Whirlygig Cinema's Spotlights

Whirlygig Cinema launches new series of "Spotlights" film nights to promote emerging film talent

29 July 2014 - London

Whirlygig Cinema is about to embark on a new series of "Spotlights" events, which will take place at Hackney Attic in East London between August 2014 and April 2015.

Whirlygig Cinema's Spotlights is a monthly short film night that showcases work by hand-selected emerging filmmakers. At each event three filmmakers are given 30-minute slots to present a retrospective of their work. They are asked to screen and discuss a range of short films, and then take part in a Q&A. The project creates a regular meeting place and networking opportunity for filmmakers and film fans.

The project was launched in April 2012 as a bi-monthly event and has so far given over sixty filmmakers the chance to present work. It became a monthly event in April 2013 when it moved to take up residency at Hackney Attic, part of Hackney Picturehouse, and now occurs on the first Wednesday of every month.

Each event will focus on a specific genre or theme, including animation, documentary, screenwriting, comedy, animation, sci-fi and artist video. Selected events will be presented in partnership with other festivals and exhibitors, with LOCO London Comedy Film Festival, London Short Film Festival and Scalarama already confirmed.

The line-up will include BAFTA nominees Michael Pearce and Ben Mallaby, Scottish BAFTA winner Jamie Stone, BFI filmmaker-in-residence Victoria Fiore and Nick Abrahams, winner of London Short Film Festival in 2013. The filmmaker behind the Olympic Opening Ceremony countdown sequence, Aneil Karia, will also take to the stage.

Dates, themes and featured filmmakers:

6 August 2014 - Animation - featuring Martin Pickles, Edwin Rostron and Stella Salumaa

3 September 2014 - Soundtrack - featuring Aneil Karia, Spike Morris and Guy Verge Wallace - in partnership with Scalarama

1 October 2014 - Comedy - featuring Carolina Giammetta, Louis Paxton and Ben Mallaby - in partnership with LOCO London Comedy Film Festival

5 November 2014 - Screenwriting - featuring Zak Klein, Dee Meaden and Paul Murphy

3 December 2014 - Art & Beyond - featuring Nick Abrahams, Noriko Okaku and Erica Stanga

7 January 2015 - Family Affairs - featuring Duncan Cowles, Michael Pearce and George Watson - in partnership with London Short Film Festival

4 February 2015 - Docs - featuring Victoria Fiore, Jackie Nunns & Angie West and Asmita Shrish

4 March 2015 - Sci-Fi - featuring Danann Breathnach, Aurora Fearnley and Jamie Stone

1 April 2015 - Performance - featuring David Baksh, Isabelle Sieb and Gabriela Tropia.


For press enquiries and more information, please contact:

Katie Steed

07792 303712

[email protected]

Editor's notes:

Tickets for each event will be £5 on the door, or £4 in advance from There will also be a number of £3 tickets available to Picturehouse members and anyone with a Whirlygig badge, which can be picked up at Whirlygig events.

Whirlygig Cinema, ( run by Katie Steed and Stephen Brandwood, is an initiative that promotes emerging film talent through engaging short film events with a special attention to the audience experience. Founded in 2010, Whirlygig has provided a platform to hundreds of filmmakers across a wide range of events and festivals.

Hackney Attic, Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE

LOCO London Comedy Film Festival is the UK's only international comedy film festival, which returns to BFI Southbank and selected cinemas from 22-25 January 2015, London Short Film Festival (LSFF), now in its 12th year, is recognised as the premiere UK showcase for cutting-edge independent film. The next festival will take place from 9th - 18th January 2015.

Scalarama is an inclusive film season that brings together all types of different cinemas, venues, film clubs, societies, pop-ups and festivals to encourage and champion repertory and community cinema. Scalarama 2014 will be between 1 - 30 September.