Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Branchage School presents... Feature Directors Lab 2010


Branchage School is a week-long residential film course hosted on the Island of Jersey, immediately before the lively Branchage Film Festival.

This year Branchage School presents Feature Directors Lab. The course is aimed at filmmakers looking to make their first or second feature film. The Directors will be tutored and mentored to develop and shoot their own projects whilst in Jersey, and given the opportunity to attend masterclasses with highly acclaimed professionals in development, production, and beyond. 

Taking place from 17th - 23rd September, immediately before the start of Branchage International Film Festival (23-26th), accommodation will be at the 4-star Hotel de France, classes will take place in Jersey's capital St Helier. An optional Transcendental Meditation course will also run alongside the Film School. This will involve 20 mins of meditative practice at the start and end of each day, helping students who participate to delve deeper into our ‘collective consciousness’ to access the fundamental pool from which creative ideas can flood.

The course is intended for twelve students from all walks of life. Students can be: graduates from a variety of areas with a diversity of skills, short filmmakers, those working in the industry already


£1550.00 Tuition Fees and Shared twin room (includes all transport, food and accommodation) / £1200.00 Tuition Fees for Non-Residential 
Free Festival Pass to Film School Students. 

For more info email: school@branchagefestival.com

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Branchage 2010 launched this week - ooooh!

The good ship Branchage 2010 officially launched on Tuesday evening, setting sail on (slightly stormy) waters from Shoreditch Church, on a festive voyage across the seas of cinema towards Jersey shores.
(Too much?)

To mark the launch of the 2010 programme, we put on a big old bash, decking the Church with gorgeous blooming flowers (cut fresh from a Jersey garden and ferried over) and handing out pots and pots of Jersey Dairy Ice Cream.  And, well frankly, booze.  

As the light faded on a rainy East London evening, we were treated to an incredible set from The Oscillation, playing out across a dark Shoreditch Church, below the mesmeric oil-based projections of visual maestro Julian Hand.  

How do you top that? By finishing up the evening watching some slightly sloshed industry folk throwing shapes on the dancefloor to the sounds of the gorgeous Molly Carroll's DJ set.  

There was something else about the evening too... the point of it all... Branchage announced programme highlights and got tongues wagging with talk of all the treats in store at this year's festival.  

It's all going up on our brand new, and we think rather nice, website: www.branchagefestival.com.

Check. It. Out.

Please. x

Calling all Jersey-based Musicians. Come in all Jersey-based Musicians.

We’re looking for an array of musicians and composers to perform at Branchage Jersey International Film Festival 2010.

Whether you play as a solo artist or in a big band, classical or electronica, young or old, we need to hear from you.

In the past we’ve had Cally Noel with her collection of medieval instruments playing around the grounds of Mont Orgeuil Castle. A Banjo Jamboree at Classic Herd Barn and an Eastern influenced, heavy metal guitar solo from Sean Conway, but we’re still on the look out for more of the talent that Jersey has to offer as well as musicians from neighbouring Channel Islands too.

This year, we will be having local musicians perform before each of the screenings in various weird and wonderful venues around the island. We’re also on the hunt for anyone who is interested in making soundtracks. Successful applicants will also have the chance to perform in the famous Branchage Spiegel Tent.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to perform at Branchage this year please get in touch by sending an email to nina@branchagefestival.com

Within the email please write a few sentences about yourself and some examples of your music with BRANCHAGE MUSIC 2010 as the subject. MP3s, MySpace links and YouTube footage of live performances will all be considered.

Look, see these happy musicians who played at Branchage 2009. Just a few of many...

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Branchage Blooms

The time has arrived, behold, Branchage Festival 2010 - Official Trailer.

Those who have followed the trailers for the last couple of years (think lots of cows, Mrs De La Haye, hedge-cutting, Jersey vistas) - we hope you approve of the new direction.  It's 2010 and Branchage is blooming.

Tell us what you think,

Branchage loves you

Branchage Film Festival Trailer 2010 from Branchage Film Festival on Vimeo.

Monday, 9 August 2010

A week since Gainsbourg event: heart still a-flutter

Last Friday night proved quite the Gallic love-in... Gainsbourg's music, Gainsbourg on film, Gainsbourg behind the camera.  Gainsbourg, je t'adore.

Branchage and the Curzon celebrated Serge late into the night, lulled into that loving feeling by Hige Club's performance of 'Charlotte Forever' and then shaken out of the stupor by the brilliant (if challenging) Gainsbourg feature debut JE T'AIME MOI NON PLUS.

Ooh la la.  Risque.