INTERVIEW WITH… GREENHORN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
What better way to spend those long impending Winter nights than at a film festival seeing great films in great company! Enter stage left Greenhorn Short Film Festival. Founded by artist Flora Bradwell and film maker Alix Taylor back in 2011, the festival is in its fourth year and shows no sign of stopping. This year they’re at the Art House Crouch End Cinema from 16th-18th November and we wanted to know more, so we caught up with Flora…
Tell us a bit about your job, and what you do…
As the joint Directors of Greenhorn Short Film Festival we are involved in every step of the festival organisation. This covers all areas, from fundraising to marketing to programming. From around early spring we start planning the bare bones of the festival, then build it up inviting panellists, selecting films via our open calls and finding exciting creative groups to collaborate with. One day we can be sofa-bound surrounded by pastries watching short films back to back the next scouting out new talent at graduation or festival screenings.
It’s the festival’s fourth year, how has it grown with each edition?
Greenhorn has grown an extra date each year, adding new and exciting events as we go. We hope that each year brings in new audiences with our introduction of different art crossovers and more free events. As a whole Greenhorn has become an established professional festival that has retained its original friendly approachability.
If you could sum up the festival in one sentence, what would it be?
A platform for new and emerging filmmaking talent with an unusual slant.
Can you let us into some of the exciting things you’ve got planned for the festival in November?
Where do we start? We have short film screenings, free workshops, crafting to live cabaret, panel discussions, scriptwriting feedback sessions, speed networking, our Ideas Tap Young Greenhorn Film Award and plenty of after drinks! Crafteroon Cabaret Club opens Greenhorn 2014- that promises to be a really fun afternoon. Also the Music in Film Panel should be a great event for composers, film-makers and music buffs alike. There is something for everyone at Greenhorn.
If there’s one thing everyone shouldn’t miss at Greenhorn Short Film Festival this year, it’s… ?
We shouldn’t be seen to pick favourites! But we are very excited about Animation Freakatorim on Sunday 16th November between 6pm-8pm, we have handpicked the most weird and wonderful animations that will be followed by a live puppetry performance from the raunchy and rowdy Flabbergast Theatre.
What’s your advice to someone who gets a rejection from a festival?
Don’t take it personally and keep submitting! We screen between 2-5% of the films that sent into our general submissions, this is due to our very small amount of screening time in comparison to larger festivals. There are plenty of films that we have rejected in the past as they weren’t particularly suited to a particular screening which we have gone one to screen at other events.
Tell us the best and worst part of your job.
Best part is meeting the filmmakers and for them to see their work on the big screen in front of a sell-out audience. It gets us every time! The worst is having to reject filmmakers, this never gets any easier.
Share with us one of your favourite films and tell us why you like it…
The Old Lady And The Pigeons – Sylvain Chomet, it’s a big inspiration for our animation screening this year.
Do get yourself along and check out the brilliant line-up they have. A great Winter treat in the shape of Greenhorn Short Film Festival.