LUC Festival Update: Lots of news

I have been somewhat remiss in providing regular updates recently, this is mostly to do with the fantastic response to the LUC Short Film Prize. Thus far, the top secret LUC evaluation panel have watched about 130 entries (with more arriving all the time) – now we are starting to select the films that will be shown during the week. The aim is to screen between 100 and 150 shorts throughout the festival – with fifteen finalists to be shown at our exclusive gala LUC night on Sunday 29th September. The deadline is still over two months away on the 2nd August, so plenty of time to finish off that ground-breaking hybrid western/sci-fi you’ve been working on.

In terms of the programme for the week, the overall shape is coming together nicely. The plan is for the main list of events to be announced at the end of June and then for tickets to go on sale in July, but here are some new additions (please note these are all subject to final confirmation):

  • LUC will be taking over (in what may be a needlessly violent fashion) the weekly quiz at The Clarendon on Wednesday 25th September for a special film themed edition.
  • The properly astounding The Secret Society Of Fine Arts will be screening at LAMP on Monday 23rd supported by some hand-picked submissions to the LUC film prize.
  • There will be a completely free screening of LUC Short Film Prize entries at Altoria Bar on Tuesday 24th, followed by a soon-to-be-announced special musical event.
  • A free animation event with Don Hertfeldt’s amazing It’s Such A Beautiful Day topping the bill on Saturday 28th September.
  • A screening of what has been described as “the most punk rock film of all time” at Zephyr Lounge on Thursday 26th – trust me, it is.

LUC is beavering away on all sorts of other exclusive feature screening and potential events, so keep an eye on the blog for more advance info in the next few weeks. Hopefully will have another very exciting screening to announce next week.

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Short Film Prize – Keep them coming

If you follow LUC on twitter, I should probably apologise. The last few weeks have seen me shamelessly punting around the details of the first LUC short film prize to the great and good of the twitter film community.

All this shamelessness has been well worth it though, via lots of re-tweeting (and what people will actually call ‘Virality’ with a straight face) the message has got around and we already have loads of ace entries for the film fest, all in with a chance of scooping the thousand pound first prize.

One of the great things about organising a film festival is that you get to watch tons of films and I’ve really enjoyed the diverse and entertaining shorts that have been entered so far – thanks to everyone who has already submitted their work.

However, with a squeaky-bum inducing entire week programme to fill, we still need plenty more cool, interesting and original short films – so spread the word to all your filmmaking family, friends and maybe even an enemy or two. The deadline for submissions is 2nd of August, so still plenty of time to finish off, or maybe even start work on your sub-ten minute masterpiece.

To enter your film, visit the dedicated page on this very site, check out the rudimentary rules and use the form to enter – with any luck your film will be on a big screen somewhere in Leamington Spa during the week of 23rd-29th September.

LUC Festival 2013 Poster

Check out our fantastic Bauhaus-esque festival announcement poster, designed for LUC by the crack poster-designing team at Art By Prescription, featuring our very own LUC font. You will be seeing a lot more of this around town and on the internet in the coming months…

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