Who are we?
We are the Fashion in Film Festival, the foremost film festival of its kind internationally, based at University of the Arts, London. This year we celebrate our 10th anniversary with the biggest and most ambitious season yet, curated by the eminent cinema historian Tom Gunning and the festival director Marketa Uhlirova. We are a small, but passionate and dedicated team. The festival has always been a labour of love, driven by a passion for the artistry of cinema and fashion.
Why is the Fashion in Film Festival so important?
We sincerely believe it is vital for different communities to have the opportunity to discover film they wouldn’t normally have access to, in new and imaginative contexts. This year we’ve had to beg, borrow and steal (well, almost) to make our programme as exciting as it can be. Central to our work is a sense of discovery and wonder, and we always aim to create exquisite and memorable moving image experiences for our audience. Our particular focus is on digging up neglected films and on re-staging, in new and sometimes surprising contexts, celebrated works in cinema and, more broadly, the moving image.
What are we planning this time?
Our programme features cinema's well-loved as well as neglected masterpieces (Parajanov's The Color of Pomegranates, Ophuls' Lola Montes, Hitchcock's Vertigo, Leisen's Lady in the Dark, Protazanov's Aelita), artist films (by Joseph Cornell, Jane and Louise Wilson, Cindy Sherman, Michelle Handelman, Jessica Mitrani), fashion films (by Nick Knight and Lernert & Sander), industry films and many archival gems. There will be talks, film introductions and panel discussions. As special highlights we are staging two film-based performances - with Rachel Owen (at Genesis Cinema) and with MUBI and Lobster Films (at the Barbican).
What are we asking?
We need your help to be able to stage some of our most exciting events and include as many unseen archival shorts as possible. We can only do this with your support. Please support us to make our 10th anniversary festival the most brilliant it can be!
Where will the money go?
Public funding for film festivals is very scarce these days and even though we have secured enormous in-kind support from our wonderful partners, we are struggling to find the budget to showcase many of the rare archival films we would love to. We are also at risk of losing guest speakers as well as compromising on our free-to-access exhibition, and some of the more ambitious experimental events we have planned - events which we feel truly represent the heart and spirit of the festival. All this comes with a price. We need more staff, two projectors, help with printing the program and posters. It all adds up.
What will you get for your support?
Our gifts are intended as personal messages of thanks and opportunities for you to engage in the spirit, experience and future health of the festival that you have been so kind to support. We have put a lot of love and care into creating the nicest possible gifts for you. From exclusive rare prints, to a collectible book, to an exclusive tote bag designed by the fashion design and print extraordinaires Eley Kishimoto.
Take a look at all the options for supporting us. We hope you find them fun and exciting!
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Fashion in Film Festival is a research-led fashion, film and arts organization based at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Since its foundation in 2006 by Marketa Uhlirova, Roger Burton, and Christel Tsilibaris, it has continued to grow its reputation and international profile, establishing itself as the leading festival of its kind. Its highlight is a biennial festival season in London, with a touring schedule which has in the past, included Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Arnolfini in Bristol, The Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen, Kino Svetozor in Prague and Mode Biennale in Arnhem.
For more information, please have a look at our website: http://www.fashioninfilm.com
Risks and challenges
Running a film festival is always a challenge, no matter how long you have been at it. Every single installment comes with an unexpected mountain to climb. This year we are really proud to celebrate our anniversary, but - as devastating as it is to admit this - without your support, there is a risk we will not be able to provide the richness and diversity our festivals have come to be known for. There are some incredible digital restorations, and short archival films we have found in our research, and we want to show them. There are some amazing speakers, and we want to be able to book them. There is an exhibition to mount. All your donations will ensure that we can continue to benefit the widest possible community. We are confident that if we reach our funding target, we will be able to run a truly special festival season and celebrate fashion in cinema together with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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