WE ARE HERE is a series of five artists’ film programmes and installations curated by Tendai John Mutambu for the British Council and LUX, an international arts agency that supports and promotes artists’ moving image practices. WE ARE HERE investigates how some of the UK’s most outstanding emerging and established contemporary artists disrupt old narratives and encourage new global discussions on topics such as climate change, national identity, marginality, intimacy, community and the future of the city.
We are working with Anomaa Rajakaruna, Director of Agenda 14 (Private) Limited, who is also the festival director/curator of Jaffna International Cinema Festival, Colombo International Women’s Film Festival and Agenda 14 Short Film Festival to organise online screenings, a curator talk and other wraparound activities at these festivals, to be held between November 2021 and 31 March 2022.
Our focus at the Agenda 14 Short Film Festival will be on Environment/Climate Change supporting the COP26 initiative. We are also supporting Melanie Iredale from the UK film sector to participate as a judge for the Colombo International Women’s Film Festival short film competition. Melanie Iredale (she/her) is a film curator and cultural activist. She is the newly appointed Director of Birds’ Eye View, a pathfinder for films by women & non-binary filmmakers and campaigning organisation for equality and diversity in cinema. She is also an Exec Producer on the award-winning REBEL DYKES by Harri Shanahan and Siân A. Williams’. Prior to this, Melanie served as Deputy Director and Programmer at Sheffield DocFest, 2014-2021, with a background of developing audiences in the North of England for international cinema since 2005. Melanie is regularly invited to speak on issues relating to diversity and ethics in programming, on creating safe spaces in the industry, and on curating LGBTQI+ cinema, with talks and panels including Berlinale’s European Film Market, the Independent Cinema Office, and various festivals. She has served on a number of juries including Nordisk Panorama, ZagrebDox and Encounters, and is a BIFA voter.
Festival dates to look out for,
- Colombo International Women's Film Festival (26 November - 08 December 2021)
- Radical Intimacies (27 November 2021)
- Agenda 14 Short Film Festival
- Future Ecologies (11 December 2021)
- Jaffna International Cinema Festival
- In conversation with Tendai John Mutambu, WE ARE HERE film curator for the British Council and LUX, an international arts agency (TBC February 2022)
- Old World Order/New World Order (TBC February 2022)
- Songs From A Forgotten Past (TBC February 2022)
- Space Between (TBC February 2022)