Spotlights: Comedy - 1 October 2014

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 September will focus on comedy, with a showcase of films by some of London's best comedy filmmakers. In partnership with LOCO Festival.

Doors 7pm / Films 7.30pm. Tickets £5 Door / £4 Advance / £3 WhirlyBadge holders & Picturehouse members

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LOCO is a not-for-profit foundation, established in 2010, that supports and celebrates the world's most original comedy cinema. Every January, the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival lightens up London in the most miserable week of the year with four days of the world's best comedy cinema.

Louis Paxton

Louis Paxton grew up making films in Edinburgh, Scotland. A genre enthusiast, Louis is committed to building a career as a writer and director of exciting and original comedy, sci-fi, horror, action and musical content for film and Television. He has always been ambitious in terms of his vision.

Louis cut his teeth on several low budget shorts, graduating with a BA from the RSAMD in 2009. His grad film CHOREOMANIA won two best undergraduate RTS awards and another at CMF. In 2010, his no budget short FOOL PROOF took the Jim Poole audience award.

Louis embarked on his masters at the NFTS, developing his visual storytelling via collaboration and the school’s extensive facilities to produce bigger, bolder films. His recent shorts have screened at numerous festivals worldwide, winning various awards including best comedy at the 2013 Van D’or Awards for his black comedy/drama DOLLFACE and a further two awards for his no budget short VOODOO MOUSTACHE.

Having graduated and secured representation, Louis is now focussed on furthering his career as a writer and director of film and television. Through relationships established with leading production companies and respected producers, Louis is currently developing a number of genre-splicing projects for both TV and Film. He has also recently completed a new comedy-drama short called SATAN HAS A BUSHY TAIL as part of Film London’s ‘London Calling’ funding scheme.

Ben Mallaby

Ben Mallaby is a BAFTA nominated comedy director. He started in comedy thanks to living with a stand-up for a year and making internet shorts with him and other comics. Last year Film London financed sports comedy 'Battlecock!' which premiered at the BFI London Film Festival, this year 'Island Queen' was nominated for the Short Film BAFTA and shortly after 'Timeholes' went viral after becoming a Vimeo Staff Pick. He's just finished his most recent comedy Milk! and is working on his debut feature 'Annie's Got Body Issues'.

Carolina Giammetta

As an actress Carolina has worked with directors including: Mike Leigh, Roger Michell, Julian Jarrold, Armando Iannucci. She has written and directed several acclaimed short films that have been nominated and won several Best Short Film awards. ‘DOOR OPEN’ was a winner in the Kirin Film Competition and ‘MAN UP’ was a finalist in the REED FILM COMPETITION 2012 & VIRGIN MEDIA SHORTS 2012/2013. She has worked as a Director for BBC Comedy COMEDY SNACKS.

Selected for numerous TALENT LABS: EIFF 2012, BFI Think- Shoot- Distribute 2012, THE BUREAU SOS 2013/2014 with her feature ‘PIZZA FACE’ and nominated for the 2013 IMDB ‘ Script to Screen’ award. She took part in Screen Yorkshire’s TRIANGLE 2013 with ‘THE CLEANERS’, which was selected for the BFI/Film London Micro Market 2013.

Recent work includes short film ‘I DON’T CARE’ (Film London/SPOOL FILMS) award winning ‘NIGHT ARMOUR’, BP viral ‘BUMP’, a competition winner for MoFilm. She is currently shooting a series of 28 short films about the British Civil War involving CGI, VFX.