Video: High hopes for the future of East Anglian Student Film Festival

Darren Meitiner-Harvey with last years winner of the Rising Star category, Tyler Livingstone. Tyler

Darren Meitiner-Harvey with last years winner of the Rising Star category, Tyler Livingstone. Tyler created a short film called The Little Red Flower (see video).

There has been a record-breaking number of submissions to the third East Anglian Student Film Festival.

Darren Meitiner-Harvey with Creative Media Production pupils Alex Hermon and Alex Parnell in 2013 du

Darren Meitiner-Harvey with Creative Media Production pupils Alex Hermon and Alex Parnell in 2013 during the launch of the first Suffolk Film Festival, as it was then called. - Credit: Archant

More than 1,000 young film-makers from all over the world have entered their movies into this year’s event, which will take place at One sixth form centre in Ipswich on October 16.

The festival has seen double the amount of entries compared to its first two years, with founder Darren Meitiner-Harvey putting the rise down to its growing credibility.

“It’s now the third year and it’s survived and is becoming established,” said Mr Meitiner-Harvey, who is also a film and media teacher at One.

“It’s being shared on social media and other platforms and I think it’s a bit of word of mouth.”


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The event commences at 10am and will include workshops on story boarding by John Williams, a local illustrator who has worked for Marvel comics; script writing with Matthew McGuchan of Livid Films and who is currently working on With Love From Suffolk; acting for screen from Jane Gull who directed My Feral Heart and Sunny Boy; starting and operating a media production company to be delivered by owner of Summer Isle Films, Tom Newman; the role of the producer by Dan Sheppard; and an untitled session on documentary.

There will also be a short filmmaking session delivered by Aura Films, the group behind the Colchester Film Festival.

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After the event there will be a showcase of all the winning films, including best international, best music video, East Anglian Rising Star, best animation, and best documentary, at Cineworld in Ipswich and Conservatoire East at West Suffolk College.

Tickets for both these events will be available nearer the time.

Mr Meitiner-Harvey said his vision for the future of the festival was for it to continue to inspire and develop.

“I really hope we get some strong local support behind it so we can grow it in the way I envisage, to become one of the biggest student film festivals in the UK,” he added. “That’s where I would like to take it, for it to be a global player and to get some big names endorsing it.”

Linzi Stivey from West Suffolk College has recently joined the festival team and has secured some financial support from the college.

Other supporters include Raindance UK, Summer Isle Films, Hughes Electrical, Cineworld, One and Conservatoire East.

To enter this year’s event, visit: www.eastudentfilmfestival.com. Submissions close August 28.

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