Indie Lincs Film Festival is an international independent film festival in Lincoln. Dr Mikey Murray, Lecturer in Film Production at the University of Lincoln, runs the festival with the help of a team of university of Lincoln students! This year it took place from 17th-18th March in the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, with an opening night on 16th March in the Stephan Langton building.
The festival showcased around 40 films from different countries, some with Q&As. Throughout the three days there were also networking events, workshops and talks, including that from Jon Holmes, lecturer on the BA Media Production, Digital Media course. Dr Mike Murray said:
“The 2nd annual Indie-Lincs International Film Festival 2017 was an amazing 3-day event this year. Our Thursday opening event showcased the best talent from Lincoln School of Film and Media with six short film screenings that involved collaborations between nine different members of staff and dozens of LSFM students. The festival continued over the weekend with screenings and Q&As with no less than 26 filmmakers over the course of the festival who had travelled to the festival to talk about their films.
“Friday’s highlights included a Q&A with Belgian filmmaker Laurent Micheli who had travelled in from Brussels to present his film Even Lovers Get the Blues which proved to be an audience favourite and went on to win the festival’s most coveted Angry Imp award for Most Challenging Film. Saturday was the busiest day of the festival and included a Q&A with BAFTA winning Curzon London’s manager Ally Clow, who talked candidly about UK independent cinema from the perspective of the exhibitor. We also had a ‘big-screen’ skype interview with German filmmaker, Ed Ehrenberg who openly discussed the trials and tribulations of making his war film, Hear the Silence, for as little as 40,000 euros.
“Our coordinators showed our audience and visitors around Lincoln, we all ate at the Lincoln street food festival, enjoyed the odd drink in local watering holes, and watched 43 International films from 15 different countries in 60 hours – phew! It was a celebration of low and micro budget filmmaking with our audience and the festival had a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and collaboration. With audience numbers up around 30% on our first year, our team are delighted with the progress and we’re very much looking forward to Indie-Lincs 2018 – watch this space.”
The event concluded on Saturday night. The awards and winners were:
Angry IMP Award for Most Challenging Film – ‘Even Lovers Get the Blues’, directed by Laurent Micheli
Big IMP award for Best Feature Film – ‘MAD!’, directed by Robert Putka
Little IMP award for Best International Short – ‘The Bathtub’
Little IMP for Best UK Short – ‘Akita’
The Thespian IMP for Best Actor/Ensemble – The cast of MAD!
Baby IMP award for Best Student Short – Freeze!
Alastair Cummings – Winner of the Little Imp for Best UK Short Film for Akita said:
“What a brilliant festival! The staff are hugely passionate about films and showing them in the best possible way. The venue was really impressive and there was a good mix of shorts and features. Lincoln is also a great city to visit, I would definitely recommend making the effort to attend.”
James Browning – Director of Kidnap Me which had its international premiere at Indie-Lincs this year also spoke highly of the event:
“An excellent festival. Well organised, great choice of films, excellent communication at all times, and fun!”
Well done to all those who won awards and screened their films, they were a great success. And an even bigger well done to Mike Murray and the Indie Lincs team, we can’t wait for next year!