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Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

The first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image

The third edition of Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week.

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, the festival presents another eclectic programme of shorts exploring our relationship with materials and making. Discover documentaries, maker profiles, music videos and hand-crafted animations from around the globe that celebrate craft in all its facets across two screenings on 8th and 9th May. 

A special event on 10th May delves into the world of puppet making and stop motion animation with a screening and talk from Mackinnon & Saunders.

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Still from Alan Kitching, A Life in Letterpress, Alice Masters, 2016 © Alice Masters

Screening 1
Tuesday 8th May, 6.30-8pm

Discover BAFTA award-winning and hand-crafted animation, a photograph translated into tapestry, a passion for boxing combined with letterpress, the story of West Africa’s finest puppeteer, behind the scenes making and more in this varied selection of shorts.

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Still from Garry Fabian Miller - Voyage, Edinburgh Film Company, 2018 © Dovecot Tapestry Studio

Screening 2
Wednesday 9th May, 6.30-8pm

See the drama of knife making, marble powered machines, furniture made from coffee cups and bubble gum, a life sized ceramic replica of a Rover 75, hand-made animation and more in this diverse range of shorts about making.

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Still from The Forge, Carlos Carneiro, 2016 © Carlos Carneiro

Talk event
Thursday 10th May, 6.30-8pm

Dedicated to uncovering the astonishing craft and technical skills employed in the production of ground-breaking animation, this talk and screening introduces Mackinnon & Saunders, world leaders in character development for stop-motion puppets. Famed for bringing the world’s best known animated characters to life, including Tim Burton’s ‘Corpse Bride’ and Wes Anderson’s ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, they will shed light on the processes behind their design and construction. The event includes a premiere of a digitally remastered version of 1992 animation ‘The Sandman’. Presented by Ian Mackinnon. A must-see for animation fans.

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Ian Mackinnon with puppets © Mackinnon and Saunders