Glynn Vivian has just returned from the Mannheim Film Festival, Bermuda Shorts, which included the screening of short films from countries all over the world including Poland, China, Israel, Lithuania, Canada, Wales, Germany, Turkey and more.
The festival invited various representatives from city galleries or other arts organisations to select 3 short films by 3 filmmaker/artists, each film being 15 minutes or less. All the works had to be from filmmakers who were born in the cities they were representing, or had shown their work there.
The inclusion of very different approaches to film making was intentional as the organisers wanted to encourage conversations between different processes. This led to fascinating debates in workshops about all aspects of film making.
Glynn Vivian, on behalf of City & County of Swansea, funded by a grant from Wales Art International, chose filmmaker/artists – Gemma Copp, Marc Price and Anthony Shapland. This was such a great opportunity for the filmmakers and artists to share ideas and offer advice and support to each other. It also gave Glynn Vivian Exhibitions Curator, Karen MacKinnon, a chance to explore and research Mannheim’s gallery scene with the hope that we can collaborate in the future. Such international conversations are vital at this time when our arts scene and our city needs to look outwards and seek opportunities and networks all over the globe.
For two days over 30 short films were shown, there was a real buzz about the festival with lots of coverage in the press and a full house at the Mannheim Cineplex to watch the films. There was such an incredibly vibrant mix of short films. There was an ‘Audience Award’ and ‘Jury Award’ and Gemma Copp received a special mention from the Jury.
In February, Gemma, Anthony and Marc will show their films alongside selected works from other artists in the programme as part of our offsite exhibitions programme. Watch this space for updates on that and other projects! For more info on the Mannheim Film Festival visit the website.