A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win day tickets from the ArtsCentre for the first ever Plymouth Short Film Festival. It was founded by Plymouth University Media Arts graduates William Jenkins and Ben Hancock to promote local talent.
There were four categories spread out over the day which consisted of:
- Best South West Film
- Best Documentary
- Best Student Film
- Best Fiction Film
At the end of each category you voted on a slip of paper for whichever short film you considered to be the best. Unfortunately I was only able to attend the Documentary and Student categories due to other commitments but the work I saw was amazing. A lot of the films shown were in other languages so it was good to see the festival get attention internationally. I was completely blown away by the standard of work shown particularly in the Student category. It has really motivated and inspired me in my own work.
A stand out film for me was “Born to be Mild” by Andy Oxley (which can currently be watched here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01xj6kb) which is about the “Dull Men’s Club” who participate in activities such as admiring roundabouts, collecting bricks and taking photographs of post boxes.
I hope this becomes an annual event as the festival was thoroughly enjoyable and is a great place to showcase short films in Plymouth.
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