Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: CineFringe presents 'possibly the world’s first literal “pop-up” cinema’
The short film mini-fest also features the talents of Susan Calman, Josie Long and Superfan
Now into its fifth year, small-scale short film festival CineFringe doesn’t exactly look set to fill the sizeable gap left in August by the rescheduling of the Edinburgh International Film Festival to June. Yet the fact it exists at all adds a welcome alternative to the live arts offerings on the rest of the Fringe, and it’s to be applauded for a resourcefulness and commitment to quality which has seen it survive and grow.
The idea came to director John Lynch when he found himself unable to screen a short film he’d made about the Fringe itself in 2009, so he resolved to return the next year and build an event which could accommodate similar work. The weekend-long festival had 40 entries in 2010; in 2014, more than 700. ‘This year’s highlights include the marvellous On Loop by Christine Hooper, featuring the voice of Scottish comedian Susan Calman,’ says Lynch, ‘and the immaculately presented Polish tribute to black-and-white New Wave film The Cheater Day by Bartosz Warwas.’
He also picks out animation Marilyn Myller, voiced by Josie Long, and a 30th anniversary screening of Ghostbusters with live commentary by the cast of Superfan musical Who Ya Gonna Call?. ‘This year sees us move into a “proper” festival format with five or six screenings a day,’ he says. ‘We’ve also worked with architectural art duo Lamina to create a one-of-a-kind cardboard screen surround, featuring many concertina folds to create possibly the world’s first literally “pop-up” cinema.’
Sweet Grassmarket, 243 3596, 31 Jul–4 Aug, from 3pm, £16.50–£18.50 (£15–£17).