LUC Festival 2016 – Call for film submissions

banner-cta_over_redThe terrifying wail of the bunker klaxon means that we’ve just ticked over into the main submission period for the LUC Festival 2016.

Now in our fourth year we have four categories for submissions, including features for the first time.

The impoverished bean counters in the accounting department are all too aware of how strapped for cash most filmmakers are, so we’ve kept the fees as low and the prizes as high as we can (with a maximum of £1000 up for grabs) to attract films from as many of you as possible.

We want to show original films that will entertain, move, perplex, surprise and even maybe outrage our audience. We will always favour something interesting and entertaining but a bit rough over something technically amazing but dull – but if you can manage both you could well be onto a winner.

To submit, head over to our page on the marvellous FilmFreeway site to get all the particulars and send us your masterwork. The standard deadline is August 31st and the late deadline will be September 30th.

The categories for submissions are:

LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE 2016: £1000 ($1500)

FOR FILMS UNDER 15 MINUTES – ENTRY FEE: £7 ($10)

LUC 60 SECONDS MAX PRIZE 2016 : £250 ($375)

FOR FILMS UNDER 1 MINUTE –ENTRY FEE: £3 ($5)

LUC SHORT ANIMATION PRIZE 2016: £100 ($150)

FOR FILMS UNDER 10 MINUTES – ENTRY FEE: FREE

LUC FESTIVAL FEATURES

FOR FILMS OVER 45 MINUTES – ENTRY FEE: £10 ($15)

 

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FILMMAKERS – Submit films to LUC to win up to £1000

LUC festival 2016 logo squareSubmissions are now open for this year’s LUC festival which will take place from the 11th to the 19th of November at venues all round the town.

The festival is made up of a programme of cool, non-mainstream features and shorts – which is why we need your entries.

This year we have prizes for the best short film under 15 minutes, the best sub 1-minute films and a FREE to enter prize for short animation. Also for the first time we are inviting feature submissions to be screened as part of the festival programme. The submission categories are:

  • LUC Short Film Prize 2016: will be awarded to the best short film (UNDER 15 MINUTES) The winner will also get £1000.
  • LUC 60 Seconds Max Prize 2016: will be awarded to the best film submitted with a maximum running time of one minute. The winner will also get £250.
  • LUC Short Animation Prize 2016: will be awarded to the best animated film (UNDER 10 MINUTES). The winner will also get £100.
  • LUC FESTIVAL FEATURES: For the first time we are accepting feature submissions (FOR FILMS OVER 45 MINUTES). Selected features will be screened during the festival.

There are low fees in place (with even cheaper earlybird prices for the first 2 months) for shorts, 1-minute films and features – but the animation prize is completely free to enter.

To send us your masterpiece head over to the LUC FESTIVAL 2016 page on film freeway and get submitting!

Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2016

Please ensure that you are available for Festival enjoyment between the dates of 11th and 19th November 2016. Confirmation and additional information will be forthcoming once we have thawed out the bulk of the organising committee. The following visual aid is provided for your stimulation and consideration.

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Festival kicks off Saturday with Zero Effect, Unlock Sherlock & Desert Island Films

LUC commences our biggest festival so far with two great events on Saturday 7th November at North Hall.

At 4.30 the festival kicks off with a screening of the brilliant, cult detective movie Zero Effect starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller. The film will be preceded by Unlock Sherlock, an exploration of the history of Sherlock Holmes on film with our panel led by Nic Pillai and featuring Mike McCahill.

Tickets are a bargain £5 either on the door or in advance from wegottickets.com

Desert island films POSTER 1000PXLater at 8pm we have an exciting new event, Desert Island Films. Our panel of critics, bloggers and academics will discuss and defend their choice of essential viewing. Films as diverse as Magnolia, Dracula 200 and Showgirls will all be getting the treatment in what promises to be an informative and entertaining evening.

Tickets for Desert Island Films are also a suspiciously reasonable five quid and will be available on the door, or to be sure of your seat grab them in advance from wegottickets.

North Hall is located in Spencer Yard, we will have LUC staff lurking around the place to point you in the right direction, but here is a quick map to help you find your way (or open on Google maps).

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LUC Festival 2014 Announced

Yes. We  didn’t learn out lesson last time.

The glorious central committee has instructed us to announce that after last year’s inaugural event, The Leamington Underground Cinema Festival 2014 will take place over the five days of the 7th to the 11th of October 2014.

All attendees are promised a programme of features, shorts, music and other innovative cinematic diversions. The festival will, of course, include the LUC Short Film Prize 2014 which will again be free to enter and offer a £1000 prize. Loads more details coming over the next month.

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