Hundreds enter Newport International Film Festival
2:12pm Monday 14th October 2013 in News
HUNDREDS of independent film makers entered The Newport International Film Festival this year.
The annual film festival, now in its seventh year, saw film makers from across the globe show their films at Newport’s Warehouse 54 / Meze Lounge and Cineworld cinema at the weekend.
To date the Newport festival has screened over 100 independent movies and awarded over 60 awards to more than 45 different film-makers, from a variety of countries around the world.
The festival, run by organisers from the Film Festival Guild, aims to promote and support independent filmmaking on every level.
Filmmakers entered the festival for the chance to win awards including; best feature film; best cinematography; best short film; best music; and best new screenplay. As well as the chance to win the Welsh Dragon award for achievement in Welsh film on a low budget.
Festival 2013 highlights include short films Time 2 Split by Fabrice Bracq which documents the lives of a couple after they have split and Easy Reader by Lewis Rose about a library and its number one customer.
Event organiser Gabrielle Leigh, said: “The festival was originally started by director Stuart Brennan, who had some ties in Newport and thought it would be great to create a film festival in the city.
“Some of this year’s highlights include Justin Owensby’s film Chapman which has been nominated for the Welsh Dragon award.
“There has been so much competition at this year’s festival with hundreds of films submitted it is such an achievement to win.”
The festival has seen three feature films, and 22 short films which range from student productions to bigger budget films.
The films were shortlisted by a selection committee and programming team before a panel of judges in the form of four industry experts, radio presenter Ioan Dyer, James Button, who has previously won best student film, actor Boyd Clack, and writer Kirsten Jones made the final decision. The winners will be announced online later this week and will receive a plaque.
After the festival closes budding filmmakers can make submissions for the 2014 festival.
For more information visit http://www.thefilmfestivalguild.com
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