FEATURE FRIDAY: Congleton Film Festival 2013

It's been a long while since we've had a Feature Friday here on Assorted Buffery, but this week sees its return with a look at the Congleton Film Festival which arrives for the second year running on Friday 13th September to the Sunday 15th and bringing with it some of the finest talent from across the North West.

Developed and managed by Congleton resident Sam Astbury, the event is designed to celebrate the town's cinematic past whilst also embracing its future. Film-makers from across the North West and beyond were invited to submit short films to share with audiences which will be screened as part of the weekend-long celebrations.

This celebration of film, particularly on a local level, is the festival's main focus; 'I felt that a film festival was the best way to explore Congleton's cultural heritage because the town has such a strong cinematic past, having had four cinemas over the years,' explains Sam, 'Film is also something that I believe can bring people together in a shared experience and as the town has an active connection to the past, this festival was the perfect way to represent this.'

To open the festival, The Young Pretender plays host to a special screening of 'roses in winter - The Short Film'. The evening will begin at 7pm with an introduction from Inglenook Productions, a Manchester-based film company who produced the short film. The screening of the film will then be followed by a Q&A session with the film-makers.

Taking place at the Electric Picture House, the Saturday will feature a workshop from 1pm until 3pm for children ages 6-11 in which they get the great opportunity of learning how to make their very own zoetrope, a famous animation toy. The Family Film Screening will be a showing of the Oscar-nominated animation, How To Train Your Dragon featuring the vocal talents of Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill at 5pm. This will be followed by the Saturday evening event at 8pm, the premiere of Pure Imagination Films' 'White Rabbit', a fascinating take on the story of Alice in Wonderland.

On Sunday, the final day of the festival, the screenings of the short films that have been submitted will take place, showcasing the very best of local and national talent. The event kicks off at 7pm and the full list of films will be available nearer the event. Please click the links to be taken through to the Facebook event pages.

As part of Congleton's cultural scene, the Congleton Film Festival is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all things cinematic, from simple animation through to short films and blockbuster feature films. 

For more information, More information about the festival can be found on both the Congleton Film Festival Facebook page, on the @CongletonFilm Twitter account. or visit the website www.congletonfilmfestival.com. The Saturday workshop has limited places and must be booked in advance; please call 01260 270473 or message Congleton Film Festival on Facebook to book a place. 

- Becky

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