Chelmsford Film Festival 2017 Lines Up Big Filmmaking Talent

The first ever Chelmsford Film Festival draws closer and there have been some exciting developments this week. The winner of the award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema’ has been announced as Alice Lowe. Alice wrote and starred in the cult gem Sightseers, and more recently has written, directed and starred in Prevenge; a black comedy about heavily pregnant Ruth who goes on a killing spree.

Alice will be presented with her award on the opening night of the Film Festival on Wednesday 7th June and will be participating in a live Q&A. Alice will talk about her experience of the film industry, give insights about British cinema and share advice for budding and professional filmmakers.

This adds to the already rich line-up for the Festival’s opening night. Carl Mackenzie, one of the founders and directors of the Festival said “We can’t wait for opening night. Not only do we have a live interview with local filmmakers Carl Strathie and Charlette Kilby, the creators of sci-fi feature Solis, we also have a screening of interactive film Late Shift and a special guest appearance from Alice Lowe. It’s a fantastic way to kick-off the Festival.”

Solis is a low budget sci-fi feature that follows Troy Holloway, a man who is faced with impending death when he realises the escape pod he is drifting on is heading towards the sun.

The hype surrounding the recent release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is everywhere and opening night of CFF 2017 is no exception. Chris Cook, lead 3D modeller at Framestore, will be giving a live interview and divulging the VFX secrets behind blockbusters such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 , Dr. Strange, Beauty and the Beast and Gravity. Chris will share some valuable insights about working in the VFX and other creative industries.

The packed evening will conclude with an interactive cinematic experience. Late Shift was written and directed by Tobias Weber and allows audience participation in a completely unique way.

The remaining 3 days of the Festival also promise to be just as exciting with Thursday night's panel discussion at Grand Central and Friday’s screenings of the CFF 2017 officially selected films at Cramphorn Theatres Picture House. The Festival will be brought to a close on Saturday, 10 June with the awards ceremony and closing party. All of the winners from CFF 2017 will be announced from twenty five films over four categories - Short Film, Mini Short, Documentary and Music Video.

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