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From hedgehogs to gum, film festival will entertain

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 07, 2013

  • Wide appeal: Above, be enchanted by a short film about hedgehogs. Right, organiser of the event Tim Johns

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Lincoln's very own short film festival is back for a third year, with organisers confirming more submissions than ever before from local film makers.

Providing a night of entertainment and showcasing talent across Lincolnshire, screenings will be interspersed with live music on Friday, February 8.

Organiser of the event, who instigated the first ever Lincoln Shorts, Tim Johns says: "It's hard to pick out highlights for the event because the films we're showing are so varied that everyone will have a different favourite.

"There's an absolutely charming character study of one Lincolnshire resident who spends a lot of her time rescuing and caring for hedgehogs. There's also a remarkably beautifully produced music video for one local artist who's collaborated with a French film director to create something incredible – following the journey around the world of a piece of discarded chewing gum.

"One of my favourites is a very cinematic and creative take on how the world was formed.

"If you come along you can expect a half-hour screening of the best local films, a few live songs from one of my absolute favourite bands followed by an interval then the same again.

"At the previous events we've had two local bands take to the stage after each set of videos we screen. This time we've just booked one band because they're so good we want to give them the time to do their stuff without taking time away from screening the films."

The band is called Up Down Go Machine.

"Drummer Sam is from Boston but the rest of them are from all over the UK. There are six of them and they'll be travelling up especially for this gig," says Tim. "I first championed them for BBC Introducing in Lincolnshire and I've seen them perform live a few times and know that they have a wide appeal and an incredible talent, so they are a perfect addition to Lincoln Shorts."

In previous years the event has proved incredibly popular with queues at the box office on the night and a buzzing atmosphere throughout the venue all evening.

Tim says: "I think the key to the event is its wide appeal. It's designed and put together for pure entertainment, whether you normally enjoy short films or not, and we're confident that if you give it a try you'll have a good time."

Lincoln Shorts III at Lincoln Drill Hall on Friday, February 8 (7pm). Tickets: £5.

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