A selection of powerful films from the Imperial War Museums (IWM) Short Film Festival is to be screened in City Park for the first time.
All films being shown in Bradford will focus on the First World War, marking the centenary of a conflict that changed the world we live in.
From a powerful re-construction of the lives of child soldiers’ to the horrors of the trenches re-imagined through modern day social media – Bradford City Park will offer a unique opportunity to see seven new films inspired by the collections of the IWM.
The films will be screened over three consecutive weekends from 1330 in City Park, starting on Saturday (October 25). The final day of screenings will coincide with Remembrance Sunday on November 9th.
For twelve years IWM has held an annual film competition of challenging and engaging films inspired by IWM collections. This year the festival has focused entries in the category of short film and from more than 100 entries, 35 films have been chosen to form the festival programme.
Bradford UNESCO City of Film Director, David Wilson said: “Having seen the quality of the films, we feel very privileged to be able to be part of this event. I would urge anyone who can, to come and watch them over the next three weekends.
Matt Lee, IWM Film Festival Director said: “We are delighted to be sharing the festival with the people of Bradford. These films offer some very powerful and personal insights into of the causes, course and consequences of conflict. We hope that the screenings in Bradford and other cities around the country will encourage people to learn more about our collections and archive film.”
IWM Short Film Festival provides a unique opportunity for film makers to work with archive material directly or respond creatively to its contents and themes.
The full Short Film Festival can be seen at IWM in London. For the full schedule of events at the IWM Short Film Festival can viewed on the website iwm.org.uk/film-festival
Bradford Big Screen is giant outdoor screen in the heart of one of England’s most vibrant and exciting cities with an international reputation for film and media.
Situated in front of the National Media Museum in the award winning City Park with its mirror pool and shooting fountains, the screen is a pioneering arts project designed to bring cutting edge film and creativity to the heart of the urban environment.
Up to 300,000 people pass the screen each month – offering unprecedented exposure for filmmakers to showcase their work.
Schedule from 1330 on Bradford Big Screen on the following dates:
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd November
Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th November
13:30: Blast by Ignatz Johnson Higham
13:32: On the Somme by Peter Bromley
14:01: Boy Soldiers by Amy Coop
14:09:Battle Lines by Julian Peedle-Calloo
14:37: tWWItter by Craig John Leedham
14:43: The Coach that made History by David Dore
15:09: Bye Bye for the Present by Holger Mohaupt