Every film fan must have heard of Hollywood and Bollywood, but Burtonontrentwood?

Marston’s Brewery has announced the launch of its first film festival in Burton Upon Trent.

Working in partnership on the film festival with Burton and South Derbyshire College, the brewery is celebrating its 180-year association with the town by creating an annual event that which celebrates local talent and craftsmanship.

Local film makers Rich Yeomans and Deborah Haywood will act as patrons and judges for the festival with other judges for each of the categories being drawn from a range of film makers, animators, photographers and experts in their judging categories.

The Beertown Film Festival is calling for entries from film makers of 16 years of age over across four different film categories from now until 31st March 2018. The categories are: Best fiction short, Best documentary short, Best advertising or promotional film and Best animated.

The judges will award a fifth prize for the best film made by ‘home-grown’ talent from across all of the categories whereby the entrant must be from an area within a 20-mile radius of Burton Upon Trent, taking in local surrounding towns such as Derby, Ashbourne, Stafford, Tamworth and Ashby.

Finally, the judges will award an overall Beertown Festival Winner selected from the finalists in each category – the ‘Hop D’Or’ – who will collect £1,000 in prize money as well as the honour.

Judging will take place during April and May 2018 and the Beertown Film Festival will culminate in a major outdoor cinema, beer and food festival to be held at Marston’s Brewery  on Saturday 26 May 2018.

Marston’s marketing manager Jo Wykes said: “We hope that film makers respond to our competition from all corners of the UK, whether they are already in film making or are enthusiastic amateurs looking for some recognition. A home-grown talented film maker has the chance to win up to £2,500 in prize money – as well as the recognition for their skills.”


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