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Free film screenings for young people

Into Film FestivalYOUNG people in and around Worcester have been invited to enjoy a youth film festival.

A series of free screenings will be held as part of the Into Film Festival.
An exclusive pupil premiere of Fox Searchlight’s new documentary He Named Me Malala at 10.30 am at Worcester Vue on Wednesday, November 4 ahead of its nationwide release two days later.

The Into Film Festival, hosted by education charity Into Film and supported by Cinema First and the BFI through Lottery funding, is part of an ongoing initiative to place film at the heart of young people’s learning and personal development.

It is open to schools, colleges, parents and youth leaders and also includes free screenings at Worcester cinemas to films including Cinderella, Minions, The Theory of Everything, Shaun The Sheep and The Choir between Wednesday, November 4 and Friday, November 20.

Encounters Short Film Festival 2015: Mini Marvels is showing at Malvern Theatres at 10am on Wednesday, November 4.

There are also some free screenings running at Number 8 in Pershore and the Artrix in Bromsgrove.

Tickets are available to book for free at

Last year, 350,000 young people attending screenings and events across the UK.

Teaching resources are also available to download from the Into Film Festival website.


Source : Worcester News

Gritty feature film “Weapon” filmed in Worcester

WeaponA THRILLER will feature parts of Worcester as a backdrop including a hostel for the homeless and a lapdancing club.

Weapon tells the intimate and gritty story of ex-soldier Adam Smith, a veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who is struggling to make the return to civilian life.

He feels deserted by the Government for which he fought only to be put in a position where he is once again at risk of being used and exploited.

The film was being shot in St Paul’s Hostel in Tallow Hill yesterday (Monday) but scenes have also been shot in Black Cherry, the city’s lapdancing club in Lowesmoor.

Filming on Weapon, which has a budget of £250,000, started last Monday. The film is expected to be released in local cinemas in the summer and the aim is to show the film at Worcester cinemas. It will also be released on DVD.


Source : Worcester News


BFI Future Film Festival

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Are you a filmmaker aged 16 to 25? Would you like one of your short films to be considered for inclusion in the 9th BFI Future Film Festival, in February 2016?

We’re inviting filmmakers to submit their work to the BFI Future Film Festival, the British Film Institute’s annual film festival for young people, held at the BFI Southbank in London. This year we’re pleased to offer 8 cash prizes plus the return of our BFI RAW awards. The awards we’re offering this year are:

Best Short Film (15-18 years old) : Cash prize of £500
Best Short Film (19-25 years old) : Cash prize of £500
Best Director (15-25 years old) : Cash prize of £500
Best Producer (15-25 years old) : Cash prize of £500
Best Writer (15-25 years old) : Cash prize of £500
Best Micro Short (Under 90 seconds, 15-25 years old) : Cash prize of £250
Best Experimental Short (15-25 years old) : Cash prize of £250
Best International Short (15-25 years old) : Cash prize of £500 plus up to £500 towards travel and accommodation

Our BFI Raw talent development prizes recognise individual emerging young filmmaking talent who will be awarded £5000 and mentoring support to help develop their skills and careers.

If successful, you and a guest will be invited to attend the Future Film Awards at BFI Southbank, and you’ll be allocated a limited number of tickets for screenings of your film for contributors, family and friends.

Your short must be 10 minutes or under in length, have been produced in the last two years and be an interesting and original concept, with good production values and an entertaining subject matter.

Before you apply, please download and read the terms and conditions below and then complete the form below before 18th October 2016. For more information about the festival head to the BFI website.


Source : Rural Media Company

Write your own ending to classic for chance to win £2,000

Sorry, bit late posting this

FILM buffs and writers in Worcester can pen their own ending to a movie classic for a chance to win £2,000.

The competition, called The Alties and sponsored by Cartridge Save, is inviting people to write their own ending to a popular film.

There are five categories to consider best comedy or rom-com, best action or adventure, best fantasy, sci-fi or horror, best family or animation; and best drama or thriller.  

Entries will be judged by a panel of three acclaimed industry experts: Manchester Metropolitan University’s senior Lecturer of Film Studies Andy Moor, Film & Theatre Critic Kevin Bourke and script writer Martin Paul Roche.

The winning entry will be awarded a £2,000 cash prize, to be invested as you wish. Two runners-up will receive £250 and we will be awarding two further entries from each category a box set of their choice to the value of £30.

A 750 word submission, either as prose or scripted dialogue, can be entered at by September 4.


Source : Worcester News

Splendid Cinema Returns This Autumn

Splendid Cinema

Great news, Splendid Cinema is back at Worcester Arts Workshop and have announced the line-up of films being screened.

4 October, 2015: Tokyo Tribe (Japan, Shion Sono, 2014) 120 min
Utterly bonkers Japanese hip-hop musical about warring gangs in a dystopic future Tokyo. Sono demonstrates he is one of the most fascinating filmmakers working in Japan today. Based on Manga series.

18 October, 2015: White God (Hungary, Kornel Mundruczó, 2014) 120 min
Powerful allegory about an abandoned dog who starts a revolution. At once touching and terrifying, White God contains some of the most intense and harrowing sequences ever filmed. Warning, while this is a film for all animal lovers, some parts of the film viewers may find upsetting.

31 October, 2015: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (USA, Jim Sharman, 1975) 100 min
Just for Halloween! A special screening of the cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show!! Dress up, shout out the lines, throw toast & confetti, and get ready to do the Time Warp (again!). Note: film starts at 20:00 and you’ll still be able to make the parties around town.

8 November, 2015: Baby (India, Neeraj Pandey, 2015) 160 min
An action-packed Bollywood extravaganza about an elite counter-terrorism unit trying to prevent a massive attack in New Dehli. Baby is the highest rated Bollywood film on IMDB (as of time of writing), with a score of 8.2!

22 November, 2015: Mommy (Canada, Xavier Dolan, 2014) 140 min
An intense drama about a single mother trying to raise her delinquent son, filmed in a style one can only describe as “Canadian Social Realism”. When screened at the 2014 Cannes film festival, Mommy was given a five minute standing ovation, before going on to sweep the 2014 Genie Awards (Canadian Oscars). The performances are breath-taking; some of the finest film acting you will ever see.

6 December, 2015: Wild Tales (Argentina, Damian Szifron, 2014) 120 min
Finishing 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!
All films are Sunday evenings from 18:00 and at the Worcester Arts Workshop. Admission is £5


Should Cinemas Have Screenings For Social Media?

There’s an article on Little White Lies about how people who can’t help but use their phones in a cinema.  What is one of the few places that mobile usage is shunned, is beginning to be infiltrated by those that would rather share their experience, constantly, with everyone else rather than being able to keep quiet and attentive for a mere 2hrs.  I suppose the text I have written here, conveys this author’s opinion on the subject, but the article proposes two types of screening – one for those who want the full quiet cinema experience and another for those who want it to be a more casual, social affair.  That doesn’t necessarily mean social media, it could be discussion during the film itself, previously a big no-no.


What do you think?  Should cinemas change their programming to suit the modern lifestyle, or should audiences change their programming?

The Mechanics Of A Film Projector

In this world of pocket high tech, special effects and digital projection, it’s easy to forget the film projector. The film projector, largely taken for granted in cinemas by audiences, has been the ubiquitous means of placing a film on a large screen for mass entertainment. This video shows how they actually work and it’s really very clever.

Europe’s largest Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ

Wurlitzer Organ

The magnificent instrument was originally brought to the UK from the US in 1930, where it took residence in the Trocadero Super Cinema at Elephant and Castle. When that was closed in 1963 the organ went into storage. During the 1970s, the instrument was installed in the South Bank University, close to its original home, where it remained until 2004. It was moved to the independently owned venue Troxy in 2009 and the six year restoration project began.

For the first time in a super cinema in Britain for over 40 years, people will be able to experience this for themselves at Night of 1000 Pipes taking place on 22nd August from 7pm


Source : Cinema Treasures

Cinema will help you enjoy the great outdoors and some blockbusters movies

MOST of us would have enviously watched American television shows and movies featuring drive-thru cinemas, cars all lined up in a row.

But with Britain’s inclement weather it is probably no surprise that they did not really take off in the same way over the pond.

But still – it would be nice to spend a warm, summer’s evening sat out watching your favourite films which is exactly what Salvage Cinema is now able to offer.

Launched this year, it has a programme of films which are already close to selling out and will feature at outdoor venues across Worcestershire.

Film fans will get something totally different from the usual cinema trip – showings of favourite films where people can enjoy good food and great company watching classics such as Back to the Future and Top Gun in the outdoors.

The inflatable screen will be appearing at Top Barn Farm, Worcester Road, Worcester for screenings of Back to the Future on Friday, July 31 and Top Gun on Saturday, August 1.

It will also be bringing outdoor screenings of family favourite films including Mamma Mia, Grease and The Goonies throughout August to Severn Valley Farm Park and Hawkbatch, Wyre Forest.

Mikey Fowler, from Stourport-on-Severn, is the brains behind Salvage Cinema and in the coming years hopes to eventually take it national.

The 25-year-old said: “We are showing people films they have probably seen before but in a completely different environment.

“It is not like when you go to a usual cinema and everyone is quiet, people can get up, grab a bit of food – it is chilled out and laidback and there are a few surprises here and there.


“It’s not just about the film, for me the idea is to watch a film with friends at something that’s a bit different.”

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Source : Worcester News