En­tries are sought as film fes­ti­val launched

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

EN­TRIES are open for the town’s firstever short film festi- val.

SilkFest In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val aims to gives lo­cal ac­tors, writ­ers and di­rec­tors the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ent.

It is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to find the 12 best short films which will all be screened at a spe­cial event at Mac­cles­field town hall on Satur­day Au­gust 13.

The over­all win­ner will be de­cided on the night.

To take part in SilkFest all you have to do is cre­ate an orig­i­nal seven-minute film, in­spired by the theme: home.

SilkFest is the idea of film-lover Laura Gen­ders, 34, who lives in the town cen­tre.

She said: “I al­ways thought that there is so much tal­ent in Mac­cles­field and in the North West which is un­der the radar, and a film fes­ti­val would be a great way of cel­e­brat­ing that.

“A few years ago I spent some time liv­ing in Aus­tralia and worked on a few films.

“I at­tended a suc­cess­ful short film fes­ti­val called Tropfest which started as a screen­ing for 200 peo­ple and has since be­come an in­ter­na­tional event.

“I would love to see SilkFest have a suc­cess­ful first year and go on to big­ger and bet­ter things like Tropfest.”

Laura said cre­at­ing a short-film is harder than it sounds.

She said: “Your typ­i­cal film runs from 90 to 120 min­utes, so there is plenty of space to cre­ate a story or sto­ries. It takes real skill to be able to tell a story in seven min­utes and to get an emo­tional re­ac­tion from the au­di­ence in such a short time.”

Laura now plans to visit lo­cal schools and Mac­cles­field Col­lege to en­cour­age bud­ding film­mak­ers to take part.

She said: “Th­ese days you can make a film us­ing a mo­bile phone and don’t need a lot of ex­pen­sive equip­ment, so I am re­ally hop­ing a lot of young peo­ple feel con­fi­dent to en­ter.

“There are a few ba­sic rules which have to be fol­lowed: firstly that it can only be seven min­utes long, in­clud­ing the ti­tles and cred­its; you have to be 16 or older to en­ter and all film­ing must be done in the North West of Eng­land.”

For the full rules of en­try visit the web­site www.silkfest.co.uk.

Film-mak­ers have un­til July 1 to en­ter.

The en­try fee for the fes­ti­val is £15.

The fes­ti­val is a non­profit event which aims to raise money for Echoes, the child­hood be­reave­ment ser­vice at East Cheshire Hospice.

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Film lover Laura Gen­ders is launch­ing Mac­cles­field’s first short film fes­ti­val

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