Archive for February, 2017

Keswick Film Festival


16 – 19 February


2016 was a vintage year for film – the most difficult decisions have been what to leave out of the Festival programme rather than what to include – and 2017 includes some significant anniversaries to be marked and celebrated.

The programme includes the pick of the current crop and a celebration of some memorable films in the company of some rather special guests. There is nothing like seeing a favourite film on the big screen and sharing that experience with others – indeed sharing experiences and views is central to this year’s Festival.

Paul Murton will be joining events on the Sunday of the Festival. Paul directed How the Rich Avoid Tax, one of our screenings in partnership with Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group. Paul is an accomplished director with The Bill and Casualty amongst his credits and he appears in front of the camera in his travelogue series Grand Tours of the Scottish Islands.

The second new guest is a little more wooden in its delivery – by kind permission of Nick Barton and the Windermere Jetty Museum Amazon will be stationed outside the Theatre by the Lake on Saturday morning, skull and crossbones fluttering. There may even be a real life Amazon in person, too!

Don’t forget that the website is open for comments on the Critics’ Award and all the films – please let us know what you are looking forward to!



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Shakespeare Shorts: Call For Judges & Entries



Love Shakespeare? Love film?




Are you willing to help the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust judge entries to their film festival via film freeway in August of 2017?

Filming Shakespeare: Crossing Borders is our 2017 film festival, at the heart of which is our short film competition of which Kenneth Branagh is the patron.

Entries are invited in the following categories:

  • Best interpretation of a passage from Shakespeare (up to 10 mins)
  • Best film inspired by Shakespeare (up to 15 mins)
  • Best Shakespeare themed Animation (up to 3 mins)

Three extra prizes that will be awarded across all categories as follows:

  • Best Local filmmaker (entrant to be living in the West Midlands region)
  • Best young film maker UK (entrants must be aged between 16-25)
  • Best new filmmaker over 60

Closing date is August 1st and the date when winners will be notified is August 31st with the screenings of the winning entries to be on September 9th.

We will be running a judges weekend on the 19th and 20th of August and invite anyone interested to Stratford Upon Avon for a weekend of visiting the Shakespeare Houses, watching entries and getting top tips on Judging Shakespeare Shorts. Please note we will not be providing accommodation or meals, but all judges will receive a complimentary pass to all five Shakespeare Houses valid for one year. 

Any young programmers interested in taking part should contact us



Details & Application



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Shortflix – Applications Open



Do you have a brilliant idea for a short film? Would you like training, mentorship, funding and a professional crew to help you make it? How about seeing it showcased on Sky Arts?


SHORTFLIX is aimed at aspiring new filmmakers aged 18-25 who are not currently in full-time education, employment or training. We’re looking for ideas from creative, talented and ambitious young people that have the potential to make great short films for Sky Arts.


No previous professional experience or study of film production is required and participation is free. Selected filmmakers will receive support at every stage from industry professionals.


Applications are open until 5pm on Wednesday 8th March 2017.



Details & Application



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Exploring Digital Futures




26 & 27 May 2017, Scarborough


Know your AR from your VR? Ever experienced 360° film before?

Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are hailed as the next big thing with both new technologies becoming increasingly relevant, and posing exciting new opportunities, for culture, heritage, audiences and the arts in 2017 and beyond. 

Exploring Digital Futures is a two-day event of inspiring and informative talks, discussions, and networking opportunities with leading industry experts focusing on emerging trends and developments in the use of digital technologies in the arts and creative industries. 

A wider programme of exciting and innovative immersive experiences over the two days will provide an opportunity to try first-hand the new technologies in different spaces around the Stephen Joseph Theatre.


Details & Booking



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