Fringe! Talks to FilmDoo

Posted on Fri 07 Nov by VirginieR / Interview, Film, FilmDoo

Both Noor and Open Up To Me are brought to the festival in partnership with the VOD platform FilmDoo. The platform declares on their social media: There are thousands of interesting and diverse films being created all around the world that few people ever get to see. We want to change this. 

Fringe! decided to talk to Simon, Head of Programming at FilmDoo, to find out more about the values of the platform, their focus on LGBT Films and the future of FilmDoo. 

Can you tell me more about FilmDoo and its values?

FilmDoo is a new, fast and fun way to watch and discover films. I found out about it as a filmmaker first and then, with a background in distribution, I became involved in the site's programming. I think that's what is exciting about FilmDoo's values - we're film lovers and filmmakers, so we want to show films the way we like to see them.

What makes the platform stand out from other VOD? 

FilmDoo's algorithm remembers the genres, themes, directors and countries of origin that you like, so the suggestions that are made are relevant. You can also follow other users, so it's like a film community, plus there's the gamification aspect we're building, so the more you interact with the site, the more badges you can accumulate. These are just a few things that make FilmDoo fun and different.

What is FilmDoo's focus on LGBT films? 

You wouldn't think it, but not all queer films make it to these shores. Sure, you have Peccadillo Pictures, TLA Releasing and many other distributors bringing you great LGBT films, but we also want to bring films to the platform that don't have distribution already - films like Pakistan's Noor and Finland's Open Up To Me, showing at Fringe!. We've tagged films as trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, intersex - you can be specific with your searches - just look at www.filmdoo.com/lgbt.

What are your 5 favourite LGBT films on FilmDoo and why? 

Noor and Open Up To Me are both excellent, portraying fascinating trans* characters with depth, so we're really proud to be showing those films. I'd also put include Celine Sciamma's super cute Tomboy, and both Stranger By The Lake and Peter Jackson's cult classic Heavenly Creatures - murder never looked so seductive! You can watch all these films at FilmDoo.

What are the plans for the future of the platform? 

There is a LOT in the pipeline. It's a very exciting time, with plenty of change on the horizon. The whole way we watch films is diversifying in all sorts of exciting directions and we want to be at the forefront of that. Check us out at www.filmdoo.com/lgbt!

The Swiss entry to the 87th Academy Awards is showing at Fringe!

Posted on Wed 05 Nov by VirginieR / Academy Awards, Film, Documentary

Fringe! is holding the UK premiere of Stefan Haupt's Der Kreis (The Circle) on Friday 7th, 22:00. Screened at the Berlinale earlier on this year, the documentary left the festival with a Teddy Awards for Best Documentary and has just been selected as the Swiss entry for the 2015 Oscar ceremony. 

The documentary relates the story of Ernst Ostertag, a young teacher who becomes involved in gay publication and members' organisation The Circle in mid-1950s Switzerland - a rare sanctuary for gay culture. There, he meets and falls madly in love with the trans* star Robi Rapp. Using testimonies from the men and archive footage, The Circle offers a strong and touching insight into both the men's relationship and the rise and fall of The Circle empire, which shone as a symbol of gay emancipation across Europe in an era of repression.

Make sure you get your ticket, seats are selling fast. Interested in seeing more events like this? Why not booking your ticket for the screening of Bambi at the Rio Cinema, Saturday 8th, 13.30. Sébastien Lifshitz's documentary is the winner of the 2013 Best Documentary Teddy Awards. Plus, the screening is followed by a Q&A with the director. 

Fringe! sexual health strand opens the festival tonight!

Posted on Mon 03 Nov by VirginieR / Sexual Health, Event, Open Discussion

Fringe! opens the discussion tonight with the very first event of its 4th edition, Let's Talk About LGBT Sex and DrugsJoin us at 7pm at The Joiners Arms in Shoreditch and share your point of view on sex and drug use amongst the LGBT community in London. 

The event is organised as part of our sexual health strand that takes place throughout the length of the festival. Mélange of forum of discussion, film, podcast, and debate, Fringe! sexual health strand provides an open space for everyone to reflect and share their point of view on current LGBT issues. Among the events you need to have your eyes on are Terrence Higgins Trust's Luber starting tomorrow, Bottom's Hour podcast (7th-9th November), No Magic Bullet / We are Positive (8th November) and Act Up: Pills, Politics and Promiscuity (9th November). 

See you tonight! 

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