“Outside of the area, we’ve had submissions from 40 countries, and it seems to have given a really positive outlet for filmmakers. People have had their international premier with us, which is exciting.”
Convenience Gallery’s Andrew Shaw is telling us how they’re ‘bringing the world to Birkenhead’ with their Birkenhead International Film Festival (BIFF) initiative.
Now in its fourth year, October’s BIFF – held at the Williamson on Saturday 21 October – focuses on the theme of ‘World Building’, with directors from across the north, the wider UK and around the planet premiering their works to audiences hungry for something new.
The annual BIFF invites directors of any experience, background, style and genre to submit their work online, where it’ll be showcased to new audiences at home and beyond through Convenience Gallery’s off- and online platforms.
BIFF’s remit is typically short films, and we like how the festival aims for the moon with George Melies-like ambition for the artists they screen and the Left Bank in general.
"We have gone through the selection process with a team of local screeners,” Andy explains, “selecting 13 films for this year's festival which includes local filmmaker, Kieran Shayle, with the two-minute short, When it Rains (lead image).”
The full list of films showcasing at this year’s Birkenhead International Film Festival are:
- Drowning by Gemma Whitworth.
- The Ridgeway by Ollie Cameron.
- Don't Choke by Sonny Baez.
- The Whirling Quest of Giovannina by Martina Laruffa.
- THE BEAST by Joris Laquittant.
- Blue Hour by Simone Einfalt.
- The Great Connection by Christen Bach.
- Sincopat by Pol Diggler.
- Future Of… by Scott Coello.
- Culicidae by Greg Moran.
- Shine by Adam Pelling-Deeves.
- Night journey by Fanny Cerdan.
- When It Rains by Kieran Shayle.
“The films explore a number of themes and genres including documentary, horror, science fiction, drama, animation, abstract, folklore, practical effects, poetry, positivity and there's even a musical number,” Andy tells us.
“These are films currently being shown across a number of film festivals internationally and we’re very excited to have them at the Birkenhead International Film Festival this year.
“The special thing about BIFF is that, as a format, it’s bringing voices of filmmakers from across the globe; films you wouldn’t ordinarily get to see outside of the festival circuit,” Andy adds.
“It also gives the name and town of Birkenhead a platform at other festivals too as our rosette is added to selected films, cementing it as an exciting destination for arts and culture.”
We’re looking forward to seeing this year’s selection, and you can catch films from previous BIFFs on YouTube, including 2020’s horror-themed films and a curation of wonderful animations that debuted at BIFF 2021 (see below).