2015 Program online

“It is always a joy to watch young film-makers at work from all over the world, and it has been my privilege to do so ever since I was invited by Seeta Indrani and Chris Bishop to help programme the Clare Valley Film Festival. A lot of the entries this year are concerned with family, mostly exploring the relationship between parents and children, while two are specifically about brothers. Other entries engage with the eternal subjects of friendship and love, often in fresh and charming ways. My task was to group the films into two sessions, each under its own theme. After some consideration, I have called the first ‘Mothers and Fathers’, and the second ‘Sons and Lovers’, though the boundaries are not as clearcut as the titles might suggest!”
Carolyn Choa, Program Co-ordinator

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Top image: ‘Tau Seru’, Australia/India, Rodd Rathjen:  In the vastness of the Himalayas, a young nomad’s curiosity lies beyond the horizon.  Winner of Best Short film, International Short Film Festival Cyprus, this Australia/India co production was selected for Critics Week at The Cannes Film Festival.
Above image: ‘The Bigger Picture’, UK, Daisy Jacobs: Life-size animated characters tell the stark and darkly humorous tale of caring for an elderly parent.  An Oscar nominated and BAFTA winner, 55 festival selections and counting!

The Return of the Pods

13-14 November

The Clare region is rich in visual artists, so back in 2012 we received federal funding to combine the work of South Australian artists and International Moving Image filmmakers. These collaborations were shown is specially constructed ‘Pods”.

This year we have secured the works of visual artist Eric Fong and dance artist Deborah Greenfield.

Fong’s work is held in the Arts Council England Collection and has been exhibited across the UK and internationally, including EAST International, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York; Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto and numerous international short film festivals. He was awarded by Victoria Miro (victoria-miro.com) at Creekside Open and by Yinka Shonibare (Turner Prize nominee) at Shape Open, London.

We have selected two of his video art pieces: Harry, inspired by an 81-year-old former boxer with dementia and Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, a playful view of this essential diagnostic method in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Greenfield’s video art come from her incorporation of flamenco into experimental work. She has a choreographic and performing background which spans film, theatre and concert productions in both Europe and the US. Her piece Fuego Quieto (Still Fire) won 1st Prize at the V Madrid Choreography Competition and her company went onto perform at Expo 92 and the Hollywood Bowl.

Room and The Conversation are short intense works that draw on a combination of flamenco and modern dance disciplines.

Adelaide Film Festival: Signature Series with David Stratton

Spend an intimate afternoon with national treasure and ADL Film Fest patron David Stratton in the cosy and historical Yalumba Signature Cellar.

Joined by Yalumba Proprietor, Robert Hill-Smith, David will lead an enlightening discussion of modern history’s most enduring partnership: cinema and wine. For any aficionado of either discipline, this exclusive event is not to be missed.

Wind your way through the photogenic Barossa Valley to Australia’s oldest family-owned winery. We’ll treat you to high tea, complemented by a drop of Yalumba’s latest vintage of The Signature (2012), and the finest film-centric conversation this side of Cannes.

Yalumba Winery
Sun 25/10
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Book tickets here

ADL Film Fest presents FOODIE FLICKS

CVFF 2015: Life as seen though the eyes of the young and the old

The themes emerging from the films selected so far for the Clare Valley Film Festival 2015 are life as seen though the eyes of the young and the old. Two ends of the generational spectrum.

In a departure from previous years we have asked the directors of our partner festivals to cast there discerning eye over their own finalists and send us their pick of the best. From which we chose our shortlist.

A highlight: Alexia Roider director of International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, chose Tau Seru, an India/Australia production also selected for the prestigious Semaine de la Critique, Cannes.

Not forgetting our centerpiece production Asha, written by Emmy Award winner Rob George and directed by our Education coordinator, the dynamic Dan Bradley. Continuing the CVFF 2015 theme, this young man’s presence is felt in how he observes the world around him. With a grippingly tormented performance by newcomer Angus Leighton.

And of course there’s the return of the pods! More about that next time…

Special Edition Program

30th May 2015 @ 7.30pm, Blyth Cinema.

Asha

Director Dan Bradley
Writer Rob George
Looking for a new life, Asha moves to a small country town where she begins to give dance classes. A young local cop is getting married and wants to learn how to dance a wedding tango, but Asha is suspicious of the police. Asha has a son who has a mental illness and she is desperate to protect him. She reluctantly agrees to teach the young constable and also ropes in his sergeant. A crisis develops and tragedy is narrowly avoided but in the aftermath the tango lessons continue and Asha may have found someone to share her new life with.

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Lullaby Of The Butterfly

Cyprus
Director Tonia Mishiali
Winner of Best National Film + Best Cinematography at our partner festival International Short Film Festival of Cyprus.
A woman receives a mysterious phone call; that same night she has trouble sleeping, tormented with thoughts. Early the next day she abandons her house and sets out on a journey to an unknown destination, carrying a kitchen knife in her bag. After driving all day, she parks her car at a remote location and waits for someone… something… in the middle of the night…

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Inch’Allah

Mexico
Director Angélica Romanini
Said a young Moroccan in exile working in México, in the maintenance department of a hotel. He is learning Spanish and is trying to find himself in the exile but feels very lonely and strange and the only thing that keeps him on his feet is his religion. Ceferina is a lonely woman who works in the same department as Said but she rejects him because of her prejudice and mistrust. Until one day, Ceferina is a witness of Said tremendous faith and decides to get closer. For Said, this represents the possibility of staying and not being alone.

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Omul (Human)

Germany
Director Brigitte Drodtloff
From the official selection of our partner ECU Film Festival in Paris. Stars Marcel Iures.
He is a silent man. He walks the streets, watching, looking for the right place. He finds it. In the middle of a market. He sets up a stand.

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Jonah

UK
Director Kibwe Tavares
Official Selection Sundance Film Festival
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small town blossoms into a tourist hot-spot as a result. But for Mbwana, the reality isn’t what he dreamed – and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive. Jonah is a big fish story about the old and the new, and the links and the distances between them. A visual feast, shot though with humour and warmth, it tells an old story in a completely new way.

How to Host My Murder

By Lochie Smith

Unrequited

By Ruby Swan

Sweets Can Kill

By Dan Bradley & Ahsa Mentor Program Attendees

Clare Valley Film Festival – Special Edition 30th May 2015

Dan Bradley our education coordinator is in the final stages of post production on the short film Asha, which will premier in a Clare Valley Film Festival Special Edition on 30th May 2015 @ 7.30pm. We’re all very excited about this initiative, as one of our mandates has always been our commitment to education. There were lots of opportunities to get involved on both sides of the camera, so we’re expecting quite a crowd. The evening will also include films from our partner festivals. The Clare Valley Film Festival is back full strength in November 2015 as part of The Festival Month in the Clare Valley.

Synopsis: Looking for a new life, Asha moves to a small country town where she begins to give dance classes.  A young local cop is getting married and wants to learn how to dance a wedding tango, but Asha is suspicious of the police.  Asha has a son who has a mental illness and she is desperate to protect him.  She reluctantly agrees to teach the young constable and also ropes in his sergeant.  A crisis develops and tragedy is narrowly avoided but in the aftermath the tango lessons continue and Asha may have found someone to share her new life with.

Director:  Dan Bradley
Writer:  Rob George

Clare Valley Film Festival 2015!

For those of you who’ve been wondering, The Clare Valley Film Festival is having a year off.  However, Dan Bradley our education coordinator is deep into pre-production for the short film Asha which will premier in a Clare Valley Film Festival Special Edition on 30th March 2015.  We’re all very excited about this initiative, as one of our mandates has always been our commitment to education.  There are loads of opportunities to get involved, both sides of the camera.  Check back in a week for more details.  The Clare Valley Film Festival is back full strength in November 2015 as part of The Festival Month in the Clare Valley.

All the best,

Chris + Seeta

CVFF 2013 Awards: And the winner is…

Best Australian Short Film
Sponsored by Clare Valley Business and Tourism Association

Winner – Cockatoo,  Directed by Matt Jenkins

I can’t say enough about COCKATOO; the lead Alan Dukes puts it over the top.  I laugh every time I watch this picture. It’s spot on in every aspect: casting, pacing, color & space, music, beautifully written and executed.   Mike Demirjian, Judge

Special Mention – The Telegram Man,  Directed by James Francis Khehtie

Special Mention – There’s No Place,  Directed by Chris Tomkins 

Best International Short Film
Sponsored by  Grosset Wines

Winner – Tiger Boy.  Directed by Gabriele Mainetti

Deftly edited, the timing in this film combines perfectly with the succinct  script , great acting by it’s young star and powerful subject. ‘Tiger Boy’ does not fall into proselytising or the often predictable twist at the end; it hits you on the head and ends leaving us feeling empowered rather than victimised.  Paul Greenaway, Judge

Special Mention – Paper Mountain,  Directed by Lynsey Miller

Best Animation
Sponsored by Blackman Gallery

Winner – Tram,  directed by Michaela Pavlatova

Tram explores the erotic fantasies of a female tram driver in glorious and funny detail as banal objects take on outrageous significance in her over-heated imagination.  It’s delightful, cheeky, very funny and beautifully realised.  Rob George, Judge

Special Mention – Edmond Was A Donkey,  Directed by Franck Dion

Special Mention – Cedric and Hope,  Directed by Pierce DAVISON

Best Performance, Female
Sponsored by  Mount Horrocks Wines

Winner – Matilda Brown for her performance in Cockatoo

Best Performance, Male
Mount Horrocks Wines

Winner – Ross Daniels for his performance in There’s No Place

Best Student Short Film, International
Sponsored by Clewers of Clare

Winner – Kiss Me Softly/Kus Me Zachtjes,  directed by  Anthony Schatteman

Special Mention – The Little Bird and The Leaf.  directed by Lena von Döhren

Best Student Short Film, Australian
Sponsored by Clewers of Clare

Winner – Good Grief.  directed by Fiona Dalwood

Special Mention – My Pet Zombie.  directed by Ashley Pollard

We were genuinely surprised and thrilled to be asked to judge the Student Film Award for the Clare Valley Film Festival. Charlotte George and I are upcoming filmmakers, and Daniel Blackman has been a supporter of the festival in Clare, so being a panelist was a first for us all.

Judging the films was an enjoyable process and I for one appreciate the amount of hard graft it takes to make a short film let alone one of quality. I was impressed not only by the variety of the films submitted but by the ability of the filmmakers.

The two films and special mentions truly earned their plaudits. Good Grief was moving and funny whilst being technically impressive. Kus Me Zachtjes was profound and thought-provoking, and . My Pet Zombie was fun and well-executed. The Little Bird And The Leaf was just delightful.

All in all, we hope we’ll be invited back again next year!  Isabella de Rosario, student award jury.

Best Narrative Driven Music Video, International

Winner – Zombie Nation.  Directed by  Sebastian Harrer

Best Narrative Driven Music Video, Australian

Winner – Gallantry.  Directed by Steve O’Connor

Audience Choice Award
Sponsored by Taylors Wines

Winner – Voices. Directed by Hussain Al-Riffaei

Special Mention – The Telegram Man. Directed by James Francis Khehtie

Less than two weeks to go. Tickets are on sale. Best selection of films ever. Be there!

Our programmer Carolyn Choa has worked her magic and found filmic connections for our competition screenings. This year’s themes: Together, Apart, Memories and Loss.

Clare Valley Film Festival, where the world really does come to the Clare Valley.

Wednesday Highlights

The winner of Rome Independent Film Festival, Matilde, and a documentary, England’s Green and Pleasant Land, based on the play Oi For England that sprang from the punk Britain, directed by Antonia Bird who died recently.

Thursday Highlights

A selection of films from our partner International Short Film Festival Cyprus, plus the historical drama, Telegram Man, starring Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton.

Friday Night Is Comedy Night

Curated by Rob George. We have a dozen shorts, some in competition, some especially invited to tickle your fancy. Including the multi award winner Conversation Piece with Celia Imrie.

Saturday is a full day of screenings, masterclasses, pods and of course the ever popular Awards Gala.

Hmmm, highlights, well, Edmond Was A Donkey, winner at Regensburg Short Film Week, Rob George’s very popular screenwriting class, which we now present in conjunction with the Clare Writer’s Festival. Tango masterclass which forms part of the build up to the Asha film project supported by Country Arts SA (more in 2014), but the centre piece is the Awards Gala with filmed clips from all our winners and wine from the ineffable Jeffrey Grosset.

Jack Thompson, Sigrid Thornton and Gary Sweet headline this year’s official selection

The Telegram Man, starring Australian screen legends Jack Thompson, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton, is just one of the 23 films that made it to this year’s official selection, competing in the Homegrown category.  Bit of trivia, Adelaide boy Gary Sweet made his stage debut in Rob George’s play Prompt, which premiered at the Clare Drama Festival. Rob won’t admit to the year.  Yet again we have a strong showing of Aussie talent all vying for the title of Best Australian Short Film.  We welcome back past entrants such as Matthew Jenkins with his film Cockatoo, starring Matilda Brown, and Regensburg Short Film Week, Audience choice winner, Boo!

CVFF 2013 in fact kicks off on Wednesday 13th November, with evening screenings from  our partner festivals, Rome Independent Film Festival – RIFF on Tour, and International Short Film Festival Cyprus presents ISFFC on TourFriday Night is Comedy Night, curated by our own Emmy Award winner Rob George and topping the bill, a gem from the UK, Conversation Piece, starring Celia Imrie.

This year’s educational programme centres around the project Asha.  An exciting opportunity to be part of the making of an actual movie from the read thro, to post production, to red carpet!  And it all starts here.  Penned by Rob George and directed by Dan Bradley,  Asha is to be shot March 2014 in the Clare Valley.  Workshop participants will be  first in line for the coveted cast and crew positions. If you want to get onboard there will be more details in the next newsletter.

Lastly a welcome to our new Student Film Award jury members:  Isabella de Rosario, Daniel Blackman and Charlotte George.