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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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

Big Film Quiz – Friday 13th June

Prepare to get your quiz on. On Friday 13th June LUC, in association with those nice people at LAMP present an evening of red hot film quiz action.

Brace yourself for a variety of cunning rounds and challenging cinema-based questions. Tickets are just £5 per person (or £4 for Bunker Brigade members), you can play alone or form teams – there will be all sorts of special prizes including an especially marvellous first prize of £100.

More info coming very soon, including how to get advance tickets to be sure of your place…

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Leamington Underground Cinema LIVE AT LAMP

Once again LUC is rising to periscope depth to put on a night of cinematic goodness at Leamington’s marvellous new(ish) LAMP venue on Friday 19th July.

As LUC devotees would expect, the programme will include a carefully hand-picked selection of cool short films, some more of those dodgy trailers, musical mayhem and of course the world renowned Jon Kennedy film quiz.

Tickets for this extravaganza are priced at a bargain, recession-taunting, eminently reasonable five pounds and can be picked up at LAMP or from LUC using the usual back channels. Each ticket contains a genuine frame of 35mm film from a classic movie. How cool is that?

Join us in the bar at LAMP for an alcoholic livener or two from 7PM, the show will start at 8PM prompt.

If you like organising yourself via the medium of Facebook, there is an LUC LIVE AT LAMP event page right here

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LUC Festival Update 1: And so it begins…

underground sign constructionSo anyway, I decided that this year would be the ideal time to expand Leamington Underground Cinema’s scope of operations – from one off events in cinemas, pubs and dark corners of the internet – into a fully fledged film festival right here in Leamington Spa.

Since briefly mentioning this in a few places I’ve had lots of really positive feedback and plenty of people want to get involved – so I’m now in the process of all sorts of planning, brainstorming and list-making.

The plan at the moment is to pick a weekend in late July/August (nailing down the date is unsurprisingly near the top of the to-do list) and put on the following:

  • Screenings of some hand-picked picked cult features, including at least one epic double bill
  • A short film competition, providing lots of shorts to screen at venues across the weekend
  • A gala LUC night, involving the best of the short film competition (including awards) and the legendary LUC film quiz
  • A musical soiree for local acts to perform their own interpretations of famous film music

There are plenty more ideas but that will do for now. If you’ve already expressed an interest I’ll be in touch to have a chat very soon. I am going to need plenty of help, so…

  • If you are someone who runs/owns/has the keys for a venue in Leamington (or nearby, lets not be all parochial about this) who would like to be part of this, give me a shout.
  • Anyone working in the media who would like to spread the word, feel free – I’ll have press releases at some point but in the meantime get in touch or check back here for regular updates.
  • Any filmmakers with something you would like to screen, you can use the Submit to LUC page on this site, or get in touch if your film is not on-line.
  • If you are in a band who would like to play some soundtrack action – get rehearsing and let me know.
  • If you are an enthusiastic, film loving type of person who fancies getting involved in helping to organise, run or attend the first LUC festival, please get in touch.

Best ways to contact me are via the contact LUC form on this site, via the LUC Facebook Page, or @LeamUCinema on twitter.

I’ll be blogging about (hopefully) how well this is all going as regularly as I can, so expect more poorly formatted, bullet point riddled posts soon. Probably involving an actual date.