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Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

The UK’s first craft film festival 

Produced by the Crafts Council and Crafts magazine, Real to Reel is the first UK festival dedicated to craft and moving image.

The Festival will return in 2018, during London Craft Week. Applications for submissions will open on 2 October 2017 until 15 January 2018.

More details on how to submit will follow.

The 2017 edition of Real to Reel highlighted the extraordinary talent and technique of the making and moving image communities.

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.