Filsm at The Forest

Every Monday from 0530ish + Regular events. Made a film and would like it to be screened? Email us at

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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