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Real to Reel: The Craft Film Festival

Friday 1 November: Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW 

Wooran Foundation, Seoul, South Korea, 23-25 August 2019


The fourth edition of the UK’s only festival devoted to craft returned to Picturehouse Central on 7-8 May with a signature selection of engaging shorts exploring the human relationship with making and materials.

Following an open call for submissions, the Real to Reel selection panel was joined by knitter and filmmaker Lorna Hamilton-Brown MBE and Gary Thomas, film programme manager at the British Council and co-director of Animate Projects.

The 28 films selected feature contemporary weaving, woodwork, ceramics, glassblowing and metalsmithing, offering a unique opportunity to witness craft in action and the narratives, passion and skill inherent in the creation of works. The programme also unites some unusual and perhaps unexpected tales of making – from miniatures, to replica birds’ eggs, to a human powered bakery – along with animations that bring to life fibre, wool, clay and found objects.

Screening 1

Witness the spectacle of scrap metal transforming into intricate eyewear, puppets coming to life in a BAFTA award-winning stop-motion animation, interwoven histories of a blacksmith and gardener and documentaries covering British chair making, Mexican luthiers and much more in this varied selection of shorts.

Screening 2

Discover a world in miniature, performance that intertwines clay and dance, the beneficial impact of creativity on health, an outdoor gym that makes bread, animation celebrating the special role that dogs play in remote community life and documentaries about making, from giant pots to replica birds’ eggs, and more, in this diverse range of shorts.



Real to Reel is now touring to national and international venues is available for hire until May 2020. The below schedule will be updated regularly.

Cowra Regional Art Gallery, NSW, Friday 1 November 2019
Potentiale, Feldkirch, Austria, 8-10 November 2019
Central Craft, Alice Springs, NT, Friday 29 November 2019
The Backlot, West Perth, Australia, 2 August 2019
Camelot Indoor Theatre, Perth, Australia, 9 August 2019
Nova Cinema, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, 22-23 August 2019
Wooran Foundation, Seoul, South Korea, 23-25 August 2019
Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, Sydney, Australia, 5 September 2019
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Liverpool, Sydney, Australia, 21 September 2019

For touring enquiries, please contact Sarah Turner 


Following four successful editions of the festival, we now plan to take stock and evaluate, by taking a break in 2020 and re-launching in 2021. As part of that process, your views about the festival and the programme are really important to us. If you are a participating filmmaker or visited any of the Real to Reel Screenings and have feedback you’d like to share, please complete this short survey.

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