Quantum Leak wins the first Emerald IT LUC Video Game Prize!

On Saturday 11th October, LUC presented its first ever video game awards, sponsored by the marvellous people at Emerald ITMS. This is the showcase video we played at the event, in which our host Frankie Griffiths takes on each game in the final…

The winner was QUANTUM LEAK entered by STAAK LTD who win this unique trophy:


You can play the winner and all the finalists on our Video Game Prize Page.

Thanks to our judges and everyone who came along.


#LUCFEST Day 4 kicks off with video game prize

A packed last day of the Leamington Underground Cinema Festival starts with the first ever Emerald It LUC video Game Prize from midday – join us at Zephyr Lounge to find out which entry has won followed by some ace short films and a screening of the brilliant “The King Of Kong”.

And of course later on at the Pump Rooms we’ve got The Double at 5pm, followed by the finale of this years festival, The Aspect Consultants Short Film Prize at 8pm. Then we’ll be off to the pub!



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.




Play all of our video game prize entries!

It is friday afternoon, you are pretending to do some work, but lets face it – you’re not.

Why not have a crack at this marvellous selection of games that were entered for the first ever Emerald IT LUC Video Game Prize? They are all waiting on the internet ready for your interactive entertainment input.

The games will be showcased at a gala final event, midday at The Zephyr Lounge on 11th October, the winner will be announced just prior to a special screening of the brilliant ‘The King Of Kong”. Tickets for this event are just £3 and are available now on wegottickets, or on the door.

So get clicking on the links below and hope that your boss is skiving as much as you…


by David Abbot


Hold On Lads I’ve Got An Idea

by Andrew Brazier & Mike Acosta


Reel Life

by Joel Atkinson, Lynsey Graham, India Swift, Craig Yates


Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

by Christine Cuddihy



by strange_generator


Quantum Leak

by Staak


Arrr Rated

by Quentin Warnant, Toby Rutter, Matt Taylor, Gaby in Wonderland


Video Game Prize – 5 days left to submit your entry

VG PRIZE POSTER 1000pxThe deadline for the first ever Emerald IT LUC Video Game Prize is now just five days away – get your submissions in by the end of 30th September to be in with a chance of appearing in the final and winning £500. You can find all the rules and an entry form on this very site.

The final will be held at The Zephyr lounge on Saturday 11th October at midday, hosted by the incomparable Frankie Griffiths and will be followed by a screening of the brilliant documentary “The King of Kong”. Tickets are available now for just £3, each game in the final will get a free ticket.

We have managed to assemble an elite judging panel for this first award, the members of this formidable jury are:

Sarah Windrum 
“I look after the mobile technology side of Emerald and am very excited by the work of the Silicon Spa developers!”
Darren Windrum
“I head up the IT department and have been a keen gamer since my first Amstrad!”
Natalie Griffith
Event Director of Backspace and the Owner of indie PR agency Press Space
Chris White
Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington
Alex Darby
Has worked in the Video Game industry since 1996, and is currently director / owner of darbotron ltd a local Indie Micro Studio, and a director of the creative co-working space Arch Creatives. During his career he’s been a Technical Director, a Lead Game Designer, and though he tries to keep it quiet he’s not entirely awful at art either. Alex was also a founding member of FreeStyleGames where, amongst other things, he helped to create the DJ Hero franchise.
To spur you along, here is an early entry – Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, by Christine Cuddihy, click on the picture to give it a go!

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 www.wegottockets.com/lucfest – buy early to avoid disappointment.