Audience reaction for January

Well our first screening of the new year, and our introduction to Jamie and Woody as programmers  seems to have been quite the success. The feature scored consistently high, and both shorts achieved precisely what I want from the shorts: polorised opinion. There were hardly any ‘3’ ratings, people either loved them or…. didn’t. This means we’re succeeding in playing shorts that can challenge and illustrate the different approaches film can take.

Remember that February won’t see a screening at Armley Mills, as we are urging our audience to get down to Leeds Film’s February Favourites. Also during February, we’ll be having our first members’ meetup, which I’m really excited about, as I don’t get enough chance to chat on screening night. If you’re interested in this, or the rest of our membership offering, check out the Membership page.

And the results are…

As usual, ratings are calculated as a a straight up mean average (4 decimal points). Below the ratings, you can find statements from the programmers themselves, commenting on the reaction to their selections.

C.R.A.Z.Y (Jean-Marc Vallée, 2005) – 4.2857

This being my first piece of programming for Minicine I was a bit nervous about how it would go down. Looking at the scorecard results I’m thrilled by the audience reaction; it’s really heartening to see so many 5s and even more so to see my ex Canadian Film Professor (Rachel Killick) at the screening.

A few people came up to me at the end and said they really loved C.R.A.Z.Y and would be interested in seeing more French-Canadian cinema, well as luck would have it there is a Facebook group and community cinema organisation called Rediscovering Canada that regularly screens such fare at Leeds University. Check out their Facebook page for general discussion and details of upcoming events.

– Jamie

 Symmetry (Everynone) – 3.5357

Un Tour De Manége (Alexis Liddell et al) – 3.1071

Are they too long? Are they too short? Do they set the right tone? Do they complement the feature? What if the audience hates them? What do they say about me as a person and, more importantly, as a film programmer?

These were just some of the thoughts and worries going through my head when selecting this month’s shorts, but judging by the results of the Minicine audience’s scorecards I don’t think I had any reason to worry. Some liked them, some didn’t. Some liked one, some liked the other. At the end of the day everyone and their taste in film and cinema is different, which I think is going to make for exciting times in the Minicine Short Film Programming Department (™) moving forward.

In the coming months I hope we can bring you further examples of what can be done with short films and how different they can be to their big brothers and sisters, the more widely seen features.

– Woody


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