Entries open for this year's Thurrock Film Festival

Film festival organisers Natalie Williams and Benjamin Scarsbrook - entries are now open for the 2014 competition

Film festival organisers Natalie Williams and Benjamin Scarsbrook - entries are now open for the 2014 competition

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ENTRIES for this year’s Thurrock International Film Festival are now open - and organisers hope to have more entries than ever.

The festival, now in its third year, is set to take place from September 22 to 28.

Entries for the short film competition close on June 1, and a full schedule of events is set to be published later this year.

Last year, the competition received more than 240 film entries from 35 different countries.

Throughout the week there will be a variety of events and workshops will be open to school and college students in the borough to give an insight into the industry.

Benjamin Scarsbrook, one of the event organisers, said: “Last year was a great success. It has just built and built since we’ve started.

“Entry numbers having been going up and up since we started. This year people will be able to submit their film digitally through the website which we hope will increase international entries.”

This year organisers want to focus on the educational side of the festival.

Benjamin said: “We’re discussing having workshops in the weeks leading up to the festival. We want to go into schools and have someone help make a film with pupils that could then be shown at the festival.

“The long term aim of the festival is to build a legacy of film making in Thurrock and to promote the idea of film in the area.”

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5:00pm Wed 8 Jan 14

aerobic1 says...

This is brilliant! Hope it goes well. Looking at the picture, this could be a living photo of THE STATE in Grays town centre, which has been unused for 20 years - just imagine how good it would be to do filming there! Saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit over the Christmas holidays and saw the clip where the filming took place in THE STATE - how beautiful the place looked, with gold shiny frames and lovely comfortable seat, with a white piano to right hand side of the stage and the rising organ could be seen. Then to the right and left of the screen, art deco decorations on the wall - WE NEED TO GET THIS PLACE OPEN!! Residents of Thurrock!
This is brilliant! Hope it goes well. Looking at the picture, this could be a living photo of THE STATE in Grays town centre, which has been unused for 20 years - just imagine how good it would be to do filming there! Saw Who Framed Roger Rabbit over the Christmas holidays and saw the clip where the filming took place in THE STATE - how beautiful the place looked, with gold shiny frames and lovely comfortable seat, with a white piano to right hand side of the stage and the rising organ could be seen. Then to the right and left of the screen, art deco decorations on the wall - WE NEED TO GET THIS PLACE OPEN!! Residents of Thurrock! aerobic1
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