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Bedford Film Festival http://bedfordfilmfestival.org Supporting film variety in Bedford Tue, 28 Aug 2018 23:01:05 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/favicon-90x90.png Bedford Film Festival http://bedfordfilmfestival.org 32 32 Bedford Film Festival 2016 Programme now available! http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2016/09/09/bedford-film-festival-2016-programme-now-available/ Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:47:24 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=3568 The programme for Bedford Film Festival 2016, brought to you in partnership with Sprint Convergence, is now available for you to download. Inside you’ll find all the information you need to have an excellent Bedford Film Festival experience, and learn more about the films, venues, film makers and sponsors who enable us to bring you […]

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The programme for Bedford Film Festival 2016, brought to you in partnership with Sprint Convergence, is now available for you to download. Inside you’ll find all the information you need to have an excellent Bedford Film Festival experience, and learn more about the films, venues, film makers and sponsors who enable us to bring you high-quality film events.

You can download the programme by clicking on the cover image below.

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Sprint boosts film variety in Bedford as sole festival sponsor for 2016 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2016/08/30/sprint-convergance-boosts-film-variety-in-bedford-as-sole-festival-sponsor-for-2016/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:40:42 +0000 http://bff2.sitepreview.co.uk/?p=3458 As a not-for-profit organisation, Bedford Film Festival would not be able to complete its objectives without support from local businesses and organisations. This support comes in many forms but for 2016 Sprint Convergence have kindly committed to supporting the whole festival programme. This means that, alongside individual screening sponsors, who will be announced soon, Bedford Film Festival can put […]

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sprint-LogoAs a not-for-profit organisation, Bedford Film Festival would not be able to complete its objectives without support from local businesses and organisations. This support comes in many forms but for 2016 Sprint Convergence have kindly committed to supporting the whole festival programme. This means that, alongside individual screening sponsors, who will be announced soon, Bedford Film Festival can put more time and energy into celebrating and supporting local film makers and film lovers in our town and creating a film festival that Bedford can be proud of,

Paul Hutchinson, a co-founding director at Bedford Film Festival said: “We are incredibly grateful to Sprint Convergence for their generosity in sponsoring Bedford Film Festival 2016. From high-quality screenings, to educational workshops, from ‘pop-up’ cinemas to film screening support, Bedford Film Festival is here for everyone in Bedford and our work would not be possible without the generous support of businesses like Sprint Convergence. We are grateful to all our sponsors. whether they have chosen to sponsor the entire festival or individual screenings, for their commitment to helping Bedford Film Festival achieve its objectives.

Sprint is a telecommunications service provider, based in Silsoe, creating and maintaining sophisticated communications environments throughout the globe. By dealing with Sprint you can be rest assured you are dealing with an established independent communications company with 19 years of experience.

Other Bedford based businesses have also committed to sponsoring individual screenings at Bedford Film Festival one day soon and they will be announced shortly. If you would like to also support Bedford Film Festival while also introducing your business or organisation to a new audience, we offer packages to suit all budgets. Find out more by downloading our 2016 Sponsor Pack here.

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Bedford Film Festival – collaborating with others to make Bedford better http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2015/06/17/bedford-film-festival-collaborating-with-others-to-make-bedford-better/ Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:23:05 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=2499 Bedford Film Festival invests every penny it receives into more high-quality film screenings and supporting Bedford’s filmmakers and charities.   We’re able to do this thanks to the excellent businesses in our town who support what we do. None of these businesses have a remit to support us, instead they tell us they do so because they […]

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Bedford Film Festival invests every penny it receives into more high-quality film screenings and supporting Bedford’s filmmakers and charities.

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We’re able to do this thanks to the excellent businesses in our town who support what we do. None of these businesses have a remit to support us, instead they tell us they do so because they believe that what we’re doing is for the greater good of Bedford.

Supporting Bedford Film Festival gives our town something excellent to shout about, increases footfall into town at a time when shops are actually open, creates opportunities for increased cultural provision across our town’s diverse communities, and helps Bedford hold its head up high as an attractive area for emerging businesses to invest in.

Our main festival sponsors include businesses of all sizes, such as: Charles Wells Brewery, Future Legend Media, Bonfire Creative Intelligence, Advancing Property, Advancing People, No Bad Films, Cambridge Film Festival and Hutch PR. Our individual screenings are supported by businesses ranging from small coffee shops and restaurants to local magazines and educational establishments.

We’re very proud that we’re able to live up to our supporters’ expectations too. We attract the attention of thousands of people, helping their businesses reach new customers, and also bringing Bedford national and international attention. We attract film submissions from all over the world, we host workshops for local film students led by industry leaders, and we have been accepted onto film networks which further promote Bedford as a destination for film lovers.

Being not-for-profit does indeed mean our resources are stretched. Our directors don’t take a wage and our extended team is staffed by volunteers. But with the help of our sponsors and the audience we have been set up to serve, we are able to continue doing what we love, making Bedford an even cooler place to live.

If you’d like to support Bedford Film Festival as a #BFF sponsor then we have packages to suit all budgets at our support pages.

If you’d like to become a festival volunteer then please contact us and we’ll be in touch.

At this point we’d like to also say thank you to Display Wizard who are currently helping charities, not-for-profit organisations , and educational establishments by providing free vinyl banners.

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Bedford Film Festival brings huge man-eating shark and talking bear to Bedfringe http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2015/06/11/bedford-film-festival-brings-huge-man-eating-shark-and-talking-bear-to-bedfringe/ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:31:43 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=2484 Bedford Film Festival will be bringing a huge man-eating shark and a talking bear to Bedford as it screens two films chosen by film lovers in the town, Jaws and The Jungle Book, during Bedfringe 2015. The films were nominated as part of Bedford Film Festival’s film ‘election’ which saw film lovers across the town […]

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Bedford Film Festival will be bringing a huge man-eating shark and a talking bear to Bedford as it screens two films chosen by film lovers in the town, Jaws and The Jungle Book, during Bedfringe 2015.

The films were nominated as part of Bedford Film Festival’s film ‘election’ which saw film lovers across the town pick their favourites from a list of 10 classics.

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The Jungle Book – 30th July at 10:00: This Disney animated, musical classic, nominated by Emma Garrett, Co-Director Kiosk at the Park and Pavilion at the Park, tells the story of Mowgli a human child who is raised by a family of wolves and guided back to a nearby man-village by Baloo the bear and Bagheera the Panther.
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Jaws – 31st July at 20:30: Steven Spielberg’s classic adaptation of the best-selling book was nominated by Sarah Cox, editor of Bedfordshire on Sunday. When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. Jaws is considered by many to be perfect cinema.
Both films will be screened at the brand new Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’s.
Co-Founding Director of Bedford Film Festival, Paul Hutchinson, said: “We’re so excited to bring these classic films to Bedford for our Bedfringe screenings, and even more so because they’ve been chosen by film lovers in the town. This will be a perfect warm up to our full festival, which this year runs from 11 September – 14 October 2015.”
Tickets for both films can be purchased via our listing pages and are priced between £3 and £6.50.

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Bedford Film Festival announces month long event for 2015 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2015/06/04/bedford-film-festival-announces-month-long-event-for-2015/ Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:26:38 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=2471 Bedford Film Festival 2015 will be a month long event from 11 September to 14 October. Check out our announcement video from Future Legend Media. We’re very excited about being able to bring some excellent film related activities to Bedford for a whole month, including: • High-quality festival screenings (11-13 September) • Opportunities for businesses, organisations, […]

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Bedford Film Festival 2015 will be a month long event from 11 September to 14 October.

Check out our announcement video from Future Legend Media.

We’re very excited about being able to bring some excellent film related activities to Bedford for a whole month, including:

This month of activities shows exactly how important Bedford Film Festival has become in helping support film variety and make Bedford a destination for film lovers and makers. In fact at the time of writing, we have already received over 300 submissions for our Short Session from afar afield as Canada, Australia, Iran, Serbia and Taiwan.

Full details of the films we screen, the workshops we will host and our venues will be released in the coming weeks, however sponsorship opportunities are open as are our applications for Fringe Screenings and short film submissions. click here for more info regarding financing and sponsoring the event.

We’re very excited about what Bedford Film Festival 2015 has to offer. We can’t wait to tell you more.

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Bedford Film Festival launches film ‘election’ for Bedfringe http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2015/05/31/bedford-film-festival-launches-film-election-for-bedfringe/ http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2015/05/31/bedford-film-festival-launches-film-election-for-bedfringe/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 20:05:29 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=2199 In the spirit of democracy Bedford Film Festival gives Bedfordians a chance to take part in another ‘election’ and choose films for Bedfringe 2015. ***VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNING FILMS ARE*** THE JUNGLE BOOK AND FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF ***TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE 5 JUNE 2015*** The films, which will be screened on 30th and […]

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Bedfringe

In the spirit of democracy Bedford Film Festival gives Bedfordians a chance to take part in another ‘election’ and choose films for Bedfringe 2015.

***VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED. THE WINNING FILMS ARE***

THE JUNGLE BOOK AND FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

***TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE 5 JUNE 2015***

The films, which will be screened on 30th and 31st July at the brand new Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s have all been nominated by well-known people in the town, and include a variety of genres for a family film screening and a screening for older audiences.

Co-Founding Director of Bedford Film Festival, Paul Hutchinson, says: “When we asked people to nominate great films for Bedfringe, we weren’t disappointed. The variety and quality put forward is exactly what Bedford Film Festival and Bedfringe is all about. Now film lovers can choose the film they want to see simply with the click of a button.”

The nominated films for an older audience are:

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  • The Thing – nominated by James Pharoe, Organiser, Bedfringe
  • Jaws – nominated by Sarah Cox, Editor, Bedfordshire on Sunday
  • Blazing Saddles – nominated by Dave Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford
  • The Big Chill – nominated by Ian Pryce, Principal, Bedford College
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – nominated by Jules Crossley, Director, Quarry Theatre at St. Luke’

To vote for one of the above films, go to: http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/event/bedfringe-choose-a-film/

And family film lovers can choose from:

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  • The Jungle Book – nominated by Emma Garrett, Co-Director Kiosk at the Park and Pavilion at the Park
  • Bugsy Malone – nominated by Rachael Rogan, Organiser, BookTastic
  • The Incredibles – nominated by Kristine Hughes, The Frogs’ Chorus/Cicero Buck
  • ParaNorman – nominated by Kristina Bullen, Chair, The Circus of Illustration
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – nominated by Erica Roffe, Editor, The Bedford Clanger

To vote for one of the above family films, go to: http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/event/bedfringe-choose-your-own-family-film/

Voting is open until midday 31 May 2015. Tickets for the winning film go on sale on 5 June 2015.

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A parents’ guide to Bedford Film Festival http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2015/04/22/a-parents-guide-to-bedford-film-festival/ Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:08:37 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=2206 Election fever is hotting up at Bedford Film Festival, with the votes coming in thick and fast for Bedford’s choice of family film at Bedfringe. If you’ve already voted, then you’ll know all about the film you’ve chosen and if it’s suitable for your children. However, while the BBFC rate films for legal reasons, and do so […]

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Election fever is hotting up at Bedford Film Festival, with the votes coming in thick and fast for Bedford’s choice of family film at Bedfringe.

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If you’ve already voted, then you’ll know all about the film you’ve chosen and if it’s suitable for your children. However, while the BBFC rate films for legal reasons, and do so following strict guidelines, children are individuals and what might be suitable for one is not always suitable for another. As parents you’ll know your children better than anyone , so how can you be sure a film is suitable if you’ve not seen it before?

There’s an excellent website called ‘Kids-In-Mind‘ that helps to solve just that.

We’ve used this for family screenings we’ve hosted in the past, and also when deciding on what films to show our own children. It’s especially good for young teens who are arguing “I HAVE to see a film because ALL my friends have seen it and it’s SO unfair that you won’t let me watch it”… you get the idea.

The honest and sensible descriptions of films from ‘Kids-In-Mind‘ have always helped us make a fully informed decision about what to watch.

The database they have is extensive, but only seems to go back into the mid 90s, so we sadly can’t tell you what they thought of all the films in our film ‘election’, but we have posted links to the ones they have reviewed, so you can see an example of the reviews ‘Kids-In-Mind‘ offer.

We’re sure you’ll agree they’re a great way of helping decide if your child will enjoy a film or not, of if it is indeed suitable for them at all.

Paranorman

ParaNorman

 The Incredibles

The Incredibles

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Are you up for the Craic? http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2014/10/10/are-you-up-for-the-craic/ Fri, 10 Oct 2014 09:05:09 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=2081 As you know we love a good party, our recent collaboration with The Pad Nightclub and BedPop to promote Northern Soul is testament to that! We’re delighted then to also hear that the excellent Happiness Matters are holding another Ceilidh this month. Caroline Clark of Happiness Matters has written a blog all about the traditional […]

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As you know we love a good party, our recent collaboration with The Pad Nightclub and BedPop to promote Northern Soul is testament to that! We’re delighted then to also hear that the excellent Happiness Matters are holding another Ceilidh this month.

Caroline Clark of Happiness Matters has written a blog all about the traditional Celtic dancing, which if you’ve ever attended an evening of, you’ll know is brilliant at bringing a smile to your face. It’s simply, so much fun!

You can read more about the Ceilidh, taking place on 25 October at St. Cuthbert’s Hall, here.

 

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Guest review – 20,000 Days On Earth http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2014/09/22/guest-review-20000-days-on-earth/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:22:24 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=1480 We’re very excited about Nick Cave coming to Bedford, through his documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. We’ve already seen reviews from the national film critics but what about a local opinion? Well, we heard that local film fan and friend of Bedford Film Festival Rachel Moody was heading to one of the film’s premier Q&A events, […]

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20,000 Days on EarthWe’re very excited about Nick Cave coming to Bedford, through his documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. We’ve already seen reviews from the national film critics but what about a local opinion? Well, we heard that local film fan and friend of Bedford Film Festival Rachel Moody was heading to one of the film’s premier Q&A events, se we asked her to let us know what she thought…

I am not a Nick Cave fan. Just one of many film going folks I know who are simply aware of him, (and him and Kylie) and notice the quality of a film soundtrack or a haunting lyric and then say, “ah, yes of course” thinking we should have known, when the credits roll and we see Nick Cave was responsible for the music. Apologies if he is a God to you and you. I felt I should make it clear I was not in the official Nick Cave fan club, however; when I saw there was a documentary about the man himself, I booked tickets right away out of interest as a film fan.

I watched the trailer and very nearly changed my mind. I was completely put off by the strange strobe and x-ray effects, fast cuts and the fractured sound effects. But it was one of Cineworld’s Live Events and promised a Q & A and live gig after the film.

I am so glad I went. It was an amazing experience. Not the navel-gazing preening, nor the self-congratulatory biopic I was expecting. Gone were the novice film-school effect thrown in on the edit I had disliked in the trailer. I had feared a toe curling, cringe worthy hagiography with a touch of The Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome thrown in. I got a truly surprising, joyful, and uplifting experience.

Four days later, I still don’t know how to describe the film. Not fact, not fiction, not a biopic, but more a sort of ‘curated peak’ into the mind of a tantalizingly talented, self-deprecating, truthful, open, funny, intelligent and engaging artist.

I didn’t love it all; it took me a while to fall for the creator’s charms. The opening scene felt like either a reference to or a send up of John & Yoko’s appearance in the video of Imagine, and threatened to treat Cave, as though he were Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth.

But pretty soon, ten minutes in, I was hooked. The film lets us in on the partnership with the wonderfully weird Warren Ellis and their creative process at home and abroad. The format: a day in the life of Cave, leads through his home, his psychology, his writing and recording by day; via an eel lunch with Ellis and a dip into his private and professional archive, into a nighttime taxicab of dreams.

The last act creates a collage of live performances edited with such skill and precision I felt I was there at a live gig. It was funny, romantic, and ultimately energetic, inspiring and uplifting. A celebration of Cave’s 20,000 days to date and Cave and The Bad Seeds and the film with its guest stars, brought back memories of Robbie Robertson and The Band in The Last Waltz.

This is an enigma of a man in an enigma of a band in an enigma of a film. Don’t miss it – 4/5.

20,000 Days on Earth is our closing screening and you can get tickets here.

Rachel E. Moody is a Bedfordshire based film and book fan and can be found on Twitter @MaybeMoody.

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Our full 2014 programme is now live http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2014/09/18/our-full-2014-programme-is-now-live/ http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/2014/09/18/our-full-2014-programme-is-now-live/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:45:34 +0000 http://bedfordfilmfestival.org/?p=1388 Get all the information you need to make your Bedford Film Festival experience one to remember. Our full programme will be handed out around Bedford and left in key areas, or you can download you own copy by clicking on the front cover below.            

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Get all the information you need to make your Bedford Film Festival experience one to remember.

Our full programme will be handed out around Bedford and left in key areas, or you can download you own copy by clicking on the front cover below.


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