Screening

2018 Festival a success by Natasha Sebire

Wenceslao Lopez Meza's Amapola took out 1st prize and Best Cinematography in the competition section for 2018.

We had a lovely warm summer’s evening on 8 December 2018, for the screening of the 3rd Vertical Film Festival in the Blue Mountains of Australia. A 4 metre tall screen took up most of one wall of the Carrington Brewery in Katoomba. For the second time we’ve used the Carrington Brewery, as the old building with its tall brick walls, iron and old timber beams provides a great atmosphere for the VFF screening - and the smell of the beer brewing in the surrounding vats just adds to the effect!

Amapola Cartel 1.jpg

The warmer weather was a good test for the projector, but thanks to a special mount designed by KFM Media to hold the projector on its side, it didn’t overheat. The summer weather was also perfect for sampling the Carrington Brewery’s craft beers on tap.

The audience was treated to 23 vertical films and videos, some created with smartphones, others shot on high-end cameras such as Arri and Red. The panel of judges awarded both 1st Place and also Best Cinematography in ⇧THIS WAY UP⇧ competition to:

Amapola — by Wenceslao Lopez Meza from Mexico. A big congratulations to Wenceslao for taking out both categories as the competition was tough with a fantastic line up of films! Thanks to Bendigo Bank and Scenic World Shared for sponsoring the cash prizes.

It was great to see Ben Kumanovski, Director of ‘Rectangle’, and Sidat de Silva, the film’s Cinematographer, attend the festival. ‘Rectangle’ had its world premier at this year’s festival and was a very close runner up, with its entertaining story about the vertical format, excellent production design and cinematography.

Rectangle

Rectangle

We’d like to thank Bendigo Bank and Scenic World Shared for supporting this years festival. It’s great to have local community support to help make this event happen. We’d also like to thank all of our in- and out-of-competition filmmakers for allowing us to screen their works. The high quality selection showcased this year shows vertical film and video is well and truly in its golden age. We look forward to more in the future.

¡Viva la Vertical!

Natasha Sebire & Adam Sebire
(founding directors of the VFF)

2016 Festival Wrap-up by Adam Sébire

Jean-Charles Granjon's Impact took out 1st prize in the competition section of 2nd Vertical Film Festival, Katoomba, Australia, 21 May 2016.

As darkness fell and fog rolled in across the Blue Mountains, the Vertical Film Festival once again raised its tall-screen — this time up the old walls of the Carrington Brewery to show 28 vertical films from 14 different countries, over a third of them directed by women, and created on formats ranging from smartphone to AfterEffects to 35mm Kodak film.

Projectors are notoriously fickle about being tilted 90º due to overheating but perhaps due to the cool mountain air ours managed to project 2hrs of stunning images on a 4m high screen. Beautifully designed soundtracks reverberated around the brewery’s hops (where beers could be sampled at interval).

In 2016 our ⇧THIS WAY UP⇧ competition was decided by a popular vote of our enthusiastic audience. We tallied everyone's votes while the out-of-competition TALL SHORTS were screening.  

The results gave 1st prize, with a lead of 63 points over its nearest rival to... (drum-roll please...)

Impact — by Jean-Charles Granjon from the south of France.  He wins a Nespresso by KitchenAid machine (rrp: $799). Heartiest congratulations and magnificent work, Jean-Charles!

The 2nd and 3rd prize were only separated by a single 1st preference vote.  

Basket Case

Basket Case

2nd prize went to Basket Case — made by James Bedford of Hampshire in the UK, who wins a Nespresso Pixie Clips machine (rrp: $349).

And 3rd prize, a Nespresso Inissia machine (rrp: $249) goes to Yoshiyuki Katayama of Kanagawa in Japan for Umwelt. (For film details see the 2016 Program page).

Congratulations to all three filmmakers and their teams!  All the prizes will be coming with a set of accessories (see photo below).  We’re extremely grateful for Nespresso for being our prize sponsor this year, and to the three filmmakers (Erik Schmitt, Eva Weber and Gaëlle Denis) who Nespresso commissioned to promote their Talents 2016 Prize for allowing us to show their films at our Festival as well.

And last but certainly not least, thanks to all of our in- and out-of-competition filmmakers for allowing us to showcase such marvellous works of creativity and for the love and effort they and their collaborators have so evidently put into them.

¡Viva la Vertical!

Adam & Natasha Sebire
(founding directors of the VFF)


Jean-Charles Granjon writes about his film: "Impact tells the story of the mental journey of a high diver in the seconds before his jump. Impact is a world first in several respects: The vertical format – 4K – 1000fps slow-motion – the environment (underwater and cliffs). Impact is a team imaging adventure, directed by Jean-Charles Granjon and shot in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of southeast France. This is thus a condensed reflection of the cinematic expertise of Marseille, southeast France.

Lionel Franc, world champion cliff diver is the head-first "hero" of Impact. Impact is also a reflection about the way we use our natural environment. The wonderfull natural sites where we shot this short film are just 7km away from a site which faces massive pollution by the aluminium industry of The City of Gardane, south of France. This has been happening for 50 years. More than 20 millions tons of toxic waste is now lying under the surface of The Mediterranean Sea. Despite a National Park being created on this site, the aluminium industry still have permission to pollute! If you feel concerned about the protection of your natural settings, please sign this petition : http://collectifslittoral.fr/index.php/fr/petition-contre-les-boues-rouges
If you like it, please follow and share: https://www.facebook.com/impact134k

Line producer: Bluearth Production
Vertical film Post Production : La Planète Rouge
Equipment: Phantom Flex

 

Reserve your VFF tickets now by Adam Sébire

Submissions have closed, and we've had entries from Almaty to Arkhangelsk, from Uganda to the United States. The quality of entries and the fact that we received three times as many as for our first edition bode very well for vertical filmmaking.

The selectors are working the way through many dozens of films and we hope to let all entrants know this coming weekend.

Meantime, we've opened seat reservations for the Festival. Because it's free to reserve (entry is by donation at the door) and because in a week's time we expect some media coverage in Australia, we recommend that our loyal VFF followers who are planning on coming to Katoomba get in soon to reserve their seats:

http://verticalfilmfestival.eventbrite.com.au/

If you want the REAL vertical experience, you can also bring your own beanbag — there will be a special space for you under our big screen.

All the screening details are on this page.

Inside the Carrington Brewery. Seating (and the screen) are around the righthand corner.

21 May 2016 — save the date by Adam Sébire

Carrington Brewery.

Vertical Film Festival fans can circle two dates in their 2016 diaries now!

  • Saturday 30 April — this is the deadline for entries to the Festival (both in and out of competition).  Entries are now open, and are free.
     
  • Saturday 21 May — Festival screening night in the Carrington Brewery, Katoomba, Australia, 8pm.

We're excited to be one of the first events in the Carrington Hotel's atmospheric micro-brewery space, an old power station which was recently renovated to produce boutique beers.

Visitors to the Blue Mountains will probably already know of The Carrington, a grand old hotel perched on the mountain-top, dating back to 1883.  The Katoomba Brewing Company now adjoins it and has beautiful brickwork (around the corner in the picture) on which we'll be mounting our 4 metre-high vertical screen for your viewing pleasure!

As well as enjoying an evening of great tall-screen films, if you're a beer connoisseur you're in luck: the bar will be serving the real thing amidst the hops from 7:30pm, half an hour before the Festival kicks off, as well as at interval and after the announcement of our winners.

Festival Wrap Up by Adam Sébire

Both the 1st Vertical Film Festival and the 2014 Australian Climbing Festival have now wrapped after a crazy but exciting long weekend.  Our thanks again to the ACF for underwriting the VFF in its first edition.

Before a capacity crowd we screened twenty-one films totalling around 90 minutes, from filmmakers in Australia, Cyprus, Germany, Switzerland, UK and USA, about half of whom were in the audience. (We'll be sending all participants stills of their films taken during projection, soon).

They ranged from Matthew Gray's excellent vertical documentary treatise on the significance of doors to the incredible animation skills on display in The Numberlys and Everything I Can See From Here — as well as a number of climbing and adventure-related works.  Putting on their judges' wigs were Cedar Wright, climber-filmmaker (and 2014 ACF special guest), and Chris Caines, multimedia artist and Katoomba local; both have won a string of awards in their own right.

Around half the films shown were in the competition which we titled ⇧THIS WAY UP⇧ and the winning entries as chosen by the judges are detailed below.  We hope to begin uploading competition entries as Vimeo videos by the end of October.


For its sheer beauty, technique and storytelling, First Prize,

Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Kit • Goal Zero Luna Light • $200 Patagonia Store Voucher 

went to:

GIRL & FISH
On a lonely beach Fish flops desperately, trapped by a yoke of plastic rings. Girl sees him and lovingly releases him. Both are transformed. As time passes they're propelled on a desperate search for their unlikely love. Magic awaits them.

(Commissioned by 9:16FF, Adelaide) • Created by Ana María Méndez Salgado & Carlos Manrique Clavijo (Karu Karu Studio, Adelaide) • Duration: 2’54 


Second Prize,

Goal Zero RockOut 2 Speaker • $100 Patagonia Store Voucher

went to Simon Baré's haunting experimental portrait study:

 

TIMMH: STUDY (PHASE TWO)
An experimental video work exploring portraiture in a liminal and uncertain space.

Director: Simon Baré • Subjects: Pete Conroy, Ron Kelly, Jenny Leonard, Amanda Stephens Lee, Sylvia Griffin, Nikki Walkerden • Duration: 2’31" • Shot on Canon 60D DSLR.


The prize for Best Vertical Climbing Video,

Goal Zero RockOut 1 Speaker • Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern • $200 Patagonia Store Voucher 

went to a short shot in the glaciers and mountains of Europe & China:

CLIMACTIC ACTUALITY
Following a shadow of expectancy, making a mountain out of a mountain, shifting balance is found in suspension.

Director & Performance: Nikki Walkerden • Sound: Shaun Hay • Duration 2’31 


As mentioned in the printed program, the 1st Vertical Film Festival offset its carbon emissions for lighting, sound, projection and heating during the Festival.  From meter readings before and after the event, this equated to 0.15 tonnes of C0₂, which has now been offset using GoldPower renewable energy credits.

Thanks once again to everyone who entered a film, to our judges, to our audience, to Rev. Ray Robinson & Michelle Seers at St Hilda's, to Andrew Gelao at KFM Media, to David Neal, and to everyone who offered advice, help and encouragement.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Winners & grinners by Adam Sébire

What an amazing night! The Festival was packed to the rafters to feast upon 90 minutes of Vertical films & videos. We're totally exhausted after packing up the screen and everything, but before bed, the winners are:

1st Prize: GIRL & FISH created by Ana María Méndez Salgado & Carlos Manrique Clavijo

2nd Prize: TIMMH: Study (Phase 2) by Simon Baré

Best Climbing Film: CLIMACTIC ACTUALITY by Nikki Walkerden

Congratulations, winners, and a huge thank you to everyone who entered. More to come soon...