Northampton Film Festival – A triumph!

Northamptonshire-based theatre producer Kelly Golding writes about the Closing Ceremony of the Northampton Film Festival

I had the pleasure of attending the Closing Ceremony of the Northampton Film Festival hosted at Royal & Derngate, where the audience were treated to an eclectic programme made by talented up and coming film makers and creatives from Northampton and the surrounding county.

The theme of the festival was ‘Coming of Age’ and this event was the culmination of two weeks’ worth of film events and workshops to support and encourage burgeoning film makers and film enthusiasts to take parts in film screening and Q&A’s, industry forums and competition screenings showcasing films made by local filmmakers, proving that Northampton and it’s shire has a wealth of talented creatives that could and should rival London. The subjects and genres of the awarded films shown, ranged from absurd comedy to horror, mini documentary to hard hitting topics such as online grooming and postnatal depression.

I was taken on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride, laughing out loud at Hangover Food written, directed and produced by Ross McGowen, which portrayed the comedic perils of sleeping with your best mate’s Tinder date and living, or perhaps dying, with the consequences Then I was deeply affected by Joel Caborn’s My Friend Frank, which subtly left the fate of young Charlie to the imagination of the viewer. The evening was attended by a number of special guests and industry professionals including the prolific writer and creative Alan Moore who quite simply IS Northampton through and through, Mitch Jenkins the director of Alan Moore’s latest feature The Show, filmed in Northampton and film editor Colin Goudie whose credits include Rogue One – A Star Wars Story. Actor and star of The Show Tom Burke was also on hand to present an award to a lucky winner.

Over all eight seven films were submitted to the festival for the judging categories including twenty-nine films to the ‘First Films are Sh*t, Show them Anyway’ category, creating a non-judgemental and space for participants to be bold and have a go.

Organisers Becky Carrier and Paul Mills during their welcome speech commented on this Festival being part of the social enterprise undertaken by Screen Northants’ dedicated to showing of the talent that the county possesses and encouraging greater engagement and collaboration across the Arts, marking Northamptonshire squarely on the map.

To find out more about Screen Northants and the work they do across the county visit their website, or find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.