Short Film Festival Returns
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The next week (4-12 November) sees a return of the Winchester Short Film Festival – with Winchester Today again involved as a Partner for 2016.
In previous years, the festival relied mostly on local talent for the films submitted – but now there’s much more to see. Films have come in from around 35 countries with Indian, Canadian and Spanish-themed dramas included. Organiser John Hayes says the foreign involvement has taken the festival to a new level: “We opened it up to the whole world this year and the response has been great. Hopefully people will see that for themselves.
“They’re quite mature films in their themes. There’s a great variety – and World Cinema is just different – there’s a whole different feel to them. The production values are superb. It’s just like stepping into a different world that you’re not used to.”
All those foreign films will be subtitled by the way, but John insists that it’s still a Hampshire-based festival. “We still get a lot of entries from Hampshire – there’s still the Hampshire prize and we want people from Hampshire to pit their wits against the greatest in the world.
“The winner of best film last year is now making a feature film, so there’s definitely scope for the future – make sure you get your entry in next year.”
Something that is an added extra this year for the Short Film Festival is the number of venues being used for the screenings ahead of the presentation ceremony. It’s now up to six, and these include the Art Cafe on Jewry Street (SOLD OUT), Winchester Hi-Fi on Jewry Street (SOLD OUT), Winchester Piano Studios at The Loft on St Clement Street (8 Nov at 7.30pm), The Railway Inn at St Paul’s Hill (9 Nov at 8.30pm), Hampshire Records Office on Sussex Street (10 Nov at 6.30pm) and Winchester Discovery Centre on Jewry Street (11 Nov at 7.30pm). Please be aware though that space is already extremely limited at some of these other venues as well.
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