Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival.

2-4 May

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival. We’re showing 44 films over 3 nights at Picturehouse Central, London on 2-4 May.

I’m sure your members and followers would find something of interest amongst the eclectic entries, particularly ‘Fire Water Glass’ directed by Alice Masters whose film captures the beauty of glass, from the heat of a workshop to the cool depths of a lake, through the skills and traditions that shape it and the poetry of its vivid, reflective and translucent qualities.

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine this year’s festival again highlights the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

Following an open call, 44 films have been selected from nearly 300 submissions, covering a range of styles from animation to satire, from documentaries to surreal art pieces. As diverse as the films are, each looks at our relationship with materials and making in different ways.

Highlights include Terraforming, directed by Juriaan Booij, which transports you to a crystal planet; In the Meadow, an enchanting animation by ceramist Katie Spragg, exploring the qualities that grass and clay share; and a short film from the Made in London series by William Scothern which takes you behind the scenes of rug maker Ruth Scott’s house.

Further highlights include:
The Craft of Carnival, Benjamin Wachenje’s film, commissioned by the Crafts Council, which illustrates the making that goes on behind the Notting Hill Carnival.
The Craft of Sound by Alex Bishop, which follows Bishop through the construction of his unique hand-built guitars.
The Glass Party Popper by Dominic Wilcox, which shows us the journey the inventor takes to design a glass party popper to usher in the New Year.
The Big Cloth by Nick David and Jack Flynn, a short documentary about the Harris Tweed industry on the Island of Harris and Lewis in Scotland. Harris Tweed is the only cloth to have its own act of parliament protecting the industry.

See the full programme and London booking details at #RealToReel
@craftscouncil @craftsmagazine