Wednesday, 20 May 2009

We have a new and improved website: Check it out. All our newest information is now there.

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Discussion Leader Training Session

In anticipation of our upcoming events, we're holding a discussion leader training session in the Graduate Common Room of Wentworth on the University of York campus from 6 to 9pm on Saturday 9 May. We will have a short talk about how to structure a discussion, then we'll watch a movie (But I'm a Cheerleader) and volunteers can practice leading the post-film talk. Hopefully this will provide some training to give our selfless volunteers confidence to lead their own discussion groups after City Screen/Cine25 screenings. Free to attend, bring your own food (or we will be ordering pizza) and drink and enjoy the evening. See you there!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Upcoming Events

The Cine25 team is rearing to get into our summer events calendar now that the weather is improving and the days are longer - perfect for filmmaking.

Thanks to the overwhelmly postive response of Cine25: Women in Film and Media Showcase, we have decided to host a number of workshops surrounding films and filmmaking. Our goal is to have 6-8 workshops covering brainstorming/screenwriting, filming (with cameras and mobile phones), and post-production with the opportunity of screening them during Cine25: Making a Hullabaloo in February 2010. Keep checking back for the newest information and details on how to get involved.

If you are interested in participating or leading one of the workshops, please let us know by dropping us a line at We are always interested in hearing what you have to say and any suggestions are welcome.

We have also been invited to Whitby in Shorts' Film Festival (WiSSiSSiFFi) as part of their fringe events. Check out their website ( to find out more and to submit your own short film.

Friday, 13 February 2009

Cine25 success... and looking on...

Cine25: Women in Film and Media Showcase, 8th February 2009

Cine25 was part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations for the Centre for Women’s Studies. Part conference, part film festival, the event was held at York’s City Screen and generously funded by The Feminist Review Trust. Cine25 was conceived by two PhD students: Corinna Tomrley from CWS, and Kaitlyn Kernek from the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, and organised by them with a group of CWS students. This inspiring and thought-provoking event attracted almost 70 academics, media artists and students.

The day’s events opened with a roundtable discussion on the subject of feminism and media theory today, with a diverse panel of media and gender theorists and practitioners. Speakers included Stacy Gillis from the University of Newcastle, documentary filmmaker Florence Ayisi from the University of Wales, York’s own Kristen Gorton and Kaitlyn Kernek and chair Corinna Tomrley. Cine25 then moved from academic conference to film festival with a series of short films exploring gender and sexuality and demonstrating a variety of different approaches, budgets and styles. After coffee and informal discussion between many of these film makers and the audience there was the UK premiere of queer film The Viva Voce Virus, a highly unusual, camp, experimental sci-fi film. One of the directors and the star of the film were present, and chatted before and after the screening with the audience. The concluding event was a filmmaking workshop. The discussion on fundraising and exhibiting was led by Alissa Juvan, who founded women’s art collective Girls on Film, Denise Fahmy from the Arts Council, and two of the day’s filmmakers Jason Elvis Barker and Abbe Robinson. It was a great way to tie up the day.

Cine25 was a huge success, and many people deserve thanks: Corinna and Kaitlyn for their original idea; Jo Maltby for her outstanding project management, and the team of efficient and hardworking helpers: Amy Burge, Julie Petrie, Geneva Murray, Heather Murphy, Pranati Mohanraj, Joan Baker, Jess Wicker, Liz Thomas and graphic design by Rosemary Hill. City Screen were both efficient and generous. Tony Clarke, manager of the venue, thanked us for promoting independent film and was glad City Screen could be a part of such an important project. The aim of Cine25 had been to celebrate gender and media as well as to inspire others to put on similar events, perhaps pick up a camera and make a film themselves or just reflect on the diversity and vitality of current UK media work on gender. Cine25 exceeded expectations: evaluation suggests the audience will indeed be picking up a camera to make films, and follow-up events are in the pipeline, including Cine25 for 2010.

Cine25 link:
CWS Anniversary Events website:

Friday, 12 December 2008

Cine25: Women in Film & Media Showcase - event details

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Registration for this event is now closed.
Tickets for the screening of The Viva Voce Virus are still available directly through City Screen
Please click here to book online, or visit the cinema for your tickets
Cine25 - schedule for registered delegates:

Registration: 9.30 am*
Event Programme: 10am-6.30pm
Venue: City Screen, Coney St, York, UK
(*nb: you must register to pick up your Viva Voce Virus cinema pass. Please be prompt to register from 9.30-10, before the programme starts)
Cine25: Women in Film & Media Showcase
Sunday 8th February 2009
City Screen, Coney St, York

9.30 – 10.00 – Arrival and registration

10.00 – 10.15 – Introduction to the day

10.15 – 11.40 – Panel discussion with Q&A

11.40 – 11.50 – Comfort break

11.50 – 1.05 – Short film programme

1.05 – 2.00 – Lunch (with informal Q&A for filmmakers)

2.00 – 4.00 – The Viva Voce Virus: UK premiere screening

4.00 – 4.20 – Tea break (with informal Q&A for VVV artists)

4.20 – 6.00 – Workshop: Funding and exhibition

6.00 – 6.30 – workshop contingency time, close of day

Cine25: Women in Film & Media Showcase are excited to announce the programme contents of the day.

Discussion panel: Where is gender in film and media today?

Cathy Lane: music composer/lecturer in music & sound design, London School of the Arts
Kristyn Gorton: lecturer in Television, University of York
Stacy Gillis: lecturer in modern and contemporary literature, Newcastle University
Anahid Kassabian: lecturer in School of Music, Liverpool University
Caroline Bainbridge: reader in visual culture, Roehampton University, author ‘feminine cinematics’
Mo White: Lecturer in fine art, Loughborough University
Florence Ayisi: Filmmaker & Reader in Film Practice, Newport School of Art, Media & Design.

Short film screening programme:

Kate Jessop: ‘When The Telescope Came’
Shyla Lee: 'Honour'
Jason Elvis Barker: ‘Millenium Man’
Abbe Robinson: ‘Private Life’
Florence Ayisi: ‘Zanzibar Soccer Queens’
Mo White: ‘On stones I draw’
Taz Wyllie: ‘Belle… je t’aime’

Low-budget filmmaking workshop

Alissa Juvan (Workshop Facilitator): from Girls on Film and Fabric
Jason Elvis Barker: artist, filmmaker & LBGTI film fest programmer
Abbe Robinson: filmmaker
Denise Fahmy: Arts Council funding advisor

Main Feature:

The UK Premiere of 'The Viva Voce Virus', Directors Kathleen Bryson and Kimmo Moykky

Cine25 is very proud to present, with City Screen York, Picturehouse, this new, supercamp, time-travelling extravaganza exploring the closet. Already hailed as a queer film classic, this screening will be the film's UK premiere.

Tickets for the movie are included in the event cost for Cine25 or can be bought separately from City Screen box office:

13-17 Coney StreetYork, YO1 9QL Tel: 0870 758 3219 or book online (Tickets for screening of VVV *only* are £7.20 - concession only for City Screen members.)

Time of screening: 2pm (notice, there will be no trailers or ads - this is the time the film starts)