You might remember that sometime towards the end of 2013 I attended and acted as a judge at a short film evening hosted by Shorts on Tap. They are hosting another evening of short films (as they do every month) tomorrow in East London.
Why should you care? Because it is always a great night of watching short films from new talent with optional mingling for those of a social nature.
Why should you care this month in particular? Shorts of Tap have teamed up with London Documentary Network to show 7 short documentary films. AND they are supporting HOPE International Development Agency (UK) who I tried to organise some fundraising screenings for earlier in the month.
If you are free tomorrow (30th June) and can get to Cafe 1001 on Brick Lane by 7pm then please do come along. Entry is just £5 so you will have plenty of money left over to donate to HOPE.
To whet your appetite watch the trailer for one of the shorts, Planet Gong, below. I have seen the full documentary before and can heartily recommend watching.
Planet Gong Documentary Trailer from Ian Habgood on Vimeo.
Last Monday night saw the first ever Shorts on Tap night take place at Juno in London. It was an evening of short films connected by the theme of the five senses. It was a fun evening during which I laughed, got confused, and tried to look as intelligent as possible when photos were being taken. Shorts films are a great way for filmmakers to both showcase and test their talents but sadly it isn’t always easy to get them out to the public which is why evening like this are so important. Important, and fun.
From the ten films that were shown it was up to myself and my two fellow judges Cass Horowitz and Evgeny Sinelnikov to pick our favourite three films. Our three winners are below and for the most part I will let them speak for themselves…
Then We Are Together – Richard J Moir
A sweet short film about lost love that is probably the only film of the night likely to produce tears, and we all know how important a metric that has become for me… for some reason.
Then We Are Together (Short Film) from Richard J Moir on Vimeo.
Planet Gong – Ian Habgood
A controversial documentary in the judges deliberation. It would be fair to say that Cass had his concerns about the possible mocking nature of the film. Sadly we only have the trailer to embed:
Planet Gong Trailer from Ian Brit on Vimeo.
Haze – Meiko Deren
This film in particular stood out for me on the night, mostly for being so different from the competition and for the fact that when watching it I felt like I was having a panic attack! Have a watch full-screen with your headphones on and you may get the same effect.
Haze from Meiko Deren on Vimeo.
Overall I was incredibly impressed with the quality of films on display, with amateur short films there is always the risk of being presented with utter nonsense, examples of which I have sullied YouTube with in the past.
The next event takes place in Juno on December 17th, if you’re interest get yourself over to the Facebook page.
Happy Monday film fans. Today I would like to draw your attention to a short film event we are involved with that is taking place in Shoreditch on 18th November. A new night of short films run by Shorts On Tap will be holding its inaugural event at the Juno bar deep in East London’s most hipster dense corner. Their first night of films will feature ten shorts linked by the theme of the five senses. These have been selected from hundreds of submissions and I have been personally assured that the films are worth seeing.
What is our involvement you ask? Well you will be relieved to hear that I will not be forcing anyone to sit through any of my own attempts at directing (these consist of a drama about a grim reaper, a drama about a couple’s miserable relationship, an adaptation of Jabberwocky, and the song Baby, It’s Cold Outside retold as a rape drama*) because that would not be fair on anyone involved, especially the viewer. Instead I am taking my opinions outside the internets and will form part of a jury panel giving feedback on the films and trying not to offend anyone/embarrass myself in the process.
The whole purpose of the evening is to give film-makers a chance to show their shorts to an appreciative audience and receive feedback from industry experts and opinionated busybodies such as myself.
If you want to come along and see the shorts or submit your own for a future event then email firstname.lastname@example.org. While you’re at it join the event on Facebook and like the Shorts On Tap Facebook page.
*I have also previously appeared as an “actor” in one short film I don’t understand and a music video that has inexplicably had 1.4million views on YouTube.