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Grants for the arts supported CINECITY Brighton Film Festival opens

  • Date: 18 November 2011
  • Area: South East
Eden Kötting, This is Our Still Life

Eden Kötting, This is Our Still Life. Credit: Photo courtesy of Andrew Kötting

Filmmakers Andrew Kötting and Martin Arnold and legendary band Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are all subjects in this year’s CINECITY Artist Moving Image programme.

The 9th annual CINECITY, The Brighton Film Festival, runs from 17 November to 4 December 2011 in The Duke of York cinema and venues across Brighton. As well as screening a wide array of films and other film-related activity, the festival also hosts a programme of exhibitions and installations at the University of Brighton Gallery at Grand Parade.

The 2011 and 2012 CINECITY Artist Moving Image programmes are both supported with a £50,000 Arts Council England Grants for the arts award. The award will also help support the organisation to further develop internally, as well as implement a digital strategy that will see their website revamped.

Grants for the arts is Arts Council England’s open application funding programme. It invests National Lottery money to support activities that engage people in the arts and help artists and arts organisations with their work.

This year’s CINECITY’s Artist Moving Image programme features an exhibition about Andrew Kötting’s touching film This Our Still Life, which premiered at Venice Film Festival this year, and focuses on his daughter Eden who was born with a rare neurological disease and who has become a painter in her own right. The film captures the families’ life in their Pyrenean farmhouse over a 22-year period. The exhibition includes Kötting’s film, plus Eden’s paintings, drawings, text and paraphernalia from their farmhouse.

The programme also has two video installations in the North Gallery of two very different works: a darkly humorous remake of a Disney animation (Soft Palate by Martin Arnold) and a portrait of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, as told through 14 new short films they commissioned (Do You Love Me Like I Love by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard).

Soft Palate is a single screen video installation of Austrian film-maker Martin Arnold’s darkly humorous take on Walt Disney. The 3.5 minute film, which is screened from floor to ceiling on a loop, shows Mickey’s sleeping body rhythmically builds out of the darkness one body part at a time. The filmmaker is known for pushing boundaries and experimentation, which he does again with great skill and also comedy.

For two days in December, the North Gallery will show the complete 10 hours of 14 short films all about Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in installation Do You Love Me Like I Love by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Each 40-minute film features a compelling collage of the famous, infamous and unknown talking directly to camera about what the songs mean to them. The result is a determinedly human portrait of the unique body of work produced by the band over the last 25 years, told through those who have lived and loved the music, including close collaborators.

This year’s CINECITY presents 18 days of international cinema, premieres and previews, artists’ cinema and installations, archive material, retrospectives, free education screenings and events, talks and debates. The Moving Image exhibition and two installations will be on display in the University of Brighton Gallery during the festival and are free to the public.

Sally Abbott, Regional Director, South East, Arts Council England says: ‘We’re pleased that our open access Grants for the arts award scheme is supporting CINECITY’s ambition to showcase some really excellent video art and installations including work from some of the south east’s most experimental and innovative artists. This year’s programme looks brilliant, and we hope people get a chance to take in the free exhibition and installations in what looks like another great addition to the south east’s arts and cultural calendar.’

Tim Brown, Co-Director of CINECITY The Brighton Film Festival, says: ‘We are very grateful to the Arts Council for their continued support in helping us present a range of exciting moving image work.’

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