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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 »

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 »

Free Online Course – Explore Filmmaking: From Script to Screen



Learn from award-winning filmmakers about how films get from script to screen with this course from the NFTS and BFI Film Academy.


Enrol Now – Starts 23 January


Whether you’re a budding filmmaker or a film fan who wants to understand more about what happens behind-the-scenes, this free online course from the internationally acclaimed National Film and Television School will have something for you.

Over six weeks, our team of award-winning filmmakers will take you through their approach to telling stories, as well as demystifying their own filmmaking specialisms – from writing and directing to cinematography, editing and composing.


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Posted in General by / January 3rd, 2017 / No Comments »

Screening: It’s A Wonderful Life



13 December, Ilkley Cinema

Booked by Reel Solutions


When George Bailey finds himself down on his luck and in debt he contemplates suicide, only to be interrupted by everybody’s favourite Guardian Angel – Clarence.

Frank Capra’s Christmas classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.


Details & Tickets



Posted in General by / December 12th, 2016 / No Comments »

Family Screening: Trolls




2 & 3 December, Junction Goole

(Booked by Reel Solutions)


When the Bergens invade Troll Village and kidnap its inhabitants, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends, in this animated comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising animated adventures.


Details & Tickets



Posted in General by / November 29th, 2016 / No Comments »

Calling All UK-Based Filmmakers Aged 16-25!




Rural Media has teamed up with Borderlines Film Festival 2017 to create the Best Short Film Award for Breakthrough Talent.


We’re on the lookout for new film-makers…the deadline for submissions is 16th December so you’ll need to get your skates on!


All the finalists will have their films screened at the festival as part of a ‘celebration of young talent’ event and a panel of film industry professionals will select the winner, who will receive £500 in prize money.


Borderlines Film Festival, the UK’s largest rural film festival based in Herefordshire and Shropshire, will be celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2017 and Rural Media, a Herefordshire based production company and charity producing award-winning films and digital arts projects, have joined together to celebrate and give a new platform for first time and emerging film-makers.


There is a submission fee of £25.00 which can be paid via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer. Please note any submissions received without the £25 fee will not be considered.


For initial submission, films should be sent either via a password protected link, a file transfer service such as WeTransfer or via a hard drive to the Rural Media offices.


Details & Submission





Posted in General by / November 28th, 2016 / No Comments »

One Hour Intro: Isabelle Huppert as Actor and Star of International Cinema




Mechanics Institute Bradford, 3 December 13.15 – 16.30


Isabelle Huppert is a major figure in French cinema with over 100 film productions to her name. What makes her such a ‘go to’ actor in France and for international productions?


We will offer a 1 hour exploration of ‘star image’ and her approach to film acting, followed by a full screening of Private Property, a family drama with Isabelle Huppert as the mother of two grown-up sons who live with her in a house bought for them by their father, now divorced from Huppert. She wants to sell the house against the wishes of her sons and their father.


Tickets prices are £9 full price and £6 concession, tea and coffee will be provided


Places are limited so please book online.

Details & Booking



Posted in General by / November 28th, 2016 / No Comments »

Screening: Little Men




Ilkley Cinema, 18 – 24 November

(Booked by Reel Solutions for Ilkley Cinema)


A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents’ battle over a dress shop lease.


An intense friendship is beautifully captured in this intimate gem about Brooklyn gentrification.” – Wendy Ide, The Observer


a little movie brimming with little truths about modern life. It won’t change the world, but it does understand it.” – Peter Debruge, Variety


Details & Tickets



Posted in General by / November 18th, 2016 / No Comments »

Day School: National Stories in European Cinema




Mechanics Institute, Bradford, 19 November, 10.30 – 16.30


The day will explore one of the important features of European cinema – the attraction for filmmakers of national stories or films that attract audiences away from Hollywood if they tune in with ideas about national identity. These films might also attract public funding.



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Posted in General by / November 15th, 2016 / No Comments »
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