the film industry in the new forest
Film:New Forest was established in 2016 because New Forest District Council recognised the huge contribution the film and television industries makes to the local economy. After a successful couple of years which included the release of our promo short film featuring Mark Kermode, the project decided to host a film festival to generate a further boost to the New Forest Economy.
Film Festival Revival
The launch of the Film Festival by the Film:New Forest team was held at the New Forest Show in 2018 hoping to be a revival of the last one held in 2012 with aims to build on the event's previous successes as well as bringing in new elements. The 2019 festival will see film showings around the district, many with a strong local connection, and film related events for those already in the industry, or who have an interest.
Film:New Forest Team Members
To add a competitive element to the nine-day event; Film:New Forest partnered with the directors of new-forest-film-festival.org.uk (Gary Wronecki and Michael van Koetsveld) which also sees Mark Kermode as head international judge.
Micheal Van Koetsveld
The New Forest Film Festival was founded by Jo Cockwell, Mike Hammond, Mark Kermode, Simon David Miller and Linda Ruth Williams in 2010 to show interesting films presented by industry figures, hold special events and support local activities in the New Forest. After several successful years, a rest year was taken, which became several more. Their ambition was always to come back to the festival when time allowed. With the help of Film:New Forest and the New Forest District Council, time has allowed again!