Playback Festival 2018 @ ICA, London [from 21 to 25 March]

Playback Festival 2018

21 - 25
11:00 - 21:00

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The Mall, SW1Y 5AH London, United Kingdom
Playback Festival 2018 brings together the work of over 300 emerging artists in one interactive exhibition of short experimental films, alongside five days of screenings, live spoken word performances, discussions, pitching opportunities and practical workshops. All entirely free to attend.


Wed 21 Mar
Playback Festival Launch, 6.30pm

Thu 22 Mar
Scriptwriting with Kate Leys + John Maclean, 11am
Writers Circle, 2, 3 & 4pm
Realising Your Creative Vision, 2.30pm
Motion Picture presents: Five Films Ahead of the Curve, 5pm
Playback Live! with Hollie McNish, 8.30pm

Fri 23 Mar
Directing Animation, 11.30am
Financing Your Next Film, 2pm
Exposure, 4pm
Filmmaker Social, 5pm
Music Video Showcase, 6.15pm

Sat 24 Mar
Being a Freelancer, 10.30am
Making It, Millennial Creatives + the Digital Revolution, 12pm
Poster Making Workshop with Andrzej Klimowski, 2pm
Beyond Directing, Alternative Routes in the Film Industry, 3pm
What Does a Producer Do?, 5pm
Resident Advisor Live Pitch, 7pm
Resident Advisor / Playback Party, 9pm (til late)

Sun 25 Mar
Cinematography Masterclass, 12pm
The Art of Foley,1pm
Booth: Salon Presents Rising Female Filmmakers
Mental Health on Film, 2pm
Next Steps, Closing Screening + Filmmaker Social, 4,16pm

The Playback exhibition

Premiering 95 short films alongside award-winning works, the Playback exhibition features work made by artists aged 16-24 with Channel 4 Random Acts. Watch rolling projections or select what you want to see on one of ten interactive screens.

Playback events

Exploring ideas and issues pertinent to the film industry, spotlighting new work with premiere screenings and opening up doors for aspiring talent, the festival's events are open to filmmakers and film viewers alike.

Resident Advisor / Playback

Between now and the festival in March, Playback and Resident Advisor are offering established and aspiring artist filmmakers aged 16-24 the opportunity to pitch an idea for a commission to produce an experimental short film about electronic music. Find out more and apply via the event: Resident Advisor / Playback

The project

Playback Festival 2018 will be the culmination of a year-long tour of the Playback exhibition that is currently travelling the length and breadth of the country to 20 arts venues from Newcastle to Plymouth.

With 95 new short films added to the exhibition, we are back at the ICA for the last stop on the tour and a celebration of artist film and creativity.

All films in the Playback exhibition were made by artists aged 16-24 as part of Channel 4 Random Acts and funded by Arts Council England
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