The first Northampton Film Festival announces its line up


Screen Northants’ first film festival is running from the 12th to the 27th March 2019 at the Grosvenor Centre, the Northampton Filmhouse and the University of Northampton, and includes feature film screenings with Q&As from filmmakers, free events for 16-25yrs, screenings of locally-made short films, a BBC Arts’ New Creatives information evening and a 48hr Film Challenge.

Social enterprise film company Screen Northants aims to support more film production in the county and wants to use the film festival to open up Film and the Film Industry to new audiences and under-represented groups. A group of Northamptonshire young people were put in charge of devising the festival’s theme which this year is Coming of Age. Screenings will take place in Screen Northants’ new shop Film Festival Central on the ground floor of the Grosvenor Centre as well as at the Northampton Filmhouse. Films that have been submitted to the competition will be judged by Writer Alan Moore (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Jerusalem), Director Mitch Jenkins (The Show), Editor Colin Goudie (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Rebekah Louisa Smith, the Film Festival Doctor. Winners will receive a limited edition Film Festival clapper board trophy provided by camera rental giant Panavision and a filmmakers goodie bag which will include some of the prizes donated by Western Digitial, The Body Shop, Picturedrome, Morrisons, ProGaff, local company What’s Poppin’ Corn and Vintage Retreat amongst others.


Highlights of the programme include:

A UK exclusive screening of feature film Cannibals and Carpet Fitters on Thursday 14th March ahead of its UK release accompanied by a Q&A with the film’s Writer, Producers and Director. This is a free event exclusively for 16-25yrs at Northampton Filmhouse. To find out how to get tickets contact info@northamptonfilmfestival.co.uk or call in to Film Festival Central Monday-Friday 10am-5pm.

The 48hr Film Challenge – anyone of any age and experience who would like to take part is invited to come to Film Festival Central at 7pm on Friday 15th March where they will be given a theme and 48 hours to make a film on that theme. This is open to anyone, working as a team or alone, shooting on a camera or phone, with any level of experience. The film then has to be delivered to Film Festival Central by 7pm on Sunday 17th March. The only rules are that the film must be made entirely within those 48 hours and the filmmaking team must come to Film Festival Central at some point during the weekend to ‘check in’. Screen Northants expect to get films which are a few minutes long. Prizes will be awarded to their favourite. People should express their interest to forty-eight@northamptonfilmfestival.co.uk

Rural Media’s free information evening on Thursday 21st March 6.30pm at Film Festival Central on an exciting new opportunity to be commissioned by the BBC and Arts Council England. Rural Media will lead a session on New Creatives for Midlands based creatives 16-30yrs who have innovative ideas for short form audio, film and interactive work. To book your place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bbc-arts-new-creatives-info-evening-with-rural-media-and-screen-northants-tickets-57797776706

To read about all of the festival events visit http://www.northamptonfilmfestival.co.uk/blog/

The Northampton Film Festival has been made possible with support from Northamptonshire Community Foundation through the Constance Travis Endowment Fund, The Grosvenor Centre, Northampton Borough Council and Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery. Film Hub Midlands support people to watch, show, and make films in the Midlands. Films have been produced for the festival with the support of BBC Children in Need, enabling Screen Northants to produce films with disadvantaged young people from Northamptonshire.