Winchester Short Film Festival Sees Further Expansion In 2015


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Short Film Festival

A personal viewpoint by Winchester Today’s Editor Kevin Gover – himself nominated for an award in 2014.

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to attend the award presentation ceremony for the Winchester Short Film Festival 2014 – and I say a pleasure, because it is truly wonderful to see how the Festival has grown since 2013.

Last November, we all crowded into the Art Café for the ceremony. It was great, but it didn’t feel like a big bash.

This year, the organisers decided to go big and cross the road to the Performance Area of the Discovery Centre. We all dressed up in black tie, there was a proper Festival Programme (beautifully printed and bound), beautiful flowers, a proper stage… everything felt right.

We found out that the next big thing is expansion; to make this one of the prime festivals in the UK by opening it up nationwide.
For about five seconds I became slightly disillusioned – for Winchester Today has grown up with the Festival being a WINCHESTER competition. All the entrants live, study or work in the area.

I say the feeling lasted for about 5 seconds, because I then saw that there will be a Hampshire-based film makers category, so as not to let down those who have already contributed so much. This is good. Very good.

There’s also to be a new category for best film under 12 minutes – and another new category for comedy. Fantastic.

I also felt a bit of a fraud at some points of the preceding weeks leading up to the Festival. After all, there was Winchester Today as one of the lead sponsors (Best Original Screenplay). Yet also – there was my name as one of the nominations. Yes, nominated.

Down to the last three in Best Short Non-Fiction! This was in itself a new category. I’d entered by accident because my film had been seen elsewhere.

However, I now also realise that I actually know none of the judges, and none of them know me. I now feel absolutely reassured that I was there on merit alone.

My film on racism, intolerance and indifference surrounding immigrant members of the Drammen International Gospel Choir had been filmed, edited, mixed and captioned entirely on an iPhone 5s.

It took hours to film and edit. Hours and hours. The technique challenges the traditional boundaries of film making, by using mobile journalism instead of a traditional edit suite.

I am so proud of that film and the longer version which landed me with a Distinction in my MA International Journalism for Media Professionals.

Yes, I was there on merit, not making up numbers.

Oh, and by the way – I was wearing Banks. Jeff Banks that is, from Debenhams.