Small World Film Festival 2017 – My City
And the winner is……….
A film from Afghanistan documenting life in the remarkable ancient city of Bamiyan has won the Small World Film Festival’s top award for 2017.
Delegates from UNESCO Creative Cities and members of the public filled the UGC cinema in Enghien les Bains (France) on Saturday 1 July 2017 to watch a selection of the top films from the Small World Film Festival which originated in Bradford UK in 2016. This year the theme was simply ‘My City’ and filmmakers from around the world were invited to submit work up to six minutes long telling the world about their city.
The overall winner of the festival was a film from Afghanistan documenting life in the remarkable ancient city of Bamiyan and was awarded the Bradford UNESCO City of Film award for excellence (see image1). The film was directed by Mohammad Ali Sheida.
A representative of the UNESCO office in Afghanistan, Sara Noshadi was at the screening to accept the award in behalf of Bamiyan and the films director and said: “It would appear, at times, that in Afghanistan the dreary monochord of strife and conflict drowns out all else. But it is not so; this short movie from Bamiyan proves otherwise. Afghans share a common yearning for the fullness of life’s variegated manifestations.
The people of Bamiyan remember the heartbreaking day of the destruction of the Buddhas but they are rebuilding their future so fiercely and by doing so they are making Bamiyan a symbol of Afghanistan’s post-war reconstruction.”
Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, David Wilson said; It was a great honour to present a selection of the films as part of the artistic programme in Enghien les Bains and there was a great response from the audience who found the films moving and uplifting. I was delighted to be able to honour the winner with our new and specially designed awardrecognising film excellence, from Bradford UNESCO City of Film. “
The films will now also be screened as part of a special film strand in Santos, Brazil as part of the Santos Coffee Festival in July. Santos was designated as a UNESCO City of Film in 2015 and has forged a strong partnership wit Bradford. Other cities from the network have also asked to screen the films including Dundee (Scotland), Paducah (USA) and Jingdezhen (China).
The team at Bradford UNESCO City of Film are now planning for next year’s Small World Film Festival and hope to announce the theme and application process in the next few weeks.
Judges on the People’s Panel – which met last night (Thursday) in City Hall, Bradford – were impressed with the sweeping cinematography which revealed the story of the UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art, Bamiyan. The city and nearby region is home to sandstone cliffs dotted with ancient caves and the archaeological remains of carved Buddha statues which were destroyed in conflict. The city was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2003 and the organisation is supporting restoration projects in the area.
Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, David Wilson will present the filmmaker with a new, specially commissioned award depicting the iconic Bradford City Hall clock tower, at the UNESCO Creative Cities annual meeting next month in Enghien Les Bains, France.
More than 50 entries were received from cities around the world but it was the mesmerising beauty and incredible story of Bamiyan, directed by Mohammad Ali Sheida that won the panel over.
Bradford UNESCO City of Film Director, David Wilson said “The People’s Panel is becoming a real highlight for us and this year’s was particularly magical watching the audience genuinely surprised and delighted by films about cities that were in some cases new to them.
The film from Bamiyan also won the category for best citywide story. The runner up was from Paducah, (USA) UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Art with the film Paducah:Where the spirit flows.
The heart-warming film, Due Piedi Sinistri from Rome,(Italy) UNESCO City of Film won the category of best individual story in a city. The film with a brilliant twist by director Isabella Salvetti, tells the moving story of a young girl in a wheelchair whose loyalty to a different football team – rather than her disability – is that which divides her from a boy. Runner up was an elegant animation from Nagoya (Japan) UNESCO City of Design called Through the Windows directed by Miyo Sato.
The films were chosen from a selection of shorts which have been playing throughout June on Bradford Big Screen as part of the Small World Film Festival. The Festival has been celebrating the UNESCO creative cities network by screening films about life in the different countries. Bradford is a key member of the network as the first City of Film.
Panel member, Andy Waterman said: “It’s great to see such a wide and diverse range of films.”
Another member, Megan Clayton said: “It was brilliant to see such a variety of films from all over the world with such a range of artistic ideas”
As a legacy from the event, several of the films will screen at the Santos Coffee Festival in Brazil later this summer. Santos joined the network in 2015.
There are 116 cities from 54 countries in the UNESCO Creative Network. The cities use their designations from gastronomy to craft, design and film to foster social and economic good and to raise the profile of their cultures and communities.
More on the 2017 festival here
This year the festival is open to all member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network the theme for the Small World Film Festival 2017 is ‘MY CITY’
All UNESCO Creative Cities were invited to submit a short film (max 6 mins) about their city. We have had an amazing response from all over the world and all entries which meet the criteria will be screened on the Bradford Big Screen in City Park Bradford throughout June 2017. The films will also be screened for our people’s panel on 15 June 2017 where some of the best entries will then be selected to be screened at the UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Meeting at the end of June in Enghien-les-Bains, France.
If you would like to be part of the People’s Panel please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is the list of films selected for this year’s Small World Film Festival.
|409 by Morgan O’Brien – Galway, City of Film, Ireland|
|5 Minutes Kavarna by Millen Nickolov – Sofia, City of Film, Bulgaria|
|5 Minutes of Sofia: The Yellow Cobblestones by Millen Nickolov – Sofia, City of Film, Bulgaria|
|Appliqués for sun by Daniel Bissonnette – Montreal, City of Design, Canada|
|Bradford Colours by Jordan Dinchev – Bradford, City of Film, UK|
|City of Design Graz by OchoReSotto – Graz, City of Design, Austria|
|City Windows by Tammy Weiss – Santos, City of Film, Brazil|
|Detroit: City of Design by Stephen McGee – Detroit, City of Design, USA|
|Due Piedi Sinistri by Isabella Savetti – Rome, City of Film, Italy|
|Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature by Liz Knowles – Dunedin, City of Literature, New Zealand|
|Experience Östersund by Theresia Grön – Östersund, City of Gastronomy, Sweden|
|Feel the Busan by Hwajung Shin – Busan, City of Film, South Korea|
|Film of Jeonju by Focal Point of Jeonju Creative City – Jeonju, City of Gastronomy, Korea|
|Heidelberg Through Hasselblab by Oliver Sigloch – Heidelberg, City of Literature, Germany|
|Huit by Daniel Bissonnette – Montreal, City of Design, Canada|
|In Fenestra by Guy Whittaker – Bradford, City of Film, UK|
|Jingdezhen – A City Rich in White Gold by Lui Yulin– Jingdezhen, City of Craft and Folk Art, China|
|Morning Ulyanovsk by Julia and Gala Uzrutoza – Ulyanovsk, City of Literature, Russia|
|My City Bamiyam by Mohammad Ali Sheida – Bamyam, City of Craft and Folk Art, Afghanistan|
|My City Denia by Jean Feche & Alfred Pavia – Denia, City of Gastronomy, Spain|
|My City Katowice by Aleskander Moś – Katowice, City of Music, Poland|
|My City Saint-Etienne by Dominique Dozolme and Carine Loubeau – Saint-Étienne, City of Design, France|
|My City, Bitola by Municipality of Bitola – Bitola, City of Film, Macedonia|
|My City, Busan by Hwajung Shin – Busan, City of Film, South Korea|
|My City, Gillimh by Johnathan Connolly – Galway, City of Film, Ireland|
|My City, Graz by Jakob Halder – Graz, City of Design, Austria|
|My City, Krakow by Bartłomiej Kukliński – Krakow, City of Literature, Poland|
|My City, Nagoya by Daisuke Yamashiro – Nagoya, City of Design, Japan|
|My City Nagoya, Through the Windows by Miyo Sato – Nagoya, City of Design, Japan|
|My City, Nottingham by Pauline Thomas – Nottingham, City of Literature, UK|
|Nottingham Loves by Nathan Farrow – Nottingham, City of Literature, UK|
|Paducah: Where the Spirit Flows by Adam Wolffbrandt – Paducah, City of Craft and Folk Art, USA|
|Remembering Galway 1916 #2 by Paul Murphy with Galway County Council Heritage Office – Galway, City of Film, Ireland|
|Remembering Galway 1916 #7 by Paul Murphy with Galway County Council Heritage Office – Galway, City of Film, Ireland|
|lRendez-vous by Daniel Bissonnette – Montreal, City of Design, Canada|
|Santos, I Love You by Niedja de Andrade e Silva Forte dos Santos – Santos, City of Film, Brazil|
|Sapporo Smile – A Foreign Tourist in Sapporo by City of Sapporo – Sapporo, City of Media Arts, Japan|
|Sapporo Smile – Smiling Faces of our Citizens by City of Sapporo – Sapporo, City of Media Arts, Japan|
|Sotto Casa by Rome City of Film Team – Rome, City of Film, Italy|
|The Infinitive Factory by OchoReSotto – Graz, City of Design, Austria|
|The Spring of Simbersk by Vladimir Gurkin – Ulyanovsk, City of Literature, Russia|
|The Voice of the Wind by Sergey Burtsev and Vyacheslav Serduk – Ulyanovsk, City of Literature, Russia|
|UNESCO City of Design Dundee Film by Andy Truscott – Dundee, City of Design, UK|
|Walk in Ulyanovsk by Ruslam Mahmus-Ahunov – Ulyanovsk, City of Literature, Russia|
Timings for June Showings
1pm to 2pm
5.30pm to 7.30pm
1st-30th June City Park and City Hall, Bradford.
Everyday on the Bradford Big Screen from 1.15pm until 2pm and from 6pm.
Our exciting Small World Film Festival brings together both moving, heartwarming and humorous stories from across the globe to one place in Bradford – City Park – for everyone to enjoy this summer.
This is the second year of the festival and we’ve been deluged with wonderful entries from all corners of the world.
This year we are introducing ‘The People’s Panel’ to judge the overall winner in each category and hosting a special screening of some of the top films in each category in the glorious surroundings of City Hall, Bradford.
We hope you enjoy this festival which through the powerful medium of film shares individual experiences and moments of happiness, sadness, humour and elation which we can all – as citizens of the world – connect with.
David Wilson, Festival Director and Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film
THE PEOPLE’s PANEL
WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR BRADFORD SMALL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL 2016
Bradford People’s Panel come together in City Hall to select winners from across the globe. A powerful story of a young Indian rag picker who aspires to be an engineer as he picks electronic waste to make machines from a monstrous hill of waste, has won this year’s Bradford Small World Film Festival.
City’s Stepchild and the Dumphill Dreams by Delhi-based director Pranab Aich also took the documentary shorts, top award. The moving film about children living at the margins of health and poverty was one of 31 which was selected by Bradford UNESCO City of Film to be played in the month long film festival celebrating the diversity of life through film, in City Park on the Big Screen.
A carpet weaver’s story of losing her family in a bomb attack, My Sardasht directed by Ziba Arzhang from Iran won Best Animation. And a tale of a botched blind date, The Park Bench, by American director G. Daniel Bailey won the make Make Us Laugh category. A special category featuring work from Sydney UNESCO City of Film – with a focus on overcoming disability and prejudice – was also screened for the panel.
In a new addition to the festival, the winners were selected by Bradford people from all walks of life, coming together last night (Tuesday 21 June) as the People’s Panel in the glorious surroundings of City Hall.
Festival director, David Wilson said: “We had a brilliant evening and I was bowled over with the enthusiasm and energy of our wonderful panel. We had a really enjoyable and challenging time picking the winners as the quality and creativity of our filmmakers was so high.
Panel member Rebecca Crabtree said: “It’s been a really enjoyable evening and the films covered such a variety of subjects giving us insights into all different sorts of worlds which I really liked.”
Nasrina Malik who also sat on the panel said: “It’s been absolutely brilliant sitting on thePeople’s Panel. It’s been an event for all ages with both young and old here. I was able to bring my elderly mum to the event and together we really enjoyed watching and voting for the films. It’s been a wonderful experience to share and we’d like to see more of these events in Bradford.”
You can still catch the films on the big screen twice a day until the end of June. For the programme see the website: http://www.bradford-city- of- film.com/enjoy/smallworldfilmfestival/.
Some of the films will also be selected to play at the the Harrogate International Festival next month.
We have three judged categories: Documentary Short, Animated short and Make Us Laugh. Our fourth category is a special showcase of films from our UNESCO network, Sydney City of Film which explores what it is to live and overcome disability in everyday life. Each category runs on alternate days of the month. To check which schedule is running please scroll to the bottom of the full programme.
Documentary Short Category
The ‘Right’ Glass directed by Biswanath Rath
Abhijeet, a software employee, loses his temper inside a roadside Tiffin shop, after realising that an unexpected collision with a child waiter has led to food being spilt all over his white shirt. Before he can turn on the child, something bursts on him and leaves him spellbound. What happens to him and how he deals with it forms the crux of The ‘Right’ Glass.
Animated Film Category
A bomb causes devastation in the city of Sardasht, leaving Kajal as the only survivor of her family. The story is told through carpet weaving.
Make Us Laugh Category
Codependence Day directed by William R. Coughlan
Emily is nervous about meeting her husband Wilson’s family for the first time at their annual Independence Day gathering. Having eloped, she is concerned that the family will never accept her as one of their own. But Wilson has a plan to bring her into the fold..
The Park Bench directed by G. Daniel Bailey
Two different men. Two different blind dates. One park bench. What could possibly go wrong?
Special Showcase of Sydney UNESCO City of Film
Peta Puppets directed by Andy Bambach. Agency – Northern Rivers Screenwork
Puppet maker Peta Lipski by Andrew Bambach pictured, is a prolific artist with a disability who makes hundreds of puppets all with personalities and voices. Peta sings and dances her way around the local shops looking for materials to make her hand-made puppets and perform puppet shows all over the Northern Rivers. As an artist with multiple disabilities, Peta expresses herself through her puppet making.
A short documentary exploring love, sexuality and dating as experienced by those on the spectrum of intellectual disability.
“It made me feel strong and powerful. It changed my body. Something went down and I feel the passion! Gavin is a good teacher, a kind and passionate guy. Doing the film made me feel and be myself.” Kayah Guenther, Dancer
Lima Peni (aka Listic) is a musician and free-styler based in Campbelltown. Listic is also legally blind, not that he lets this stop him working on his beloved BMWs or mentoring the emerging rappers or the crew of local young people who see him as a role model. ‘Life Is Short Life Is Constant aka Listic’ is his story.
Auburn-based visual artists, Carla and Lisa Wherby, are winners of numerous local art prizes, and twin sisters. Carla has anxiety and related physical disability, and Lisa is her carer and artistic cohort. Together they bicker and collaborate on vivid works of art that comment on current social issues.
Gerard O’Dwyer has a growing reputation as a performer, leading man and one of the ambassadors for the ‘Don’t Dis My Ability’ campaign. In ‘Anaconda’ we get a glimpse of Gerald backstage as he practices to overcome his stutter, before walking onstage to perform his story.
Janet Lombardo is an actress looking for love. In ‘Valentine’ Janet ruminates on the difficulties she faces searching for companionship and intimacy as the survivor of a stroke.
Timings schedule for the film categories on Bradford Big Screen
Animation Category: Runs from the 1st June at 1.15pm, the 3rd June at 6pm, continuing on alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.
Documentary Shorts: Runs from the 2nd June at 1.15pm, the 4th of June at 6pm, continuing alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.
Make Us Laugh Category: Runs from 1st of June at 6pm, the 3rd June at 1.15pm continuing on alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.
Special showcase of Sydney UNESCO City of Film: Runs from the 2nd of June at 6pm, the 4th of June at 1.15pm continuing on alternate days and timings in this pattern throughout the month.