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!

FESTIVAL DAY 5: World Of Tomorrow & Southland Tales

We’re halfway through #LUCFEST2015 and it has all been marvellous so far – the glorious central committee have even given some key staff a few hours out of the bunker off for R&R. Be assured though, we have electronically tagged them, for the safety of the public at large.

Thanks to everyone who has come along or helped out so far and don’t forget there is plenty more exciting stuff in the second half of the programme.

Southland Tales Fest poster 1000pxThis evening we’ve got another great event at the Spa Centre Cinema, first up is Don Hertzfeldt’s award winning animated short, World Of Tomorrow, then we’ve got one of LUC’s favourite films, the apocalyptic, satirical, dramatic, sci-fi epic Southland Tales.

Doors open at 7.00pm and the main action starts at 7.30pm – early arrivals will get the added bonus of some short films selected as part of the LUC Short Film Prize 2015

Transitus Siderum directed by Stewart Collinson & Andrea Szigetvári

Virtually Non-Existent directed by Kerry Jones

They Will All Die in Space directed by Javier Chillon

Tickets are just £5 on the door, or are available in advance until 5pm from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/333257

Full steam ahead for 48 hour film contest

We are delighted to announce that the first ever LUC 48 Hour film competition will definitely be going ahead as we already have a number of intrepid teams signed up, but there is plenty of room for more.

15514395025_224c88764f_kHave you always wanted to make a film? Fancy getting your mates together and having a fun packed weekend making a movie? Our first ever 48 hour film competition is the opportunity you have been looking for. No previous experience is required and it is completely free to take part, you just need something to film on, some creative spark and probably quite a lot of caffeinated beverages. The competition runs from 7.30pm on Friday 30th October to 7.30pm Sunday 1st November. At 7pm on the Friday we will give you a randomly generated genre, line of dialogue and prop which must all feature in your movie. Your task is to use the following 48 hours to make a film with a running time of more than 1, but less than five minutes and submit it by the deadine.

All films will be screened at our American Movie event on Thursday 12th November during the LUC Festival, where an elite judging panel will select the winner. £100 and tickets to our final night events are up for grabs. For full rules and details on how to register a team please check the rules on this site or the Facebook page for the competition. Teams must be registered by 28th October.

LUC Festival opens with ZERO EFFECT & ‘Unlock Sherlock’

The third Leamington Underground Cinema Festival opens on Saturday 7th November with a screening of cult detective mystery Zero Effect. Bill tumblr_mq08is5IT61qd3nk9o1_1280Pullman stars as the enigmatic and brilliant Darryl Zero, the world’s greatest and most secretive detective, who is investigating a particularly complicated case of blackmail and murder.

Before the the film we have a special treat in the form of ‘Unlock Sherlock’ a talk and panel discussion of the history of the great detective in film. Speakers will include Nic Pillai and Mike McCahill amongst others.

The programme will also include some short films selected in competition for the LUC Short Film Prize 2015.

This event is taking place at North Hall, Spencer Yard and tickets are just £5. Doors will open at 4pm and activities will commence at 4.30 pm.

LUC Festival 2015 passes on sale now

LUC PASS FINALPHOTOAs of today you can purchase a pass for the whole eight days of the third Leamington Underground Cinema Festival for the early bird price of just £35, saving you more than £20 on the price of buying tickets for all of the events planned so far from 7th -14th November. The glorious central committee has given us permission to keep this price in place until the end of September, so get in early for a bargain and to guarantee your place at every screening.

Ways to buy your early bird pass

ONE: Online via Paypal – click on the following link or the picture of the pass. There is a £2 postage cost, but we will throw in something extra with your pass to make up for it.

PURCHASE EARLY BIRD LUC FESTIVAL 2015 PASS NOW

TWO. At our Over The Top Screening on Monday 14th September at The Townhouse

THREE. At Pop Quiz Hot Shot at The Drawing Board on the 20th September

FOUR. Collar your nearest known LUC operative and press money upon them

Festival Kickstarter – 12 Days Left

The campaign to raise funds for this year’s LUC Festival stands just short of £1000 at the time of writing – with 12 days left to hit our target of £2500. Huge thanks to all of our heroic backers and sponsors so far.

Our Department of Fundraising & Bribery has authorised the addition of some new rewards to stimulate further engagement. Firstly for a pledge of just £5 you can get a digital copy of our UNDERCLASS magazine, plus a limited edition postcard of our festival artwork signed by the artist.

We’ve also added the chance to become a festival backer, with all the existing perks you would expect, plus an advance ticket for our epic World Of Tomorrow/Southland Tales screening on Wednesday 11th November – all for just £13.

So if you’d like to help us with our crusade to bring a load of cool events to Leamington Spa this November, then please visit the kickstarter page to back the project and spread the word as widely and wildly as you can. If you are an organisation/business that are interested in sponsoring the festival but would like to know more first, please drop us a line on lucfestival@gmail.com.

Kick starter