Small World Film Festival 2017 – My City
Open to all member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network the theme for the Small World Film Festival 2017 is ‘MY CITY’
All UNESCO Creative Cities are invited to submit a short film (max 6 mins) about their city. All entries must carry English subtitles and be suitable for a family audience. We are hoping for a range of genres and ideas from abstract, animation, factual, documentary – however you with to portray your city in 6 minutes!
All entries which meet the criteria will be screened on the Bradford Big Screen in City Park Bradford throughout June 2017. A short list of five films will be selected by our people’s panel in June 2017.
The shortlist of 5 winning entries will then be screened at the UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Meeting at the end of June in Enghien-les-Bains, France.
All films will be made available for display on the UNESCO Creative Cities Website
The closing date for submissions is 31 March 2017
In the first instance, please send you tube or vimeo links or an FTP file to email@example.com
We very much look forward to hearing from you
1st-30th June City Park and City Hall, Bradford.
Everyday on the Bradford Big Screen from 1.15pm until 2pm and from 6pm.
Our exciting Small World Film Festival brings together both moving, heartwarming and humorous stories from across the globe to one place in Bradford – City Park – for everyone to enjoy this summer.
This is the second year of the festival and we’ve been deluged with wonderful entries from all corners of the world.
This year we are introducing ‘The People’s Panel’ to judge the overall winner in each category and hosting a special screening of some of the top films in each category in the glorious surroundings of City Hall, Bradford.
We hope you enjoy this festival which through the powerful medium of film shares individual experiences and moments of happiness, sadness, humour and elation which we can all – as citizens of the world – connect with.
David Wilson, Festival Director and Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film
THE PEOPLE’s PANEL
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR BRADFORD SMALL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Bradford People’s Panel come together in City Hall to select winners from across the globe. A powerful story of a young Indian rag picker who aspires to be an engineer as he picks electronic waste to make machines from a monstrous hill of waste, has won this year’s Bradford Small World Film Festival.
City’s Stepchild and the Dumphill Dreams by Delhi-based director Pranab Aich also took the documentary shorts, top award. The moving film about children living at the margins of health and poverty was one of 31 which was selected by Bradford UNESCO City of Film to be played in the month long film festival celebrating the diversity of life through film, in City Park on the Big Screen.
A carpet weaver’s story of losing her family in a bomb attack, My Sardasht directed by Ziba Arzhang from Iran won Best Animation. And a tale of a botched blind date, The Park Bench, by American director G. Daniel Bailey won the make Make Us Laugh category. A special category featuring work from Sydney UNESCO City of Film – with a focus on overcoming disability and prejudice – was also screened for the panel.
In a new addition to the festival, the winners were selected by Bradford people from all walks of life, coming together last night (Tuesday 21 June) as the People’s Panel in the glorious surroundings of City Hall.
Festival director, David Wilson said: “We had a brilliant evening and I was bowled over with the enthusiasm and energy of our wonderful panel. We had a really enjoyable and challenging time picking the winners as the quality and creativity of our filmmakers was so high.
Panel member Rebecca Crabtree said: “It’s been a really enjoyable evening and the films covered such a variety of subjects giving us insights into all different sorts of worlds which I really liked.”
Nasrina Malik who also sat on the panel said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant sitting on thePeople’s Panel. It’s been an event for all ages with both young and old here. I was able to bring my elderly mum to the event and together we really enjoyed watching and voting for the films. It’s been a wonderful experience to share and we’d like to see more of these events in Bradford.”
You can still catch the films on the big screen twice a day until the end of June. For the programme see the website: http://www.bradford-city- of- film.com/enjoy/smallworldfilmfestival/.
Some of the films will also be selected to play at the the Harrogate International Festival next month.
We have three judged categories: Documentary Short, Animated short and Make Us Laugh. Our fourth category is a special showcase of films from our UNESCO network, Sydney City of Film which explores what it is to live and overcome disability in everyday life. Each category runs on alternate days of the month. To check which schedule is running please scroll to the bottom of the full programme.
Documentary Short Category
The ‘Right’ Glass directed by Biswanath Rath
Abhijeet, a software employee, loses his temper inside a roadside Tiffin shop, after realising that an unexpected collision with a child waiter has led to food being spilt all over his white shirt. Before he can turn on the child, something bursts on him and leaves him spellbound. What happens to him and how he deals with it forms the crux of The ‘Right’ Glass.
Animated Film Category
A bomb causes devastation in the city of Sardasht, leaving Kajal as the only survivor of her family. The story is told through carpet weaving.
Make Us Laugh Category
Codependence Day directed by William R. Coughlan
Emily is nervous about meeting her husband Wilson’s family for the first time at their annual Independence Day gathering. Having eloped, she is concerned that the family will never accept her as one of their own. But Wilson has a plan to bring her into the fold..
The Park Bench directed by G. Daniel Bailey
Two different men. Two different blind dates. One park bench. What could possibly go wrong?
Special Showcase of Sydney UNESCO City of Film
Peta Puppets directed by Andy Bambach. Agency – Northern Rivers Screenwork
Puppet maker Peta Lipski by Andrew Bambach pictured, is a prolific artist with a disability who makes hundreds of puppets all with personalities and voices. Peta sings and dances her way around the local shops looking for materials to make her hand-made puppets and perform puppet shows all over the Northern Rivers. As an artist with multiple disabilities, Peta expresses herself through her puppet making.
A short documentary exploring love, sexuality and dating as experienced by those on the spectrum of intellectual disability.
“It made me feel strong and powerful. It changed my body. Something went down and I feel the passion! Gavin is a good teacher, a kind and passionate guy. Doing the film made me feel and be myself.” Kayah Guenther, Dancer
Lima Peni (aka Listic) is a musician and free-styler based in Campbelltown. Listic is also legally blind, not that he lets this stop him working on his beloved BMWs or mentoring the emerging rappers or the crew of local young people who see him as a role model. ‘Life Is Short Life Is Constant aka Listic’ is his story.
Auburn-based visual artists, Carla and Lisa Wherby, are winners of numerous local art prizes, and twin sisters. Carla has anxiety and related physical disability, and Lisa is her carer and artistic cohort. Together they bicker and collaborate on vivid works of art that comment on current social issues.
Gerard O’Dwyer has a growing reputation as a performer, leading man and one of the ambassadors for the ‘Don’t Dis My Ability’ campaign. In ‘Anaconda’ we get a glimpse of Gerald backstage as he practices to overcome his stutter, before walking onstage to perform his story.
Janet Lombardo is an actress looking for love. In ‘Valentine’ Janet ruminates on the difficulties she faces searching for companionship and intimacy as the survivor of a stroke.
Timings schedule for the film categories on Bradford Big Screen
Animation Category: Runs from the 1st June at 1.15pm, the 3rd June at 6pm, continuing on alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.
Documentary Shorts: Runs from the 2nd June at 1.15pm, the 4th of June at 6pm, continuing alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.
Make Us Laugh Category: Runs from 1st of June at 6pm, the 3rd June at 1.15pm continuing on alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.
Special showcase of Sydney UNESCO City of Film: Runs from the 2nd of June at 6pm, the 4th of June at 1.15pm continuing on alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.