B&FC students’ film festival attracts entries with an international flavour

Published on 10/05/2018 by pfi

Films from across the Fylde Coast - and around the world - will be put in the spotlight at the second annual Fylde Film Festival.

The event - organised by a group of students on Blackpool and The Fylde College’s (B&FC) filmmaking degree course - has seen more than 160 short films submitted across seven categories for consideration by the judging panel.

Following two successful preview events, the final preliminary showcase takes place at the Blott Studio on King Street, Blackpool, from 2pm to 5pm on Monday 14 May.

The awards will then be handed out during a ceremony at Viva Blackpool later that evening, compared by local filmmaker and former-B&FC student Chris Hembury whose latest comedy - Heltel - was recently picked up by Amazon Prime streaming service.

Festival spokesman Ryan Forsch, a third year BA (Hons) Digital Production and Filmmaking student at B&FC, said:

“The standard of entries we have had for the film festival has been excellent and there are some real stand-out submissions.

“We have had entries from around the world and it has been brilliant to see all the different styles and techniques used by the directors on various budgets.

“We are currently in the middle of the judging process and expect everyone who comes to the awards evening to be thoroughly entertained by the winning entries.

“It has been a brilliant experience organising an event like this as part of our degree and we have all learnt lessons which will hopefully help us in our future careers.”

The showcase has been promoted on international festival website filmfreeway.com – where the team of students have been praised for the professional way in which they have organised the event.

Submitted films are an average of 15 minutes each and the winning entry in each category will be shown in full on the night.

Programme Leader Mark Harris added:

“The students have worked incredibly hard on this project, at the same time as making their own films for the final part of their degree programme.

“The film festival gives another dimension to their course and helps them understand some of the practicalities behind event organising – as well as entering their own films into festivals and seeing other examples of filmmakers’ work.

“I’m looking forward to a brilliant awards evening and hope as many people as possible attend to make it a huge success.”

B&FC delivers more than 60 degrees accredited by Lancaster University – a top 10 UK institution.

Doors open for the awards evening at Viva Blackpool on the Promenade from 6pm on Monday 14 May, with proceedings beginning from 6.30pm. Tickets are available from vivablackpool.com