Calling Birmingham Filmmakers

First of all I’d like to apologise for a very long hiatus. Personally and professionally I’ve been really bogged down of late.

Secondly I’d like to put out a call to all filmmakers, from Birmingham or anywhere else. As you may or may not know I’m currently studying on a film making course at university. In my time there I’ve managed to make a few films now and as my skills and knowledge grow I feel I’m making a better film each time. However, the more films I make the more I want to get them out there for people to see. I decided I would make my next film with the intention of entering it into film festivals, although after some research discovered that it’s not as simple as that. I won’t bore you with the details but it turns out there’s a number of stipulations that make it difficult for a film maker at my level to enter.

For this reason I have decided to organise my own film festival. I’m still working out the specifics and nothing is set in stone as of yet, but I’ll share with you what’s floating around my head at the moment.

* If all goes to plan the festival will take place at the Electric Cinema in Birmingham and depending on the amount of entries could run for more than one day.

* You must have copyright permission for any music that you use in the films, as we’d be charging an entry fee this is a must have.

*There would be a fee of around £10 – £20 to enter a film, this would be to cover hire of the venue, publicity and any other overheads.

* There will be two screening categories. Those eligible for awards and those that are not. I figured that as I’ll be organising the event I can’t put myself forward for an award and most of the people in this with me are filmmakers too. So it’s seems wrong that we got into this so we could get our films about and we don’t get to screen them.

* I’ll be forming a judging panel that has credibility. My initial thought was that those of us who organise the festival should judge. But then I thought about how it’s not fair if say someone with masters degree enters and he’s being judged by guys who are yet to even graduate.

* The judging panel is something that I’m very particular about; I’m calling round friends of friends of friends who know someone that would add some integrity to the panel. I’ve also met a few people on my travels that would be perfect for this

* I think the most important part is that all you need is a finished film to enter. Length wise the minimum would be about three minutes and maximum would be up to about two hours. But as long as you’ve got a film it doesn’t matter what format it was shot on or if you’ve only screened it for you, your mom, dad and cat, you can enter.

Again nothing is set in stone here, but you get an idea of what I’m trying to achieve. At the moment I’m just trying to get an idea of how many people would be up for this. So if your interested drop me an email at and I’ll get back to you with some more information

1 Comment so far

  1. GaZ (unregistered) on March 8th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    Hey Stuart,

    Sorry I didn’t comment sooner, but I would definitely be interested in attending this. I’m not really a film-maker, but I’d love to see what other people can do. Keep us posted on any developments!



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