Fisheye Film Festival
Date: 31st Oct 2016
Buckinghamshire New University has hosted a Technology & Transformation Conference along with a series of films and a schools workshop as part of the second annual Fisheye Film Festival.
The two-and-a-half-week festival, celebrating film and screen art, took place at a variety of venues across the area from 13 October - 30 October 2016, showcasing movies and short films from 60 countries.
The Festival, named after the ultra-wide angle fisheye lens used in filmmaking, featured submitted films and included showings at Empire cinema in High Wycombe, village halls around the region, and the Arts4Every1 Centre in Desborough Road, High Wycombe.
Mariko Francombe, Curriculum Filmmaker at Bucks New University, who is part of the Festival organising team, said: "On behalf of the Fisheye Film Festival team we are very pleased to be working closely with staff in the School of Arts & Creative Industries, Bucks Business School, and the Students' Union at Bucks New University.
"We are also thankful to the University for hosting several of our events, most of which are open to the public, and we extend a warm welcome to all."
At Bucks New University, the Festival featured the dark comedy/crime thriller Kill Your Friends, starring X-Men star Nicholas Hoult, in The Lounge at the Students' Union. The author of the novel and screenplay, John Niven, took a question-and-answer session before the showing.
The University hosted a themed selection of short films from around the world, called Films in the Sea of Life, and the Technology & Transformation Conference involved creative industry figures and academics at Bucks New University pondering the impact of digital technology in transforming the creative industry.
The University also welcomed the organisation Into Film and pupils aged 12-16 to watch a selection of international short films submitted for the Festival and learn about curating films for a festival.
The events were supported by Bucks New University students Amin Choudhury, studying BA (Hons) Public Relations and Marketing Communications; Pawel Gminski, studying BA (Hons) Advertising Management and Digital Communications; graduate Joanna Dudderidge; and BA (Hons) Graphic Arts student Gemma Claridge, as well as lecturers Dr Stan Erraught and Alan McBlane, of its Department of Music and Event Management.
The Festival was supported by Wycombe District Council, Hughenden Parish Council, High Wycombe town centre management company HWBIDCo, and Arts4Every1, among others.
Picture caption: The Fisheye Film Festival organisers, including students and lecturers from Bucks New University.