Cine-Excess is an international film festival and conference devoted to the critical study of global cult film traditions, and has been running annually since 2007. Cine-Excess hosts UK theatrical premieres and exclusive screenings, visiting international filmmakers, a 3 day themed conference and media mentoring sessions for young filmmakers. From 2007 onwards, Cine-Excess has generated a number of ancillary activities which have included a DVD label, a documentary film production arm, and an online film journal.
Cine-Excess has a strong tradition of attracting global cult filmmakers as guests to the event, who attend as recipients of the annual Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Award. Some of the previous filmmaking guests of honour to have attended Cine-Excess include Jen and Sylvia Soska, Catherine Breillat, Roger Corman, Dario Argento, Joe Dante, Vanessa Redgrave, Sergio Martino, Franco Nero, John Landis, Enzo G. Castellari, Brian Yuzna, Ruggero Deodato, Victoria Price, Stuart Gordon, Jeff Lieberman, Pete Walker, Norman J. Warren and Jake West.
Cine-Excess has previously been based in London’s West End and in the city of Brighton, but has been firmly established in the West Midlands since 2016, where it now part of the film festival calendar for the region. The annual event therefore takes place at a number of associated cinemas and screening venues during the duration of the event.
In terms of its programming strategy, Cine-Excess hosts a range of UK theatrical premieres and exclusive retrospective screenings from around the world, but with a strong focus on the following global territories: Europe, North America/Canada, Central America, Asia and Australia. The festival also retains a wide definition of cult film that encompasses a broad range of horror cycles, unconventional thrillers, revisionist or hybrid genres (such as science fiction, gangster cinema, dark love dramas or the western), action cycles or fantastic titles that can also be linked to wider national film traditions.
Our 14th annual event will run between 4-7th November 2020, and features an online academic conference alongside film industry panels and a streamed film festival season of related UK premieres and retrospectives.
Cine-Excess 14 is hosted in collaboration with the Black Sands Educational Project, which seeks to educate UK based BAME artists, filmmakers and audiences about the subversive potential that surrounds black representations in cult and marginal cinema formats. The focus of the Black Sands project helps informs this year’s festival theme: 'Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance'. This theme considers the extent to which the struggle for representations by various ethnicities, genders and divergent groups is enacted through a range of classic and contemporary cult film genres. The 14th event also features the launch of the Cine-Excess streaming channel, and film submissions are eligible for consideration to be distributed across this new platform.
As part of the event we are currently seeking feature film and documentary submissions that can be judged and awarded in the following 4 categories:
1. Cine-Excess Distinctive Visions: Feature films that offer a unique cinematic statement worthy of wider critical and press attention.
2. Cine-Excess Emerging Voices: Feature films from distinctive first time or emergent directors, whose work provides an important new vision for cult cinema.
3. Cine-Excess Realist Traditions: Documentary projects that cast a serious critical eye over cult directors, cycles or explores the links between cult film and wider social and historical events.
4. Cine-Excess Streamed: New cult visions seeking distribution across the Cine-Excess streaming platform that launches in November 2020 (regular/late submission entry points only).
Prizes will be awarded in the above 4 categories with first place winners receiving a Cine-Excess trophy and £150 cash prize. The deadlines for submission are Friday 19th June 2020 (early bird submission deadline), Friday 28th August 2019 (regular submission deadline) and Friday 25th September (late submission/final deadline).
Entrants must ensure that their films are either UK premieres, or are not been widely distributed (either theatrically or on UK home entertainment platforms) before submitting work for competition at Cine-Excess.
- All films submitted must have been completed within a period of three calendar years previous to the start of the festival.
- The student concession fee is only applicable to filmmakers that were full time students at the time of making the film.
- All films in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.
Terms and conditions:
Cine-Excess is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Cine-Excess from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The admission fees are non-refundable.
* Cine-Excess has and will continue to monitor the Covid 19 (coronavirus) outbreak, regularly reviewing the situation and taking necessary action. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of our attendees, delegates, staff, and everyone we work with. Cine-Excess reserves the right to amend the conference and festival programme in the event of changes to Covid 19 restrictions and guidelines.