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Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

The UK’s first craft film festival returns to Picturehouse Central from 2-4 May


Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival returns to Picturehouse Central during London Craft Week with a typically eclectic programme from 2-4 May.

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, and in partnership with Picturehouse Central, this year’s festival again highlights the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

Where and When?

Picturehouse Central
Corner of Great Windmill Street and Shaftesbury Avenue

2, 3 and 4 May 2017
6.30 - 8.30pm

Book Picturehouse Central tickets:

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival then moves to:

Festival of Making
The Bureau: Centre for the Arts, 25 Victoria Street, Blackburn, BB1 6DW

Friday 5 May - 8.30pm - 10.30pm
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May - 7.30pm - 9.30pm

Book Festival of Making tickets

What to expect from Real to Reel 2017?

After an open call – which attracted almost 300 entries from around the world – the final programme has been edited down to 44 films running accross 3 days, and includes documentaries, animation, and profiles of makers such as

  • Ceramic artist Kate Malone
  • Metalsmith Simone ten Hompel
  • Letterpress artist Martin Clark

Film makers selected for the second year running include Nick David and Jack Flynn, Dominic Wilcox, Lorna Hamilton Brown, Juriaan Booij, and Sam Meech

Quite simply it has been impossible to ignore the steady stream of shorts based around making and makers 

                        -Grant Gibson , Editor of Crafts magazine and festival partner

The story so far

Real to Reel was launched by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine in May 2016 at the Picturehouse Central in London’s West End during London Craft Week.

Following an open call, 36 films were selected from over 300 submissions, covering the gamut of styles from animation to satire and from documentaries to surreal art pieces. As diverse as the films are, each looks at our relationship with materials and making in different ways.

Highlights included award-winning director Liam Saint-Pierre’s documentary following artist and inventor Dominic Wilcox on his quest to transform the mundane into something extraordinary, and Lionel T Dean’s tribute to 1950s Japanese science fiction T-Rex versus The Gorilla: Quest for the Stone. The festival also featured the UK premiere of Gill & Gill, which looks at humanity’s relationship with stone through the stories of two masters: rock-climber John Gill and lettercutter Eric Gill.

After the sellout launch at London Craft Week, 11 films were selected for the Real to Reel: LDF Edit screened at Curzon Goldsmiths on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016.  These hour-long screenings formed part of the South East Makers Club trail throughout the creative streets of South East London as part of London Design Festival.