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    IFFW | 2012    

Riverfront Cinema, Newport | Saturday, November 17th

The Newport International Film Festival is in its sixth year and what an incredible line up it has! Organised by the Film Festival Guild it therefore has links to festivals around the world and is fast becoming the number one truly independent festival on the UK scene!

The Festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their films screened a a great red carpet-style venue, to a passionate audience of film professionals, film students, journalists and the general public. The Festival aims to promote and support independent filmmaking on every level.

There are a number of awards up for grabs at the Festival, including the prestigious Welsh Dragon Award for Achievement in Welsh Film on a Low Budget.

The festival prides itself on showing works that might not otherwise get seen, it's fiercely independent and exciting!

The Newport International Film Festival is in its sixth year and what an incredible line up it has! Organised by the Film Festival Guild it therefore has links to festivals around the world and is fast becoming the number one truly independent festival on the UK scene!

The Festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their films screened a a great red carpet-style venue, to a passionate audience of film professionals, film students, journalists and the general public. The Festival aims to promote and support independent filmmaking on every level.

There are a number of awards up for grabs at the Festival, including the prestigious Welsh Dragon Award for Achievement in Welsh Film on a Low Budget.

The festival prides itself on showing works that might not otherwise get seen, it's fiercely independent and exciting!

    The Official Selection    

Student Short Films

Dawid And Dominick

(Andrew Salamonczyk, 7m)

 

After recently moving to England from
Poland when Dawid's mother dies, Dawid decides his father needs a new woman. So he begins his search for the perfect lady. Will Dawid find his father the woman

he needs?

Hath No Man

(Linus Koh, 15m)

 

A Story of comradeship, friendship and love, Hath No
Man tells of the heart-warming tale of the bond
between an Australian war cameraman and an
Australian soldier forged in the battle field.
' Greater love hath no man' - John 15:13

Orpheus

(James Button, 7m)

 

Orpheus is a dark experimental take on the 5 stages of grief. The film was created for a second year University project with a brief to create an experimental film inspired by a poem or piece of art. Inspired by Gute Nacht, Orpheus, in Greek Mythology is a poet who went to the underworld after the death of his wife.

Three Small Words

(Tyson Breuer, 7m)

 

Charlie’s life changed when he met Scarlett, but he can’t tell if this new 

relationship is love or just passion. His vivid imagination takes him a journey through the perfect romance in
an instant.

For The Fallen

(Matthew Evans, 10m)

 

Homeless War veteran Jack Hobbs is distraught to discover that Second World War hero, Sir Henry Newton has died. Jack decides to go to the church where Newton's funeral is being held.​

Callum

(Michael van der Put, 14m)

 

When his first love Joanna is killed at a local train station, average school boy Callum struggles to cope with feelings of guilt, grief and fear.

Short Films

The Hatch

(Mike Ahern &
Enda Loughman, 14m)

 

In the midst of a stormy night, on-board a rural Irish fishing trawler, a fisherman and his son witness a glowing object fall to sea. As they battle the elements to get it on deck, the father loses something very dear to him, and gains something utterly unexpected.

Busker Bolt

(Richard Pask, 9m)

 

A homeless busker performs for the masses but grows apathetic at his lack of success and moves on. When he approaches a fellow busker further down the street enjoying a similar amount of success he is suddenly inspired to join. Should he be entitled to half the earnings?

Klein

(Sanne Vogel, 7m)

 

A twelve-year-old Noortje experiences her first massage. Noortje feels insecure because of her awakening sexuality. Afterwards, outwardly, nothing has changed but Noortje feels a bit more like a woman inside.

Kiss

(Mat Johns, 12m)

 

A short film about loss and the relentless attempts to fill the gap left. The film follows Rob and Charlotte, two lost causes
whose paths cross during one lonely night. The film explores the affects of hidden truths and how we are ushered through life without anyone knowing what we've been through.

Punched

(Michael Rittmannsberger, 11m)

 

After being checked by the police, a young father of Arabic origin fails to explain the situation to hist son - unaware that the most inexplicable happenings were yet to come...

The Anniversary

(Anthony Sutcliffe, 4m)

 

On the anniversary of a tragic event, a young woman recounts the final day with her lost love. In doing so, we realize that he is perhaps not who we might have thought.

Make It A Great Day

(Joshua Jones, 7m)

 

A batch of newborn chicks take their first tentative steps in the warm glow of a laboratory incubator. When one chick is too weak to escape the confines of his egg, he is unceremoniously thrown out with the trash and coincidentally given a
second chance at life.

Baseball In The Time

Of Cholera

(David Darg, 27m)

 

As a Cholera epidemic rages in Haiti, the United Nations denies it is responsible for introducing the disease. A young Haitian boy has his life intersect with a Haitian Lawyer seeking justice.

VEM

(Martin Sjolander, 4m)

 

Like our fondest, most creative dreams VEM provides pleasant abstraction from immediate reality in the form of pure escapism. The film ends as it begins, with only ambiguity and the question 'Where are you?' to which the answer remains, as ever, unknown.

The Extraordinary Life of Rocky

(Kevin Meul, 14m)

 

Rocky grows up surrounded by death: everyone around him dies in a freak accident and each time he's at the center of it all. A modern tale about a lot of bad luck and a tiny bit of bliss.

Special Delivery

(Nick Flugge, 5m)

 

A short film about one man's brave attempt to make
conversation with his postman.

Feature Films

Jackals

(87m)

Director: Simon Lewis

Writers: Steve Graham & Simon Lewis

Producer: Michelle Pascal

Cast: Polly Christopher & Ryan Elliot

Shark, a young wide boy in the Joe Barki crime empire, is ordered to drive to a remote safe house, there to partner Mickey, Joe's legendary hitman for an unnamed job. Unknown to him, trussed up in the boot of the car is his girlfriend, and daughter of Joe, Saskia. This 'safe house' is a place of reckoning for all those who betray the boss.

Hated

(91m)

Director: Lee Madsen

Writer: Martin Kemp

Producer: Jonathan Sothcott

Cast: Genevieve Padalecki & Augustus Prew

A story of loyalty, betrayal and the dangers of living by proxy, HATED tells of the experiences of a young rock publicist who pours her heart's blood into helping her friends, an indie band in New York post 9/11, making it big, only to see them leave her behind once they land a manager and a well known label.

The Sky In Bloom

(96m)

Director: Tor Mian

Writers: Tor Mian & Adam Ford-Smith

Producer: Sean Knopp

Cast: Sean Knopp, Paul Marc Davis & Bill Thomas

Branick Hammond, successful human trafficker and dedicated family man is dying... but that's the least of his problems... The Sky in Bloom is a visually elegant thriller set in the illicit world of human trafficking.

Before Dawn

(90m)

Director: Dominic Brunt

Writer: Mark Illis

Producer: Helen Grace

Cast: Dominic Brunt & Joanne Mitchell

An estranged couple's vacation to save their troubled relationship goes awry when they find themselves under attack from the walking dead.​

    The Awards    

Category Judging

Best Feature

Sky In Bloom (Dir. by Tor Mian)

Best Cinematography

Sky In Bloom (Dir. by Tor Mian)

Best Actor

Sean Knopp (Sky In Bloom)

Best Actress

Genevieve Padalecki (Hated)

Student Short Film Category Winners

Orpheus (Best Cinematography)

Michael Van der Put for Callum (Best Director)

Callum (Best Student Short Film)

Short Film Category Winners

Punched (Best Cinematography)

Mat Johns for Kiss (Best Director)

Punched (Best Short Film)

Welsh Dragon Award

The Anniversary (Dir. by Anthony Sutcliffe)

Best New Screenplay

Dig Deeper (Written by Rick Limontani)

The After Parties for the Film Festival Guild events are legendary and this one will be no less! The evening will be hosted by Warehouse 54, where the audience will be able to rub shoulders with the stars in an exclusive VIP section of the night club and dance and party until the early hours of the morning!

    The After-Party    

Warehouse 54 | Newport, Gwent

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