Preview: Exposures Film Festival

Article published: Monday, November 15th 2010

Exposures festival, the annual film and moving image festival dedicated exclusively to showcasing the work of students, returns this Tuesday 16 November to the Cornerhouse. This year it will feature a line-up of evenings with established directors and screenwriters sharing their experiences of the industry as well as previewing screenings of films competing for several coveted awards.

With over four-hundred and fifty submissions from students across the country that have been whittled down to less than a hundred, this years Exposure festival promises to be a big event for lovers of film and moving image. From it’s humble origins as a purely northern affair to a national festival, the established  festival now has the renowned Paul Abbott – known for his work on Coronation Street and as the creator of Shameless – as its patron.

Notable individuals gracing this year’s festival include screenwriter Tony Grisoni, who co-wrote Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Brothers Grimm; and Director Phil Hawkins, winner of numerous awards for his films and commercials, who will give an intimate talk about his experiences in film-making. Manchester’s very own television and radio presenter Terry Christian will chair the ‘Creative North’ panel, comprised of several journalists, that will discuss the strengths and possibilities that the north of the country offers for creative minds

Among the films competing in the screening events there are the works of several student directors from Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Salford. David Quinn’s ‘The Candidate’, which documents David Henry as the eponymous candidate who stood against scandal-laden Hazel Blears in the Salford and Eccles constituency at the last general election, is up for three awards including the BBC Best of the North and is bound to re-ignite emotions about the expenses scandal that rocked Westminster. 

The entries for Exposure range from unknown directors to those that have been recognized previously for their work, such as Nick White’s ‘Lullaby’, which will be one of the highlights of the festival. From University College of Bournemouth, Nick White has previously won a student animation award from The Royal Television Society for ‘Lullaby’, which tackles the sensitive issue of child abuse. Thom Godsill’s ‘Pigeon’, a tale of an unlikely and burgeoning companionship between a young escort and forty-something lost soul, is a film that catches the eye on the festival program.

But the schedule is not limited to work produced by fledgling artists. Numerous networking events and creative workshops take place in-between the screenings, with tutorials on how to break into the film and creative industry. Exposures festival will be a celebration of emerging cinematic and animation talent, taking place in the city that is increasingly cementing its place at the centre of the creative industry.

Mohsin Iqbal

For more information on events and screenings at the Exposures Festival, go to the Cornerhouse website or call 0161 200 1500

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