Four Seasons Film Festival Founder and Director, Cameron Hall spoke with the Weekender about the inspiration behind the festival and how it developed from his ski film screening events...
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East Dulwich local Cameron Hall is launching a new film festival showcasing a series of movies that emulate the moods of the seasons, writes Laura Burgoine...
Four Seasons Film Festival is taking place at Cadogan Hall on February 3 and 4, screening nine feature films and over 60 short films in a cultural weekend that will also boast live music performances, photography and art exhibitions.
Festival Founder and Director Cameron Hall said the Festival brings together film, art, music and photography. “We have been overwhelmed by the response to the festival, receiving 300 submissions from 40 counties around the world,” Cameron told the Weekender.
Screenings will also feature Q&As with film makers. The festival is offering up eight awards as part of a special presentation evening on Monday 5h February, which include awards for Best of Festival, Audience Favorite and Best Director.
Cameron, a keen skier, has the exclusive license for screening the biggest and best ski films, and has been premiering Matchstick production company’s movies since 2014. “These films are very visually led, following the best skiers in beautiful terrains. They’re like spectacular music videos and sometimes there’s an important environmental message,” he said.
Four Seasons is a natural extension from this. “A lot of my business is around winter sports, and ski films and I didn’t want to lose complete connection with that, but rather keep that element within a bigger concept.”The films are about different stages, moods, and experiences. “Hope and new beginnings for spring, the summer films are joyous, and autumn is about change and transition,” Cameron said.
“Some are literal. In the summer section one film is a documentary about all drive-ins in America, following the journey of these people trying to keep alive a really old style projection in a digital era.”
Feature films to watch out for include Late Blossom Blues about a blues musician who gets discovered at the age of 81. Cameron highlights One year on a bike: “about a chap from Holland who cycles from Amsterdam to Singapore; it’s very much about the four seasons across one film. The tone is really upbeat, and it’s beautifully shot.”The autumn film is Blue Hollywood, a London based filmmaker’s movie about a couple of aspiring actors who travel to LA and find it’s tougher than they realise.
Selling Isabel, which won an award at Raindance film festival is based on a true story of a woman who was kidnapped and held up as a sex slave and her body was sold, in London’s Harley Street. “She plays herself in the film. She wanted to make a film about her story to highlight this is a real issue,” Cameron said. “It’s harrowing but a well told, well acted, very considered and thoughtful film.”There’s also a couple of ski films in the mix, and a smorgasbord of shorts.“It’s all in one venue. Any ticket provides access to the short film screening room, and exhibitions, and if you buy an individual feature ticket you can hang out all day and listen to music,” Cameron said.
“In the world in which we live in now it’s very easy for people to make films. That means there’s much more content than ever before but it’s still difficult to get that recognition,” Cameron said. “We’ve come into that circuit to create more of a platform for filmmakers. It’s all independent filmmakers.”