Described as “the next generation of filmmakers”, Barnes Film Festival showcases the work of filmmakers who are as young as eight years old up to 25 years old. Barnes Film Festival celebrates diversity, passion and creativity through connecting young filmmakers and industry professionals. The festival includes; the 2018 filmmaking competition, workshops, discussions, screenings and panel gatherings with leading figures from the film, documentary and animation industries.
Image: Sam Cullis (Director and Founder of the Barnes Film Festival)
Location: Various Venues in Barnes, London. Including; Olympic Studios, OSO Arts Centre & Harrodian School.
We caught up with Sam Cullis, Director and Founder of the Barnes Film Festival to find out a little more about what we can expect from this year’s line up!
So Sam, tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in Barnes Film Festival?
I am Head of Media Studies at the HarrodianSchool in Barnes, and founder of Barnes Film Academy – a local film-making school for young screenwriters, actors and cinematographers aged between eight and 15. I normally teach GCSEs and A-Levels, but I realised that there was a real buzz for film-making at an even younger age, so I set up the Barnes Film Academy in 2012 for students who didn’t want to do the sport camps and the other camps that were out there. I didn’t know what the uptake would be and it was a bit of a punt really, but within a week I was totally oversubscribed – I had about 30 kids, all tearing round Barnes common with cameras!
The popularity of the Barnes Film Academy continued to grow and I now run courses over most of the school holidays, enabling its young students to experience the entire film-making process from start to finish. We’ve made a total of 20 films now and the kids work so hard on them and I thought – how do we get these films to a wider audience?
I applied to some film festivals but quickly realised that it’s a really hard process to actually get your film shown! So that’s when I started thinking about setting up a new film festival in Barnes. And so in 2016, the Barnes Film Festival was born.
When and how was Barnes Film Festival first formed?
In Barnes there’s a literature festival, a food festival, but no film festival and there are so many people involved in the film and media industries living in Barnes, Richmond and nearby that I knew that it would be a good fit. This is our third year and we are really pleased with all the new events added to our existing ones.
Image: Barnes Film Festival Backstage
We’ve heard about the film competition that is running. Can you tell us a little more about this? How can people get involved in this if they would like to?
Barnes Film Festival 2018 is hosting a Youth Filmmaking Competition for all UK residents. There are 3 age categories: Age 12 and under; Age 13-18 and Age 19 and over. Unlike 2017 there is no theme for 2018 and although the closing deadline was 14th September, you can still come along and watch the shortlisted finalists.
Barnes Film Festival celebrates diversity, passion and creativity, and connects young filmmakers – and anybody interested in film – with industry professionals. As well as a Youth Filmmaking Competition, the Festival hosts inspiring film events for all, including workshops, discussions, screenings and gatherings, with leading figures from the film, documentary and animation industries. The future of British film will come from the next generation of filmmakers and Barnes Film Festival aims to nurture this talent.
What is included in this year’s line up? What can we expect?
Highlights include the opening launch at the Olympic with a Q&A with Oscar winning director Kevin Macdonald, an open air screening of The Greatest Showman at the Harrodian, an ‘Inspirational Women in Film’ panel talk and a Q&A with Doctor Who creator Steven Moffat. We also have an exclusive preview of Old Boys with cast and crew present to close the festival, and my personal favourite – a film and discussion with the wonderful Vanessa Redgrave!
This sounds exciting! When is the film festival taking place?
28th-30th September, with events for all ages across the weekend.
How can people get their tickets to watch?
Via our website – www.barnesfilmfestival.com all tickets are on our programme page! Buy now to avoid disappointment!
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