Clifton Stewart has been a driving creative force for Art & Algorithms Digital Arts Festival in 2013/2014/2015 and in 2016 he is once again curating the international film festival while also bringing his considerable expertise to the job of locating and convincing other world-class digital artists to join in the fun. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE FILMS HERE
In 2014, Clifton brought us his own digital photography exhibit as well, that reflected his first year experience at Art & Algorithms 2013. Clifton Stewart’s photos in that exhibit, “Real or Imagined Places,” was chosen to be part of exhibition in memory of Robert Capa. Read more: here.
Artist Statement: For the past several years I have curated the popular and successful Space 4 Shorts Film Festival held at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. I curate the festival like an art exhibition, sourcing the work, inviting the film makers to participate and programming a wide and varied week of international short films. Each year has screened approximately fifty short films from over twenty countries each year.
Screenwriting: As a script writer I have written for both TV and cinema/film festivals where my short films have won awards. My short films have screened at film festivals and on television all over the World.
Currently I am working on a half hour TV noir-ish thriller and a feature script based on the traditional English folk tale of The Green Children, updated and contemporized.
Clifton’s film picks for 2016.
The Art and Algorithms film festival returns for another year with a selected programme of new short films from around the world. Once again we have looked for a range of films to entertain, bring wonder, suspense and more than a few belly laughs to our program. — Clifton Stewart, Film Curator
Among the more than 60 films for 2016:
Gayby Director: Anya Beyersdorf Australia
Roy thinks Karate is the answer to his bully problem – but his Dad can see what he needs is a Champion “Boxer”.
GIFT HORSE FILMS is a collective made up of writer/director Anya Beyersdorf, composer John Kilbey and other friends.
Paniek! Director: Joost Lieuwma; Director: Daan Velsink Hungary
The sun is shining; it is a beautiful day for a summery outing. Marja cheerfully sets off, but in her car she has a sudden rush of panic. Has she turned off the gas? Has she left the water running? Hasn’t she shut out grandma? What if a burglar finds an open window? In this freshly drawn animation comedy, the imaginary dramas grow to absurd proportions. Is it really all just a figment of her imagination or is there a snag somewhere?
I Strongly Suggest Director: Gregory Bennett New Zealand
A girlfriend finds a unique method of interrogating her boyfriend, with unintended results. (for mature audiences)
The Man from the Council Director: Barnaby Southcombe USA
A hit man sees his day go from bad to worse when his principles are put to the test by a 10 year old kid, an uncooperative housewife and a nosy neighbor.
Setting Them Straight Director: Kaleb McKenna USA
Having been nurtured and accepted by his parents as a gay man, Joshua finds the courage to confess, that he’s actually not.
The Tie Director: An Vrombaut Belgium
(The director writes) The Tie was inspired by an early memory I have of being lifted high up in the air by my father. The film deals with the ties between people: the meetings, partings and reunions that affect us all. I wanted the purity of the story to shine through, which is why I decided to pare the film down to its essential elements: a tall giraffe, a small giraffe, some other giraffes, a tree and, of course, a tie.’
The Trouble with Lucie Director: Lionel Kaplan France
After the usual questions at one of Lucie’s many casting calls, her conversation with the casting director becomes hostile. Until reality meets fiction. Or maybe it’s the other way round.
Whispers Among Wolves Director: Kevin Lim Australia
Every Wednesday, alcoholic CEO, Shilo and her long suffering PA, Teddy meet to conduct matters of business. But on this particular evening, secrets will be uncovered, old wounds will be reopened and their unique co-dependency will come under scrutiny.
Wrapped Director: Roman Kaelin Germany
“Wrapped” is a graduation short film from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, created at the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction. It has run at over 100 festivals world wide. “Wrapped” delves into the clash between civilization and nature.
More about Clifton Stewart:
(Note: Images are from films shown at Art & Algorithms)
Lecturing: As a Lecturer I currently hold two positions, as a Senior Lecturer in Media Production at Coventry University and also as a part-time Lecturer in Fine Art, Lens and Electronic Media at De Montfort University, Leicester. I have also lectured part time at other universities including the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio, particularly in screenwriting and narrative structure.
M.A. Screenwriting and Research: The London Institute, London College of Printing, 1994.
B.A. (Hons) Fine Art (Film making): Leicester Polytechnic, 1983.
PGCert: in Higher Education Professional Practice. 2011.
De Montfort University: Lecturer for Fine Art, Lens and Electronic Media. 1993 – present.
3. Past Positions/Lecturing:
• Glasgow School of Art: Visiting lecturer in script writing and research, M.A Digital Design course.
• Derby University: Visiting Lecturer Fine Art / Photography
• Peterborough Regional College: Visiting Lecturer Film and Television Production
• Curating: The Space4 Shorts Film Festival, Peterborough 2006 to 09 and the Key Shorts Film Festival, Peterborough 2012
• Media Development Coordinator: Originated and managed The Space4, a new media art gallery and multimedia production resource Jan 1999 – Dec 2008
Curated numerous art exhibitions and originated two national touring exhibitions and The Space4 Shorts Film festival.
4. Recent Conference Paper:
Will (and Can) Local TV Work? Delivered a paper at the conference, Coventry March 2012.
Professional Practice, selected
• Moth: Writer, short film. Amulet Films, writer, Winner of the ‘Splash’ Film Festival 2005, supported by the British Council at Cannes 2005.
• The Mild Bunch: Writer, short Film First Take / Anglia Television. TV short also theatrically screened widely and sold throughout Europe and North America. 2000
• Doctors: Writer for BBC TV series.
• Once Upon A Time: Writer / Producer / Editor. Half hour drama screened at film festivals.
• The Green Children: Received development funding to research and write a feature treatment from Screen East, 2008/09
• Eden: UK Film Council funded feature screenplay
• The Domino Theory: UK Film Council funded screenplay
• COIL: Parallel Films original commissioned feature screenplay
• The Voyeur/Cinema Rex: Writer on this new genre drama series.
• guerilla-filmmaker.com: Contributed an article on short film.
• SnowBlind: Writer, short film shot in Iceland in March, 2012.
• The Scream: Writer, short film currently in post-production 2013.
• Conflict and Loss: Curated and exhibited photographs as part of this national touring art exhibition. 2008 / 2009
• The Waiting Room: Contributing photographer to this group show 2009
• 131,896 Mile: Contributing photographer to this group show, 2011/12
• Ingenious Media: Contributing photographer to this group show, London
• Hidden Heritage: Manager, photographer and filmmaker on this lottery funded heritage project, a web site, DVD and gallery exhibition 2008/09.
• Peterborough, Sense of Place: Lead photographer, filmmaker and managed this Heritage funded multimedia project.
• BAFTA voting member
• Writers Guild of Great Britain
• Fitzrovia Noir (Trustee)
• Fellow of Higher Education Academy
• BCre8tive (mentor)