First ever Film Festival in St Albans’

The annual film festival that takes place in St Albans is going to be held between the 8 and 10 March next year, and it is something that is going to be popular with all members of the family. Additionally, people are being encouraged to submit films to the event in order to be considered for the competition. Currently, invitations to the event are currently being extended, and people are being encouraged to book their tickets early.

This part of the country has long been a popular destination with filmmakers, because of the heritage from the Roman era that can be found here. Festival organisers are very optimistic that a good collection of films is going to be shown in the area, all of which are going to be screened at various notable venues around St Albans.

The festival is being run by St Albans based actress and casting director Leoni Kibbey (pictured above), with a festival team led by local photographer and filmmaker Donato Cinicolo, and support from Matt Bigg, owner of local design agency The Collective.
St Albans has a rich film-making history. Arthur Melbourne-Cooper – the pioneer of moving pictures – was born in the City, and the much celebrated film director Stanley Kubrick came to settle in the area, where he created some of his most famous work. Kubrick’s manor was used as a nerve centre for his film productions. The Shining was finished there, and Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut were started and completed there.
St Albans is also a stone’s throw from some of the most prestigious film studios in the world: Pinewood (where Superman and the James Bond films were filmed); Elstree (the Star Wars and Indiana Jones films); and also Leavesden (where the new Harry Potter world is run by Warner Brothers). Tom Cruise is currently filming his new movie with Emily Blunt, All You Need is Kill, in the area, and, as was widely reported, Cruise is so at home in St Albans he recently took his entourage with him when he popped out for a curry at a local Indian restaurant!

The St Albans Film Festival programme will feature events, talks, workshops and a short-film competition, with thousands of pounds up for grabs. The festival is already attracting interest from around the globe. Film-makers from as far as Australia, Singapore, Greece & USA have submitted their work along with entries from around the UK.
The festival is currently OPEN for submissions until the end of December 2012 and Film-makers of any age can enter their short film into one or more of six categories:

Short Film – short narrative live action film between 1 and 20 minutes in length.

Student Film – short film made by a student of any age from 5 to 95.

Music Video – under 6 minutes.

Documentary – inspiring short documentary film.

Children’s Film – U Certificate films for family audiences, specifically aimed at children.

Over 18s Films – Something for the grown-ups!

Interested film-makers can submit their work via the festival website and each entry costs £20 (although school-age children will be able to enter for £5). Selected films will be showcased in the festival and the best film in each category will win a cash prize of £500. There will also be a cash prize for the best performance by an actor or actress in the festival, sponsored by Top Talent Acting Agency.

Festival Director, Leoni Kibbey, says: “I really want this festival to demonstrate how important St Albans has been and is, in theUK film industry. It will encourage talented film-makers in the area to make films and show them to a live audience and will contribute to the cultural consciousness of this historic city. Both local residents and visitors alike will get the chance to sample some exciting, original films, and we may even find our new Kubrick! The Festival will putSt Albans on the film-making map.”

More information regarding venues and judges will be announced in the coming weeks.