Shortlist announced for Liverpool Film Night 2017
After a record 72 submissions, and an intense judging process, filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University Demelza Kooij and FACT can announce this year’s seven shortlisted filmmakers for the Liverpool Film Night 2017, taking place on 22 November.
The shortlisted filmmakers include Daniel Boocock, Hu Ching-Chuan, Mike Forshaw, Lars Koens, Alzbeta Kovandova, Stefano Nurra and Dan Sloan. From glossy hi-definition thriller, to chilling drama, dark comedy and 3D scanning-inspired animation, the range of films this year are original, unique and inspired, ranging from the digitally mastered to vignettes shot on 35mm.
Filmmaker Hu Ching-Chuan’s Uncanny Field explores a future world wherein the Internet is accessed in three dimensions, whilst Stefano Nurra’s Hum is set in a more traditionally fantasy universe, far beyond our imagination.
Alzbeta Kovandova and Lars Koens both use a more delicate, artistic hand, to create their beautiful filmic work, whilst the beautifully shot The Desolate One by Daniel Boocock emulates this same artistry through the stunning backdrops playing host to the action.
Lastly, Mike Forshaw’s Saturday is sure to bring a tear to the eye of anyone whose family was affected by the Hillsborough disaster, and Five Minutes by Dan Sloan tips the idea of the “date night” on its head with a touch of dark comedy.
Liverpool Film Night is Merseyside’s longest standing film event dedicated to supporting and showcasing local, aspiring talent. This year’s selection of films, curated by filmmaker, artist, and senior lecturer in filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University Demelza Kooij, will join the roster of previous Film Night success stories, with participants from the last few years going on to become full time filmmakers, entertaining even bigger audiences with their work.
Alongside head judge Kooij, panel members include David A Hughes, award-winning composer and producer; Carl Loughlin, actor and filmmaker specialising in LGBT films; and Helen Walsh, author and director. Together they will lead a discussion about the evening’s showcase, before taking questions from the audience.
Liverpool Film Night offers local filmmakers the chance to see their short films on the big screen in front of a live audience, and is just one of FACT’s continuous efforts to support the filmmaking community in the region.