Going Au Naturel for In The Woods for the second year running

We are delighted to be returning to In The Woods Festival in a couple of weeks time to curate their cinema tent for the second year running.

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 film.

We can't wait 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.

Alongside our specially curated programme of nature-themed shorts, Au Naturel, we are honoured to be collaborating with the likes of (in no particular order):
- London Short Film Festival
- Doc Heads
- Underwire Festival
- Flipside Film Festival
- Radar Music Videos and
- LOCO Film Festival

These lovely people will all be contributing programmes to highlight the type of material they promote or showcase at their own events. Our little tent will also play host to live acts The Cabinet of Living Cinema and Magnetic Foragers.

Our very own Au Naturel will be split into six themed mini-programmes: Birds and the Bees, Nature on the Brain, Man-imal, In The Woods, Water's Edge and Cinemagic Mushrooms.

In The Woods is sadly sold-out, but you can get still get a little taster of our Au Naturel programme.

Making Tracks to take a break in 2014 | Submissions open for October

After three amazing years of live scores, incredible short films, collaborations and Q&As, Making Tracks is to take a break in 2014. We have screened and re-scored over a hundred films since we started out in December 2010, and it has been an absolute privilege being able to offer this experience to so many filmmakers, both new and established. We hope to continue collaborating with The Cabinet of Living Cinema in future, but for the time being it feels natural to take a step back and consider new ideas and directions. A huge warm thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years - the Arts Council, all filmmakers and collaborators, our wonderful audiences and of course the awesome Rich Mix who have provided the perfect home.

Aside from a retrospective at London Short Film Festival in January 2014, we have just one more Making Tracks event at Rich Mix, taking place on Friday 11th October. Submissions are now open for this, so if you are a filmmaker and would love to experience your film with a live score, seize the chance while you can! We are accepting all types of film for this, including dramas, animations, music videos, artist film and documentary. As long as the film speaks for its self visual, and will still make sense once the original soundtrack is removed, please send it over and we'll happily consider it.

Making Tracks XL (extra live!): Moving image artists perform live visuals to live soundtracks

Max Hattler performs at Whirlygig Cinema's 3rd Birthday Party, 22/06/13. Photo by John Steed

Moving image artists, including the internationally renowned Max Hattler, are to team up with film score musicians The Cabinet of Living Cinema in an exclusive ‘extra live’ edition of Making Tracks on 27th July.

For this special event, moving image artists will perform live visuals to complement the live music by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. In many cases, both visuals and music will be improvised, creating an experimental playing field for both parties.

Max Hattler will perform his new audiovisual animation Hattlerized Motorsaw with partner Sune Petersen, using experimental custom-built software. Other moving image artists performing are Emily Bailey, Tom Brown and Sarah Culross.

As well as this, there will be a selection of pre-made short films by emerging filmmakers and animation graduates from the Royal College of Art. These will also be scored live.

See full programme.

SPIN: Happy Birthday Whirlygig Cinema

Lights and magic - celebrating three years of Whirlygig Cinema

Last Saturday we celebrated our 3rd birthday with a very special party up in the Hackney Attic. To try and reflect what we do in our own events, we laid on a programme of live audiovisual treats for everyone to enjoy. The party was opened by audiovisual duo Emily Bailey and ACRA who jump-started our senses with digital loops of celluloid animation and powerful electronic beats.

We then showcased the ten films that had been made especially for this event, by filmmakers that have all screened at Whirlygig Cinema in the past. All these films were made in response to the theme 'SPIN', using our logo as inspiration. It was a huge pleasure and honour to screen these films and they all received a massive response. The filmmakers that made films were: Inga Burrows, Dominic Currie, Tim Graham (cinema iloobia), Ed Hartwell, Helen Nias, Erika Pál, Sellotape Cinema, Andrei Sopon, Natasha Tonkin and Jayne Wilson. We will be putting the films online soon for everyone to enjoy.

Then followed two mind-blowing performances from (in our eyes) audiovisual giants. The magnificent and mysterious Nordic Giants set the place alight with their primeval soundtracks to carefully-selected short films. Then we witnessed a first-time AV collaboration between moving image maestro Max Hattler and electronica egghead My Panda Shall Fly.

Thank you to everyone who came and celebrated with us; Whirlygig wouldn't be the same without the wonderful people that come to our events and support us in what we do for filmmakers. Here's to the next three years!

See photos from the event, taken by Paige Gresty and John Steed.

Happy Birthday to us!

Now we are 3! You are invited to join us as we celebrate our 3rd birthday in style, with a good old knees up in the Hackney Attic! We are delighted to be presenting a special audio-visual collaboration between Max Hattler and My Panda Shall Fly, as well as performance by the mighty Nordic Giants and other AV performances. There will also be a premiere screening of specially commissioned short films made by some of our veteran filmmakers in response to the theme ‘Spin’. See the full line-up.

Submissions for Making Tracks now open!

Photo credit - Jonny Beck (jonnybeck.co.uk)

Would you like to see your short film with a live soundtrack? We are now accepting submissions for the next Making Tracks event at Rich Mix on 27th July 2013.

Making Tracks is a groundbreaking event at Rich Mix, funded by Arts Council England, that fuses live music with moving image and provides an interactive platform for new film talent. We will present a diverse programme of short films alongside brand new scores, which will be performed live on the night by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. Get a taster of the event with our promo video.

The Cabinet will use a wide range of instruments and objects to bring a fresh perspective to the films, adding a new dimension to the visuals and creating an invigorating live experience. Filmmakers hear their new score for the first time on the night and will receive a copyright-free recording of it after the event.

To qualify, your film must have a duration of less than 12 minutes, been made in the last two years, and be silent or still make sense when any existing soundtrack is removed. All genres are welcome but we find that animations, experimental film and dramas with no dialogue work particularly well.

To find out more and submit your film, please visit our submit page.

Whirlygig shorts float your boat at the Festival of Arts & Music Evolution

This weekend, Festival of Art & Music Evolution (F.A.M.E) brings art to the heart of Canary Wharf, transforming Motorship Stubnitz, Europe’s seaborne centre of culture, into a floating exhibition of ideas, music and performance. Hosted by Floating Forum, an off-shoot of Hackney’s community broadcaster Reel Rebels Radio, this “state of the nation, state of the globe” event combines today’s most influential artists, musicians and performers in a resounding wave of social commentary and political awareness.

As part of this, we are screening a selection of environment-themed shorts from our Whirlygig Cinema Au Naturel programme in the screening room on Thursday at 6.10pm and Friday at 12.15pm. It's free, so come down!

Get your film hats on with 2 Whirlygig events in 1 week!

Next week is going to be very busy for us, as Spotlights and Making Tracks fall just days apart! Discover new filmmaking talent in unique settings where we put a special emphasis on the LIVE experience. Join us in East London venues to enjoy great short films, partake in Q&As, hear live scores and meet lots of interesting film folk.

On Tuesday 9th we move into our new home at Hackney Attic to introduce three inspiring filmmakers; Max Lincoln, Numra Siddiqui and Isla Ure at Spotlights, which is now a monthly event. We are especially excited to have Isla onboard, after Amanda Boyle had to sadly pull out of the line-up. Join us from 7pm for an evening of short films, talks, Q&As and networking, as each filmmaker gets half an hour to promote themselves! Take a look at the full programme.

Then, on Friday 12th we are hosting the 10th Making Tracks at Rich Mix, with a brand new programme of short films ready to be re-soundtracked by The Cabinet of Living Cinema. Get ready to open your eyes and ears and join the many of the filmmakers who will be hearing their new scores for the very first time. The programme will be followed up by a Q&A with the musicians and filmmakers, so that we can all find out what they thought of the experience. Full programme to be announced very soon!

Spotlights has a new home!

Listen up! Next month our event series Spotlights will be moving to a new home at Hackney Attic in Hackney Picturehouse. This happened after our year-long residency at Trangallán sadly came to an abrupt end after the venue decided to discontinue its events programme.

We are very excited to be contributing to the Attic's vibrant programme of comedy, film, live music, dance and networking events. We will deliver the same format (three filmmakers plus Q&A) but will be able to accomodate more people and be situated right in the heart of Hackney.

Our first event at the Attic will take place on Tuesday 9th April, with all following Spotlights events occurring on the first Wednesday of every month. In April we will be welcoming filmmakers Amanda Boyle, Max Lincoln and Numra Siddiqui. Full programme.