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:: Spotlight :: Flower Cut Film Festival 2005

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Flower Cut Film Festival will be held on July 2 at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne. It will showcase the cream of local musicians playing live to assorted film images from emerging filmmakers.

A selection of 14 silent short films from Australia wide, encapsulating nostalgic images of childhoods revisited, foreign lands, and insights into intriguing imaginations, will screen to the live music of an eclectic line-up including Mick Turner, Souls On Board, International Karate, The Suns, Silver Ray, Black Cab, The Wagons, Because of Ghosts and Wolf & Cub.

The Flower Cut Film Festival is the brainchild of Fleur Arnold, 30, a recent graduate of the inaugural Film Producers course at the Victorian College of the Arts. She says, “My aim in running this festival is to create an event that integrates musical and film genres whilst encouraging an innovative artistic process”.

Fleur has watched her festival grow - from an evening at her own home, where 120 people watched musicians and bands accompanying Super Eight films, to the Capitol Theatre in 2004, where film, music, photography and a digital media installation featured in an “amazing fusion of films and live orchestrated music”.

In 2005, the Flower Cut Film Festival has a new home at the Forum Theatre. This year, the night will also feature a photography exhibition, where five visual artists will provide images that encapsulate the unique style of Melbourne, and a native flower installation from CANOPI and KI ART, who do installation art for indoor and outdoor events including the Rainbow Serpent Festival. A selection of bands will also be performing at the After Party in the Forum.

Fleur put out the call for short silent films and received expressions of interest from as far a field as America and Iran. She is very keen to hear from any young filmmaker or band interested in being part of the festival.

Tickets are on sale soon through Ticketek

More information about the Flower Cut Film Festival 2005 can be found at the official website

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