New talent to shine at film festival

By Tim Clarke Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 01/11 15:57

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MOVIE lovers are set to pack out The Hive this weekend when it plays host to the finale of the first ever Worcestershire Film Festival.

The three-day event will showcase the work of some of the region's most talented up and coming film-makers who have submitted entries into the festival's film competition in the hope of winning a WOSCAR.

Along with various screenings of the entries there will also be free workshops, talks and question and answer sessions.

The festival marks the culmination of a series of events aimed at raising the profile of film-making in the county.

Simon Munn, one of the festival organisers, said: "We are absolutely bursting with excitement about the finale. So many people have put so much hard work and effort into making the festival a success and the organisers would like to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped out, made a film or turned up to an event."

One of those hoping to win a WOSCAR is animator Emily Currie, from Hanley Swan, whose entry In Dreams was made in her parents' house.

The Stop Motion Animation graduate took a spare room and turned it into an animation studio, blocking out the windows and removing everything but a table and computer.

The film took eight months to complete.

The festival will be launched with an opening gala this Friday from 6pm which will include the screening of short films from local film-makers.

On Saturday a number of the entries competing for a WOSCAR will be shown and there will also be a presentation on the festival's Cinema Heritage Project at 12.30pm.

Workshops on graphics, cinematography and a talk from Hollywood storyboard artist Tony Chance, who has worked on films such as Mission Impossible and American Beauty, will be held throughout the day. More competition entries will be shown on Sunday before the award for best film is revealed.

There will also be workshops on script writing, funding and a talk from GemsTV.

Full details on the festival programme can be found at www.worcestershirefilmfestival.co.uk

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