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SLIFF
St Leonards International Film Festival
The St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) takes the definition of ‘film’ in its most literal concept: it is a festival dedicated to filmmaking that uses actual film, that is, celluloid-based media.

In a world where digital filmmaking has become the norm, SLIFF is about preserving and sharing the beauty of past film technologies; promoting and encouraging its resilience through filmmakers that still use today these technologies; and most importantly, investing in its longevity and future as a unique and unequalled medium.

We don’t turn our backs to digital; we just do not agree with the current adage that “film is dead”; at SLIFF film is alive and well, and we’ll do whatever we can to keep it healthy and celebrated for many more years to come.

SLIFF celebrates and promotes local filmmaking talent, bringing the excellence of the international celluloid-based film making community to St Leonards and beyond.

SLIFF is about 'real' filmmaking of past, present and future in an age of -facile- digital hegemony. "Like Cannes, but better!"
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SLIFF 2012 – The Launch @ Durbar Hall
The first edition of the St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) was held at the magnificent Durbar Hall in the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery in the summer 2012 (14th July).

It was an enormous success: a sold out event that captured the imagination of the audience in its role of celebrating local filmmaking talent and presenting an evening of ground-breaking celluloid-based films.

It showcased the high profile international success achieved in 2012 by some films produced in and around St Leonards, including the UK premiere of “Speak & Spell in St Leonards”, by Mauricio Vincenzi and Darren Morris, aka The Bohemia Club Film Collective (featured in that year’s straight 8 selection screened during the prestigious Cannes Lions Festival in June 2012). Other 4 local productions had their worldwide premiere during the evening (and had a repeat at the London ICA the following week), including “impromptu”, by Oliver Crowther and Mauricio Vincenzi which was screened in an awe inspiring fashion as a negative super 8 projection in the Long Gallery with live improvised accompaniment in the Museum’s grand piano by Darren Morris and Jason Williams on sax.


The audience was also treated to a selection of past and present straight 8 films: an exclusive glimpse at the prolific international independent production for this film festival where each entry is shot on one cartridge of super 8 — without second takes, outside-camera editing or post-production.

Click here to watch Endwell Productions' entries to the Straight 8 2012 festival and for samples of the amazing films produced for the Festival over the years.

Another cultural treat was a special homage to Brighton-based avant-garde film legend Jeff Keen, whose unique-imaginative-irrepressible filmmaking spanning over four decades years has pushed the boundaries of the status quo and until today is an unequalled reference to independent and fine art filmmakers. This homage was made even more poignant and relevant since Keen’s death one month before the event.

Click here for more information about one of the godfathers of experimental celluloid-based filmmaking.
 
Finally the event concluded with the launch of the SLIFF Film Challenge: an exciting initiative dedicated to promoting ‘real’ filmmaking (celluloid-based) and analogue technologies. And to celebrate this new initiative, a limited edition 12” vinyl was produced exclusively, containing the specially commissioned soundtrack by Darren Morris that forms the starting point of the challenge (see below for more information).


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SLIFF Film Challenge
SLIFF Film Challenge is an exciting initiative dedicated to promoting ‘real’ filmmaking (celluloid-based) and analogue technologies. It is being organised as part of the SLIFF series of events and promoted internationally where filmmakers are invited to submit a short film (3mins 20secs) that utilises some form of celluloid-based media (super 8, straight 8, 16mm, 35mm, polaroid?, lomo, &c) and a specially commissioned soundtrack (available for download at here). The entries will then be showcased as a highlight in a future SLIFF event.
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SLIFF Film Challenge: An Example
Originally shot in super 8 and 16mm and produced by Toaster Productions as a music video for The Black Tulips' "Under The Skin" track, this film was 'recycled' by the St Leonards International Film Festival (SLIFF) / Endwell Productions and screened at different events in 2012 (including the Trash Cannes Festival Hastings).

The soundtrack was composed by Darren Morris to form the basis of the SLIFF Film Challenge, where film makers are invited to produce a short film using some form of old cine technology and the soundtrack provided (or elements of it). It was used as an example of how a good film can change dramatically (sometimes much improved!) by the addition of a different soundtrack.

Many thanks to Toaster Productions and The Black Tulips. For more information about the SLIFF Film Challenge, please visit our facebook page: facebook.com/stleonardsinternationalfilmfestival
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SLIFF Events
Since its launch in 2012, The St Leonards International Film Festival has had many smaller scale outings. These range from being invited as a special guest in a local film festival (Trash Cannes Hastings), curating a specially selected film night as part of a thought provoking contemporary art exhibition (MONGREL @ The Kave Gallery), producing an impromptu super 8 interactive film installation (Creekside Artists Studio), or holding an ‘occupy culture’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to name but a few.

The idea is to keep alive the love of antique celluloid-based cine-technology by creating opportunities to show some rare gems of old alongside new independent productions, sometimes with live music performances to films, or ‘revisited’ soundtracks to old classics.

  • Trash Cannes Hastings, Hastings-2012
  • SLIFF@LOVE Café, St Leonards-2012
  • SLIFF @ Pomegranate, Hastings-2013
  • SLIFF does Deptford, Creekside Artists Studio, London-2013
  • SLIFF in Rio (‘Occupy Culture’), Niterói-2013
  • MONGREL/SLIFF Film Night @ The Kave Gallery, Co-curating with Jason Williams, St Leonards-2014
  • SLIFF Film Night @ The Old Chemist, Coastal Currents 2014, St Leonards-2014


For more information on these events, visit SLIFF’s facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/stleonardsinternationalfilmfestival
Partners
The St Leonards Film Society
Darren Morris Music
Gensing Farm
Straight 8
BFI
The Bohemia Club Film Collective
Toaster Productions
St Leonards Accessories
Shimuzu