Litterbugs

A short film

Litterbugs the Movie is a family short film directed by Peter Stanley-Ward about a young inventor helped by her self-made flying mechanical creatures, who with the help of a pint-sized superhero defeat the town bullies and find an unexpected friendship.

Clermont Short Film Festival, Litterbugs diary day 4

DAY FOUR @ CLERMONT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Our final day is a relaxed one. After coffee and croissant we head to the Petit Velo for the final screening of Litterbugs. It’s another great turn out and there’s a really happy atmosphere – it’s the weekend! The audience is a real mix of kids and adults and it’s so interesting to see the reactions from the different ages. Captain Stanley appears to be charming and comical regardless of your age or nationality!

In the afternoon we go to see the final program of the children’s section of the festival. This is aimed for children aged 11 years and up, and there is a marked difference in the content. This program is much darker, with more intense, seriously themed stories. The ratio of live-action to animation is also different for this age bracket, whereas previously it has been mostly animation; this program is more 50:50. Oh and it’s great to see the Arts University Bournemouth in the credits for To Build A Fire.  

As the festival draws to a close there are three different closing ceremonies. The first of the three sees all of the awards being presented and at the second and third there is a chance to see the winning films – or at least this is what we believe happens – unfortunately we were too late in requesting tickets and aren’t able to attend. 

This did mean, however, that we have plenty of time to get to the closing party at the Electric Palace. This is a really fun evening with live music, DJs and lots of vin rouge!

We’re on the train home now and on reflection, it’s been an honour to be a part of such a well-organised, well-loved short film festival. We will never forget the dedicated audiences and the way a festival brings so many voices, and people, from around the world together. We feel incredibly inspired by the content we’ve seen and look forward to an opportunity to return to Clermont again soon.

Clermont Short Film Festival, Litterbugs diary day 3

DAY THREE @ CLERMONT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

It’s the last day of the market today and everything in the Marche du Film is shutting down. We take a brief stroll around before heading to the other side of the city for L’Atelier; a workshop run by various schools and design studios as a forum for sharing knowledge and experiences in movie making. The tour moved from room to room where classes of teens were able to engage with different techniques such as VR, Stop-Motion and sound design. It was a really inspiring exercise and a great example of how encouraging everybody associated with the festival is, especially for young people. This has definitely got our brains ticking and we’re looking forward to bringing some ideas back to the Treehouse, so that we can offer something similar to kids in our local area.

There are many of these exhibitions and presentations dotted throughout the city but unfortunately we are running out of time to visit them all. 

 

After a quick bite of lunch we dash to another kids program, of animations and live-action shorts, back at La Jetée. Yet again, it was a really high attendance, with a mix of all different ages, gender etc – including a man next to us who brought along a bread roll wrapped in a chequered napkin and a Rubik’s cube!

The reception in the cinema was really supportive of all the films and this has definitely been our experience of the whole festival. It has been such a great experience to be amongst so many different audiences and to have an insight into what stories are being told around the world. Some stories are simple, charming and beautiful, others are more complex or driven by a political message, but behind every one there is clearly passion - and at Clermont-Ferrand there are huge numbers of people eager to listen. 

Clermont Short Film festival, Litterbugs diary day 2

DAY TWO @ CLERMONT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

Day two starts with some emails and admin before heading to the Salle Forum in the Marche du Film to listen to an Industry Focused presentation about online video platforms. There were talks from both 1001 ciné and Vimeo, which were educational and insightful.

Following this we planned to catch our first screening of the day, so we arrived 30 mins before the schedule was due to start, however, the auditorium was already full – word of advice; get to screenings early! So instead, we crossed town to La Jetée to catch another one of the family programs. It was fantastic to find that the attendance here was also high, but thankfully we managed to squeeze in.

There was time for a quick coffee after the screening before heading back to the Maison de la Cuture (the festival’s HQ) where we joined a huge crowd in the main theatre for a selection of French shorts - It’s worth noting that you’re only guaranteed to find subtitles in the two theatres in the Maison de la Culture. The atmosphere was fantastic and several of the directors took to the stage for applause. One of the highlights of the program, in our opinion, was Panthéon Discount, a futuristic look at society and healthcare. It was particularly well received by the audience, and it’ll be interesting to see how it does at the awards ceremony on Saturday. 

We finished another great day with a drink at the L’Univers – a popular destination for people attending the festival. 

 

 

  

Clermont short film festival, Litterbugs diary day 1

Day One @ Clermont Short Film Festival

We’ve arrived and we’re in France, so our first stop is coffee! This is shortly followed by a visit to the Maisonde la Culture where we collect our festival passes and welcome packs – all presented in a brand new bag… We love the festival bags!

It’s clear immediately that this is an incredibly well-oiled machine and is really organised. There’s a pigeonhole for everyone attending where you can exchange messages and invitations, and everyone is very accommodating. 

From the festival HQ we head across the road to the Marche du Film (the market) and the Media rendezvous area, where our first meeting is with Litterbugs’ sales agent/distributors Network Ireland Television. It’s been a whistle-stop tour for them, but a very successful one – they were even chased down the street by an eager buyer!

After our meeting we spend some time in the market (the Swiss stand has the best chocolates) and we stop at the UK stand to say hi to the British Film Council, the BFI and Creative England.

Next, there’s time for a spot of lunch before an afternoon of screenings. The attendance at each of these is reassuringly high and for those aimed at families, there are LOTS of VERY excited kids, aged four and up. The programs are packed with really inspiring content – standouts for us were Chemin D’Eau Pour Un Poisson, a beautiful British production, Lucky Chicken, and a greedy chameleon in Our Wonderful Nature – The Common Chameleon.

This was followed by a brisk walk to the Petit Velo, a quirky old theatre at the other end of the city, where there was a packed auditorium for a program including Litterbugs and another – very amorous – chameleon in Darrel. It was really interesting to watch our film with a foreign audience and to see it with subtitles. It’s an education to see which jokes land well, and to see which lines of dialogue are superfluous – even a year after completion, its hard to stop editing! 

The day is finished – in true Brit style – with a gin and tonic at the UK stand’s drinks reception where we meet some festival co-ordinators, other filmmakers and the Creative England and British Council teams. It’s been a great day and we’re looking forward to another one tomorrow…