A midweek Encounter

With 2 days gone and a whole heap of great shorts, pictures and memories, we think it might be time to give you a little round-up of proceedings thus far...

Watershed has catered for some huge names over the past few days, including Huey Morgan, Terry Jones and Carol Morley, now as we look down the barrel of the festival weekend we reflect on those and ponder the arrival of a few more!


Since our opening night on Tuesday, with a thoroughly enjoyed Cinematography panel and equally well received discussion/ stand up with Huey Morgan there’s been some cheery faces knocking about among our temporary Watershed residence.

Aforementioned, our inauguration event consisted of revered cinematographers Geoff Boyle and Roberto Schaeffer waxing lyrical in front of an eager and delighted crowd over at Watershed Cinema 1.

Sandwiched beautifully in between our first two events, we hosted some welcome drinks on Waterside 3, which provided a great space for a spot of networking and the occasional drink!

The night ended with the Fun Lovin’ front man Huey Morgan sharing some great musical insight and frightfully vivid anecdotes to a packed out Cinema 1, a potent mix of spellbinding compositions, tractable groans and roaring laughter was the order of the day.


The first full day of the festival was upon us, and a mad rush for the morning passes effloresced into some well curated Short film and Animation screenings throughout the day in the big lounge, a.k.a Cinema 1.

Cartoon D’or managed to rise to the fore pulling in a dedicated crowd at 11am, a great selection of films and a collection of very happy faces on exit!

Rich Pickings managed to carve a momentous niche mid afternoon with their Attention, Immersion and Psychocinematics discussion/workshop, tapping into the viewers experience by following their eye movement during short film. Mesmerising insight.


Things began to hot up as we made our way into day 3, accompanied by an array of great talks and films, this one was going to be good.

Our first Short Film session, Strangers in a Strange Land, pursued a chunky early morning crowd who had an infectious reaction to the themes explored about migration and identity, very current.

A stream of people filled in for the Widening the Lens panel discussion which, hosted by Joanna Coates, seemed to have a lot of people asking the right questions..

Our mixed programmes were the perfect buffer for the 8.30pm Desert island Flicks session with UK visionary Carol Morley, who then orchestrated a book signing for ‘7 Miles out’ straight afterwards in the foyer, those of you who wanted to know about her film selection please find the titles below!

Alcohol Years (Trailer)

To tie in with Alcohol Years:

Sherman’s March – Ross McElwee 1986
Portrait Of Jason – Shirley Clarke 1967 (Trailer)
The Thin Blue Line –Errol Morris 1988 (Trailer)

Dreams of a Life 2011 (trailer)

To tie in with Dreams of a Life:

At Land – Meya Deren 1944 silent (Trailer)
Cleo from 5 to 7 – Agnes Varda 1952 (Trailer)

The Falling – (Trailer)

To tie in with The Falling:

Imitation of Life – Douglas Sirk – 1959 (Trailer)
Picnic at Hanging Rock – Peter Weir – 1975 (Trailer)
Sweetie – Jane Campion – 1989 (Trailer)

Ending clips, in conjunction with her new book ‘7 Miles out

Yanks – John Schlesinger – 1979 (Trailer)
Bugsy Malone – Alan Parker – 1976 (Trailer)

Now we find ourselves deep into Friday, highly anticipating what the evening has to offer after an amazing day of Romanian inspired talks, panels and screenings!

Remember to take a look at our programme for information, and to book tickets for the events coming up over the weekend and this evening!