CiFF 2015


17th – 19th April 2015

The 2015 Cardiff Independent Film Festival is over! Here are just some of the highlights…
QUEEN AND COUNTRY Welsh Premiere + Q&A with John Boorman

boormanLegendary Director John Boorman, the man behind such classics as POINT BLANK, EXCALIBUR, HOPE AND GLORY, THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, THE EMERALD FOREST and the white knuckle thriller DELIVERANCE, presented his last ever film and answered questions on his amazing career in film from Chapter’s Tom Betts and our audience.

The Masterclass with Stephen Frears and Paul Andrew Williams

mc-frears-selfOur audience were treated to invaluable insights into the craft of film, courtesy of Stephen Frears (Director of DANGEROUS LIAISONS, HIGH FIDELITY, THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA), interviewed by Buzz Magazine’s Keiron Self; and Paul Andrew Williams (Director of LONDON TO BRIGHTON, A SONG FOR MARION, CHERRY TREE LANE, THE COTTAGE), interviewed by the Director of BAFTA Cymru, Hannah Raybould.

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Judging Panel
Murray Dibbs – Distributor, Matchbox Films
Murray is the Director of Matchbox Films, a thriving distribution company with a penchant for international titles. Matchbox Films are champions of independent cinema and their releases include performances from Oscar winners Kevin Spacey, Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn.

Jan Dunn – Director
Jan directed the acclaimed feature film Gypo, which won a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) for Best Production. Her second film, Ruby Blue, starred the late, great Bob Hoskins and garnered further critical acclaim. Her last feature was the excellent The Calling, which featured a stand-out performance from Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Brenda Blethyn.

Tom & Charles Guard – Directors
After garnering critical acclaim with their award winning short film Inside-Out and the short comedy Round About Five (starring Martin Freeman and Lena Headey), Tom and Charles’ debut feature saw them team up with Dreamworks SKG. The Uninvited, a superb psychological horror starring Emily Browning and the ever-excellent David Straithairn, is out now.

Carol Morley – Director
Dreams of a Life, Carol’s documentary about a young woman whose body went undiscovered for three years in her North London bedsit, was nominated for the Grierson Award at London Film Festival and was described by BBC Film as “a very, very special movie.” Carol’s latest film, The Falling, tells of a mysterious fainting sickness that overtakes an English all-girl School. It will play at the BFI London Film Festival.

Duncan Stripp – Acquisitions Manager, High Fliers Films
Duncan brings his extensive experience of film distribution to the table. High Fliers have a catalogue of over 500 indie films, including Afterschool, The Dead Zone and The Puffy Chair. Their films star some of Hollywood’s top talent, such as Samuel L. Jackson, Susan Sarandon and Jesse Eisenberg.

The Very Best in Independent Cinema

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In Competition
FEATURE FILMS

Aerobics: A Love Story
Sweden / Dir Anders Rune With: Marina Nyström, Victor von Schirach
WINNER: Best Actress.
OTHER NOMINATIONS: Best Feature; Best Actor; and Best Screenplay.

Free Entry
Hungary / Dir:Yvonne Kerékgyártó. With: Luca Pusztai, Ágnes Barta.
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Feature and Best Actress.

ManIslam: Islam and Masculinity
Norway / Dir: Nefise Özkal Lorentzen
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Feature.

Paranoia Park
France / Dir: Bruno Mercier With Audrey Beaulieu, Eriq Ebouaney.
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Feature and Best Screenplay.

Si-o-se-Pol
Germany / Dir: Henrik Peschel With: Ramin Yazdani, Christian Concilio.
WINNER: Best Feature
OTHER NOMINATIONS: Best Actor
SHORT FILMS

A Private Man
UK / Dir: Simon Wade, Paul Wade.
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Short and Best Actor.

Boat
Wales / Dir Daniel McGowan
AWARD NOMINATION: The Brian Hibbard Award.

Done In
Wales / Dir Adam Kelly
WINNER: The Brian Hibbard Award
OTHER NOMINATIONS: Best Actor

Everything for the Movies
Belgium / Dir Lukas Buys
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Short.

Isolation
Wales / Dir Ian Smyth
AWARD NOMINATION: The Brian Hibbard Award.

Resting Place
Netherlands / Dir: Kristian Knigge
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Short.

Serena
Luxembourg / Dir:Eric Lamhène
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Short.

Slim Chance
Wales / Dir Chris Lang
AWARD NOMINATION: The Brian Hibbard Award.

Sub Rosa
Iceland / Dir: Thora Hilmarsdottir
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Short and Best Actress.

Sunday Dinner With the Morgans
UK / Dir: Alex Forbes
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Short and Best Screenplay.

Terry and Brenda
UK / Dir: Jamie Hooper
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Short.

The Stomach
UK / Dir: Ben Steiner
AWARD NOMINATION: Best Short and Best Screenplay.

Two Fat Ladies
Wales / Dir Joe O’Hare
AWARD NOMINATION: The Brian Hibbard Award.

Une Bonne Affair
France / Dir: Denis Larzillière
AWARD WINNER: Best Short; Best Actor; and Best Screenplay.

Withering Heights
Canada / Dir: Liz Cairns
AWARD NOMINATIONS: Best Short and Best Actress.

Out-of-Competition
FEATURE FILMS

Echoes of Time
Slovenia/2013/1hr31mins, Dir: Ema Kugler

The Last Sparks of Sundown
UK/2014/1hr34mins, Dir: James Kibbey
SHORT FILMS

Beverley
UK/2015/20mins, Dir: Alexander Thomas

Bold
UK/2014/14mins, Dir: Davide Gentile

Chant
Wales/2014/9mins, Dir: Sam Wilson

Concrete / Night
France/2014/19mins, Dir: Noe Weil

Cowboy Ben
UK/2014/8mins, Dir: Jon Shaikh and Scott Rawsthorne

Deadly
Ireland/2014/8mins, Dir: Aidan McAteer

FestEvil
UK/2014/16mins, Dir: Paul Taylor

L’Air(e) de Rien
Spain/2014/15mins, Dir: Jamal Zaouche

Letters to my Younger Self
UK/2014/8mins, Dir: Tricia Brown and Gabrielle Timmins

Lover’s Lookout
UK/2014/7mins, Dir: Richard Anthony Dunford

Protein
UK/2014/16mins, Dir: Tony Burke

Somos Amigos
Spain/2014/13mins, Dir: Carlos Perez

Teeth
UK/2014/6mins, Dir: Daniel Gray

The Red Line
UK/18mins/2014, Dir: Dave Tynan

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Ramin Yazdani, star of CIFF 2015 Bait Studio Award for Best Feature SI-O-SE POL, with Llio Wyn of BAFTA Cymru.

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CIFF team members Sonia James, Mark Baralos and Dave Beynon at one of our Out-of-Competition screenings at Porter’s.

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2015 saw CIFF become a BAFTA Cymru accredited Festival.

The Hook Up

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Our networking event returned, helping local companies and organisations find cast and crew for their upcoming productions.

Thanks to everyone who attended The Hook Up and all our events: the filmmakers; the stars; our audience; our volunteers; our guest speakers; our prize-givers; the journalists and of course our interviewers. Thanks to our Jury, thanks to Chapter and thanks to Porter’s. And special thanks to our sponsor, Bait Studio.

We’ll be back soon with the very best in indie film!

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