Margaret Smith introduces Dundee’s only international short film festival as it returns for its third year from 18 to 21 September.
ICKLE Film Fest is Dundee’s only international short film festival, run on a shoe-string by two Dundee graduates, myself, Margaret Smith, and Becca Clark. Founded in 2010 by Lucy Alexander and Cara Pirie, we were delighted to be handed the festival two years ago – and this year we’re bigger than ever.
ICKLE is non-funded, and in order to make it accessible we charge absolutely no entry fees; we’re always humbled by the generosity of the Dundee arts community, and this year we are taking over the city’s alternative screening and arts spaces including Roseangle Café Arts, HMC and Tin Roof, bringing together filmmakers of all flavours across an exciting weekend programme of screenings and events.
At the fest it’s always important to us to promote emerging talent, and this year we’re delighted to be hosting some firmly established filmmakers too. We’ve got a really good mix of films from students and professionals alike, and we’ve been chuffed to receive submissions from as far a-field as California and Melbourne!
ICKLE kicks off with a screening of some of our favourite submissions on Thursday at 3pm in Clarks on Lindsay Street – whose generosity extends beyond providing a venue – the kind folks are offering discounts to all ICKLE Fest attendees to keep us all fed and watered over this exciting weekend!
Following this we’re heading to the cosy confines of Henrys Coffee House in City Square. Pull up a comfy chair and a freshly made latte and settle in for an evening of weird and wonderful film in our guest curated event with Andrew McLean, Cannot Be Unseen. These films need to be seen to be believed… and absolutely cannot be missed!
On Friday 19 we’re hosting a screening at the micro-cinema in Hannah McClure Centre from 1pm. We are honoured to have received sponsorship in kind from Tunnocks Teacakes over the weekend, and will provide you with a wee snack as you settle into the coloured seats to see some ICKLE shorts.
ICKLE has previously been all about film, and this year we’re widening the net somewhat – on Saturday 20 from 1pm at Roseangle Café Arts we can’t wait to host a Makers Market event. Featuring short films from manufacturers across Scotland, it’s a great opportunity to see the work behind finished products as well as a chance to meet the folks from the ground-breaking MakeWorks directory.
Last year, one of the stand out filmmakers was John McPhail, who submitted three films – and all three got selected with Just Say Hi going on to win him and his team a Virgin Media Shorts Award. We’re over the moon John is going to make an appearance at the festival this year to host a Q+A session. As a city of budding artists and filmmakers, we believe this will be a huge draw as John and his team have recently managed to raise over 10k to fund their first foray into feature filmmaking!
Before we close the doors for another year (and wonder what on earth we did with our time before this) our famous closing party is set to raise the… Tin Roof. From 2pm we’re kicking off with ICKLE’s very first feature film screening, the hotly anticipated Film Yer Ane: The Book Yer Ane Fest Documentary. The film gives a rare insight into Dundee’s famous punk festival and has been put together from more than 100 hours of live footage and interviews – carrying on in our theme of embracing the Dundee arts scene. Following this we are delighted to host a bangin’ set from one of Dundee’s hottest bands.
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To round off a stunning weekend of moving image, we have a reel of fantastic submissions followed by a DJ set. We’re delighted to announce that BrewDog have sponsored our closing party, allowing you to sample some delectable craft beers along with the celebrations.
That’s what makes ICKLE’14 so special. See you there!
Visit the ICKLE Film Festival website for full details.