Well, well, well. Last night’s animation evening at Armley Mills Industrial Museum seems to have struck a chord with it’s audience resulting in some of our highest scoring films yet.
Procrastination dir. Johnny Kelly (2007) – 4.25<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/9553205″>Procrastination</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/johnnykelly”>Johnny Kelly</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
We began the night with this mixed media short. Making the most of traditional hand drawn and stop-motion animation Johnny Kelly’s film highlights the sparks of inspiration that come from doing the most to not do anything at all. The film was well received by our audience and scored high enough to end We Are Poets: I Come From’s 19 month reign atop the short film score table. But it wouldn’t be enough to claim the top spot at the end of the night…
La Fête dir. Malcolm Sutherland (2010) – 2.88<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/10239065″>La Fete (HD – 2010)</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/animalcolm”>Malcolm Sutherland</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
Billed as a ‘visual sketchbook’, Sutherland’s short offers a gallery of characters and moments experienced at a fête in Quebec and provides a strong sense of place.
Tram dir. Michaela Pavlátová (2012) – 4.38
Played last year at both Bradford Animation Festival and Leeds International Film Festival, we were very pleased to be able screen this award winning short.
Facilitated by the brilliant BAF team at the National Media Museum, the film takes a ride with a sexual frustrated tram driver and takes a glimpse into her daydreams of fulfillment. Described as ‘European Benny Hill’ the short garnered some of the biggest laughs of the night and ultimately scored the highest of any Minicine screened short. Ever. EVER!!
Persepolis dir. Marjane Sartrapi and Vincent Paronnaud (2007) – 4.56
And the top scores just kept on coming as Persepolis joined Sound It Out and Le Herisson as a highest scoring feature. In fact it didn’t score any lower than a 4 out of 5 with individual audience members.
This now means that all our top scoring films, feature length and short, have been directed by women filmmakers. Bodes well for next month’s Niki Caro directed Whale Rider (2002), doesn’t it?