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10th Keswick Film Festival 12-15 Feb 2009
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Press Release

Febuary 2008

Feb Film Success

Over 100 people flocked to the Opening Party of the Feb Film Festival at the Masonic Hall to hear the band and eat the food kindly donated by The Silk Road, The Royal Bengal, Casa Bela and Good Taste before going to Under the Mud. This lively film was enhanced by the presence of the Producers and Directors from Liverpool who told the story of how it started as a group of kids in South Liverpool having an idea and 6 years later became a reality. Now after success at various festivals including Cannes and Keswick it is still seeking a distributor.

Young people stole the show on Sunday when Russell Cherrington of the Cumbria Film Collective introduced the short films made by local groups of under 19 year olds who had entered the shorts competition. They ranged from a black-and-white spoof of a vampire film through dastardly deeds in Tullie House to a great film about young sofa-surfers - the name for homeless young people who move from one friend to another. Prizes were given to the best two entrants thanks to sponsorship from the Local Network Fund for Children and Young People. The photograph shows the winners outside the Alhambra Cinema.

And of course as always the brochure, programme and posters were designed by the winner of the University of Cumbria competition, this year Rick Banks. He has also designed the themed brochures for the April Festival which will be out soon.

The nine films drew a good crowd. The cinema was nearly a full house for Seachd - The Inaccessible Pinnacle and Control and there was a good crowd for most of the films. As usual views varied and we are still analysing the feedback forms but Control, When the Road Bends and The Band's Visit look like the most popular. Many said When the Road Bends was their favourite, one viewer writing that it 'was a very good portrayal of the Roma, they are the most fascinating race and so talented; it was delightful and extremely moving'

The last film was We Are Together, another moving film of a South African orphanage and the story of a family wrecked by Aids. Once again the theme was music and the children sang their way to New York to raise money for rebuilding the orphanage and extending it. The monies from this film go to a charity and there is an excellent website with a blog by the children and some of the music at www.wearetogether.org.

So now the committee is turning its activities to the main festival in April which will have the usual format of being in the Alhambra and the Theatre by the Lake. We are pursuing directors and guests. Sadly Mark Kermode has pulled out but we are sure we will have exciting people, interesting films and, new this year, a workshop on From Script to Screen - how does the story become a film.

Winners of the Under 19 year olds short film
Winners of the Under 19 year olds short film competition outside the Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema

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