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The Newport International Film Festival 2013
11th October - 13th October 2013
Tickets
Feature Film Host Venue: Cineworld, Newport - 11th & 13th October

Newport Retail Park, Seven Stiles Avenue, Newport, NP19 4QQ

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Short Film Host Venue: Warehouse 54, Newport - Saturday 12th October
Free Entry!

Warehouse 54, 54 Cambrian Road, Newport, NP20 4AB

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The Festival

The Newport International Film Festival is in its seventh year and what an incredible line up it has! With plenty of films from Wales and Newport itself, mixed up with loads from around the globe, including America, Germany, Belgium and France, it truly is an international celebration.

The Festival provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to have their films screened at a great red carpet-style venue, to a passionate audience of film professionals, film students, journalists and the general public. The Festival aims to promote and support independent filmmaking on every level.

There are a number of awards up for grabs at the Festival, including the prestigious Welsh Dragon Award for Achievement in Welsh Film on a Low Budget.

The festival prides itself on showing works that might not otherwise get seen. NIFF has a fiercely independent and exciting atmosphere, so come along and experience something new!!

The Official Selection
SHORT FILMS - Screening starts 12:00pm on Saturday 12th October 2013 at Warehouse 54

SHORT FILM SCREENING ONE    12pm - 1.20pm

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GAY GOTH SCENE

Director: Kai Stanicke

Run Time: 5 mins

Synopsis: For a young boy, school is a living hell. He decides to put an end to it. Gay Goth scene is a mixture of short film & music video that deals with a worldwide social disease: bullying.

TRACES

Director: Anthony Sutcliffe

Run Time: 4 mins

Synopsis: A young woman, captured on CCTV on a night out, describes her readiness for whatever fate has in store for her. A chilling look into CCTV culture and the destructiveness of the world around us.

CLYMAU

Director: Richard Pask

Run Time: 3 mins

Synopsis: Clymau chronicles the parliamentary decision in the 1960s, to flood the Tryweryn Valley in North Wales, to create a reservoir for Liverpool. Dafydd Jones is being forced to relocate as his home is due to be submerged, but his ties to the past prove impossible to sever.

TIME 2 SPLIT 

Director: Fabrice Bracq

Run Time: 5 mins

Synopsis: A couple with a young child. Sometimes life is easier to live separately. A film shot in two halves, documenting the lives of a couple after the have split.

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IMAGINE

Director: Jonathan Green & Jahanara Saleh

Run Time: 30 mins

Synopsis: After the death of his daughter, John Morris agrees to take part in a clinical trial using Charged Water (water that has been influenced by specific thoughts or energy). Imagine is a film about the potential for the human mind to heal itself. If we are mostly made of water, what can our thoughts do to us?

CLOUDS

Director: Gilbert James

Run Time: 12 mins

Synopsis: Living the life of a writer, Irving Walker's days are filled with distraction, creative torment, lunch, the occasional smoothie and sometimes writing. But only one story holds the key to him fulfilling his dreams of true creativity.

SHORT FILM SCREENING TWO    1.50pm - 3.10pm

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DEAR SOMEONE

Director: Tetsuo Kamata

Run Time: 4 mins

Synopsis: After a couple break up, a young man goes on a journey of introspection and looks back on their relationship. A sweet film exploring his journey using polaroid snapshots.

EAT

Director: Moritz Kramer

Run Time: 8 mins
Synopsis: A photoshoot. The model Helen is hungry and unable to focus. Back in the changing room she makes a surprising discovery. Everything around her is edible - the chair, the tv, the walls...

THE UNDREAM

Director: Alexander Thomas

Run Time: 18 mins

Synopsis: Tom is an insomniac, trapped in his incessant inner monologue. He goes on midnight walks through the deserted town but he can't quite shake the feeling that he is being followed. Is it in his mind, or is there someone out there?

BRIDGES

Director: Aidan Shipley

Run Time: 16 mins

Synopsis: An ageing couple hire a young actor to temporarily take the place of their deceased daughter.

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THE GERMAN WHO CAME TO TEA

Director: Kerry Kolbe

Run Time: 8 mins

Synopsis: After a century on earth, which memories really matter? For Annie Day, who turned 100 in May 2012, it's the day her young son Brian brought a German Prisoner of War to Christmas dinner almost 70 years ago, marking the start of an enduring lesson in love, loss and acceptance.

EASY READER 

Director: Lewis Rose

Run Time: 3 mins

Synopsis: Easy Reader is the story of a library and its number one customer, Gary. He is there rain or shine, however not always for the right reasons...

A short and sweet tale with an offbeat comic style, that will leave the audience with a smile on their face.

SHORT FILM SCREENING THREE    4.10pm - 5.30pm

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MOMENTUM

Director: Boris Seewald

Run Time: 7 mins

Synopsis: For some it is just a party snack, but for Patrick a tortilla chip started his moment of self-discovery. With exuberant dancing and magical passion he shares his inspiration and invites everyone to participate. Even his mother...

PASSING OF THE BRIDLE

Director: Lewis Barker

Run Time: 15 mins

Synopsis: The year is 1965 and the South Wales Valleys are thriving. Steelworker Phil Davies, whose life is a mixture of manual labour and a passion for horses, finds out his son no longer wishes to pursue the same lifestyle as him, and Phil has to decide which is more important, his own ambitions or his son's dream?

THE SCULPTOR

Director: Arush Tagotra

Run Time: 8 mins

Synopsis: A short documentary film which delves into the life, beliefs and inspirations of a Bridgend based sculpting artist. With no proper academic background in sculptural art, but just a love and passion for the art of sculpting itself, The Sculptor explores his work and how it has shaped his life.

NO COMMENT

Director: Alexandra Naoum

Run Time: 4 mins

Synopsis: A girl makes two different unexpected encounters in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. Thinking she is being hit on, she gives the man the cold shoulder. It is only after this that  she realises he was only asking for directions.

 

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BALLET STORY

Director:

Daria Belova

Run Time: 9 mins

Synopsis: Another day at the ballet school. Everything is like normal, until Sophie notices a boy outside. She finds him mysterious. She likes him but doesn't dare do anything about it. Until another classmate gets there first...

LIEF LOST A BOOK

Director: Craig Henderson

Run Time: 10 mins

Synopsis: Jon meets Wes. Jon wants to talk about Lief and a book. Jon's story is part conjecture. He has Lief's story in fragments. Something happened, but he doesn't know exactly what. The book could have been beguiled, stolen, paid for, destroyed or lost anew. Only Lief knows. A short film about tall tales.  

SHORT FILM SCREENING FOUR    6.00pm - 7.20pm

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KEROZENE

Director: Joachim Weissmann

Run Time: 27 mins

Synopsis: Twenty-five years old, Clara follows psychotherapy to overcome her phobia: flying. To battle her fears, she decides to work in an airport. She soon meets a business class passenger in the most unusual of circumstances. The game has begun, and there's a good chance that this story is much more than a romantic comedy...

BUCK

Director: Richard Davis

Run Time: 15 mins

Synopsis: A man wakes up to find himself embroiled in a cycle of destruction, where mundane sources provide him with the tools to carry out his grim work. His waking moment are lucid, faceless employers arrange collections, transient events merge as reality slips away from him and he falls down the rabbit hole, where he struggles to remember why it all came to this. 

COLD STAR

Director: Kai Stanicke

Run Time: 7 mins

Synopsis: A boy experiences new desires whilst watching a man at an indoor swimming pool. Forced up the diving platform by a rowdy gang, he receives help from an unexpected source. Cold Star is an appeal for acceptance of your own and others sexual identity.

THE BLACK SCHOLES CONSPIRACY

Director: Tim Bassford

Run Time: 21 mins

Synopsis: After losing his wife in a fatal car crash, Sam becomes obsessed with a quest for revenge against Stein Corporate Intelligence, the secretive agency he believes to have been responsibe for her death. Sam blindly pursues justice until his life descends into a final nightmarish confrontation.

FEATURE FILMS
Friday 11th October Screening - 8:00pm

Director: Josh Bennett & Matthew Tindall

Writer: Tom McInnes and Matthew Tindall with Caroline O'Donoghue and Richard Wallace

Producer: Josh Bennett & Matthew Tindall

Cast: Cameron Stuart, David Sykes, Natalie Martins 

 

Synopsis: Aaron and Josh are two lifelong best friends at a crossroads. Finally free from the comfortably structured world of higher education, they now face an uncertain future in a world where jobs for the recently graduated are few and far between. Their insecurity and trepidation is only compounded upon hearing that Paul, the third musketeer in their schoolyard posse, has already made his first Proper Grown-Up Life Decision. He’s getting married. Aaron is desperate to prove himself the perfect best man candidate. His sense of self depends on it. If an occasion this big can happen without him, then what is he for? Like Paul seems to have pre-empted, perhaps it’s time they started to grow up?

THE BETTER MAN

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Sunday 13th October Screening - 12:00pm
CHAPMAN

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Director: Justin Owensby

Writer: Justin Owensby

Producer: Douglas Weiser & Jesse Johnson

Cast: Jesse Johnson, Caitlin Thompson, Alex Saxon, Jordan Potter

 

Synopsis: 

When a disturbing letter arrives, Alex leaves his nowhere life and returns to the mountains of Colorado to face the past that has haunted him for over a decade...                     

Chapman is a searing glimpse at adolescent love, wounded relationships, and facing the wreckage of a checkered past as Alex returns home to face the demons left behind after a tragic incident that scarred a childhood relationship.

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Sunday 13th October Screening - 2:05pm

Director: Dave Schultz

Writer: Dave Schultz

Producer: Kelly Balon

Cast: Rory J. Saper, Merritt Patterson, Richard Harmon, Kelly Rowan

 

Synopsis:​ Rufus is afraid and alone. Stranded in a sleepy prairie town after the death of his hundred-and-seven-year-old travelling companion, Rufus is determined to make a fresh start. Hunted, poked and prodded, Rufus knows people are always pegging him as this or that. If there really are vampires, Rufus has never met one. Sure he has some quirks. So what if he likes the taste of blood? It's not like he's addicted. Rufus doesn't age or feel the passage of time. He's a boy and will always remain so. When a multi-national drug company discovers Rufus' genome just might be the fountain of youth and a cunning vampire hunter arrives to claim the boy as the property of Bristol Anderson Pharmaceuticals, Rufus knows it's time to move on. The only problem is, Rufus likes his new life and the pretty girl next door. There's no such thing as vampires! They're just stories in books. What's a boy to do?

RUFUS

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AWARDS

Each year, the festival has awards that are up for grabs. Nominations for this year's festival can be seen below:

BEST FEATURE FILM

Chapman

Rufus

The Better Man

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Buck

Rufus

Chapman

Eat

The UnDream

Imagine

 

BEST DIRECTOR
The German Who Came To Tea - Dir. by Kerry Kolbe

Bridges - Dir. by Aidan Shipley

Chapman - Dir. by Justin Owensby

The Better Man - Dir. by Josh Bennett & Matthew Tindall

Rufus - Dir. by Dave Schultz

The Black Scholes Conspiracy - Dir. by Tim Bassford

 

WELSH DRAGON AWARD

Buck

Clymau

Passing Of The Bridle

The Sculptor

The UnDream

Traces

The Better Man
 

BEST SHORT FILM

Cold Star

Eat

Gay Goth Scene

Ballet Story

Bridges

Kerozene

Imagine

Dear Someone

Clymau

Buck

The German Who Came To Tea

Clouds

The Black Scholes Conspiracy

Traces

Passing Of The Bridle

Momentum

Time 2 Split

Lief Lost A Book

Easy Reader

No Comment

The Sculptor

The UnDream

 

BEST MUSIC

Eat

Cold Star

Dear Someone

Rufus

Momentum

 

BEST NEW SCREENPLAY

Andy - Written by Phil Escott

The synopsis from the winner of Best New Screenplay

Andy - by Phil Escott

Harlem, 21st December 1968. Twelve year-old Andy excitedly hurries home to catch the Apollo 8 launch that's due within the next hour. Agent, following her orders, executes Operation Menu whistle-blower Miles in a rundown housing project and is stunned to see Andy standing in the hallway bearing witness to the assassination. Now with the boy held captive, the two bond while discussing the launch and the ongoing war in Vietnam, all the while awaiting the order that will determine Andy's fate.

If you would like to learn more about Phil's script, make sure you pop along to the festival and have a chat!

THE AFTER PARTY

So this year is a little bit different - we've decided to host our party on the middle night of the festival (it is a Saturday after all)! The After Parties for the Film Festival Guild events are legendary and this one will be no less. The evening will be hosted by Warehouse 54, the same location as the short films screening, so come along to the days events as well to really get involved with the festival!

WAREHOUSE 54

Cambrian Road. Newport, Gwent, NP20 4AB

 

THE OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS WALL

Check out photos from this years 7th Annual Newport International Film Festival that took place October 11th-13th at Cineworld, Warehouse54 and Meze Louge. A huge thank you to Gavin Baker who took photos at our Cineworld screenings on Friday & Sunday. 

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