From the 7th until the 16th of October 2011, the 7th edition of the Shoot Me Film & Music Festival will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands. What makes Shoot Me unique is the combination of an international selection of documentaries, movies and experimental films with live music and legendary parties. Shoot Me chooses a new location for the festival every year. This year, it will be the creative hotspot BINK36 in the Binckhorst, The Hague.
From Brooklyn till Africa!
Shoot Me will be set up differently this year. Both the weekends will focus on special themes and can be visited with passe-partouts.
On 8-9 October, the theme will be the New York borough Brooklyn. Brooklyn (Breukelen) was the first place in New York where the Dutch settled in 1624. The neighbourhood is known for its rich history of film and creativity. The special program will focus on Brooklyn based filmmakers, with a special retrospective of the New York filmmaker Spike Lee.
On 15-16 October, the program will be all about Africa, with special attention for the innovation, creativity and future of young African filmmakers, artists and musicians. This final weekend of the festival will be packed with films, nominated submissions of the Africa, WOW! Competition, African music, food, drinks and parties.
Highlight: retrospective Spike Lee
The wilful filmmaker Spike Lee from New York will be honoured by Shoot Me with a retrospective of his work. Lee is known for films such as Malcolm X (1992, with Denzel Washington) and 25th hour (2002, with Edward Norton). He had his first big success in 1989 with the movie Do the Right Thing, about his hometown Brooklyn, New York. Lee makes socially committed movies in which music often plays an important role. He also directed various music videos for artists such as Public Enemy, Michael Jackson and Prince. The retrospective during Shoot Me will focus on his work in and about Brooklyn.
Shoot Me will hold three competitions this year: Africa, WOW!, Dutch Music Video Competition and The Hague Film Competition. The selected submissions will be screened at the festival.
The Africa, WOW! competition is an international competition for feature films and shorts about Africa.
The Dutch Music Video Competition is the first Dutch competition that is all about the music video. The audience will choose the best national and international music video during the Dutch Music Video Competition Night. On this night, visitors will also be able to enjoy the unique experience of 3D music videos in cooperation with Pitchfork.tv, an online platform for independent music, music videos and documentaries, situated in Brooklyn.
To stimulate local talent, Shoot Me organizes the first The Hague Film Competition. The winner will receive the already prestigious Gouwuh Règâh (Golden Heron).
Location: BINK36 (business area Binckhorst)
Creative hotspot BINK36 (former PTT-estate) is the main location of the Shoot Me Film & Music Festival. The Binckhorst area is a genuine cultural hotspot. A few years ago, the neighbourhood was in decline, and saw a sharp increase in the amount of disused buildings. However, the city council came up with new plans to liven it up. After demolition, renovation and construction, more and more cultural entrepreneurs began to settle in the Binckhorst. Today, the neighbourhood is a great example of what cultural entrepreneurialism can do for a city. By choosing this location, Shoot Me wants to show the audience that great creative things can come from crisis and demolition.
Ticket sale for the Shoot Me Film & Music Festival starts in September, through the festival website.