Short Film City brings brand new animations to Hull

Published: Monday 18th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Hull Independent Cinema’s Short Film City promises an impressive mix of animated short films, fresh from London International Animation Festival.

HIC teams up with Leeds Film to put on monthly screenings of selected short films. We caught up with HIC’s Chair of Trustee Board, James Russell, to find out more about this unique evening of entertainment.

HIC is a charity, run by a dedicated team of volunteers. They are passionate about screening the best films in the art house, world and independent genres, hosting a number of regular events in venues across Hull. Along with Short Film City, they also organise the popular WeWatchFilms nights and Cult Cinema Sundays, as well as running the annual Hull Film Festival.

“We work closely with Leeds Film to programme our Short Film City night,” explains James. “From March 2017, we have been putting on a short film night every month. We do it on a Pay What You Want basis, giving everyone a chance to try it out.”

Their next event is this evening, so make sure to get involved. Twelve short animations, chosen from this year’s London International Animation Festival, will be shown on the big screen at Fruit.

“Our Short Film Nights are special because they are a bit more sociable than our usual screenings,” says James. “The venue choice allows people to chat in-between the films, go to the bar and have a drink. The films are just a small part of the event and it can be a really good night out.”

Each Short Film City evening has a different theme. In October, the Best of Anča will be shown, whilst in November, films will be picked from Leeds International Film Festival 2017.

“It’s exciting for us, as many of the films we haven’t seen yet either. I have seen a couple from this month’s programme, however,” James explains.

He & Sea is a wonderful film and one of the longer ones of the night, lasting nine minutes. Meanwhile, The Bald Future is pretty funny too. We’ve shown that in a previous programme and it went down pretty well,” he adds.

The film screening begins at 7:30pm and the whole evening will last for 82 minutes, just under the time it would take to view one feature-length film. The dozen animations shown will be taken from all sorts of genres, including comedy, horror, documentaries and even abstract. The evening will be an insightful snapshot of the work currently being produced from around the world.

“One of the good things about Short Film City is that, if you don’t like the film, there will be another one in just a few minutes. You don’t have to commit to something that isn’t right for you for too long,” James enthuses, “I think people like shorts as they give you a chance to dip in and out of different things. You can try something new, whether it be a new filmmaker, genre or style.”

The shortest film on the bill is G-AHHH! by Elizabeth Hobbs, lasting around 60 seconds. The clip has strong ties with Hull as it celebrates aviation heroine Amy Johnson as she completes her record-breaking solo flight from London to Australia.

“Another reason people come along is because they know that a lot of the very best filmmakers behind today’s feature films originally started out in short films. It’s all about discovering new talent.”

Short Film City will take place from 7:30pm until 9:15pm this evening at Fruit. For more information about Hull Independent Cinema and their array of events, please visit their website.

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Published: Monday 18th September 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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