Bristol-based cultural events organization, Compass Film takes this year’s festival of cinema and arts in a new and mysterious direction… Inhabiting a space at the top of Mivart St. Studios, Easton, Bristol, The Compass of Mystery Festival will transform the venue into a world of creativity, bringing the South-West an exciting month of film, poetry, visual art and theater. Culminating in a culturally angled programme of international cinema over the weekend of 17–19 October, this year’s Compass points direct us to an intriguing selection of films from Poland (North), Pakistan (East), Somalia (South) & Argentina (West), utilizing the creative wealth of these migrant communities from our shores, as well as from the host countries themselves.

In the run up to the festival a series of creative workshops will allow community members to lend their hand at authoring this magical space, transforming it into the mysterious urban world that will house the festival and bring art and culture to the heart of the community of Easton.

The festival will kick off with two poetry slam events, open to local schools and to the wider community, and hosted by some of Bristol’s top wordsmiths. Five Minutes of Mystery, the festival’s international short film competition (open for submissions until 15 August), will allow up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to showcase their work on the silver screen. Also on the cultural menu… a buffet of visual art incorporating a VJ event as well as the Mivart St. artists’ own work, a run of home-grown theatre, a mystery-themed kids’ matinee, and a series of musical events. The main Compass film weekend will see a host of diverse international and local screenings supported by critical discussion and a series of workshops, seminars and talks.

Festival organizer Tara Sachdeva says: “The theme of mystery allows us to explore the parameters of myth, mythology and suspense. Dipping into a diversity of ideas, from alternate worlds, the occult and film noir to sci-fi, the conspiracy theory and the old-fashioned detective story, we will push against the borders of mystery and unveil some new truths!”

About the Festival

The Compass of Mystery Festival is arranged by Compass Film in partnership with Swedish-based organisation, Film International. For the main Compass film programme, the festival uses the imaginative framework of a compass axis to direct audiences across the cinematic globe. Each year focuses on a different genre or theme (2006 Horror; 2007 Resistance), and cinema from four countries. For further information, please visit the Compass Film website: www.compass-film.co.uk .

Five Minutes of Mystery Short Submission Info
Entries must be no longer then five minutes in length. Submissions will be accepted in the following formats: DVD, Mini DV or as full quality DV QuickTime files. Submission to be accompanied by Five Minutes of Mystery Entry Form, and sent to: Compass Film, 9, Walton Street, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0JG no later than 15 August 2008.

Contact the Festival

Festival Director Samantha King (sam@compass-film.co.uk)
Festival Director Tara Sachdeva (tara@compass-film.co.uk)
Five Minutes of Mystery Enquiries: Nicky Butcher (nicky@compass-film.co.uk)
Press and General Enquiries (info@compass-film.co.uk)
Website: www.compass-film.co.uk