Two new film fes­ti­vals with a dif­fer­ence

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“There are far too many film fes­ti­vals in the world to­day,” says Belfast na­tive Mark Cousins, a for­mer di­rec­tor of the Ed­in­burgh Film Fes­ti­val. So Cousins is set­ting up two new fes­ti­vals. He is cu­ra­tor on Sound­track, to be held in Cardiff in late Novem­ber with a fo­cus on “the cru­cial creative re­la­tion­ship film has with mu­sic”. Danny Boyle will give a mas­ter­class at the in­au­gu­ral event and Manic Street Preach­ers singer James Dean Brad­field is among its sup­port­ers. www. sound­track­film­fes­ti­

Cousins and Tilda Swin­ton have teamed up to or­gan­ise the Bal­le­rina Ball­room Cin­ema of Dreams, which runs over eight-nnd-a-half days from Au­gust 15th at a ball­room in Nairn in north­east Scot­land. The pro­gram­mers in­clude Os­car-win­ner Joel Coen. The event grew out of “our pas­sion to get imag­i­na­tive films to young peo­ple,” Cousins says.

Henry Hath­away’s Peter Ib­bet­son (1935), one of Swin­ton’s favourite movies, will open the fes­ti­val, which will also screen Michael Pow­ell’s I Know Where I Am Go­ing, Sylvain Chomet’s The Old Lady and the Pi­geons and Mo­hammed Ali Talebi’s The Boots. The clos­ing film is Fellini’s 8 1/2.

Cousins hopes the event will “re-in­ject some ro­mance into the film fes­ti­val cir­cuit . . . There will be no cham­pagne re­cep­tions, no open­ing ad­dresses and no politi­cians. It will be purely triple-dis­tilled cinephilia.” Nor will there be any awards. www. my bal­lerin­a­ball room

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