Festival Final Day: Short Film prize and Wildlike

Now that we have managed to calm down and thaw out after last night’s marvellous Evil Dead 2 screening in the Foundry Wood – LUC turns it’s attention to the two closing events of the 2015 festival.

Film prize POSTER 1000PXAt 5pm we will be holding the 3rd LUC Short Film Prize at the Spa Centre Cinema, we will be screening the 8 best films submitted to the festival this year, one of which will be winning the £1000 prize. Alongside the shorts there will be a film quiz hosted by the wonderful Frankie Griffiths. Tickets are £7 on the door or from wegottickets.com/lucfest

The films in the final are:

Juliet directed by Marc-Henri Boulier

Confession directed by Julien Colonna

Over & Over directed by Matthew ‘WW’ Jones & Luke Skinner

Goran directed by Roberto Santaguida

dark_net directed by Tom Marshall

Quiescence directed by Tania Cattebeke

El Pescador/The Fisherman directed by Javier Chillon

They Will All Die In Space directed by Javier Chillon

As a special bonus we will also be opening the event with a selection of the shortlisted films from our 60 seconds max competition from earlier in the year.

Wildlike FEST POSTER 1000pxAt 8pm (also at the Spa Centre Cinema) the LUC Festival 2015 closes with a screening of the brilliant, independent, award-winning drama Wildlike – don’t miss this rare screening of a film that has won over 40 prizes at Festivals around the world. Tickets are just £5 on the door.

Supporting this screening are the following shorts selected as part of the LUC Short Film prize 2015

Game Of Life directed by Agnes Vialleton

Juliet directed by Marc-Henri Boulier

Latito directed by Ieva Padagaite

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FESTIVAL DAY 6: AMERICAN MOVIE & 48 Hour Film Prize

American movie POSTER 1000pxAfter last night’s journey into cinematic bewilderment, LUC will be at St Patrick’s Irish Club this evening with a programme focused on the fine art of filmmaking.

First up we have three shorts selected for the LUC Short Film Prize 2015 with a local flavour:

Digbeth – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes directed by Andy Howlett

Kids In Brick Houses directed by Olivia Cole

Part Time directed by Nick Leek

Then we will be screening the four entries to our first ever 48 hour film challenge – the audience will be voting for the winner tonight!

The entries are:

The Choice by team Body In The Box Productions

A Deadly Addiction by team Low Hanging Boom

Africa by team Akira

The Thief and Her by team Les Sacs En plastique

After all that excitement, we will be screening the brilliant documentary American Movie. In this cult-favorite Mark Borchardt, an aspiring filmmaker from a working-class Wisconsin background, is set on finishing his low-budget horror movie despite a barrage of difficulties. Plagued by lack of cash, unreliable help and numerous personal problems, Mark wants to complete the film to raise funds for a more ambitious drama. With the assistance of his bumbling but loyal friend Mike Schank, Mark struggles to move forward, making for plenty of bittersweet moments.

Tickets for this marvellous event will be just £5 on the door

LUC Festival Day 2: LIVE SOUNDTRACKS

Live soundtracks POSTER 1000pxToday the LUC Festival turns musical with an epic Live Soundtrack Event at the historic Royal Pump Rooms. There will be four different acts providing their own unique accompaniment to a variety of shorts.

Jonny Roden & Jon Blackford are scoring last year’s LUC Short Film prize winner Golden

Florence Ellis will be performing a new piano piece to accompany 1963 pin screen animation Le Nez

Tim Ellis of Laserbun will be providing an electronic soundtrack for the classic Voyage To The Moon

Lewis J. Smith and Charlotte Bee teaming up to provide the soundscape for Icelandic short Sker

As well as these musical contributions we will also be screening the following shorts selected for competition in the LUC Short Film Prize 2015:

Mer Depre directed by Margeret Orr

Goran directed by Roberto Santaguida

The Fisherman directed by Omar Monge

Quiescence directed by Tania Cattebeke

Tickets for this musical extravaganza are just £5 on the door, or until a couple of hours before the event can be purchased via wegottickets.com/lucfest

If you need directions, please check out this Google Map. or visit https://goo.gl/maps/DmTeXPrZvoL2

The Pump Rooms look like this:

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LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2015

Film prize POSTER 1000PXThe LUC Short Film prize selection panel are currently enjoying a well earned spell in our ‘rehabilitation suite’. After the gruelling screening and selection process (described by one observer as a cross between A Clockwork Orange and 12 Angry Men) it is no less than they deserve.

From over 200 entries from all around the world they have come up with the following list of films that will make up our official selection and play at events throughout the eight days of the festival.

From this selection we will soon be announcing the finalists that will be competing for the third LUC Short Film Prize on the evening of Saturday 14th November at the Spa Centre Cinema, where one of them will win the prize of £1000 and the unique LUC trophy.

As ever Leamington Underground Cinema is the only shady, subterranean, totalitarian organisation that also includes a cool film quiz at our awards ceremony. So join us on the 14th for some exceptional short films and your chance to win some more hand-picked prizes as a reward for your cinematic knowledge.

Tickets are on sale now for just £7 (which includes entry to the quiz). Tickets for all other events at #LUCFEST2015 are available from wegottickets.com/lucfest

The official selection for the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2015

Title Directed by
Juliet Marc-Henri Boulier
Rupert Lucas DE GASTINES
Confession Julien Colonna
26 Hobbs Lane Alex Woodward
In God We Trust Elefterios Zacharopoulos
dark_net Tom Marshall
Part Time Nick Leek
The Fisherman Omar Monge
Dumbageddon DongLiang Chang
They Will All Die in Space Javier Chillon
Quiescence Tania Cattebeke
Over & Over Matthew ‘WW’ Jones & Luke Skinner
Latito Ieva Padagaite
Don’t Touch Me Edward Smith
Kissy Lips Man Will Webb
Time Played Maria Askedal
Cowboy Ben Jon Shaikh and Scott Rawsthorne
Selfie Geoff Harmer
Goran Roberto Santaguida
Game Of Life Agnès Vialleton
Mer Depre Margaret Orr
Transitus Siderum Stewart Collinson & Andrea Szigetvári
Virtually Non-Existent Kerry Jones
Kids In Brick Houses Olivia Cole
Digbeth – A Hundred Thousand Welcomes Andy Howlett

LUC Festival 2015 Announced

Because we just haven’t learned our lesson yet, the Leamington Underground Festival 2015 will take place from the 7th to 14th November at venues around the town.

It is early days but we are looking at some very exciting events this year – including another instalment of the LUC Short Film Prize, submissions are already open for this contest which once again has a £1000 prize with a super low entry fee. Filmmakers are invited to submit their sub-15 minute masterpieces via the FilmFreeway site.

As ever the finance committee are sitting nervously in the corner try to work out how we are actually going to pay for the whole thing. If you are interested in sponsoring the festival, taking advantage of all the perks and good karma that will come your way, please get in touch via lucfestival@gmail.com. We will have some more formalised sponsorship packages available in the next couple of months, but please give us a shout if you want to get in early and have your name associated with this fine event as soon as possible.

The proper artwork will be on its way sometime soon (although the smell of what we hope is joss sticks floating out of the art dept doesn’t suggest that it is a hive of activity) – in the meantime please enjoy this functional announcement poster:

LUC FEST 2015 announcement poster