Parallax Film Festival is a free independent festival which takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th, November at the Collection in Lincoln. Follow @ParallaxFest or visit parallaxfest.com for more information and to book tickets.
Hugo is an entertaining and enjoyably short about a self-conscious young adult with abnormally long fingers who must overcome his fears and perform a shadow puppet show. As you can tell from that, it’s akin to something like Edward Scissorhands.
Director, Theo Pavlou, is concerned with making a film which tells its story visually and has a refreshingly distinct lack of dialogue (aside from its expository opening). This artistic style is linked very well with the narrative’s puppetry and elevated the film’s quality into something definitely worth seeing. It is perfect for the festival circuit.
Hugo will be screened on Saturday afternoon.
There Was A Place:
There Was A Place is a short film that shows a great understanding of familial conflict and telling a story concisely. It tells the story of a young man who goes back home after many years away to help lay his father to rest.It suits the festival circuit well, plus it is well-made and doesn’t outstay its welcome.
There Was A Place will be screened on Saturday afternoon.
A Love Story (winner of ‘Best Student Short’):
A Love Story is a stop motion animation about two sentient balls of yarn who fall in love with each other but find their love threatened by an enveloping darkness. It’s a wordless tale and one told wonderfully through the animation style. The short is immensely creative because of how it uses the stop motion to tell the story. The animation flows very well and doesn’t look disjointed at all, you can tell how much time and effort was put into the creation of it.
This is a great film, and worth seeing, because of the creativity with the stop motion to tell a simple story. It’s entertaining and will have no problem in keeping your attention for the short run time. It doesn’t break new ground or astound you but it has great entertainment value and is a very worthy watch for fans of animation.
A Love Story will be screened on Saturday afternoon.
By Luke Compton