Bucks supports Fisheye Film Festival


Date: 5th Oct 2017

The third annual Fisheye Film Film Festival, supported by Buckinghamshire New University, takes place in and around High Wycombe from 9-22 October.

The Festival, named after the fisheye wide-angle lens, features films ranging from well-known titles to foreign and independent movies, as well as an international short film competition which filmmakers from as far away as California will be attending.

It also includes a four-day programme from 15-19 October called Black Stars On The Silver Screen, timed to celebrate Black History Month, and featuring films and documentaries and a course in black cinema history. This has been developed with the help of Pamela Roberts of Artistry Events and BlackOxford.net and support from BFI Film Audience Network.

Posters for the Festival have been designed for a second year by Bucks New University BA (Hons) Graphic Arts graduate Gemma Claridge.

Greg Witek, one of the founders, with Mariko Francombe, of Bucks New University, and Simon Kearey, said: “Now in its third year, this year’s Festival is our most exciting and diverse yet.

“We have contemporary films like God’s Own Country, which contrasts with the story of hip-hop hopeful Patti Cake$, and the Black Stars On The Silver Screen programme, alongside a Swedish comedy, A Man Called Ove.”

God’s Own Country is showing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield at 7pm on Thursday 12 October and is followed by a question-and-answer session with its co-producer Manon Ardisson and film critic and broadcaster Phillip Bergson.

For the 2017 Fisheye International Short Film Competition, discounted entry was made available to filmmakers from Buckinghamshire supported by Heart of Bucks, and awards are to be presented in a range of categories, including Best Short Film, Best UK Short Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.

The prize jury deciding the honours include Phillip Bergson, actor Rune Temte, who is best known for The Last Kingdom television series and the feature film Eddie The Eagle, film and television locations historian Mark Jones, Glen McCoy, a screenwriter, and hair and make-up artist Liz Tagg-Wooster, as well as international film producer, Sheena McBrayne.

Film screenings will take place at Cineworld in High Wycombe, Mad Squirrel bar in High Wycombe, Parish Rooms in Tyler's Green, Great Kingshill Village Hall, Hughenden Valley and North Dean Village Halls, the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, and Bucks New University and the University's Students' Union. Also, Hughenden Primary School, Great Kingshill C of E Combined School, and Millbrook Combined School will be holding screenings for their pupils and families during the festival.

The Festival is supported by Steeple Post Ltd, Arberfields, The Midcounties Co-operative, BFI Film Audience Network, Hurst Estate Agent, Wycombe District Council, Heart of Bucks, Bucks New University, Hazlemere Parish Council, The Iver Make-Up Academy, and Hughenden Parish Council.

The screenings of films nominated for awards will take place at Bucks New University on Saturday 21 October from 2pm, followed by the awards night at Cineworld, High Wycombe, starting at 6pm that day. 

For details and to book tickets go to www.fisheyefilmfest.uk.

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