Festival runs 21-25 June 2021

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CELEBRATING THE INNOVATION, INTIMACY & DIVERSITY OF SMARTPHONE FILMMAKING

Smart Festival Events Programme

21-25 June 2021

Monday June 21st – 18:00 – 18:45 GMT+1

Jennifer Zhang – Shooting and editing a feature movie on smartphone

Jennifer Zhang

Charon is a psychological thriller shot entirely on an iPhone 8 while Jennifer was housebound in her LA apartment during Lockdown. Jennifer is one of the first feature directors to both shoot and edit on her smartphone and will talk us through the pros and cons of making a no-budget feature.

Bio : Jennifer Zhang’s debut feature “The Evil Inside” sold worldwide after a successful festival run. Her most recent feature Charon has picked up over a dozen official selections and festival wins. She is currently in active production on a number of projects — among which is the film “Fetish” directed by Rhian Williams — which she wrote and produced and is set to release this year.

Monday June 21st – 19:00 – 20:15

The Best Of Short Drama/Scripted

Watch the three nominated films and find out which won, followed by a Q&A with the winning director.

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21 | Director: Tedy Nygh

pharmakosis
Dawn Heist | Director: Neil Walshe
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Therteen | Director: Cathriona Slammon

Tuesday June 22nd – 18:00 – 18:45

Brian Hill

Brian Hill – The smartphone as a disruptive force for filmmaking

Brian will give us a sneak preview of his most recent feature documentary, A Pandemic Poem: WHERE DID THE WORLD GO?, a collaboration with poet laureate Simon Armitage. Brian shot parts of it with his own smartphone. Brian will discuss how smartphones can be a disruptive and enabling force for all filmmakers working with or without a budget.

Bio
Brian Hill works in both documentary and drama, and sometimes in a hybrid space between them, as in films like Feltham Sings, Drinking For England and Songbirds. He has won three BAFTAs and been nominated seven times. In 2015 Bertha Dochouse showed a week long retrospective of his work. His most recent output includes Unprecedented, a series of 14 short dramas for the BBC about living in isolation during the pandemic. Actors in that included Gemma Arterton, Lenny James, Rory Kinnear, Paterson Joseph and Geraldine James.

Tuesday June 22nd -19:00 – 20:15

The Best Of Short Documentary/Factual

Watch the three nominated films and find out which won, followed by a Q&A with the winning director.

A Snail's Pace

A Snail’s Pace | Director: Ian McDonald

In the Depths of the City | Director: José Rocha Pinto

Symphony of Spheres | Director: SJ van Breda

Wednesday June 23rd – 18:00 -18:45

Kevin James Thornton, winner of the SMart micro-short category, discusses smartphone micro-shorts and being a runaway success on TikTok

kevin james thornton

Kevin is a freelance filmmaker, musician and photographer. During Lockdown, with many of his projects on hold, Kevin picked up his smartphone and signed up for TikTok. His micro-shorts bring to life intimate, moving and funny stories from his past and present. His posts have gone viral and in just a few months Kevin has built a TikTok following of over 700k. He will discuss how his success on the platform has helped him find a whole new audience and fanbase for his work.

Bio : Kevin James Thornton is a filmmaker, photographer and composer. As an artist, Kevin has learnt the importance of creative entrepreneurship and reinvention. After touring for nearly a decade, his band got one of the last big record deals of the 2000s. Around the same time, iTunes and Napster were transforming the music industry and his record deal crumbled ‘Behind The Music’ style. Unsure what to do next, he found himself in LA performing stand-up. He won New Faces at The Comedy Store and hit the road again, this time as a comedian. Today he combines comedy, storytelling and music in his micro-shorts for Tik Tok and has built a whole new fanbase. He lives with his three cats and partner in Nashville.

Wednesday June 23rd – 19:00 – 20:15

The Best Of Long Drama/Scripted/Movies

Watch the three nominated films and find out which won, followed by a Q&A with the winning director.

#eyewitness | Director: Martijn Winkler

Charon

Charon | Director: Jennifer Zhang

The Lost Pen | Director: Beraat Gokkus

Thursday June 24th – 19:00 – 20:15

The Best Of Long Documentary/Factual

Watch the three nominated films and find out which won, followed by a Q&A with the winning director.

Home Stream

Home Stream | Director: Giulia Gandini & Lily Blackham

Airline Ticket

I Wish to Have an Airline Ticket | Director: Hao Wang

Tuesdays with James | Director: Dieter Deswarte

Friday June 25th – 19:00 – 20:15

The Best Of Experimental

Watch the three nominated films and find out which won, followed by a Q&A with the winning director.

pharmakosis

Pharmakosis | Director: SL Pang

Swan lake

Swan Lake Bath Ballet | Director: Corey Baker

The Anxiety Tapes

The Anxiety Tapes | Director: Francesca Salmasi