Pumzi is a Kenyan science fiction short film written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu, set in Africa in the future, 35 years after ‘The Water War’. As communities live in underground compounds, scientist Asha is led to investigage the possibility of growing seeds in the seemingly dead world outside. Pumzi was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and we hope to be able to see it soon in the UK, the trailer really looks amazing! For more information go to the Pumzi website.
ART BY CHANCE Ultra Short Film Festival airs on more than 20 countries and 100 cities worldwide. For this festival, you don’t need to buy a ticket or go to a movie theatre! Movies just pop into your lives in subways, buses, airports, shopping malls, trains, sports centers, art galleries, museums, cafes and bars! Internationally selected and themed creative short films catch you unexpectedly while traveling in the subway, waiting at the airport, shopping or just strolling around. Digital screens scattered around the city your host for this festival.
To coincide with Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, the BFI are presenting a season of previous adaptations of the story, including the first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll’s tale, recently restored by the BFI National Archive. Made just 37 years after Lewis Carroll wrote his novel and eight years after the birth of cinema, the adaptation was directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations.
With a running time of just 12 minutes (8 of which survive), Alice in Wonderland was the longest film produced in England at that time. Film archivists have been able to restore the film’s original colours for the first time in over 100 years.
ART BY CHANCE is the brand new “Ultra Short Film Festival” that will be aired in May 2010 all around the world. Films will meet with us unexpected, non-theatrical venues around the world on digital advertising screens located inside metros, busses, railways, public transport. We have selected three films from last year’s festival that we really like. See below for details of how to submit your short film.
ART BY CHANCE is opened to movies of all kinds; fiction, animation, documentary and video art with the exception of training and advertising films. Enthusiastic and creative international filmmakers will be preparing 30-second long films on ‘Time’. Participants can also submit online from www.artbychance.org.