Cine-Excess International Film Festival

The Cine-Excess International Film Festival allows scholars to collaborate with international filmmakers. Led by Professor Xavier Mendik from the School of Games, Film and Animation, the festival attracts a fantastic range of guests and coverage.

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Cine-Excess is an international Film Festival and Conference that is currently hosted by BCU. It brings together international filmmakers with cinema scholars and industry representatives. Cine-Excess has an established national media profile and regularly attracts international guests, who also mentor film students within BCU’s School of Games, Film and Animation. Cine-Excess has also generated a dedicated DVD label, peer-reviewed e-journal and a digital film channel.

Between 2007 and 2011, Cine-Excess was successfully staged in a variety of West End venues including the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Odeon Covent Garden and the Curzon Soho Cinema. Under the leadership director Xavier Mendik, Cine-Excess then moved to the University of Brighton in 2011 before finally relocating to Birmingham City University in 2016 to become the centrepiece for the new Film Futures Framework that he developed for the institution. Throughout the fifteen years of the event, Cine-Excess has established a firm national press profile, which has ensured its promotion by a range of national publications, trade journals and UK wide media broadcasters.

The festival’s external media profile has been complimented by a network of regional, national and international industry partnerships that have resulted in a range of corporate and B2B collaborations.

The festival’s industry imprint has been further confirmed by the international filmmakers who regularly attended Cine-Excess. They have included: Catherine Breillat (Romance), Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Jen and Sylvia Soska (Rabid 2019), author Victoria Price, Roger Corman (The Mask of the Red Death), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Dario Argento (Suspiria), Joe Dante (Gremlins), Franco Nero (Django), Vanessa Redgrave (Blow Up) and Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator).