2015 sees the rapidly-expanding Edinburgh Short Film Festival celebrating its 5th year of bringing the best in contemporary short film to audiences in Edinburgh. We’re delighted to be able to curate a full programme for Hidden Door 2015 and It is also, co-incidentally, Hidden Door’s fifth year and to mark the occasion, we’ve decided to screen some of the best films from our first five years!
Hidden Door is a uniquely Edinburgh arts event that takes place in a different abandoned building, somewhere in Edinburgh, each year. The event takes over a disused space and transforms it into a multi-disciplinary arts event covering everything from installation art to sculpture, music, dance and naturally, cinema.
We first became involved with Hidden Door during their 2014 edition which took place in the 18th century Market Street vaults above Waverley Station.
The vaults consisted of 21 separate disused rooms varying in size from tiny cubby-holes to ballroom sized stone chambers, with each room packed with a different artistic endeavour. We ran a very busy night in the cinema vault exhibiting international and UK-made short film in March 2014 and are planning another night there on Friday May 22nd for the 2015 edition of Hidden Door.
The 2015 venue will be the Old Street-Lighting Depot, a rambling and now desolate building on King’s Stables Road near the Grassmarket.
It’s hauntingly spare, spartan dusty and evocative. Full of intrigue and post-war memories, the depot straddles a central courtyard and ranges over several floors from its pink corridors, caged rooms and the blue room to the neck-craning, 90 degree view of Edinburgh Castle as you leave the building.
Our event is scheduled for Friday May 22 and as it’s our fifth year in 2015, we are planning to hold a screening of some of the best films of the first 5 years of the ESFF. We’ve screened over 400 films since 2011 and the initial shortlist came to over 8 hours of screen time (!) so we’ve finally whittled that down to a more manageable 3.5 hours.
We have a clutch of International, UK and Scottish short films from 2011-2015 including work by Damon Mohl, who has been nominated for a Student Academy Award. We’re holding a retrospective of Damon’s remarkable, Lynchian short films at the ESFF in November and are planning to screen ‘The Mysterious Disappearance of the Town’s Last Resident’, a surreal short film laced with Damon’s trademark irony at Hidden Door this year.
We’ve screened quite a few award winning shorts over the years at the ESFF and we’re pleased to be able to screen two films that were nominated for an Oscar the amazing, steam-punk, animation ‘Butterflies’, directed by Isobel Peppard (2013) and Alan Holly’s original and imaginative Irish short film ‘Coda’ (2014).
Last Year we showed ‘Fly Me Baby’ a brilliantly imaginative and deliciously surreal stop-motion work by Swiss artist Segolene Romier and we’re pleased to be able to screen her work again at Hidden Door 2015. ‘Fly Me Baby’ is a fantastic and extraordinary work of stop-motion, filmed entirely outdoors and with literally dozens of characters – it’s a genuine highlight for me.
Other standouts experimental film-maker Christine Hooper’s ‘On Loop’. To celebrate our new partnership with the Sardinia Film Festival we are delighted to display some of the best in Italian short film-making and we have the very moving Italian drama ‘Pizzangrillo’ by Marco Gianfreda.
In 2011 we showed one of my personal favourites Belgian fantasy ‘Bona Nox’ a marvellous affirmation of life and with some glorious fantasy/dream sequences. If its late enough we may even squeeze in ‘Morsure Vost’ a stunning French Horror we screened in Leith way back in 2009.
So it’s all going on-screen at Hidden Door 2015 on Friday May 22nd – we’ll be showing films there from about 6:30pm so feel free to drop by, say hello and pull up a chair!
For more details on the event and for tickets see: HIDDEN DOOR