Films in­vited as SilkFest re­turns

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

THE town’s film fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing for an­other year with a whole new look.

The in­au­gu­ral SilkFest – Mac­cles­field’s first and only in­de­pen­dent film fes­ti­val – launched last year at Mac­cles­field Town Hall.

Am­a­teur film makers are en­cour­aged to en­ter their films into SilkFest 2017, which will have a dif­fer­ent for­mat.

En­tries will be whit­tled down to six fi­nal­ists, whose films will be shown to an au­di­ence and panel of judges. There will be a num­ber of cat­e­gories, with prizes awarded in each cat­e­gory.

This year’s prizes of money and film mak­ing equip­ment have been do­nated by Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil.

The live fi­nal is be­ing held at St Michael’s and All An­gels Church in Mar­ket Place, Mac­cles­field on Satur­day, Au­gust 12, with a ca­pac­ity of 400.

There will also be a fo­rum on the SilkFest web­site, giv­ing mem­bers of the film mak­ing com­mu­nity chance to link up

SilkFest 2017 is open to film makers of any ex­pe­ri­ence and sub­mis­sions will be ac­cepted un­til 12am on Tues­day, Au­gust 1, and the fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced on Satur­day, Au­gust 5.

Founder Laura Gen­ders said “Last year was ob­vi­ously the start­ing point for SilkFest. We def­i­nitely learned a lot but the sub­mis­sions re­ally em­pha­sised what we al­ways knew – that there is a huge amount of tal­ent in Mac­cles­field and the North West.

“It was so ex­cit­ing to re­ceive en­tries from film makers with vary­ing lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence and we were thrilled to get such pos­i­tive feed­back from a lot of peo­ple and es­pe­cially to re­ceive such great sup­port from Mac­cles­field Town Coun­cil”.

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