Light After Dark Film Festival 2023: Cinema of Dreams and Shadows

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In March 2023 a new immersive film festival launched across a number of cultural organisations in Nottingham.

Delivered in partnership between Nottingham Contemporary, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham Playhouse and the University of Nottingham; Light After Dark Film Festival: Cinema of Dreams and Shadows is a film festival dedicated to immersive experiences in cinema. Pairing films with performance, music, technology and art to give audiences a deep, intimate, and collective encounter with film.

The festival ran from 25-27 March 2022 across the city and explored the idea of how we experience film and derive memories, understanding and experience from it.

Events included a screening of the Fritz Lang classic METROPOLIS (1927) with a live score from local band 8mm Orchestra at Broadway Cinema, FACADES, a unique film noir experience in Virtual Reality at Nottingham Playhouse, and CONJURING THE CINEMATIC - a roundtable about how cinema (as ritual) is a medium for articulating dreams and accessing our unconscious with the University of Nottingham.

Nottingham Contemporary hosted A NIGHT AT THE END OF THE WORLD. Guests were invited to a dream in an immersive and interactive cinematic experience that blends film, performance, live music, and other happenings.

Nottingham Contemporary coordinated the festival, which was supported by the BFI Film Audience Network.

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