So I have to apologise for the lack of blogging over the past few weeks. I’ve started a new job, so getting into the swing of that, plus sorting out my finances, and I’ve been super busy sorting out some other behind the scenes aspects of FlikGeek but, I’m back! And I have some exciting news regarding the St Albans Film Festival. I’ve been in touch with the volunteer coordinator, and I’ve got my schedule! So I can finally nail down some of the highlights that I’ll be able to cover! I’m so excited and in addition to helping out at the festival, I’m hoping to be able to promote my blog (with some nifty business cards- for mingling and a printed hoodie) so there’s a lot going on over 2-4 May.
So I’ve listed some of the events which I’ll be able to cover below, I’ll be able to bring you blogs, videos, pictures and hopefully some audience reaction and hopefully, some special guests over the festival weekend!
- Over 18s short film competition – filmmakers from all over the world have submitted their work to the festival, and followed by a Q&A with the directors of the films, this one is definitely one to watch for talent
- The St Albans connection – A collection of films which either have local connections or made by St Albans Filmmakers
- Panel Discussion – Women in Film & Media & ‘The Bechdel Test’ – Should we be joining Sweden in regulating our films to ensure that the gender balance is addressed?
- How to fight like a superhero – Learn the professional technique of fighting for camera!
- Filming extreme sports – using the Pioneer’s skatepark to learn and develop filmmaking equipment skills to catch the essence of extreme sport cinema
- Costume Characterisation – Warner Bros Studio – A behind the scenes look at the costumes of the Harry Potter franchise and a look at how costumes bring characters to life
- Crash Reel – Feature film – Sponsored by Oaklands College – a screening of Lucy Walker’s compelling documentary about Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder who suffered from a severe traumatic brain injury, and how he returned to the sport that he loved
- Premier – The Paddy Lincoln Gang – cast and crew screening, Q&A and live performance from the band
- Documentary Film Finalists – short documentary competition, from up and coming directors. Films to make you think!
- ‘Chopin Shorts’ presented and performed by Julian Trevelyan (BBC Young Musician of the Year) –
- Music Video Finalists – screening of the finalists of the music video competition, and special guests!
- Seven Cases – Cast and Crew Screening – followed by a Q&A with the cast
- Muse of Fire – Closing feature film – a new, innovative look at Shakespeare, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers
So that’s everything I’m set to cover, I will try and give you a comprehensive cover of all the events listed above, but the best source of information for the festival is at www.stalbansfilmfestival.com or by following the official Twitter account @StAlbansFF or by following the official St Albans Film Festival Blog. These aren’t the only events on offer though, there is so much more to experience, some of them free to attend in and around St Albans Town Centre in Hertfordshire. You can buy tickets directly from the links above, or by visiting the website, where you’ll also have the opportunity to donate to the chosen charity of the festival, The RSPB, a UK charity who work to preserve the environment for British Birds. So if you are in Hertfordshire UK, or even if you’re nowhere near, come down, grab a ticket and get yourself some film goodness!
I am so excited for the festival, not only is it a great opportunity to get involved with like-minded film lovers like myself, but it’s great to see audience response to films which are a little different, or kids taking an interest in cinematic technologies and history. Nothing makes me happier than seeing groups of students coming along to watch film competitions or attending workshops. It sounds a bit clichéd, but it really does, it reminds me why I studied film, and why I still love everything film to this day. And to give my time up for such a worthy cause, is *cheesy moment time* an honour.
So keep your eyes peeled over the 2nd – 4th May, I’ll be posting quite a lot, follow me on Twitter @FlikGeek for pictures and live updates!