Beeston Film Festival has qualified for accreditation by the British Independent Film Awards which recognize the role it plays in supporting British short films. The festival, now in its 8th year, took place at The Arc Cinema Beeston earlier this month, bringing a diverse collection of short films to the big screen.
BIFA status means filmmakers can now be considered for a British Short Film Award if they submit their work to the festival. Submissions for the festival traditionally open in May and are reviewed through late fall by a team of local and international volunteers.
This success also means that the festival will attract exciting new filmmakers from around the world. The Beeston Film Festival already has an international audience with over 700 submissions from filmmakers from Peru, Iceland, America and Iran.
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Accreditation is the result of the hard work of a dedicated team of examiners, programmers and volunteers from across Nottingham. The review team watched approximately 140 hours of shorts heading into this year’s event.
Founder John Currie said: “What it means to be on this accredited list is that UK filmmakers selected for the Beeston Film Festival, due to our selection process, will mean they can be considered for the British Short Film Awards. As far as filmmakers are concerned, especially those who work with short films, they try to build a reputation and see how well their work is received. That makes Beeston really attractive to filmmakers because that we can then put ourselves forward.
He added: “We started with 140 admissions in the first year and now we have over 700. It’s not only the amount that increases, but also the quality. We screened 130 films but there were 150. other than we could have happily shown if we had We hope the impact on the festival will be to make it more attractive to UK shorts but also to those who make high quality films.
This year’s festival saw over 130 films screened at the Arc cinema. In addition to the screening, the festival rewards filmmakers with a prestigious B’Oscar award that are made locally by an artist. There are 17 different B’Oscars up for grabs which are then sent around the world to countries like Peru, Israel and Germany.
John said: “We’ve had over 140 hours of team editing, which is at the heart of what we do. It gives us credibility and integrity as a festival. Nominations for the awards go to an international panel of filmmakers across the world, including France, America, Taiwan and India.Our awards selection process has a sense of diversity, local and global aspect.If you win a B ‘Oscar, you should be rightly proud.
The festival will reopen for registration soon and return to Beeston in April 2023. Preparations are already underway for the tenth anniversary of the festival.
“We are still reviewing this year what went well and what we can do better. I hope more filmmakers will be there next year. What we look forward to the most is to start preparing for 2024, when we’re going to include feature films for the first time. It’s going to be a really exciting experience for everyone.