The 2020 Film Festival has been postponed. The Film:New Forest Executive Steering Group met virtually this week and made the difficult decision to postpone the Film Festival which was scheduled to take place in September. Last year’s inaugural festival celebrated films with a New Forest connection and during its 9 days, delivered over £15,000 of benefit to the local economy.

Project Lead Officer, Natasha Davies said “The Executive Steering Group feel, like many event organisers, that it would be irresponsible to continue planning for this year’s event.  Instead we look forward to planning the wider New Forest Film Festival for 2021 whilst supporting our partner SPUD with their short film competition, ‘Cleanse’.”

The competition is seeking films of under ten minutes in length, themed around ‘Cleanse’ in four categories: Under 18, Over 18, Best Local Film and Smartphone.

Tom Sofikitis, Operations Manager at SPUD said “With plenty of time to go until the competition closes, we are really looking forward to viewing all the short films and seeing how the theme ‘Cleanse’ has been interpreted. There is an incredible amount of talent in and around the New Forest, so it is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to get involved with a local festival.

The added incentive is that during lockdown, the decision was made to scrap the entry fee on Film Freeway”.

All entries must be submitted by 01 August to be judged by a host of industry experts on the panel ahead of the awards evening on 26 September which will either be held virtually online or at Sway Cinema.

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