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


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


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

Hungry Corpse scoops first ever LUC Short Film Prize

LUC FEST TROPHY FULLIn all the chaos, confusion and hungover relief at the end of the LUC Festival last Sunday, our PR department neglected to let the world know who actually won (the offending staff have been shipped off to our desolate Siberian branch office to have a good long think about their future conduct).

LUC is happy to announce that marvellously stylish animated tale The Hungry Corpse, directed by Gergely Wootsch was voted best film by our shadowy elite judging panel. The film wins the £1000 prize, plus more importantly gets the first ever LUC Short Film Prize trophy (pictured).

For those who didn’t make our gala, final evening, you can find out more about this film right here – and watch the trailer below…

LUCFEST continues with It’s Such A Beautiful Day

LUCFEST ISABD COMPLETE 1000pxNow that the dust has settled from last night’s fantastic screening/q&a/band action at LAMP last night – the LUC film programming team still can’t quite believe that we have secured It’s Such A Beautiful Day for an exclusive screening today.

For the uninitiated this is the masterpiece by genius animator Don Hertzfeldt, which has won at least 90 awards already (according to our statistics sub-committee). Funny, moving and poignant, I can’t recommend this film highly enough – check out the amazing reviews that it has attracted so far.

Prior to this fantastic film, LUC is screening an hour of animated entries to the LUC Short Film Prize. This programme includes musical werewolves, woollen astronomy and terrible attempts at free running. However please note this event is not suitable for kids.

All this fun is taking place at Arts Trail Studios on Livery street (aka Regent Court) and entry is completely free! Check the LUC festival map for details.

The shorts will start at 5pm, then It’s Such A Beautiful Day will screen after a short intermission and is one hour long. Seats will be limited so please come early to avoid disappointment. No one likes disappointment. Apart from Morrissey.

Tonight at LAMP: Anyone Can Play Guitar

LUCFEST ACPG COMPLETE 1000pxBrace yourselves for a fantastic evening of film and music at LAMP from 7:30 pm. First up we’ve got seven fantastic short films all competing for the LUC SHORT FILM PRIZE, there is cosplay, there are zombie puppets, there is even a vengeful space crab.

The main feature tonight is the ace documentary Anyone Can Play Guitar, the inside story of the Oxford music scene, featuring bands such as Ride, Radiohead, Supergrass and Foals. This is followed by an exclusive Q&A with director Jon Spira, conducted by LAMPS’s very own Pip Burley.

AND THATS NOT ALL! Rounding off the night will be the band Not Right playing some covers from the era featured in the film.

Thats a lot of entertainment for the ticket price of just £5 – there are still some tickets left so get down to LAMP early to avoid disappointment.


LINT The Movie: Tonight at Arts Trail

LUCFEST LINT COMPLETE 1000pxThe LUC Festival relentlessly rumbles on, like a runaway train full of ace films. Tonight we will be desperately jumping to safety at the Arts Trail Studios for an exclusive and entirely free screening of LINT The Movie.

Based on his own book by ace author Steve Aylett, LINT tells the tale of cult author and forgotten man of sci-fi, Jeff Lint. The film includes contributions from a whole host of luminaries such as Stewart Lee, Josie Long, Alan Moore and Robin Ince.

Covering such incidents as Lint’s ill-fated, sexually-charged episode of Star Trek, his elaborate theories on the Kennedy assassination and his insanely disturbing kids cartoon Catty and The Major – Lint The Movie is a thoroughly entertaining exploration of this most troubling and enigmatic of figures.

Prior to the feature tonight we will be screening another batch of fantastic underground shorts that were submitted to the LUC short film prize. Topics covered in this evening’s eclectic selection include the nature of memory, magic phone boxes, mysterious forests, whimsical suicide discussions and dangerous cardboard pets. I hope you have all been keeping up with Benn Veasey’s fantastic blog of the shorts programme so far.

Also joining in tonight will be Comics etc with a selection of their wares, come down early for a browse, to grab a drink and grab a seat for another night of LUC action. If you need directions to Arts Trail, check our handy festival map – or the address is 6 Livery Street, Leamington Spa, CV32 4NP.