The first incarnation of Otherfield was the Quadrangle Festival which - thanks to the brilliant Jessie Teggin - ran for five years at the Quadrangle Trust in Shoreham Kent.
Last year, with attendances rising, we moved to a bigger venue in East Anglia and changed our name. Otherfield 1 was enabled and hosted by long time friends and supporters of Quadrangle, Mat and Pauline Bickerton at their fabulous Art Farm in Letheringham Suffolk.
With over 50 hours of lovingly curated films, sessions, special guest workshops and Q&A's - selected by one bunch of passionate filmmakers for another - you can't fail to be inspired by this years jam-packed programme.
Opening and Closing films, Lost Gems, Q&A’s, Works in Progress, Bring Your Own edit labs, longer, louder evening entertainments and of course our now customary candlelit feast..... all to be enjoyed betwixt fern and field in the rolling Suffolk countryside.
Come! Fill your boots and celebrate the community. Otherfield awaits!
We are excited to be presenting two *brand new* strands: Othervoice, exploring films made by voices underrepresented in the industry and Otherform, films that draw on wider creative processes to tell their stories - both will be bringing emerging filmmakers from as far afield as Palestine and Mexico to present their work.
We are also delighted to be welcoming back George Amponsah to introduce his film The Hard Stop, which he presented to us as a Rough Cut viewing at the former Quadrangle festival in 2014.
We will also as always, be showcasing an exciting selection of student shorts.
Liz Mermin, Director of Visual at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, will be presenting a workshop on web-shorts, whilst in a more radical move, we will be offering filmmakers a ‘Therapeutic Listening Group’ in which they can bring their filmmaking problems to a professional therapist to unpick and dissect. Trust us….we’ve done it, and it works!
Running through all strands this year are disparate themes of resistance and uprisings, psychiatry, family, mental health and collective action, plus workshops, toolkits and surgeries to help navigate you on your merry way.
SPECIAL GUESTS & PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS
Both Penny and Ross will be fully entering the spirit of the festival, by bringing works in progress to discuss; introducing films of their own and of others that have in some way marked their long and diverse careers. They will also be presenting workshops on this years themes of FAMILY, THERAPY and REVOLUTIONARY ACTION.
Penny’s treasured ‘Lost Gem’ the 1968 film Hour of the Furnaces, made in secret under the Argentine dictatorship, quite literally changed her life (precipitating her move from Argentina to the UK) and is described as having ‘established the paradigm of revolutionary activist cinema’
On to matters closer to home, pioneer of the authored documentary, and famed for making the ‘grandest themes of human comedy his artistic province’ Ross will be sharing thorny personal experiences in his workshop ‘Filming with your Family’.
On the same theme, Dutch filmmaker Oeke Hoogendijk will present the compelling rough cut of her latest film about her mother; a film that she is unable to finish nor release, until her mother passes on.
Opening & Closing Films
with Special Guest Q&As
Special guests present screenings of hard-to-find films that have had a strong impact on their work.
Rough Cut Screening
We invite distinguished filmmakers to bravely share their unfinished films and discuss the challenges they face in the edit.
An exciting showcase of new and emerging talent selected from film schools from around the world.
Bring Your Own
Filmmakers are invited to bring 10 minutes of their work in progress to be looked at and critiqued by an experienced editor.
A new strand exploring voices and themes underrepresented in the 'industry'.
Otherform A new strand exploring work by filmmakers who go against the grain, take chances and refuse to fit inside the box.
In-depth ‘warts and all’ how-to workshops. Focusing on creative process and practical know-how, we invite experts in the field to talk frankly about aspects of their work in a relaxed and conversational setting.
Tool-kits & Surgeries Helpful 'How-to' sessions and bookable one on one meetings with industry professionals to help you work independently.
Music & Sound
Our new location brings new opportunities. Many indoor spaces so expect wild sounds and eclectic beats, sound installations and live music as well as good old dance music to last into the early hours…
For a list of previous guests and filmmakers who attended the festival click here