lever St, Manchester.

Cine-Sister will be launching with a short film screening featuring 7 female directed/produced films. The films in this screening deal with themes of gender, race, religion, body and identity. There is a mixture of drama, comedy, animation and documentary short films so there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

You can find out more about the films here: https://cinesisterfilm.com/wonder-women-4th-of-march/

This screening is part of Wonder Women 2017 at an event held by Traffic MCR and you can find out more here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1333296603410652/

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 3)

The third and final day of Manchester Animation Festival! The stars of the show were, of course, the Ray Harryhausen puppets on display during the day. In the morning, John Walsh and Connor Heaney gave a talk on the lost treasures of Harryhausen and an insight into his world of stop-motion creature effects. Other highlights included the live recording of the Skwigly podcast, which included interviews with some of the filmmakers from the festival.

In between events I was able to watch the short film programme “Student Films 2,” my personal highlights were Ama by Emilie Almaida, Liang Huang, Mansoureh Kamari, Julie Robert, Juliette Peuportier and Tony Unser. Perched directed by Liam Harris and Mr Madila by Rory Waudby-Tolley which although I had seen before at a This Is Not a Cartoon screening a few months ago it’s still a fantastic and funny film.

Overall, this was a fantastic event to photograph and attend. I wish I could’ve stayed for the award ceremony right at the end but unfortunately, I had to set off.

I hope to come back next year and I hope anyone reading this gets the opportunity to attend next year also!

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 2)

Day 2 of Manchester Animation Festival kicked off with a special virtual reality animated experience called HooDoo by the animation company BlueZoo who gave a masterclass later in the afternoon. There was also the fantastic “Women in Animation” panel discussing the representation of women in animated films (something right up my street as you may know) as well as loads of great screenings although unfortunately, I didn’t get to see any films on this day!

Above are my photos for day 2 of the festival.

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

Manchester Animation Festival 2016 (Day 1)

Last week I was a volunteer photographer for the Manchester Animation Festival 2016, it was a great experience I met so many lovely people and saw some weird and wonderful short films. The itinerary for day one featured highlights such as a masterclass about the film Phantom Boy, a life drawing class and a conversation/award ceremony for Aardman Animation.

Above are some of the photos I took for the festival of day one.

I was also able to see a programme called “Student Films 1”, my personal highlights of this were Fishwitch, a fantastic stop-motion short directed by Adrienne DowlingTough an interesting look at familial cultural differences by Jennifer Zheng.

I will be posting a selection from Day 2 and 3 later this week!

You can keep up with the festival itself on Facebook and Twitter.

The Witch of Wilmslow Road- Screening

The film I directed as my graduate project starring Emilie Degioanni and Umer Farooq will be screening in Manchester on the 11th of September as part of Scalarama- Directed by Women month in Gullivers NQ at 7:15pm thanks to Film Vault Manchester.

Facebook Event is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/446978798804388/

and you can find out more here: http://filmvaultxl.wixsite.com/filmvaultpresents/news

I hope to see you there! The event is FREE!

Grad Film Update- “Soul”

I recently finished production on one of Grad films Soul on which I was the Producer. The film is currently in the post-production stage.

Soul is an exploration of a support group for people who believe they have lost their souls. “Every morning at 9am a group gather on an urban wasteland – they are all connected by an emptiness in their lives – a lack of a human soul. Together they try to find meaning in their blank existence. However, their world is thrown into chaos by a jogger.” 

You can follow the project on:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Soul-972150816195370/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SoulFilmMCR

and I will post more updates here also!

Work Update: “Zinester” and “Lunch Date”

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I am currently working on a short documentary called Zinester about the feminist Zine community in Manchester. I have already finished shooting it and I am currently in post-production and should be finishing it early next week. I am directing, filming and editing the project and it features Zine makers such as Ingrid Boring, Cherry Styles, Seleena Daye and Natalie Bradbury.

The other project I am working on is Lunch Date (Working Title) on which I am the producer. We finished shooting the short narrative film last week and we are in post-production with the project.

It has been great working on both projects and to practice the skills I will need for the graduate film in 2016.