Guilt gnaws at our soul. Every year Strawberry Shorts receives literally hundreds of entries for the film festival and every year we show around twenty! We do our best at other times to shine the spotlight on some of the others by presenting themed screenings or the best of the rest etc, but in general we are rather distressed that so much talent and effort rarely sees the light of day again.
Its not as if they are bad films, in fact some are the source of everlasting joy, sparkling gems, works of near genius, as worthy of screening as any shown at the festival, but perhaps a film is maybe a little too long to fit into a two hour programme where quantity is a consideration or we already have enough of a particular genera, or even that we cant quite see how they will fit in with the rest of the festival. So they go back in the box where they wait, like Cinderella, to maybe, be re-discovered some time in the future.
However, we have come up with a plan to give these films the recognition we feel they deserve by awarding them a Strawberry Shorts Commendation. A list is published in the festival programme and to complement this further we are holding carefully considered and well publicised screenings of all those that appear on the list.
These events start in October with the first screening being held in the Arts Picturehouse bar, a fine and prodigious venue for any film. Entry for the first event is free, drinks and snacks are available and the films as good as they get.
Check back here for date, time and location of additional commendation screenings in the months to come.
PREVIOUS COMMENDATION SCREENING ARE GIVEN BELOW
FIFTH COMMENDATION SCREENING:
FOURTH COMMENDATION SCREENING:
THIRD COMMENDATION SCREENING:
SECOND COMMENDATION SCREENING:
FIRST COMMENDATION SCREENINGS: