Newsletter – January 2022
So, welcome to 2022.
With festivals such as IFFR moving online again, we at aemi were both relieved and delighted that we were able to go ahead last week with an in-person screening of works selected by Isabel Nolan. Numbers were limited and the screening quickly sold out but the energy of this particular (and particularly generous) programme was precisely what we needed to kick start our year. aemi regularly works with artists this way, curating programmes that may or may not feature work by the artist but nevertheless will shine a light on their practice through their selection of films, and it is always a deeply energising process. Through this process we are frequently introduced to new works and new artists, a process of discovery that we then get to share with audiences. Of course there is also a certain nourishment to the fulfilled craving of a return to the cinema space and to the thrill of seeing works like Anita Delaney‘s wonderful recent shorts or Daria Martin’s Soft Materials (2004) projected on a big screen and we look forward hopefully, to more opportunities this year to share in-person programmes with audiences, alongside our regular online programming.
Speaking of online programming we are delighted to screen Jaki Irvine’s films Star and Sweettooth (both originally shot on Super 8 in the 1990s) alongside an accompanying essay by Gwen Burlington. Writer Gwen Burlington adeptly summarises in her essay some of the symmetries between the two films and they are available to view through aemi online until 8th February.
Many of The Arts Council’s upcoming deadlines are online and we have a free online film funding information session this Friday outlining some of the resources available to film artists. More info on that below.
Below you will also find some other highlighted events, both in-person and online. You can also now find a regularly updated list of upcoming funding opportunities and festival deadlines on the artist support section of aemi‘s website.
Thanks and talk soon,
Daniel Fitzpatrick, Alice Butler, and Emer Lynch
EcstaticStatic: Alternate Alternate Alternate
An online screening for this month’s InFocus curated by the slightly mysterious New York based group EcstaticStatic. This short programme is an opportunity to catch works by artists including Luke Fowler, Andrew Lampart and Charlotte Prodger. It’s an eclectic bunch of works, with the majority of them shot on film, and many of them featuring performed aspects. It’s a beautiful selection of works that feels singularly wintry in its focus.