The continued success of the Plymouth Film Festival has inspired its directors, William Jenkins and Ben Hancock, to once again scale up the event by adding an additional day of fun and film to the schedule along with an extra screen. The festival will once again be based at the Plymouth Arts Centre, but is also planning additional venues, in partnership with Affinity With Plymouth University, to host the increasingly popular film-based workshops.
The short film competition is already accepting submissions, and forms the centrepiece that the event is based around.
In 2015 over 50 short films from around the world were screened, the winners walked away with over £2,000 in prize money and awards, including the much coveted and prestigious Roger Deakins Award, chosen by the world renowned cinematographer himself.
The event is scheduled for the May 13-15 2016 and will again include the popular short film competition, and awards party. A local feature film with crew Q&A is also on the agenda alongside a number of film workshops and high profile panel discussions.
The intimate and friendly Plymouth Arts Centre once again provides the venue with its luxury cinema, and relaxing cafe and bar to socialise and discuss between activities.
In light of the popularity of the event, Plymouth Film Festival CIC has been founded to manage it, and to spearhead other initiatives within the local community which support film at a grass roots level. They are currently working with a local video production company to create a series of film workshops for children that would otherwise not have access to the necessary cameras and equipment.
Will told D&CFilm: ‘We love putting on the festival, and it’s growing popularity shows that it’s something that other people enjoy too. We’re really keen to get more people involved in filmmaking in the region which is why we started the community interest company.
“We hope that some other like minded business people will see the value in what we are trying to do and get involved too, we are holding a special screening on Friday, November 20 The Plymouth Arts Centre for anyone who is interested. Please contact the festival office on 01752659344 for more details.’
The Plymouth Film Festival is supported by Affinity With Plymouth University, The Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth College of Art, The University of St. Mark and St. John, GAIN, Plymouth Culture, Jonny Aldrich Graphic Design, and Aletalk Productions.
(from a press release)
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