The programme for Ffresh 2012 has been announced!
Highlights include more than 30 individual screenings and masterclasses with renowned filmmakers such as Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies), Jonathan Caouette (Tarnation, Walk Away Renee), Asif Kapadia (Senna, The Warrior), Matt Lipsey (Little Britain, Psychoville) and Merlin Crossingam (below, Creative Director for Wallace & Gromit at Aardman Animations).
The festival programme also features all of the shortlisted work from the prestigious Ffresh Awards, showcases featuring the best of the best in student work from around the world chosen by Ffresh’s international partner festivals, 5 new short films commissioned by S4C, and 6 new shorts by students from the Newport Film School adapted from stories submitted to the Newport Stories Project, which celebrates the city through tales told in 50 words or less and a photograph – a selection of stories from the project will feature as part of an exhibition at the Riverfront from Jan 27th to Feb 10th to coincide with the festival.
The three day festival now in its 9th year is recognised as a must attend event for students who are interested in film, television and new media. The organisers however are keen to highlight that all the screenings and events are open to the public.
“As the host of this year’s festival we wanted to focus on something which is at the heart of everything we teach: how to tell a great story. From the Newport Stories project to the Ffresh Awards, and Masterclasses with such renowned filmmakers as Mike Leigh and Jonathan Caouette, storytelling is at the very heart of this year’s Ffresh programme. I’m also thrilled to have two graduates from the University, Asif Kapadia and Merlin Crossingham who’ve gone on to achieve so much, come back to the festival to share their experience with the festival audience” said Chris Morris from the Newport Film School and Chair of this year’s festival.
“We wanted this year’s festival to celebrate how new talent can shine in tough times through great ideas and mutual support and I think the programme clearly demonstrates this. As well as the shortlisted work for the Ffresh Awards – which all the judges have commented are of a very high standard – we’re premièring 11 fantastic new short films, which were made on very small budgets, and have guests like Jonathan Caouette who made his first film for only $218!”
“Jonathan Caouette is someone I regularly teach about in my classes so to have him travelling all the way from New York to talk to the students in person is tremendously exciting. We’re very grateful to the British Council Wales for their support which has enabled us to host the first ever UK retrospective of his work including the UK premiere of his new film Walk Away Renee which I’m sure will be fantastic and well worth seeing.”