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The Rise of Online Film Events: Will They Replace Physical Ones?

September 15, 2020

You have MCM London Comic Con twice a year, New York Comic-Con, and San Diego Comic-Con. Sadly, in 2020 we won’t have any of them due to the current climate. However, that doesn’t mean that Comic fans and international film companies can’t come together to enjoy the likes of Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and Black Widow. Like any other industry, the entertainment industry had to adapt the last few months and did that with a bang. Let’s discover what new ideas were created to bring fans, movies, and comics closer to each other.

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Comic Cons in different online forms

The most significant change was, without a doubt, moving comic cons online. Ok, the usual meet and greets, autograph and photograph sessions weren’t possible, but thanks to Comic-Con@Home and DC FanDome, fans could still enjoy the newest trailers, exclusive footage, and panels. It might be less exclusive because everyone can access it, but that’s also the strength of online comic cons. We all know how expensive entry tickets can be, and so the fact that audiences can now access the content for free makes it so much easier for everyone around to world to see things they might never have seen otherwise. Still, we certainly can’t wait to see all the colourful, stunning, and one-of-a-kind cosplays, be in awe with other comic fans about upcoming releases and just feel that uplifting and exciting vibe.

Alongside those newfound events, a few platforms gained more fame because of the changing landscape. One of those was Twitch. For those of you who haven’t heard about Twitch, it’s a video live streaming service from Twitch Interactive, part of Amazon. At first, it focussed mostly on the live streaming of video games but also focused on music, film, and entertainment. Because of the cancellation of comic cons, organizers decided to this platform as their Q&A platform. Instead of hosting a panel in a packed room, they’re now just setting up a live-stream via Twitch. They get to interview the cast and crew of a film or television series from a distance, and fans worldwide can watch it wherever they’re from and submit their questions. To get that ‘exclusivity’ vibe, the live-stream isn’t available after the Q&A.

DC FanDome

Meet and greets with a twist

Standing in a long queue, waiting for hours, and then when you can finally meet the stars in person, it was worth it. Getting that euphoric feeling again won’t happen anytime soon (what a shame though), but there’s still a way with which fans and their favourite actors, directors, and producers can have a tête-à-tête. Just as back in the days, fans can buy meet and greet tickets, but instead of seeing the stars in real life, you get a Skype or Zoom invitation.

While the intimacy might get a little bit lost because of the virtual meet up instead of an in-person one, there’s also a positive thing regarding the online meet and greets. If you want to meet film cast during the comic cons, you wouldn’t only have to pay for the tickets, but if you come from outside the country, you also have to pay for the flight, accommodation, etc. Therefore it can become expensive and also not affordable for everyone. The online meet and greets, on the contrary, are much cheaper and can be bought all over the world. Although the intimacy level decreases slightly, there’s definitely still that feeling of excitement, anticipation, and wonder when that Zoom call in loading.

Modern reunions

Because we weren’t able to come together, we reunited via Zoom meetings and Skype calls and so did the cast and crew of films and television series. There’s only one small difference. Their reunions could be attended by all the fans all over the world. One of the most entertaining ones was The Lord of the Rings one in which the likes of Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Andy Serkis, Viggo Mortensen, and Sean Bean participated. The fans didn’t only get insights on what happened when the cameras stopped rolling, but some scenes were acted out again.

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Will online events replace the physical ones?

Right after the FanDome, it was announced that the event got 22 million views across 220 countries and territories. The fans aren’t only standing behind comic cons, but they make sure that the meet and greets sell out and that the online reunions get millions of views. Will online events keep on rising throughout the following years, and will they replace the physical ones or just go side-by-side? To be continued for sure.

Also Read: DC FanDome Recap

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Goldfinch Entertainment Launches A Short Film Fund

July 17, 2020
Goldfinch Entertainment

Goldfinch Entertainment’s first-time filmmaker incubator First Flights, has launched a new Short Film Fund available to Directors and Producers.

The Short Film Fund offers a new way for filmmakers to access a non-recoupable grant of up to £7,000 for creating a short film.

First Flights is, at its core, about supporting emerging filmmakers, and our new fund allows us to extend that support to short film creators” explains Nick Sadler, a Talent Executive at Goldfinch.

Keith Kehoe, First Flights Producer, adds “Together with our parent company Goldfinch, we want to build longstanding relationships with talented filmmakers and this starts with creating proof of concept short film stories that we can eventually turn into feature film versions.

Features of the Short Film Fund include:

• Submissions for live action and documentary short films of any genre
• Open to all countries but must be filmed in the UK
• Up to 3 short films selected per round
• Filmmakers will have full creative control of the project
• Awards provided are non-recoupable grants
• Distribution through our partnership with streaming platform BirdBox.Film

The Short Film Fund is now accepting submissions. The Early Bird submissions ends August 14th and the final submission date will be October 1st.

For more information on the Short Film Fund please visit https://www.first-flights.com/short-film-fund/

Also Read: Five Thought-Provoking Documentaries To Watch On BirdBox

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Cinema Showtime Indiegogo Campaign – A Multi-Media project to reunite film fans.

May 23, 2020
Cinema Showtime

Cinema Showtime, an Indiegogo crowdfunding multi-media project designed to reunite film fans following the Coronavirus lockdown, has launched. They will be working in partnership with MediCinema, the charity that brings the magic of film to hospitals.

Cinema Showtime is a project that is looking forward to a time when restrictions are lifted further and we can start doing what we love again; going to the pictures. It is looking forward to a time when we can watch re-scheduled movies that we have been waiting to see for months on the big screen with our mates. The current guidelines suggest that we can expect to see cinemas reopen to the public on July 4th – perhaps that will be our own Independence Day.

What the Cinema Showtime project involves:

  • Production and distribution of a free glossy magazine, written by film experts and packed with the ultimate preview of every movie being released between November 2020 and August 2021. This will include the latest release dates, info, features, interviews and more.
  • Staging a one-off, live event in a prominent London venue called Cinema Showtime Live! that fans and contributors will be invited to attend. This will include a fan lottery with incredible prizes and money can’t buy merchandise and experiences.
  • Creating an online site and newsletter that celebrates the return of cinema with up-to-the-minute news and info.
  • Producing unique and exclusive merchandise to tie in with the event and film releases.
Cinema Showtime
Cinema Showtime

10% of all contributions and money raised will go to the charity MediCinema to assist with their work.

Click here to support Cinema Showtime’s Indiegogo Campaign

Also Read: Cinema Therapy: How Movies Can Heal

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Dreamland | Available On DVD & Digital HD 13th April

April 6, 2020
Dreamland directed by Bruce McDonald

A unique, stylish, genre-bending neo-noir adventure from cult Canadian indie filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Pontypool, Weirdos) starring Stephen McHattie (Mother!), Henry Rollins (Lost Highway) and Juliette Lewis (Natural Born Killers). Dreamland immerses the viewer into a diabolical underworld, where doppelgängers, vicious child-traffickers and a creepy vampire cross paths and tells the story of a gang who hires a hitman to cut off a finger from a heroin-addict trumpet maestro. Dreamland is a hypnotic descent into a violent and corrupt world ruled by madness, and yet the evil chaos boiling at the surface is deftly tamed by its elegant cinematography and cool, haunting jazz score.

Watch the trailer below.

Dreamland (Official Trailer)

Dreamland is available on DVD & Digital Download on Monday 13th April 2020

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“The Circle” Returns For Season 2

January 9, 2020
The Circle - BWNG & The British Blacklist

A year on from the release of the pilot season, BWNG Ltd & The British Blacklist returns with Season 2 of The Circle. Executive produced by the respective company’s founders Leon Mayne & Akua Gyamfi, the roundtable series brings together a dynamic group of British Black & Asian visionaries across Television, Film, Streaming & Audio to discuss their journeys, their creative process, the highs and lows, and the future of TV, Film & Digital.

Talent across the new season have current credits on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, CW, Audible, Film4, National Geographic and more.

The Circle (Season 2)

The Circle (Season 2) is available now on YouTube.

Also Read: The Rise of Nigerian-British Filmmakers

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10 Films To Watch This January

January 7, 2020
January 2020 - 10 Films to see in cinemas

A new year doesn’t only mean new resolutions that we’ll try to keep but also a bunch of brand new, diverse, thrilling and exciting films. We’ve selected ten films that will make from January the perfect start of 2020!

Jojo Rabbit

This latest film from director/writer/actor Taika Waititi has been in UK cinemas for a few days and if you haven’t seen it yet, we suggest you do. Waititi provides you with a unique view on the Hitler era in a film that’s full of satire, spectacular A-list talent and incredibly promising upcoming young actors. The chemistry between Waititi and young actor Roman Griffin Davis is spot-on!

Jojo Rabbit is in cinemas now

Uncut Gems

Adam Sandler as a notorious and charismatic New York City jeweller? It might seem like the next comedy from Sandler that might have an extremely high predictability level. Nothing could be further from the truth thanks to directors Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie. The brothers made from their latest film a dark, humouristic, fast-paced and violent gambling/heist drama. While you might feel some discomfort (not sure whether that’s a good or bad thing) when watching Uncut Gems, the movie does only give Sandler the chance to sparkle again, literally and figuratively speaking

Uncut Gems will be on the big screen from the 10th of January and available via Netflix from the 31st of January

Adam Sandler as Howard Ratner in Uncut Gems
(Source: IMDb)

1917

While 1917 will be released at the beginning of the new year, we dare to say that this movie from Sam Mendes will be the film with the best cinematography and editing of 2020. Mendes, cinematographer Roger Deakins, and editor Lee Smith make it feel like this film was shot in one take. Because of that magnificent element, you’re standing shoulder to shoulder with the two soldiers who have to deliver an extremely important message during the First World War. Esteemed actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, and Richard Madden are great as always but Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay are the ones that excel!

1917 will be in UK cinemas on the 10th of January

Waves

He already shone in Luce but in Waves, Kelvin Harrison Jr. shows us, even more, why he deserves as many awards as possible. Together with great upcoming talent Taylor Russell and Alexa Demie, he tells the gripping story of a young family that’s being struck by loss, doubts and abuse. Luckily, there’s also a place for hope, love, and strong relationships. Director Trey Edward Shults can also rely on stunning performances from Sterling K. Brown, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Lucas Hedges. Waves is a powerful and emotional film portrayed by a strong cast.

Waves is in UK cinemas from the 17th of January

Kelvin Harrison Jr. as Tyler and Alexa Demie as Alexis in 
(Source: IMDb)

A Hidden Life

Director Malick takes us back to World War II by telling a very emotional story of a couple facing the terrible sides of the war. Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl) is being looked upon with agony because he doesn’t want to pay taxes or doesn’t want to fight for his country. The less he’s involved in the war, the better. He and his wife Fani (Valerie Pachner) live a very sombre life but as long as they have each other and their children, nothing can stop them. Until the war comes much closer than they want… This results in a beautifully shot, highly moving and touching movie about love, family and war.

A Hidden Life will be released on the 17th of January

The Personal History of David Copperfield

It was the openings film of the BFI Film Festival 2019 and while you’re watching The Personal History of David Copperfield you’ll understand why. The film isn’t only packed with A-listers such as Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, and Gwendoline Christie but also with a lot of humour, wonderful moments and beautifully shot scenes. With David Copperfield by Charles Dickens under his arm, director Armando Iannucci turns the story about family, trying to survive and finding unexpected love in a gorgeous and light-hearted movie.

The Personal History of David Copperfield is out on the 17th of January

Dev Patel as David Copperfield in The Personal History of David Copperfield
(Source: IMDb)

The Lighthouse

If you’ve seen The Witch from director Robert Eggers, then you know that he makes on-point, stirring, dark and thought-provoking thrillers. With his The Lighthouse, he delivers that again! Eggers can’t only count on the electrifying music from Mark Korven and the striking black/white cinematography from Jarin Blaschke but also on the spectacular chemistry between Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. Both men put on a mysterious and dynamic performance and bring the twisted and sinister story of the lighthouse keepers Thomas Howard and Thomas Wake perfectly to life.

The Lighthouse is released on the 31st of January

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Hanks as the beloved children’s television presenter Fred Rogers. You probably don’t need more than that to buy a ticket for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. With her latest film, director Marielle Heller honours the real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod (portrayed by Matthew Rhys). While Junod is being renamed to Lloyd Vogel, the story remains the same. A wonderful one about a unique friendship, family and human emotions. Both Hanks and Rhys dazzle and because of that, the movie became a heart-warming, lovely and charming one.

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will be in UK cinemas from the 31st of January

Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
(Source: Lacey Terrell – © Sony Pictures Entertainment )

Queen and Slim

He was already nominated for an Oscar for his stunning performance in Get Out and put on strong performances in Black Panther and Widows. She is an amazing upcoming talent. Yep, Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith are making a great team as Slim and Queen, a couple whose first date isn’t going as planned. Their happy moments make space for darker and tragic ones. The result: Two young lives completely broken, two people living in fear and pain. Will their love for each other be strong enough to keep them together or will their disastrous past become too dark? You will get the answers to that question after watching this exciting Queen and Slim by director Melina Matsoukas.

Queen and Slim is out on the 31st of January

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

After multiple attempts to make this film, tragically losing important cast members and experiencing financial problems, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. We can’t imagine what a relief that must have been for director Terry Gilliam. His “most cursed film in cinema history” tells the story of genius film director Toby (Adam Driver) whose creative days are sadly behind him. The production of his latest film about Don Quixote isn’t going great and the passion for filmmaking seems to decline.

This is until he finds a student movie he made about Don Quixote (Jonathan Pryce). This discovery is the beginning of a trip down to the memory lane. Driver and Pryce bring their A-game to this film and lead co-stars Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko and Jason Watkins wonderfully through a funny and witty medieval story.

Catch The Man Who Killed Don Quixote from the 31st of January

Adam Driver as Toby and Jonathan Pryce as Don Quixote in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote 
(Source: IMDb)

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WatchAUT Film Festival 2019

December 17, 2019
WatchAUT Film Festival 2019

We went to the inaugural WatchAut Film Festival in London, UK celebrating the best in Austrian filmmaking, where we caught up with cast and crew from some of the film movies being screened.

WatchAUT Film Festival 2019

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Living In Crime Alley [Batman Fan Film]

December 13, 2019

Living in Crime Alley is the Batman fan film from writer / director, Rob Ayling. The short film follows a single father as he struggles to bring up his child, a huge fan of the dark knight, in downtown Gotham, known to citizens as Crime Alley.

Living In Crime Alley [Fan Film]

Also Read: Holy Fan Films, Batman

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Star Wars: Origins [Fan Film]

Star Wars: Origins

Star Wars: Origins takes a unique look at where it all began. A thrilling action-adventure, this film draws inspiration from both STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES to tell an epic story based on Earth during WWII.

The film described as “the epic fan film that will change the game” comes from award-winning team and life-long Star Wars fans; writer/director Phil Hawkins and Executive Producer Gary Cowan of Velvet Film Production.

Filmed in the Sahara Desert, Morocco, Star Wars: Origins is the culmination of three years’ work and stars Marie Everett (What Happened To Monday, Netflix), Jamie Costa (Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade), Hadrian Howard (The Mummy, Mi Rogue Nation) and Philip Walker.

Star Wars: Origins [Fan Film]

Also Read: Star Wars: May The Fan Film Be With You

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Big Picture Film Club & Silver Screen Dudes Discuss Their Favourite Directorial Debuts

December 4, 2019
Big Picture Film Club & Silver Screen Dudes

Big Picture Film Club Co-Founders, Presh Williams & Urvisha Patel, joined the Silver Screen Dudes on their Movie Mount Rushmore Podcast, where they discussed their favourite directorial debuts.

You can listen to the podcast via Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Spreaker & IHeartRadio & more.

Silver Screen Dudes (with Big Picture Film Club) – Movie Mount Rushmore Podcast

Also Read: Academy Awards 2020: Five New categories That Should Be included In The Oscars

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Short Film | Cursed Words

November 15, 2019
Cursed Words

In a small British pub, all hell breaks loose when a man reads three words from a mysterious, bloodstained letter.

Starring: Ryan Lane, Olivia Newton, Michael Muyunda, Martin Valentine, Ben Galler, Helen Booden, Tom Stas, Lilou Stas & Chewie

Writer / Director: Joe & Lloyd Stas

Watch “Cursed Words” via the link below

Cursed Words (Short Film)

Also Read: Game of Thrones Fan Films

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Short Film | Meat Is Murder

October 31, 2019
Meat Is Murder

Patrick is a young filmmaker investigating a group of vigilante vegans. At first, they seem harmless, but when their de facto leader Steven faces a leadership challenge from hardliner Julie, the group starts to head down a much darker path.

Starring: Tracy Wiles, George Potts.

Writer: Matt Hynds

Director: Max Sobol

Watch “Meat is Murder” via the link below

Meat is Murder (Short Film)

Also Read: Sorry We Missed You: Film and the North

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