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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
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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

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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

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

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

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