Filsm at The Forest

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Monday, 4 April 2011

FilMon Program-April

4th_It's not all about drinking and backpipes night
       5pm: The Secret of Kells
       7pm: The Wicker Man

11th_Nomad night
         5pm: Himalaya-The Salt of Life
         7pm: The Cave of the Yellow Dog

18th_Coming for Age for Queers night
         5pm: C.R.A.Z.Y.
         7pm: Fucking Amal

25th_From Ukraine with Love night
         5pm: Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
         7pm: A Forest Song

Friday, 1 April 2011

Movie Mondays: "It's not all about drinking and backpipes!"

Hi all!
 This Monday April, 4th, come for a big dollop of beautifully drawn celtic culture and odd paganism on fictional remote islands. Lost you there? Then scroll down to find out about our program... just see it as a proper tribute to folk tales (and good movies...!)

The Secret of Kells
(2009, Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey, France/Belgium/Ireland)

Young Brendan lives in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids. But a new life of adventure beckons when a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands carrying an ancient but unfinished book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the fairy Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil? (imdb)

The Wicker Man
(1973, Robin Hardy, UK)

Sgt. Howie travels to Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. He discovers that the locals are weird and unhelpful, and becomes determined to get to the bottom of the disappearance. (PG 15)

Please note those movies are in English, and will be shown with English subtitles. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Latest news!

Hallo all film makers and film eaters!

First of all, a big thank you for coming to the Films at the Forest Fundraiser. We had an awesome time (though sometimes stressful) organising and running it, and are really looking forward to run a similar event in the future. So if you missed the deadline or have more movies you wanna send, or even a project in around film making (it can involve other medias too), please get in touch :)

The regular film night (Movie Mondays) is suspended for March, as we won't be very available and we didn't have much time to select films, besides the café has been booked on some Mondays for gigs already! So, we'll be back on Monday April, 4th.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser - PROGRAM

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser

15.00-15.10:   Opening

15.10 – 15.50 :   Low Def  
A bunch of low definition films made by folks from - and around the Word of Mouth Café! (Special thanks to Paul Maguire! )

15.50 – 16.10 :   Save The Forest Café
 You love the Forest Café but you don’t know how could you help us? We will give you a brief update on our current situation and how can you get involved. Is that your first time here and you would like to know more about our activities? We show you a film made by Ansgar Hoeckh so you will know what we ask your money for! J

16.10 -17.20:  Animation / Stop Motion
A block of short animation and stop motion films made by the super talented students of ECA!
      Ania Hazel Leszczynska: Monster in the toilet//
                                       But it makes me happy// Mrs. Robinson
      Amy Shields and Oana Nechifor: Magnets and Postcards
      Amy Shields: Hair today gene tomorrow//Terrestrial reverie in the ocean of emptiness //
                                  Do not gentle into that good night
      Oana Nechifor: Battle song// Looking out the window
      Adam Gierasimiuk: The ruler and the rebel// Wolf Me// Sneeze// Scanner
      Peter Shaw: Know Thyself// Minotaur Jr.// When I became man
      Alexandru Nechifor and Peter Shaw: Extinction
      Demosthenes Panagiotakis: Shower// Thai chi form
      Michael Melrose: Dot
      Farah Ahmad: untitled// Chinese whispers
      Miryam Lacey: Eyes for you//Penny Lane//Snnigely cat
      Anna Ginsburg: The Cat Burglar// She thought she was kind//
                               Take off your bonnet and jump in / /Crisp Envy
      Will Anderson: Job interview
      Cat Bruce: Memories: Little Men// How to do a walk cycle// Dancing is easy// Dance room

17.20-17.50:   Break, Soundtrack Jam
Have your coffee, go for a smoke or play your guitar or anything that you find! Some of the thiscollection short movies don't have any music in them, and we're planning to ask you, viewers, to create a soundtrack for it. Anyone can join in! Doesn’t matter if you’re not a musician or you don’t have your instrument with you, take some spoons or sing. J You have more ore less half an hour to improvise and rehears together and then to perform when you get the sign... And the fun part: this Jam will actually be filmed and used in a future project of Glue Factory, Glasgow.

17.50 – 19.40:  This Collection
Sit back and enjoy this vivid snapshot of the range of creative talent auld reekie has to offer through poetry and film art! is a copy left non-hierarchical, non-curatorial experiment to engage
film with local poems set in the postcodes of Edinburgh.
Every scratch, every shake, every poetic pause in our digital canvas makes art a right
not a privilege, and our terms of engagement must shift.
Familiar streets and scenes take on a new look from these films collected to date, all
short poetic vignettes and some imaginative reinterpretations of poems written by
poets from all walks of life. (You find the detailed program of films screened tonight at the door!)

19.40 – 20.15:  Start of FILM Hunt, Break
Are you a bit jealous watching these films…?
Well, FILM Hunt is a possibility for you to produce your film in 48 hours! Right here right now! Registration and more info at the door!
The Hunt starts at 8 pm!

20.15-22.15:   Short Films , Experimental, Documentaries       
Interesting stories, strange and beautiful pictures, magical sounds, true stories, tiny details provided by Edinburgh based artists from all around the world!
Fake Dog Films: Crackdown 2. // Street of Rage
Jon Howells: City of Deadinburgh
Scott Wills: Sour Eggs
Daniel Andreas Neofetou: The Triumph of Willy Callahan// Dark Azaleas
Alexandru Nechifor: Organic
Anna Ginsburg: The silver side
Paramita Das: A kind of Crying
Demelza Koij: The Little House of Memories// Voyage of a Mind’s Eye
Alberto Iordanov: Processes
Adam Stafford:  The Shutdown
Anna Urbanowska: Cheat
Maddi Barber: All is Full of Love

22.15-22.30:  Break
Last chance to get a pastie from the fridge tonight and a second chance to see the film about the Forest Café made by Ansgar Hoeckh.

22.30-23.00 :   Low Def
The second bloc of low definition films made by folks from - and around the Word of Mouth Café! (Special thanks to Paul Maguire! )
Last minutes of films for you today, enjoy it and prepare yourself for the party!

23.00-Late:   Party with DJ Akimbo Devine
Bring your booze and dancing shoes! Why would you watch films sitting if you can dance and enjoy the pictures on the wall at the same time? ...time to move and dance around! Celebrate yourself, your films, the film of your friends, your enemies and last but not least:  the FOREST!!!!

We'd like to thank ALL the amazing people who are participating to this event by giving us their films, all the ECA students,
This Collection and the
Word of Mouth Café.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


Monday, 21 February 2011

FFF - Films at The Forest Fundraiser - UPDATE


Hi all!

We are proud to present: FFF Films at The Forest Fundraiser!

Come all this FRIDAY (25th Feb) from 3 O' CLOCK, and enjoy a MASSIVE screening of FILMS made by local artists, and all of this for free. The screenings will be followed by a big party, from 10PM with DJs, so bring BOOZE and your DANCING shoes (corkage fees apply, no spirits please).

Films will include animation/stop-motion, low def, experimental films, music video, short films, documentaries , poetry and a lot more...!

...... but mostly, this is a fundraising event to help save the Forest Café. The Forest is under threat of shutting down due to the bankruptcy of its landlords, the EUS (if you need to catch up on this bit, please go to: :))


Flash fiction writing challenge based on short films (and access to writing workshops after the event) and Live Jam (BYO instruments, though we'll provide some too)...

Organic, home made pop corn sale...

Forest Goodies...

We'd like to thank ALL the amazing people who are participating to this event by giving us their films, all the ECA students, This Collection, and the Word of Mouth Café. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Stay plugged in for the FULL, DETAILED PROGRAM.
Spread the word, join our Facebook group :!/event.php?eid=173085989394787

Monday February 21st: Just Married! Night

 Hi there! So, in a very "post Valentine's day" spirit, the movies this Monday  will explore closure and the deterioration of relationships within marriage, showing:

Scenes from a marriage (1973), Ingmar Bergman

The story explores the disintegration of a marriage between Marianne, a lawyer, and Johan, a professor (played by Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson) over a long period, using a restricted cast, a naturalist, hyper-realistic cinematic style, claustrophobic close-ups, and strings of rapid, articulate monologues. After major success in Sweden, the series became notorious worldwide when it was condemned for allegedly inspiring a spike in Scandinavian divorce rates, which almost doubled in the year of its release.

A trailer is available here:

The Kids Are all right (2010), Lisa Cholodenko

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a married couple living in California. They have each given birth to a child using the same anonymous sperm donor. Nic, an obstetrician, is the primary breadwinner and the stricter parent, while Jules is more laid back and lives as a housewife who is starting up a landscape design business. While the couple is happy, and the family functioning well, it is also clear that their relationship has begun to go stale. The balance of this very suburbian, middle class family soon is threatened when the younger child, Laser (Josh Hutcherson), contacts their biological father, Paul (Mark Ruffalo)...

Thursday, 10 February 2011

14th of February _Crazy Painters night

This night is the night of painters, colours and craziness! 
Yeah we know that it's Valentine's Day... but who cares? :) 
Come to the Forest with your love/friend/dog or whatever and enjoy the films!
 If you can't make it this Monday or just love aur film nights, why don't you check out our full program for February?

5pm: The Adventures of Picasso 
      (Tage Danielsson, 1978, Swedish)
This film is about Picasso's life and art, told through a distorted mirror. Don't worry, it's not the kind of 'let's make a boring movie out of a famous person's life with bad actors and zero creativity... '
It might seem to be a somewhat shallow and burlesque film, but it is more than a ordinary comedy. It also shows the trouble of becoming the victim of your own public image, and how the creativity and the personal life may suffer from it. In many ways it is a film in the same spirit as Charlie Chaplin's "The Dictator", slapstick mixed with reflection.

7pm: Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women and Poetry)
       (Kwon-taek Im, 2003, Korean)

You can watch the trailer of the movie here!

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser - 25th of February - STILL HAVE TIME TO SUBBMIT YOUR FILM!

Thank you for all who have already submitted your works! 
You Are Amazing! :)
If your film is to large to send it by e-mail (probably it is), please send us via rapidshare or drop in a disc to the Forest
(3 Bristo Place) with your NAME + TITLE of your Film/s and 'Films@theForest Fundraiser' on it!

FILM Hunt - Produce your own film in 48 hours!!!

48 Hour FILM Hunt
Forest Independent Low-cost Movies

Produce your own film in 48 hours!!!

The new FILM Hunt competition challenges you to fully produce a short film in 48 hours. At the beginning of the 48 hour period you come to know the genre and location of your short film. The rest depends on you!

The Hunt is organized by the Forest Café ( for anyone interested in filmmaking regardless of experience! You can be a professional with years of experience or an eager amateur, or perhaps you want to try something you have never tried before!

In any case this FILM Hunt is for you! 

The Hunt will start at 8pm on Friday 25th of February during the Films@The Forest Fundrasier

It will finish at 8pm on Sunday 27th. All the works will be screened immediately. The jury and the audience will choose the Best Film and the Audience Choice Film respectively.

One week before the contest we will hold a free filmmaking workshop. There you will come to know about basic filmmaking rules in order to follow or break them! The time of the workshop will be announced here shortly!

To produce your film all you need is any type of video recording device, a video editing software, a free weekend and inspiration! Fun will be provided in the process!

Teams and individuals, please register by E-mail:

For further information on the competition and the exact rules please contact us using the e-mail address above!


Forest xx

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

FilMon Program - February


  7th_ECO night:
         5pm. A Farm for the Future
         7pm. Princess Mononoke

  14th_Crazy Painters night:
           5pm. The Adventures of Picasso
           7pm. Chihwaseon (Drunk on Women and Poetry)

  21th_Just Married night:
           5pm. Scenes from a Merriage
           7pm. I Can't Think Straight

  28th_Nomad night:
           5pm. Himalaya
           7pm. The Cave of the Yellow Dog

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Films @ The Forest Fundraiser - Call for Submissions!

Dear Film-maker,

Are you currently studying film and the art of film making?
Would you like to have the opportunity to show your work...... and help an independent art space in Edinburgh?
Doesn’t matter if you’re still a student or an amateur, we give you a possibility to show your art to a wide audience, in a friendly, open venue: The Forest Café!

As a part of our fund-raising campaign, we are organising a day of showing films (any genre) made by local film-makers as an act of resistance in order to save free art through free art.

This event will take place on February the 25th. Please send us your works and a little blurb about you before February the 22nd, to the address. 
Please send only .mov/quicktime format.

Hope to see you and your films at the Forest Café!

The Forest Café.
3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EY

If you want to know more about the Forest...
The Forest is… a registered charity, an arts and community project space,
an art gallery, a café, a performance space, recording studio, rehearsal
room, darkroom, screen printing studio and publishing venue. Powered by
the enthusiasm and dedication of hard-working, generous and committed
volunteers, it’s been a vivid, vibrant part of Edinburgh’s creative
scene for over a decade. It continually offers grass roots support for
the arts and creative projects, as well as a place for people to meet,
talk, listen, watch, share ideas, make stuff, argue. And eat great
You might know that EUS (Edinburgh University Settlement), the previous
landlord of the current Forest venue was recently declared bankrupt.
This led to the immediate and devastating closure of the Roxy Art House.
The Forest doesn’t want to go the same way. An awesome fund-raising
campaign has begun to buy the current building for the Forest, and to
continue to run it as an autonomous art space. Supporters of the Forest across
the city, the UK and internationally, are mobilising to organise events and ensure
that the Forest continues.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

RandomMonday! - 24 of January, from 5pm

 This time you’re the one who decides!

Here you have a list of films, just pop in the café during the day and vote for the ones you want to see the most!  
Voting will be closed at 4.15pm and we will start projecting at 5pm! 

(Milos Forman, 1979)
This movie, based on the cult Broadway musical of the 60s, tells a story about Claude, a young man from Oklahoma who comes to New York City. There he strikes up a friendship with a group of hippies, led by Berger, and falls in love with Sheila, a girl from a rich family. However, their happiness is short because Claude must go to the Vietnam war.

12 Angry Men 
(Sidney Lumet, 1957)
The defence and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case of murder soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' prejudices and preconceptions about the trial, the accused, and each other. Based on the play, all of the action takes place on the stage of the jury room.

La Strada  
(Frederico Fellini, 1954)
Gelsomina is sold by her very poor mother to Zampanò, an itinerant strongman. She follows him on the road ("la strada") and helps him during his shows. Zampanò ill-treats her. She meets "The Fool", a funambulist. She feels like going with him, but he puts confusion in her mind by pointing out that perhaps Zampanò is in fact in love with her ...

(Achero Mañas, 2003)
Impelled by a spirit which still preserves a patina of idealism, Alfredo arrives in Madrid intent on creating "a performance which is freer, straight from the heart, capable of making people feel alive". His concept of what theater should be begins beyond the stage, out in the streets face to face with the public. Outdoors, in any town square, in a park or in the city's most commercial street, Alfredo and his troupe NOVEMBER start the show: demons to provoke passers-by, displays of social conscience, actions taken to the 
extreme to put the forces of law
and order on full alert. 

Wonderful Days (Sky Blue)
(Moon-saeng Kim, 2003)

Wonderful Days is set in 2142. Environmental pollution and catastrophes has led to an almost-breakdown of human civilization. A high-technology city named Ecoban was built by an elite of people that gains its energy from the polluted air. But now the air is getting cleaner again and thus the city is in danger of running out of energy....
The movie ultimately deals with themes on modern issues such as environmental destruction, pollution and class struggle, the latter of which echoes the 1927 silent science-fiction film Metropolis.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
(Terry Gilliam, 1998)
The big-screen version of Hunter S. Thompson's seminal psychedelic classic about his road trip across Western America as he and his large Samoan lawyer searched desperately for the "American dream"... they were helped in large part by the huge amount of drugs and alcohol kept in their convertible, The Red Shark.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Films at The Forest presents: "FFF Films at The Forest Fundraiser"

Hi all film lovers and film makers!

We're proud to invite you to our Films at the Forest Fundraiser, a day of free screenings at the Forest Café!

We'll be showing short to mid length films by local film makers, we're hoping this is going to be a good opportunity for you to see original, creative films and for them to show their creations...
... but mostly, this is a fundraising event to help save the Forest Café which is under threat of shutting down due to the bankruptcy of its landlords, the EUS (if you need to catch up on this bit, please go to: :))

This event is FREE and BYOB*, though corkage fees apply, as the corkage money will go to the Save The Forest Fundraiser.

And of course, if you enjoy yourself during this awesome event, donations towards the Forest will be mucho appreciated.

Stay plugged in for more details about the programme!

Feel free to join our facebook page 


Monday, 17 January 2011

Films at The Forest presents: Movie Mondays!

"Movie Mondays" is an event consisiting in projecting two selected movies every Monday (on a large white wall and with big big speakers) without charging people at the entrance. This projections are happening in our volunteer-run café and art space: The Forest.
The Forest is located right in the city center of Edinburgh, and stands for a volunteer-run, not-for-profit, DIY, arts, action, free events and social chaos space, as well as a vegetarian café open from 10am til late...

"Movie Mondays" is a B.Y.O.B*  event. We make the program monthly and revel in arty, edgy movies as well as politically engaged movies, documentaries, gender benders... movies made by local artists, world movies, animation...
We also enjoy Holywood satyres, CGI loaded films and loud musicals sometimes...

Any suggestion for a movie is welcomed, and as long as it doesn't involve any display of ripped open bodies with their guts scattered all over the place or horrendous rapes... you can be sure it will be shown.

We also run events in parallel to showing movies, wether they help promote local directors or have an educationnal purpose (politics, environment...) so stay plugged in and look up for our monthly program and events!

Hope to see you soon!


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