Film festival organising has been quite a ride so far, this will continue as things gather pace! By now the reality, responsibility and enormity of the task ahead has also kicked in.
I have to begin by thanking all of the amazing filmmakers who have already submitted to our festival – your belief in us is what keeps us going! We won’t forget you were with us right from the start! Both the quality and breadth of submissions has been completely inspiring.
We’re now expanding to include an additional venue, this will allow us to show even more films. Our plan is to theme each of the ‘screening blocks’ to give the audience members options as to the type of films they would like to watch. Unfortunately we aren’t going to be able to show every submission but unlike most festivals – we will provide feedback if a project hasn’t been selected (if the filmmaker requests it). This and our beautiful surroundings are just a couple of the smaller things which we hope make us ‘that little bit different’. We are also keen to promote local talent, so if you are a filmmaker and live in Oxfordshire – please get in contact!
It’s not just the venue which has expanded, our team has also. We’ve got a few new members joining us who are helping to pull everything together!
The expansion means we can now also invite guest speakers to give us insight into their filmmaking practices and experiences. One such person is Phil Beastall who’s recently gone viral for his short film ‘Love is a gift’ which has been picked up by the media for upstaging this year’s expensive Christmas adverts. (side note: thrilled Natalie Martins is also getting recognition for her role working on this project). We’ve also received an acceptance from an Academy Award winner who is planning to give a short talk (feel free to speculate who this is). We’ll announce further details nearer the time.
Meanwhile – there is a lot of work to do and lots of exciting times ahead.