Wirral is set to welcome film makers and lovers from around the world for the fifth year running. The Wirral International Film Festival begins on the 12th November showcasing music videos, short and feature films as well as documentaries.
Vesbim Media have hosted the event since 2008 and are hoping it can give the chance for directors, producers, writers and actors to meet and network as well as enjoy screenings.
The festival aims to showcase pieces of cinema that have a local connection, as organiser Alan Veste explains.
“If it’s written, directed, starring or was filmed on the Wirral, we want it to be shown here. It’s free to submit a film and free to attend which not a lot of festivals offer.”
They’ve also helped a group with mental health problems make a film that will be shown. Attendees from Union Street Centre went to workshops, learning how to use a camera and sound equipment. They started to make a film about their experiences of mental illness before being hired to make a promotional film.
Their original film has now been turned into a documentary that shows their journey and will be shown during the festival.
There will also be films shown with links overseas including one night dedicated to Italian Cinema. Organisers have managed to make a strong relationship with Wirral’s twin town of Latina and invite representatives every year.
Phil Bimpson, co-creator of the festival says that the connection they have made benefits the standard of films that are screened at the events.
“We show films at each other’s festivals and they are often award winning. They’re top class, benchmark stuff and we believe they need to be shown to an audience and we provide that chance.”
Wirral International Film Festival
November 12th – 17th
T.A. Centre, Chetwynd, Wexford Road, Oxton