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DESISTFILM 2016 FILM ROUND-UP: THE LIST

Our favourite films of 2016: Editorial commitee, staff, friends and filmmakers.

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AV FESTIVAL 2016: MEANWHILE, WHAT ABOUT SOCIALISM? (ENG)

By Rebecca Naughten

The 7th biennial AV Festival took place between 27th March – 27th April in Newcastle upon Tyne and the surrounding area in north east England. The 2016 edition’s title – Meanwhile, what about Socialism? – was inspired by a current groundswell of interest in socialism internationally, but more specifically by George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier (1937) (wherein Orwell rhetorically asks that question).

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DESISTFILM 2015 FILM ROUND-UP: THE LIST

Our favourite films of 2015: Editorial commitee, staff, friends and filmmakers.

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CRITICAL CONVERGENCES IN GIJÓN (ENG)

By Rebecca Naughten

Following a successful 1st edition in 2014, Convergencias (Convergences) – a section consisting of films proposed by critics – returned for the 53rd Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón, this time expanding its call for proposals to encompass critics from across Europe (which is how I came to take part). Programmed by the association Convergencias de la Crítica Cinematográfica and coordinated by Martín Cuesta (Cinema Ad Hoc / V.O.S.) and Víctor Paz (A Cuarta Parede), Convergencias looks for ‘hidden gem’ films – fresh cinematic voices making inventive use of film language – essentially those titles that might not find an audience without critical support (not least because they are films that are unlikely to be exhibited in Spain on the commercial circuit).

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GIJÓN FILM FESTIVAL: EXPERIMENTAL, AN OVERVIEW

Por Rebecca Naughten

Across nine days in November, in the port city in north west Spain, the 53rd Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón screened more than 250 films. I was in Gijón to participate in ‘Convergencias’, a section of the festival programme with films chosen by critics – a set of films that will be the subject of a separate report – so I based my schedule around the screenings for that section but also those films that I might not get the opportunity to see elsewhere. This led me to focus on the relatively new FICXLab section (this was the 3rd edition of the strand), which is effectively the space given to more experimental works.

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11th BERWICK FILM AND MEDIA ARTS FESTIVAL (ENG)

By Rebecca Naughten

The 2015 edition – the inaugural programme of new festival director Peter Taylor (previously at International Film Festival Rotterdam) – took the theme of ‘Fact or Fiction’. In the festival booklet, Taylor elaborates on the intentions behind this theme: ‘Fact or Fiction is about investigating the spaces captured in the grey areas between fact and fantasy, documentary and narrative, propaganda and journalism. Awkward and ambiguous, sometimes uncomfortable, it’s about asking questions and experiencing processes, getting to the real essence of the art of cinema’.