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Sleep Mode

sleep mode

‘he looks like he’s gone into sleep mode!’

This could be one of those posts that you read, the kind that lets the reader think that the writer has moved on, left the room and won’t be back. Some great realisation has happened and things have changed, it’s not you, it’s me.

The reality is that Worcestershire Film Festival will be taking a break. There won’t be a show this year, 2016. There are several reasons for this, but the main elements are sustainability and capacity.

Big words, but what does it mean? Sustainability comes to two elements – the organisation itself and the business. The organisation is a voluntary organisation and we’ve done a great job, with little means, to put on a series of free to attend film events across Worcestershire. We’ve developed a robust submission process and a balanced programme. What we have not done is really develop the organisation and look for income generation opportunities. It’s a victim of being made by film fans really.

The second part of sustainability is the audience in that there isn’t one. We do see plenty of people attending our events and we are thankful to every single person who takes the time to show up. A lot of these are the filmmakers themselves and that’s great, we’d like to extend it out to film fans, but they seem to be in their minority.

Capacity is really about the projects that we would love to take part in. We have a very small staff team and a few shoulders bear the weight of our events and everything else. Those shoulders are wonderful people. They work incredibly hard to make it all happen. We have promoted positions in the past for help, but sadly have been let down. I know we should persevere, but we haven’t been able to.

What this all amounts to is we’ve put the Festival into ‘sleep mode’ and see how it pans out. We’ll write here after we’ve spent some reflection time and either have a plan or not.

Digital Skills For Innovation

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We’re all about education and furthering knowledge and this is how filmmaking can grow and innovate.

The University of Wolverhampton is managing grants of £1000 on behalf of the Worcester City Council towards training costs for business and freelancers. The grants are for businesses and freelancers who live in Worcester only and right now there are 10 unclaimed grants which need claiming by March or they go to waste, which would be a tragedy.

Contented, a Midlands based communication company runs training and development workshops and have been in touch about offering some filmmakers (or other creatives) places on a Digital Skills course.


Engaging and developing audiences – whether customers, hopeful employees or investors – are critical to running any successful business or project.

Whether you’re a freelancer or you’ve a team pulling in millions of pounds, everyone today needs to be a publisher and broadcaster. Even financiers and recruiters are using the media. Communications is not just a skill for your marketing intern.

* Project and production management, proposals, budgeting and international working;
* Crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding campaigns and successful investor presentations;
* Facilitating team story-making, learning, leadership and development;
* Digital media skills such as writing, film production and photography;
*  Business improvement, developing quality marks, partnerships and telling your company story.


For further information and to check your eligibility for a grant,please contact Jenny Jardine on 0800-310 10 93 or
Attached : Digital Skills for Innovation

Un Petit Tour Dans Paris

Un Petit Tour Dans Paris“Un Petit Tour Dans Paris” is a new 1.5-minute short film by French director Maxime Baudin.

“In a splendid and romantic Paris, while everything is going too fast, a young man ride a ‘bicyle’,” the synopsis reads. “But his simple ride is going to take on a whole new dimension…”

Baudin tells PetaPixel that he did the shoot over two days in Paris, shooting 1,800 RAW photos with his Canon 7D to create the frames for the stop motion. Each exposure was a 2.5-second long exposure, since he wanted to show the world around his actors as blurry with motion and activity.

“I used the long exposure to dematerialize the people around the characters,” Baudin tells PetaPixel. “In this way, there are two periods in the same image.”


Source : Petapixel

Malvern Council Looking To Increase Film Screenings

Malvern, Worcestershire

More outdoor film screenings could be held in Malvern next year in the wake of the success of September’s showing of Jaws in Priory Park.

The screening, arranged by Malvern Hills District Council, was a great success, attracting some 300 cinemagoers, twice the number estimated. It was shown to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Steven Spielberg-directed classic’s original release.

And now the district council and Malvern Town Council are considering joining forces to promote a Malvern Film Festival for summer 2016.

The proposal envisages screening two films in Priory Park, which is owned by the district council, and one each in Rosebank Gardens and Victoria Park, the property of the town council.


Source: Worcester News

Flatpack Film Festival Submissions 2016 Open

Flatpack Film FestivalThe Flatpack Film Festival in Birmingham is open for submissions. As always the programme will celebrate film in all its permutations, from animated curiosities, to weird and wonderful music promos, to celluloid installations, to cerebral video essays, with just about everything in between. The festival takes place in venues all over Birmingham, UK, and runs from 18-24 April 2016.

The short film strand has 5 coveted awards up for grabs:

– the Short Film Award;
– the WTF Award;
– the Audience Award;
– the Colour Box Award;
– the Colour Box Audience Award.

The film selected by the jury as the winner of the Short Film Award will receive £1,000. All successful submissions will be included in the programme at Flatpack no.10.

Submissions should be:

– films under 20 minutes long;
– completed since January 2014;
– fully cleared, including any music rights.

Flatpack screens all types and genres of film but the programme has a slight emphasis towards animation, music, documentary, experimental work, handmade oddities, and that kind of thing


Source : Film Birmingham

Splendid Cinema: We’ve saved the best for last (of 2015)!

Wild Tales At Splendid CinemaFinishing off 2015, Splendid Cinema is proud to present possibly our favourite film in the season. Wild Tales are six, unrelated short stories which manage to be funny, romantic, tragic and utterly unpredictable. Nominated for the Oscar (Best Film Not in the English Language), Palme D’or at Cannes and for Spain’s Goya awards; swept Argentina’s version of the Oscars too. Not to be missed!

Worcester Arts Workshop, 21 Sansome St., Worcester, WR1 1UH

6 December, 18:00
Tickets £5 on the door

The End Of Betamax

Betamax CassetteThe BBC reported last week that Sony will cease to make Betamax tape in March 2016, so if anyone still uses the infamous superior but lost video format, now is the time to buy up some stock.

To be honest, I didn’t know it was still being made and apparently, the latest Beta video deck was released in 2002, a good 15yrs after it lost out to the VHS format.

Sony launched the format in 1975, a year before JVC’s rival the VHS cassette – which eventually became the market leader after a long battle between the two brands and their fans.
Although many felt Betamax was the superior format, some cite the longer recording length of VHS tapes and the cheaper manufacturing costs for VHS machines among factors as to why VHS eventually won out.
But there were also other issues at play.
“The reason VHS won out in the UK was that most people chose to rent their video machines in the early days and most of the rental chains were owned by Thorn EMI which made VHS machines under various names,” commented Tony Miles, who used to work in a Sony store.


Betacam, a broadcast quality version of Betamax was used a great deal in the 80s, especially for wedding videographers and journalism. In fact BBC was one of the main users of it.


Source : BBC News

Filming In Upton-upon-Severn

Upton-upon-Severn will soon be on the international stage as it is the location for an eerie psychological thriller.

Lauren McQueen starring in The Wasting

A film crew are currently filming in various locations of the town after the beauty and haunting nature of the riverside location captured the director’s imagination and proved to be ideal location for the movie to be set.

The film is titled “The Wasting” and tells the story of a teenage girl suffering with anorexia who claims to be attacked by a ghost every night- but nobody believes her because of her because of her condition.

Source : Worcester News

Screening Of War Films

Malvern residents are being invited to enjoy a trip back in time when war films are screened at a town venue.

War Film Screenings in Malvern

Malvern’s Coach House Theatre in Grange Road is holding the week when classic British War films, made during the Second World War, will be shown.

Chris Green, one of the organisers of the event, said the plan was to create a nostalgic experience in seeing the films how they would have been shown to people during the war.

“We plan to make it a whole experience, with intro music from the period, an ARP warden in attendance, God Save the King at the end of each film,” Chris said.

The week takes place from Monday, November 16, to Saturday, November 21, with films being shown in afternoon and evening screenings.

The First of the Few, a biopic of aircraft designer RJ Mitchell, will be screened on Monday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Friday.

Went the Day Well?, the story of a German infiltration of an ordinary sleepy village during the Second World War, is being shown on Monday at 7.30pm and 2.30pm on Thursday.

Screenings of The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, telling the story of Major General Clive Wynne-Candy who has outdated ideas on how to win the war, take place at 2.30pm on Tuesday and 7.30pm on Thursday.

In Which We Serve, the story of British naval ship HMS Torrin, is being shown at 7.30pm on Tuesday, then on Saturday at 2.30pm.

The Day will Dawn, which tells the story of journalist Colin Metcalfe, is first being shown at 2.30pm on the Wednesday, then again at 7.30pm on the Saturday.

Director Humphrey Jennings films Listen to Britain and Fires Were Started will be screened at 7.30pm on Wednesday, and 2.30pm on the Friday.

Tickets, which cost £6 per film or two for £10, are being screened at Malvern Theatres Box Office on 01684 892277.

For more details visit


Source : Worcester News