GemArts’ award winning Masala Festival returns in 2018 with a mix and blend of the finest South Asian Arts and Culture in the North East from 14 – 22 July.
Full programme here. Includes non-film events too.
The film programme is as follows:
Friday 20/07 7pm: Awake. A programme of South Asian film shorts about consciousness, humanity and well-being from around the world.
Saturday 21/07 6pm: Village Rockstars. In association with Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival – Newcastle.
NEW ASIA & PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL TOURING THE UK IN SUMMER/AUTUMN 2018
Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival is a new UK-wide film festival dedicated to screening some of the boldest, most daring, challenging, and striking films from Asia and the Pacific. Focusing particularly on underrepresented cinemas, from Azerbaijan to Vanuatu and everything in between, the festival aims to open windows on worlds whose landscapes and peoples remain largely absent from UK screens. Aperture is the only festival in the UK currently with a remit that specifically covers the whole of Asia and the Pacific.
The festival is co-founded and co-directed by Sonali Joshi and Jasper Sharp. Presented in partnership with CREAM, University of Westminster, the festival is supported by Purin Pictures.
Aperture/Newcastle takes place as part of GemArts Masala Festival in Newcastle at Tyneside Cinema on 21 July.
Aperture/London Part 2 will take place in mid-September, comprising a Southeast Asian focus and a one-day symposium hosted by CREAM, University of Westminster.
Aperture is jointly presenting some events with other festivals, including Chinese Visual Festival in September.
Fringe! Flings – an ongoing love affair with queer cinema at Genesis is back with TRANNY FAG.
The rock documentary and political manifesto Tranny Fag depicts the life of Brazilian musician and spoken word artist Linn da Quebrada, a self-proclaimed ‘tranny fag’, who uses her body and music as weapons to fight machismo, transphobia, racism and conformity. Quebrada and performance partner Jup do Bairro speak candidly from their lived experience as queers of colour growing up in the favelas of São Paulo, and the challenges of breaking into the country’s heteronormative funk scene. The two musicians are shown on stage, conducting talk radio interviews and at home discussing topics of love, racism and poverty. Focusing on her physical identification, Tranny Fag follows Quebrada’s time in hospital undergoing testicular cancer treatments, combining home videos, performance documentation and graphic explorations of her body, questioning definitions of what transvestites are and how gender normative roles can be reconsidered.
The 75th Venice International Film Festival is organised by La Biennale di Venezia, and will take place at Venice Lido from August 29th to September 8th, 2018. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).
The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organises retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.