ABOUT SOUTHAMPTON FILM WEEK
Southampton Film Week was launched in 2008 as part of an initiative by community filmmaking charity City Eye to foster a greater appreciation of film and moving image within Southampton and the wider area. Now in it's ninth year, Southampton Film Week has helped to establish a culture within the city that explores a truly diverse range of film.
One of Southampton Film Week's core aims is to provide a forum to engage the public with a greater understanding and appreciation of film. Past screenings include the Academy Award winning documentary The Act of Killing, the BAFTA Shorts Tour, Who is Oscar? from Legacy Film, The Barkleys of Broadway and the world premiere of the City Eye and Art Asia collaboration, Bollywood Baraat. Interwoven with the programme of features and shorts the festival offers strands of artists moving Image work, screenings with live music, archive and heritage film.
Southampton Film Week is committed to working alongside filmmakers offering a wide variety of training workshops and seminars. Past examples include Michael Apted, in Conversation, Richard Beek - Aardman Revealed, Producing with Alex Christie, Directing with Patrick Tucker and Phil Peel and Cinematography with Jake Hawkins. SFW also offers a programme of events and activities for younger film fans in the area as part of the Youth Film Festival. YFF events have included fancy-dress screenings of Scott Pilgrim vs The World and Cowboys and Aliens, Fun with Filmmaking workshops and the annual red carpet screening of the films produced at City Eye's Film School throughout the year.
In 2012 the annual SFW: Shorts competition was launched and is designed to showcase the very best of local and international filmmakers. Previous winners of the competition's main prize, The Michael Fuller Award for Best Film, include 30% by Anna Cady, Love by Phil Peel, Claire O'Brien and Chris Hobb's The History of WW1 (in one take) and Kamil Iwanowicz's documentary Bozena and Pawel. In addition, Southampton Film Week hosts the Hampshire Colleges Filmmaking Challenge and the Exposure Filmmakers 48 Hour Film Challenge.
The SFW16 programme promises another great mix of films, workshops, events and competitions. Check back for regular event listing updates and information.