You don’t have to go far to find independent cinema in Glasgow. The QMU’s own film festival, Exposure, takes over Qudos for over 5 hours of quality shorts tomorrow, selected from over 1900 entrants. Many of these films have been submitted by students from around the UK, and it is hoped that Exposure could be the first step to success for budding young film makers.
Variety is the spice of any festival, and this line-up is peppered with everything from weird animations to serious documentaries. The night kicks off with Medieval Monsters, a documentary about armour-plated insects in England’s New Forest, and other entries include Silently within your Shadow, featuring the voice of horror icon Bill Mosely as a creepy dummy, and Pawel the Polish Mouse Goes to the Moon, which is what it sounds like.
The ten best films of the night have been selected to be screened in competition for the coveted Best Picture Award trophy, and will be judged by a panel consisting of David Archibald, a senior lecturer in Glasgow’s Film and TV department, Max Sefton, president of the QMU and infamous qmunicate music critic, and myself, qmunicate’s current film editor.
The first volley of shorts is at 4pm and the Official Selection – the shorts in competition for the prize – runs from 8, with the winner to be announced soon after and presented with their trophy. This is both an evening in celebration of the short film form and the people who make them, and an amazing student-led event that has already exceeded its organizers’ expectations in the quantity and quality of the films submitted, so absolutely don’t miss out!
[Neil Weaving –@weavo2k6]