Festival of Film Puts the West Midlands in the Spotlight

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Regional screen agency, Screen WM, is launching a two week festival of films that have been inspired by, produced or filmed in the West Midlands.

The festival runs from 16 – 29th November and will include screenings of 12 different films at 8 venues across the region. The festival will close with a special gala viewing of Coventry-born director, Debbie Isitt’s latest release, family Christmas comedy Nativity starring Martin Freeman and Ashley Jenson. 

The Festival of Film features the major titles supported by Screen WM’s Film and Media Production Fund from 2004 to 2009. The programme includes Michael Winterbottom’s Road to Guantanamo, Straightheads starring Gillian Anderson and Danny Dyer, which was filmed almost entirely in the Wye Forest, Faintheart, winner of the MySpace Movie Mashup competition and filmed in Worcestershire and Shropshire and Sutton Coldfield filmmaker Justin Edgar’s Special People, which premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2007.

Screenings will be free of charge and selected films will also include special Q&A sessions with the writers and directors.

Dr Samir Shah OBE, Chair Screen West Midlands Board said:
Screen WM’s Festival of Film is a great opportunity to celebrate the West Midlands region and our film-making heritage. All of the films in our programme have either been inspired by the West Midlands, shot on location in the region, or written and directed by our home-grown talent.

“Many of the features have been screened at prestigious festivals across the globe. We hope that the Festival of Film will give people another opportunity to enjoy these exceptional films that all have their roots in the West Midlands.”

Nigel Russell, Head of Tourism, Culture & Olympics at Advantage West Midlands said:
“In recent times, the Heart of England, West Midlands region has proved to be a top location for some of the UK’s most successful films, writers and producers. The Festival of Film is a great way to celebrate the diversity of the West Midlands on the big screen, and for the region to showcase its talent to the rest of the world.”

For further information or to book your free tickets click here!