Upcoming events

Making Tracks // in partnership with FRAME - 11 June 2016

Whirlygig Cinema’s Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that re-imagines short films with live scores performed by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. By fusing moving image with live music and foley, Making Tracks offers a stimulating platform for emerging film talent and an opportunity to join filmmakers in hearing these new soundtracks for the first time.

FRAME 2016 will see the return of this exciting collaboration, featuring a programme of innovative dance shorts with live scores.

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Past events

Spotlights: Performance - 1 April 2015

Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A, giving audiences the chance to probe further.

Taking place on the first Wednesday of every month, each event is inspired by a particular theme or genre. From animation to art, screenwriting to sci-fi, Spotlights strives to create a regular meeting place for filmmakers and film-lovers, showcasing handpicked film talent in a relaxed and intimate environment.

Spotlights in April will take a look at filmmakers who work with non-acting performance, such as poetry, dance or song, either on-screen or as a means to making the final work. Featuring David Baksh, Isabelle Sieb and Gabriela Tropia.

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Spotlights: Summer Launch

Whirlygig Cinema’s Spotlights is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. Since April 2012, Spotlights has given a platform to over 50 filmmakers from a wealth of different backgrounds, genres and specialisms. This summer, Whirlygig will return to Hackney Attic with a freshly programmed set of events, running monthly from August 2014 to April 2015.

At a special launch night in July, Whirlygig will offer an exclusive preview of these events, screening a specially curated selection of short films by just some of the 27 filmmakers appearing over the coming months. Enjoy an hour of shorts and stay for a drink afterwards with filmmakers from Spotlights past and future!

Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE.
Wednesday 2nd July. Doors 7pm / Films 7.30pm. Admission free.

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Spotlights: August 2014 to April 2015

Whirlygig Cinema’s SPOTLIGHTS is a short film night that shines a light on the work and practice of outstanding new filmmakers.

Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given just 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films, providing a gripping insight into their background, ideas and filmmaking process. Since April 2012, Spotlights has given a platform to over 50 filmmakers from a wealth of different backgrounds, genres and specialisms. This summer, we will return to Hackney Attic with a freshly programmed set of events, running monthly from August 2014 to April 2015.

Making Tracks Retrospective - 11 Jan 2014

Making Tracks has provided an interactive platform for emerging film talent for the last three years, fusing live music with moving image. Since December 2010, with support from Arts Council England, wea have hosted twelve events at Rich Mix and showcased over 120 short films, all of which screened alongside brand new scores, performed live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Join us as we say farewell to Making Tracks, with a selection of the best short films and live scores to come out of the project. The Cabinet will use a wide range of instruments and foley to add a new dimension to the visuals, creating an invigorating live experience. Enjoy the films and live music and then party on with live DJ sets.

This event is part of the 11th London Short Film Festival and will take place at 8pm on Saturday 11th January 2014 at Rich Mix, Shoreditch. Tickets are £10 on the door, or £8 in advance.

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Making Tracks - 11 October 2013

Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform for new film talent. Whirlygig Cinema will present a programme of short films alongside brand new soundtracks, performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

The Cabinet will use a wide range of instruments and foley to bring a fresh perspective to the films, adding a new dimension to the visuals and creating an invigorating live experience. Join the artists and filmmakers as they hear their new scores for the first time and see cutting-edge film in a totally unique context.

Tickets £10 door / £8 advance / £5 with a Whirlygig badge

Doors 7.30pm / Films 8pm

Rich Mix Bar, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

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In The Woods - 31 August

Now in its 8th year, In The Woods is a special one-day music festival in an enchanted secret woodland location in South East England. Curated and pulled together by the band Laurel Collective, the festival has fast become a watershed show for new talent, including music, art and now film.

We are delighted to be curating the cinema tent for the second year running, to bring festival revellers a magical and diverse selection of short films, music videos and documentaries from some incredibly talented filmmakers, both emerging and established.

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Making Tracks XL - 27 July 2013

Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform on which to showcase new film talent. Whirlygig Cinema will present a programme of experimental film and artist video alongside brand new scores, performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

The Cabinet will use a wide range of instruments and foley to bring a fresh perspective to the films, adding a new dimension to the visuals and creating an invigorating live experience. Join the artists and filmmakers as they hear their new scores for the first time and see cutting-edge film in a totally unique context.

As a special addition to this event, Whirlygig Cinema is teaming up with some very talented moving image artists, including the internationally renowned Max Hattler, who will provide live visuals to the live soundtracks. Be blown away by the live-ness!

Tickets £10 door / £8 advance / £5 with a Whirlygig badge

Doors 7.30pm / Films 8pm

Rich Mix Bar, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

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Whirlygig Cinema Turns 3! - 22 June 2013

It is nearly three years since our first event in the now long-gone Pangea Project in Stamford Hill, where we screened a collection music-influenced short films to a crowd of about 30. Since then we have established regular short film nights, received funding and given unique screening experiences to hundreds of film-makers.

You are invited to join us as we celebrate our 3rd birthday in style, with a good old knees up in the Hackney Attic! Enjoy an evening chock full of AV performances and music, plus a screening of specially commissioned short films made by some of our veteran filmmakers in response to the theme ‘Spin’.

Saturday 22 June, 7.30pm til late. Admission free. Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE

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Making Tracks - 12th January 2013

Making Tracks returns to the London Short Film Festival with a fresh crop of short films by up-and-coming filmmakers, ready to be re-scored live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Saturday 12th January 2013, 7.30pm

Tickets £10 door / £8 advance / £5 with a Whirlygig badge
Rich Mix Bar, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

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Spotlights (LSFF Special) - January 2013

Spotlights is a bi-monthly short film night run by Whirlygig Cinema that offers new and established filmmakers the chance to screen a portfolio of work in front of a live audience.

In a special collaboration with LSFF, Whirlygig Cinema will take over Trangallan for three nights to welcome filmmakers who worked on the nine films that have won the festival over the course of its decade-long history. Directors, cinematographers and other film creatives will showcase these films within the context of their own work and at the end of each night there will a chance to ask them questions in a Q&A.

Spotlights will take place on 8th, 9th and 10th January. Doors 7pm. Tickets £4, or £10 for 3 nights (special online price). Booking is essential due to limited capacity.

Venue: Trangallan, 61 Newington Green, London, N16 9PX

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Making Tracks - 18th October 2012

Making Tracks returns with a fresh crop of short films by up-and-coming filmmakers, ready to be re-scored live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Thursday 18th October 2012, 7.30pm
Rich Mix Bar, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

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Voyage Through Animation

A Voyage Through Animation celebrates historical and contemporary innovation in animation, matching films by recent artists with seminal work from the last 90 years including Man Ray’s Dadaist experiments, Lotte Reiniger’s silhouette animation, Russian collage by Ivan Ivanov and master of stop-frame Jan Svankmajer. All films receive a live score by live cinema pioneers The Cabinet of Living Cinema, who will outline the innovations in animation that have shaped the artform.

The evening will also incorporate live animation by audiovisual artist Noriko Okaku and a selection of animated short films programmed by Whirlygig Cinema to showcase emerging talent in the genre.

This event is part of the Scala Beyond season.

The Yard Theatre, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN
Sunday 16th September, 7.30pm. Tickets £9 or £7 for Whirlygig Cinema badge-holders*.

*Tickets will be available on the door on presentation of Whirlygig Cinema badge. Please email hello@whirlygigcinema to reserve your ticket.

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In The Woods

Now in its 7th year, In The Woods is a special one-day music festival in an enchanted secret woodland location in South East England. Curated and pulled together by the band Laurel Collective, the festival has fast become a watershed show for new talent, including music, art and now film.

This year we are honoured to be hosting the festival’s film programme and will present an eclectic and captivating showcase of short films, offering festival goers an insight into the vast and exciting world of filmmaking.

Alongside our own nature-themed presentation Au Naturel, woodland folk will be able to indulge in guest programmes from the likes of Rushes Soho Shorts, Radar Music Videos, Straight 8 and live score connoisseurs The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

The festival itself is sold out but if you are lucky enough to have a ticket, drop into our film yurt between 4pm and 3am to see cutting-edge film programmed by some of the UK’s most innovative film groups.

Stay tuned for full programme details!

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Making Tracks - 30th May 2012

Making Tracks returns in May with a fresh crop of short films by up-and-coming filmmakers, ready to be re-scored live by The Cabinet of Living Cinema.

Wednesday 30th May 2012, 7.30pm
Rich Mix Bar, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

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Whirlygiggles - 30th March 2012

Whirlygiggles is back! After a popular debut last year, we will return to The Horse Hospital with a fresh crop of of funny short films that are guaranteed to slap a smirk on everyone’s faces.

As we go about our mission to expose new and emerging filmmaking talent, we will present a hilarious programme of dramas, animations, mockumentaries and more. Join us as we explore the different ways of approaching humour through the lens of a video camera and spend the night with the next generation of comedy filmmakers. Whatever turns you on, be it witty scriptwriting, surrealist animation or silly spoofs, be sure to come down to The Horse Hospital on Friday 30th March to have the last laugh.

Friday 30th March, 7.30pm (films start 8pm)
The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1JD

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Contains Mild Peril! - Sunday 30th October 2011

An evening of scary short films by fearless filmmakers in an East London chapel! Scare yourself silly with our selection of terrifying tales, creepy music videos, blood-curdling animations and gruesome spoofs, all in the name of good fun old-fashioned horror.

The Chapel @ Gallery Café, St Margaret’s House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PL

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Wychwood 2011

We were thrilled to host the film tent at Wychwood Music Festival, an excellent little festival in Cheltenham showcasing the best in national and local talent with an eclectic range of music, workshops and performing arts. Our corner of the festival featured a host of short film showreels, features, documentaries and live AV events, celebrating in particular the exciting interplay between music and film.

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Making Tracks - May 2011

Making Tracks is a groundbreaking platform on which to showcase up-and-coming filmmaking talent. In a collaboration with The Cabinet of Living Cinema, the idea is simple: we seek out top quality short films, strip them of their original soundtracks and The Cabinet rescore them live on the night.

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Whirlygiggles

Diverting temporarily from our usual film-versus-music style, in March we decided to take on the strange and immersive world of comedy through a range of sketches, mockumentaries and animations. This took place in the Horse Hospital on 11th March, and enjoyed a thrilling response from a very receptive audience.

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Making Tracks - January 2011

In January 2011, Whirlygig cinema repeated their popular Making Tracks event as part of London Short Film Festival. It presented a mixture of films; some from December, some from past and present LSFF filmmakers and a couple of brand new ones!

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Whirlygig Cinema 1

Whirlygig Cinema’s first event was at Pangea Project, Stamford Hill, London. The event was a huge success with the bar filled to capacity.

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