onedotzero isn’t just one of the leading authorities in contemporary digital arts, they are one of our favourites, so when we heard that their adventures in motion festival was set to return to BFI Southbank we were more than excited. Running from 23 – 27 November, the festival will present short films and animation, music videos, interactivity, digital art and everything in between.
The festival programme is diverse and celebrates the coming together of artists and creatives working with an array of practises that have a relationship with moving image, the consequent creative exchange is at the heart of the festival. It’s incredibly difficult to pick out any festival highlights as there’s nothing we wouldn’t want to see. We have selected the best of the best below:
The Spirit of Apollo
USA 2011. Dir Syd Garon/Sam Spiegel. 60min
This in-depth documentary of the making of N.A.S.A.’s (North America/South America) globetrotting, multi-collaborative, debut album includes animation slices and choice footage of George Clinton’s altered consciousness session, Method Man performing magic tricks, Sizzla and Amanda Blank and Judgement Yard, Jamaica and features Kanye West, M.I.A, Chuck D, David Byrne and Tom Waits.
Sufferrosa: Interactive Movie (Directors Cut)
Poland/UK 2010. Dir Dawid Marcinkowski
A special live version by Marcinowski of his critically acclaimed interactive neo-noir film. Sufferrosa is an interactive web-based film, what happens in the film depends entirely on the viewer’s choice, resulting in a totally non-linear story. The film combines video, animation, literature, music with the web and is considered as one of the biggest interactive storytelling projects ever made (110 scenes, 3 alternative endings, 20 locations and 25 actors). The soundtrack to the film is particularly special, featuring Sonic Youth, Glass Candy, Memory Tapes and Exploding Star Orchestra.
This year’s festival will also explore a wealth of new themes and creative strands, including, amongst others, screenings of ‘New British Talent’, a captivating showcase of fresh works by the UK’s brightest sparks and styles in animation and indie filmmaking today, ‘J-Star 11’, a rare chance to overdose on contemporary Japanese moving image magic, and ‘Future Cities’, an eclectic selection of short films, animations and motion graphics presenting evocative visions of our future cities and urban destinies.
The Aesthetica Short Film Festival is the first film festival ever to be hosted in the historic city of York. The festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world with 150 films being screened from 30 countries. ASFF opens 3 November and continues until 6 November. For tickets and further information visit the website www.asff.co.uk or call (+44) (0) 1904 629 137.
Jimmy yuan – Shift [from the wow + flutter 11 programme]