Light reading is usually a phrase used to describe a short book that is not too intellectually or mentally demanding. It provides a brief get away from reality, while not having to invest all your concentration into it. When it comes to visual entertainment, I consider short films the book equivalent. A bit of 'light watching' can come in handy when you don't have time to watch a whole feature film or are just not in the mood to go on an epic three hour journey with hobbits, elves, and dwarves.
Short films are also a good way for upcoming filmmakers to get a foot on the ladder. They do not have the kind of budget that established directors do so a short film is the only viable option. Short films generally don't make profit, but they do show off talent. It takes true skill to make a good film when you have no money, and the hard work is rewarded when they get screened at film festivals.
As well as screenings, there will also be Q&As, panel discussions, and a workshop for those who are interested in more than just watching films. The workshop is a masterclass that will teach you how to use Final Cut Pro X, a professional software programme for editing film. The course costs £10 and is at 2pm on the 6th October.
There is then a discussion at 4pm which compares the similarities and differences between short films and art films. It costs £5 to attend, and panelists will include the director and producer Michael Houldey, Maggie Ellis, Lucy Reynolds , Jo Shallow, and my old university lecturer, Fiona Curran.
The film screenings are also £5 to book, and will be at 6pm on the 6th October, and 7pm on the 7th October. Amongst those shown include the winner and runner-up of the Ideas Tap's Greenhorn Young Film Award.
Dave's Wild Life is a comedy about a socially awkward retail assistant who dreams of making wildlife documentaries. Golden follows the journey of four bullied children who set out on adventure in the middle of nowhere. There will also be a Weird and Wonderful event, which incorporates film, live scores, and stage performance.