Staffs film-makers in pursuit of festival recognition

FILM-makers at Staffordshire University will be on location in the region’s countryside this week having secured more than £10,000 in a British Film Council competition.

The award has been made to lecturers John Bradburn and Andy Paton whose winning script was one of six chosen from more than 120 entries.

The short film is set in the 1970s and focuses on a couple who get lost in the woods.

Students who are studying on the BSc(Hons) Film Production Technology degree course will be involved in shooting and editing the film which will be directed by Jon and Andy and produced by Roger Shannon.

Roger is a member of the British Film Production Board and was executive producer of a number of award winning films including Festival – a black comedy set during the Edinburgh fringe.

John said: “Roger saw a previous film and asked to work with us. He also guided us through the whole competition process.”

Andy added: “The film will be shown at all the major film festivals including Edinburgh, Cannes, Sundance, London and Berlin and after that it will be eligible for BAFTA and academy award entry.”

 “It’s a great opportunity for our students to work on a funded-film with professional actors and it may be the start of bigger things to come.”

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