Golden wins the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014

Short film prize POSTER 1000pxOn saturday night, We held the second LUC short Film prize sponsored by the heroic Aspect Consultants. from 1800 entries we got down to 8 brilliant finalists, who were all evaluated by an elite judging panel consisting of:

Mike McCahill – Film critic for The Scotsman, The Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, Metro, Moviemail and The Daily Complainer

Anton Bitel – Freelance film critic and genre fanatic who writes for Sight & Sound,, Little White Lies and Grolsch FilmWorks

John Knight – The Mayor of leamington Spa (yes really, the mayor. Honest)

Ben Walshe – Journalist and filmmaker who also helped with the shortlisting

Hank Starrs – Is a Writer/Producer who has completed 16 Short films and a couple of features, including BLOODED and ANYONE CAN PLAY GUITAR. Currently Producing ELSTREE 1976 (was also in LUC’s favourite band)

Nic Pillai – Film Lecturer and writer – His book Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and the Dissonant Image will be published by I. B. Tauris in 2015.

Plus our generous sponsors:

Aspect Consultants

Barbara Weed – on behalf of Action 21

Bev Walshe – Science Fiction Author Ariadne Turner

Rob Nichols – From Undervale Limited

Oh – and we let the collective hive mind of the LUC Festival committee have a collective single vote (just to keep them happy)

Golden (written and directed by Simon Ball) was announced as the winner at Leamington Spa’s grand royal pump rooms on saturday night. Securing this year’s very special trophy and the £1000 prize. Congratulations to all involved in the film

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Hey everyone, here is a shiny new PDF with details of all of the events, features and short films that will be happening as part of the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014 which kicks off on Wednesday. It is in the caring, sharing pdf format so you can download it for you own browsing, printing and sharing requirements. Please be aware that this is bound to be full of typographical errors and terrible grammatical issues – we’ve already had the proof-reader taken out and shot as a precautionary measure.




#LUCFEST Short Film Selection Programme and Finalists

After a whole bunch of venue related shenanigans and much argumentative short-listing here are the details regarding when the short films selected for this years festival will be playing – as well as the eight films that will be competing for the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014 on 11th October at the Royal Pump Rooms. The full electronic programme with pictures and stuff is coming this weekend – as long as our antique computing equipment can hold it together for one final push…

Screening with Cult Movie Double Bill on 8th October from 7pm:

10ml I.V. submitted by Andrew Gillman
Double Act submitted by Ding Shiwei
Timothy submitted by Marc Martínez Jordán

Screening with Birdemic plus The Rosenberg Appeal on 9th October from 8pm:

The Low Road, Baby submitted by Mark Roeder
Banana Skins submitted by Matt McCooey
Skeleton Key  submitted by Meredith Nolan
Pins  submitted by Kimberly Brown

Screening with Mistaken For Strangers plus The Swaps on 10th October from 7pm:

Dad In Mum  submitted by FABRICE BRACQ
im.promp.tu  submitted by Michael Slobodian
Stifle  submitted by John Hennessy
Das Katzenjammertal  submitted by Ara Jo
Love in the City  submitted by Emanuele Michetti
The Man From Arctica  submitted by Nils J. Nesse
Travis  submitted by Stephen French

Screening with the Emerald IT LUC Video Game Prize plus King Of Kong on 11th October from 12pm:

BZz  submitted by Luca Fattore
Schrödinger’s Bed  submitted by Michael Murnau
Providence  submitted by Sam Amos
Free Will  submitted by Quentin Pointillart
A Perfect Day submitted by Oguzhan Kaya
Enlightenment  submitted by Marat Narimanov

Screening with The Double on 11th October from 5pm:

Provisoire  submitted by Anthony Cajan
Jump  submitted by Robert Dawes
TRIP Paulista  submitted by Marcia Beatriz Granero
Amateurs  submitted by Yoo In-cheol
Lost Cubert  submitted by Jakob Schmidt

Finalists for the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014 – screening on 11th October from 8pm:

Old Dog, New Tricks  submitted by Oscar Udbye
Richie  submitted by Andy Salamonczyk
Golden  submitted by Simon Ball
Studies on Hysteria  submitted by Felix Ruple
Hybris  submitted by Arjan Brentjes
Happy Memories  submitted by Jack Fields
Renewing Mikael  submitted by Joonas Makkonen
La Fille aux Feuilles  submitted by Marina Rosset

Short Film Prize Selection Announcement

Just minutes ago, a bearded, pale skinned, malnourished member of the short film selection panel, crawled from their sealed viewing chamber. Wheezing heavily, the bloodshot eyes that had taken in around 1800 entries gazed pleadingly towards the sleeping quarters. An unkempt hand held out a scrappy piece of A4 on which were scribbled (in what we hope is ink) the names of the 33 short films selected to screen at the LUC Festival – one of which will win the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014.

More info soon, but now that the panel have been a whole five hours off, we’ve managed to decipher the selection document and list the short films that we’ll be screening below…

Film Title Submitted By
Double Act Ding Shiwei
Amateurs Yoo In-cheol
Jump Robert Dawes
The Low Road, Baby Mark Roeder
Enlightenment Marat Narimanov
The Man From Arctica Nils J. Nesse
Schrödinger’s Bed Michael Murnau
Skeleton Key Meredith Nolan
Happy Memories Jack Fields
Studies on Hysteria Felix Ruple
Pins Kimberly Brown
Old Dog, New Tricks Oscar Udbye
Banana Skins Matt McCooey
im.promp.tu Michael Slobodian
TRIP Paulista Marcia Beatriz Granero
Providence Sam Amos
Stifle John Hennessy
BZz Luca Fattore
Renewing Mikael Joonas Makkonen
10ml I.V. Andrew Gillman
Timothy Marc Martínez Jordán
A Perfect Day Oguzhan Kaya
Lost Cubert Jakob Schmidt
Golden Simon Ball
Free Will Quentin Pointillart
Travis Stephen French
Provisoire Anthony Cajan
Das Katzenjammertal Ara Jo
La Fille aux Feuilles Marina Rosset
Richie Andy Salamonczyk
Love in the City Emanuele Michetti
Hybris Arjan Brentjes

Watch the festival trailer and reward our announcer

Check out the slightly shoddy trailer that has just been set upon the internet by the mouth breathers in the LUC IT Department. Once again our dependable announcer has been woken from his slumber to star in another dodgy video to inform you of the exciting events occurring at the forthcoming #LUCFEST 2014.

To motivate and reward him this time we will be providing incentives for all of you to view and share this promotional item as widely as possible. Said rewards will be triggered after a certain amount of views of the trailer – full details are contained within – it could even lead us to have to #FreeTheLUCAnnouncer (!)

Check Out The Full Programme For The Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014

Here is the schedule of events for the second Leamington Underground Cinema Festival. The entertainment runs from 7th to 11th October at various venues around the town. Tickets for all events cost £5 or less (including any booking fees) and are available to purchase right now from – buy early to avoid disappointment.


LUC Festival Finale at The Royal Pump Rooms

We’re chuffed to announce that thanks to the support of Warwick District Council – the last night of the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014 will take place at Leamington’s historic Royal Pump Rooms.

We’ll be screening the fantastic Dostoyevsky adaptation The Double at 5pm and then at 8pm the festival will climax noisily with the Aspect Consultants LUC Short Film Prize 2014. The only film awards ceremony that throws in a film quiz too…

Tickets for each event are a bargain £5 and will be on sale in the next couple of days, in the mean time check out our latest cool poster.

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