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Who needs Cannes when you have Cotswolds film magic?
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Cotswold Film Festival showcases work of international amateur filmmakers

It may not be as exotic as Cannes but the Cotswold International Film Festival takes place on September 5 and it promises to be the best yet!
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OK, so it won't have a plethora of famous movie stars turning up to watch the opening night movie but the Cotswold International Film Festival, now in its fourth year, returns on Friday September 5 and has entries flooding in from all over the world.

A wide variety of films will be shown include dramas, comedies, wild life, animation, music events and experimental films.

Origins

But how did the small Cotswold town of Stroud become host to an International Film Festival?

It all began in 2000 when members of the Cotswold Video Camera Club decided to expand their horizons and set up a film festival.

The brainchild of publicity officer, Lee Prescott, the idea was forwarded, developed, accepted and funding set up.

As an award winning film maker and festival devotee Lee became the driving force behind the success of the festival.

He also became the festival officer, festival secretary and the rest is history.

A festival first

With his cohorts of film fans the first festival took place in July 2000, with 124 entries from 21 countries.

Entries covered a wide range of subjects and the award for the Best Film of the 2000 Festival went to Terry Elding for an underwater study of life on a Maldive island.

The festival continues to go from strength to strength and this year will host 100 entries from amateur film makers from over 20 countries.

The festival is open to any amateur film maker and categories include:

  • Amateur
  • Media Students and students (age limit 25)
  • Open

Cotswold International Film festival
Venue The Subscription Rooms, Stroud
Date Friday September 5 & 6
Time 7.30pm
Cost

Friday £3.00 (concs £200) Advance tickets £2.50 (concs £1.50)

Saturday £3.50 (concs £2.00) Advance tickets £3.00 (concs £1.50)

Contact

01453 823802

If you fancy sending a film to the festival it must be on the following format: Standard 8mm. Super 8mm. and 16mm. Video PAL SYSTEM: DV. miniDV. Hi8. S-VHS. VHS. NTSC - VHS only.

The closing date for this year's entries has now closed, but entries can be sent in for next year's festival.

   


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