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Crowds flock to Colchester Film Festival
10:00am Monday 21st October 2013 in News
COLCHESTER Film Festival is proving to be an even bigger hit every year.
This year’s event, which took place between Friday and yesterday, saw 100 people attend each of the 40 short film screenings, which included 13 UK premieres.
Judges had to choose the films from 1,500 entries, from 13 different countries.
Stephen Dorrington, organiser of the not-for-profit festival, said: “It was definitely one of our best yet.
“We’ve gone from having maybe 40 people at each screening last year to 100 this year, which is great and it shows there really is an appetite for it here in Colchester.”
As part of the event, a question and answer session was held yesterday, which was attended by aspiring film makers and actors.
The panels were made up of industry experts offering advice on how to break into the industry, including how to pitch a film, and how to become an actor.
There was also an interview with Colchester writer and director Ronnie Thompson, hosted by the Gazette features writer, Neil D’Arcy Jones.
Mr Dorrington added: “The only other place people can get this is in London and there you’re paying so much money per day, so our aim is to provide that service here in the town which is affordable for local people.
“I think in the past, people perhaps haven’t been 100 per cent sure what a film festival is and think it’s a collection of black and white films, but when they realise what it is and that it’s just like going to the cinema, they keep coming back.
“That’s what I hope for next year.”
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