Scalarama 2016


This ‘DIY Celebration of Cinema’ is now approaching its sixth year: the third as a national festival. There is an international dimension as well. The whole of September can be devoted to screenings and events across the country.

The Scalarama WebPages have lots of information about ‘what’. ‘when’, where’, and ‘how’. This year’s initiatives include ‘Directed by Women’. Among the proposals some independents are looking for people interested in screening a film by Chantal Ackerman. We are long overdue such a screening in Leeds.

There is the VHSTIVAL, set for an anniversary date of September 9th, 40 years ago. Personally I would be more inclined to celebrate Betamax.

There is Art House Theater Day, a US import, on September 24th. And there is Home Cinema Day on September 25th.

There is room for lots of other inputs: local initiatives are a feature of Scalarama. Leeds is one place where this is being organised. There is a [twitter?] contact point under ‘Where?’ ‘Leeds’. See also Left Bank Leeds. See also Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Scalarama Scotland and Spain.

The WebPage offers a set of tools to get involved. Come September there is a free newspaper which lists all the events, which also appear on the Website. Note the deadline for the newspaper is July 13th. And there are a couple of planning meetings to be held in Leeds before then: new and interested cinephiles welcome. Last year’s events were varied and spread across the city: this year’s promises more of this and new ideas.

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