Norwich Film Festival. Odeon Cinema, Norwich. May 2014.
After our recent trip to Sundance London we had another chance to see films as part of a festival at the homegrown Norwich Film Festival. Once more we decided to focus on the Short Film programme and managed to get to three of the four evening events.
First up we saw the BAFTA shorts - all of the films nominated at the main film award earlier in the year. This screening comprised of seven films shown in two hours and surprisingly was my least favourite event.
The films were all technically good (and I'm told that two even were played as part of the 2013 Norwich Film Festival) but with the exception of Island Queen none of them particularly wowed me. I think that after the variety of Sundance these all seemed too professional and polished and often too long. I can't quite explain it in a way but I just preferred the shorter, rougher films.
Luckily the other two screenings were more like this, and while (obviously) I didn't like all of the 27 films shown they were much more to my taste comprising a mix of 1 minute films, student projects, animations and some professional films.
My overall favourite films were all animations: The Gravedigger's Tale , Une Aventure d'Escargots and Angels and Ghosts but the A Day in the Life of a Bathroom Mirror was very funny as was Liars and several others were very moving.
I'm not a huge fan of films generally but 'shorts' are really growing on me and I'm looking forward to next year's festival already.
(ps - all of the links this time are 'worksafe')