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B&FC student film festival will bring international flavour to Blackpool

Published on 20/03/2017 by pfi

Blackpool and The Fylde College students are planning a film festival in the resort to showcase new talent on the silver screen.

The Fylde Film Showcase is a brand-new student film festival, sponsored by Think Big through O2 Mobile, and has been created to exhibit and celebrate the talent of short film creators from across the North West and internationally.

It has been organised by eight BA Digital Production and Filmmaking students from B&FC who hope it will become a yearly event and create a legacy for future degree students at the College.

Christian Roberts, 21, from Blackpool said:

“We are extremely excited to be hosting this event and bringing a festival of this kind to Blackpool, which we hope will continue as an annual event.

“The event is free to participate in and free to attend as the main goal is to showcase the hard work and effort which is put into the art of filmmaking.

“We have invited filmmakers who want to push the genre of short film forward by showcasing their works, both to expose their own talent and inspire others. We have had more than a thousand entries from around the world.

“We are currently going through them to decide which are the most suitable in terms of genre and content to be shown throughout the two-day festival.

“We want as many people to attend as possible and I’m sure there are many enthusiastic film lovers who are excited to find out more about the talent in their local area. This is an event which incorporates those creating for screen and those who just love to watch and we hope it will be a great success.”

The two-day event will be held over two locations in central Blackpool. The showcase will launch on Thursday 30 March at FY Creatives on Church Street, where it will be open to the public for two days. A selection of submitted films will be shown throughout the day with opportunity for audiences to vote for their favourites.

Those films chosen will then be shown on the evening of Friday 31 March in the prestigious 1930s restored cinema across the street at The Regent, where the successful entries will be presented with awards.

Programme Leader Mark Harris added:

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

“To have got so much international interest for a first film festival – and secure sponsorship from O2 Mobile – is something they should be extremely proud of and will hopefully mean the standard of films chosen will be high quality. Next year they will even be able to put their own films forward for the festival which they created.

“They have put so much work into the festival I hope it will be a great success.”

B&FC offers more than 60 degrees, accredited by long-standing partner Lancaster University, which is ranked in the top 10 of universities in the UK.

For more information go to the event website at www.fyldefilmshowcase.co.uk

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We offer a comprehensive BA Digital Production and Filmmaking programme at B&FC, which offers students the chance to learn from professional teaching staff using industry standard equipment.