Northampton Film Festival 2019: Coming of Age was a pilot film festival from social enterprise film company Screen Northants. Now we’re planning 2020!
We decided to run the festival in 2019 because we were sick of all the undeserved negativity around Northampton and wanted to help its young people – and other residents – to make films, showcase their work and discover new things about Northampton and the county.
We put a committee of local 16-25yrs in charge of coming up with the festival’s theme and format. They chose the theme of Coming of Age – they wanted their voices to be heard and they wanted opportunities to develop their careers. It’s also very timely to be asking if Northampton can ‘come of age’ as a film hub.
We provided free support and events to help people meet other filmmakers, learn production skills and make films, it was free to enter and if you had a film with a connection to Northampton or Northamptonshire it was almost guaranteed that you could enter it!
The festival consisted of a 48 hour filmmaking challenge, a non-competitive screening of first films, competitions in categories of Northampton, Northamptonshire and Coming of Age, feature films with Q&As from the film’s makers, a conference for Northants filmmakers and much more.
We had 4 judges: Writer Alan Moore, Director and Photographer Mitch Jenkins, Editor Colin Goudie and the Film Festival Doctor Rebekah Louisa Smith. Click here for more information.
We’re moving out of Film Festival Central now, back to Screen Northants upstairs in the Grosvenor Centre, Northampton.