For the fourth year running, students of De Montfort University’s Film Studies course are programming a short film festival in partnership with Phoenix Cinema.
The DMU film festivals are part of an on-going partnership between Phoenix Cinema and De Montfort University, which has seen a large amount of the university’s Film Studies course being taught on site at the cinema itself, utilising its conference-ready suites and the cinema screens themselves to allow their students to learn about film in an environment designed to actively facilitate the medium.
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An important part of that relationship is the annual programming of a film festival by the second year DMU students. The students get positive experience in programming and running a film festival in a functioning cinema. Stuart Peters, who was one of the students involved in last year’s Dystopian Film Festival, said that “getting to work with an independent cinema such as the Phoenix was a great learning curve for me when choosing what films we felt were suitable and that would attract an audience.”
The festivals have each had an individual theme, starting in 2014 with the Book To Film Festival, the Rebellion Film Festival in 2015 and the Dystopian Film Festival in 2016. These themes help define each festival, and bring a mix of cult, classic and modern films back onto the big screen; including the likes of Quadrophenia, Mad Max: Fury Road, Blade Runner and more.
2017 is no different, as this year’s DMU students present The Sentience Film Festival; a season of films which “explore the beauty, complexity and horrors of Artifical Intelligence (AI).” This year the festival features some interesting firsts. Phoenix is running a one-day course on AI In Cinema on March 25th (10:30am-4pm, £15), which will include speakers on AI, robotics and film, and will include a round-table discussion and Q&A session. The students will also take the festival out of Phoenix for the first time, with an AI and robotic themed gaming night at BrewDog on March 21st at 8pm and a screening of Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis at the Church Of St Mary De Castro at 7pm on March 22nd, with a live accompaniment from Stephen Horne.
Over at Phoenix, Alex Garland’s Academy Award-winning Ex Machina and Spike Jonze’s Her will be screened on March 23rd and 24th respectively. In the tradition of the previous festivals, Saturday 25th sees a double bill of two classics in the shape of James Cameron’s Terminator and Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop. Finally, Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 2001: A Space Odyssey will be the Lazy Sunday film on March 26th, meaning you can get a full breakfast from the Phoenix café before the midday screening for a great price.
For more information on each individual screening and to book tickets for all screenings, head to www.phoenix.org.uk or call the Box Office on 0116 242 2800.
TUESDAY 21ST MARCH
BrewDog Games Night 8pm
WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH
Metropolis (1927) 7pm
@The Church Of St. Mary De Castro
THURSDAY 23RD MARCH
Ex Machina (2015) 8:15pm
FRIDAY 24TH MARCH
Her (2013) 8:15pm
SATURDAY 25TH MARCH
Double Bill: Terminator (1984) & Robocop (1987); 6:30pm
SUNDAY 26TH MARCH
Lazy Sunday: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); Breakfast starts from 10:30am
(call the Phoenix Box Office to book)