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ESTONIA OPEN FESTIVAL 1997

The UK was invited to participate in the 1997 Open Festival of Baltic Filmamateurs in Tallinn, Estonia. This is the 28th year of this Baltic contest and other programmes were entered by Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Finland, Norway and, of course, Estonia. This is a compilation of the British movies screened.

1. MOTHER EARTH
Michael Goodden (Dorset)
A beautiful and thought-provoking documentary about what Man is doing to our planet.

Documentary
Message
10.mins


2. ONE MORE SHOT
Seven Teign Movie Makers (Devon)
This Russian roulette 'duel' between two men is brilliantly lit, shot and edited to build up to an extremely tense climax - to which is added a lovely 'sting in the tail'! Written and directed by Ken Baylis.
BAVA Trophy 1996; IAC Gold Seal 1996

Story
6.mins


3. MASQUE
Terry Mendoza (Essex)
Regardless of the weather, each year in the two weeks before Lent, Venice celebrates its scandalous 18th-Century debauchery with Carnivale! A slick music footage montage of fascinating faces, filmed in 1991.
IAC Silver Seal 1993

Visual
3.mins


4. THE THING FROM BENEATH THE BED!!
Chris Jones (Lancs) Around midnight, the mysterious thing that lurks beneath the bed jumps out and goes darting round the house in a state of high excitement. We see everything from the creature's viewpoint, hearing it but never seeing it. (It's the director's own voice supplying the gurgles, by the way.) This made history as the first-ever video to win the top amateur prize in the IAC's annual International Competition.
IAC Daily Mail Trophy, Best Video Award, Best Editing Award, Best Sound Award 1989

Humour
4.mins


5. OLYMPIA
Triad Films (Kent)
Good period reconstruction and skilful lighting grace this stylish tale of how Edward Manet came to paint the picture of the title in Paris in 1863. Producer: Jan Schoonen; camera/lighting: Reg Lancaster; director: Vladimir Murtin.
Transfer from 16mm film.
CONTAINS FULL FRONTAL NUDITY
Ten Best Oscar 1994; IAC Gold Seal 1994

Story
12.mins


6. THE SHOOT
Terry Mendoza (Essex)
A glorious 'send-up' of the silent movies era, well shot, lit and edited, with effective performances and really special 'film' effects created with video techniques. There are even a few echoes of the classic 1941 professional madcap comedy Hellzapoppin' ...
BAVA Trophy, Best Comedy 1995; IAC Gold Seal 1995
(Making of article on IAC website - click here.)

Humour
10.mins


Total running time 45 mins.

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