A UNIQUE cinematic event will be staged at Scarborough Market Hall at the weekend.
Cinemarché 2011 will take place on Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
The free one-day event is being staged by a group of film enthusiasts, artists and filmmakers.
Their aim is to showcase short films made by artists from across the world that represent some of the most innovative and creative talent making films today.
John Oxley, one of the organisers, says: “We are really excited to have this opportunity to show films in Scarborough Market.
“Cinemarché is a bit of franglais – a mangling of cinema and marché – the French word for market. We just like the idea of an event which could attract filmmakers and artists from across the world. We are thinking big, and why not!
“Therefore we have selected a programme that we hope will amuse, move, inform, intrigue and entertain.
One of the 25 films that will be shown is The Futurist, a short film by Emily Richardson, a London-based artist.
Commissioned by Lumen as part of imove, Yorkshire’s cultural programme for London 2012, it is a single 360-degree animated short that was filmed in 2010 in Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre.
Richardson has used the building’s colourful history and sounds gathered from past shows to create a unique film that pays homage to film and cinema.
It has already been shown as part of the Venice, London, Nottingham and Moscow film festivals.
Cinemarché 2011 will also premiere a “mash-up” documentary short by Paul Spencer about Scarborough electro-punk band Fuzzgun Sniper.
Cinemarché 2011 also wants people to use their smartphones to take part in a unique digital exhibition of videos.
You will need a smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows phone or Blackberry) with a QR code reader installed on it. You will then be able to scan the QR codes that will be displayed around the market. The scanned code will take you to a video on the Internet; you will then be able to watch the video on your smartphone.
The QR-coded films will all address different aspects of human rights, a contribution to celebrating the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International.
Kane Cunningham, one of the organisers, said: “We think this use of QR codes might be a world first for Scarborough. This is a unique and exciting way to curate and exhibit videos – we don’t know if this has been done anywhere else.
“However what we do know is that film lovers are in for a treat. It’s not often you can buy your meat and veg and watch a film from Egypt that anticipates the Arab spring.”
Cinemarché 2011 is supported by Scarborough Council, Scarborough Branch Amnesty International, Lumen, AGENCY - art, life, society, and Geodesic Arts.