We're getting ready to judge the 60+ short films that have already been submitted as part of this summer's New Forest Film Festival when the international competition closes for entries on 12 May.
Film:New Forest (New Forest District Council's project to encourage filming in the area) has partnered up with local film makers Gary Wronecki and Michael van Koetsveld, to organise the New Forest Film Festival which runs from 8 June until 16 June. Head judge Mark Kermode, film critic and local resident, will be joined by a host of industry experts on the panel to judge the sub-ten minute film entries.
Film:New Forest lead officer at NFDC, Natasha Davies, said, "With still around a month to go until the competition closes, we are really looking forward to viewing all the short films that show what an incredible amount of talent we have in the UK film industry. From horror through to documentary, the variety of entries is impressive."
The nine day festival will show the winning short films as well as a variety of movies - many with a New Forest connection, with screenings and events happening across the district in local venues. There will also be industry expert Q&A sessions and tie-in events such as industry networking and sessions on how to get short films made.
Festival highlights include 'Do Something Jake' on 10 June at The Malt in Lymington. The film is about an unemployed introvert who draws on brilliant ingenuity when the woman he secretly loves is threatened, and is by local Brockenhurst college alumni Caroline Spence, originally from Ringwood. There will also a special screening of 'The More You Ignore Me', which recently won Best Comedy at the National Film Awards, on 11 June at Burley Village Hall, hosted by director Keith English. And on 14 June musical comedy 'The Boyfriend' directed by Ken Russell and starring Twiggy will be introduced by his wife Lisi Tribble Russell, still a New Forest resident and judge and presenter for the short film competition.
Competition winners will be announced on 8 June at an awards ceremony which will be held at Brockenhurst college.
Students have until the 26 May to enter the competition with their films.
Just announced - Tyger Drew Honey (Outnumbered and Cuckoo) will be judging the narrative category of the student films at the Film Festival and presenting the winners with their trophies at the awards.