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I.MAKE.FILM Festival Submissions Now Open



Are you a young filmmaker? Are you aged between 12-24 years? Do you have a short film you want to share?


Then get involved!


Submissions to have your work screened at I.MAKE.FILM 2017 are now open.


IMFF is a young people’s film festival dedicated to showcasing the wealth of filmmaking talent from across Calderdale and beyond.

The one day event at Orange Box Young People’s Centre (Halifax) will be packed with short film screenings, master classes and talks.

It will be an opportunity for you to see your work on the big screen, in front of an audience of family, friends, filmmaking professionals and other young film enthusiasts.

Film submissions must be received by 30 May 2017.


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Posted in General by / March 7th, 2017 / No Comments »

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!



Posted in General by / February 15th, 2017 / No Comments »

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



Posted in General by / February 10th, 2017 / No Comments »

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



Posted in News by / February 10th, 2017 / No Comments »

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



Posted in Events by / February 9th, 2017 / No Comments »

10th BFI Future Film Festival



16 – 19 February, 2017


The BFI Future Film Festival is the UK’s most important industry film festival for young filmmakers aged 16-25. Join us as we celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday in 2017.


It’s hard to believe the BFI Future Film Festival has been supporting young emerging filmmakers for 10 years! In that time we’ve seen past winners and alumni go on to start some brilliant careers in film, TV and the creative industries. This year we’ll be celebrating their successes and offering even more incredible opportunities for young filmmakers across our extended weekend, from industry workshops to practical masterclasses, networking sessions, screenings of films by young filmmakers, panel Q&As and top prizes for emerging young talent. Join us, and become a Future Filmmaker.


We have £25,000 worth of prizes to give away for the best short films and most talented young filmmakers.



Details & Booking



Posted in General by / January 20th, 2017 / No Comments »

Screening: Silence



23 – 26 January, Stephen Joseph Theatre

Booked by Reel Solutions


Father Ferreira, a Jesuit missionary to Japan, has renounced his faith and shamed the Church. Father Rodrigues has gone to find him, praying for success. But God’s silence is overwhelming. Ferreira was his mentor, and Rodrigues is desperate to find out what happened to him. But he’s in a country where Christians are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith, and it doesn’t take long for the Inquisition to learn he’s there.



Details & Tickets



Posted in Screenings by / January 18th, 2017 / No Comments »

Screening: Mum’s List



16 – 19 January, Ilkley Cinema

Booked by Reel Solutions


Based on the best selling book by St John Greene this is the heart-warming true story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with an incurable breast cancer. Over her last few months she created her list: writing her thoughts and memories down to help her husband and two young sons create the best life possible after she is gone.


Details & Tickets



Posted in Screenings by / January 16th, 2017 / No Comments »

Screening: The Night of the Hunter



15 January, Stephen Joseph Theatre

Booked by Reel Solutions


A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he’d stolen in a robbery. Overlooked on its first release, Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter is now regarded as a classic.


Details & Tickets



Posted in Screenings by / January 12th, 2017 / No Comments »

Screening: A United Kingdom


A United Kingdom


13 – 15 January, Stephen Joseph Theatre

Booked by Reel Solutions


The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948. They face hatred from both family, friends and strangers along with opposition from both the British authorities and the National Party of South Africa, already enshrining apartheid into the law of the land.


Details & Tickets



Posted in Screenings by / January 11th, 2017 / No Comments »
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