Two new film festivals with a difference
“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. soundtrackfilmfestival.com
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 space.com/ ballerinaball room