How much better it is to ride a train, listening to the metallic wagging of the cars along a predetermined stretch of landscape than to fly above ground or drive along a highway. Usually better for the environment, too. But despite the nostalgic conjuring, the relaxing atmosphere and the grand views on offer (or internet access that allows one to stare at a screen instead if one is so inclined), I say enough is enough. Let me give my revised train experience.
I was at the opening ceremony of Uppsala International Short Film Festival last night. During the socializing to follow, the company and drinks were so good I decided to stay an extra hour and take the last train home. I checked the train schedule in a hurry and noted a train scheduled to depart for Stockholm just after 11pm. So I had another drink. It ran a bit late, but I made it to the station. Bought a ticket in the machine by the platform. Climbed on board. All’s well that ends well. But no, the train conductor wouldn’t accept my ticket. Turns out I had bought it in the red machine instead of the blue (or was it the other way around? Either way, the bureaucracy involved felt very Swedish). And that the train I thought I was on only ran Fridays, “clearly marked” in the timetable with an F for Fredag.
So I was on a different train, operated by a different company with their own, different machines outside. I gave the conductor a bit of lip as I dug out my credit card again and paid for train journey that were to involve a change of trains and take twice as long as the one I intended to take. Bah! Trainbug! Good thing Uppsala offered such great entertainment in terms of films and events that I still ended up going to bed in a good mood. Next time, I’ll either take better notice of the fine print in the timetable, or I’ll take my Subaru.
Today is the first day of Uppsala Short Film Festival. Chris Gardner blogged about it yesterday, but I think it’s well worth to mention it twice. And if you haven’t checked out Chris blog yet, I strongly recomend you to. Chris will cover Uppsala Short Film Festival the whole week, here in the blog but also on Twitter.
Today is also the beginning of the Second Annual Film Festival on Watch in cooperation with Uppsala Short Film Festival. There are eight brand new short films just waiting for you, among them Games starring Ola Rapace and My life as a trailer by Andreas Öhman, the director of Simple Simon.
Still picture from My Life as a Trailer by Andreas Öhman. Photo: Splinter Arts
The Watch Audience Award 2010 came to its end yesterday. Now we just have to count all the votes (thank you for voting by the way!) and the result will be presented on Friday.
Ten short film heroes gathered for combat in Sweden's official film player, Watch.sweden.se.
By “short film hero” I don’t mean a film hero that’s short, but rather a hero of short film. Short film seems to be a tough genre. There’s very little money in it and, I would assume, only a small audience watching. Yet, last year’s 28th Uppsala International Short Film Festival and related events managed to attract about 12,000 visitors, and more than 300 short films are shown at the festival every year. Really beats me. However it works, we’re happy to cooperate with the festival.
Interestingly, Swedes seem to be particularly brilliant at making short films, winning a lot of awards. Maybe it gives creators something to do on those dark winter nights. Maybe we like spreading our creativity online; short film is perfect for the web. Or maybe, and more likely, short film is used by many film makers as a springboard to making feature film. In any case, it’s still a mystery to me why Swedes are so good at it.
Well, enough bragging. Like Mikaela said yesterday, you should just watch some of them and judge for yourself. Vote for your short film hero in our film player, Watch.sweden.se.
P.S. The 29th Uppsala International Short Film Festival takes place between October 25 and 31, 2010. On October 29, the winner of WATCH Audience Award 2010 will be announced.