About Screen Stockport
Screen Stockport Independent Short Film and Television Festival was created in 2011 by 18 year old young filmmaker Joe Barratt.
The aim of the film festival is to give a platform to local creative talent, support young creatives by connecting them to experienced industry professionals and bring independent film to the community of Stockport.
Submissions opened in March 2011, with the launch of the festival website. Since the website launched, we have developed our Screen Stockport web video series that has focused on the best of film, TV, music and everything creative in Stockport.
These videos feature interviews with directors, producers, writers and actors related to Stockport and give an insight into the skills needed to succeed in the media industry as well as the different paths creatives take to get into it.
As well as reflecting the people and places of Stockport, we also created a Screen Stockport Spotlight series where Joe interviews independent filmmakers from all over the world about the exciting, innovative projects they're currently working on.
The venue for Screen Stockport 2011 was The Forum Theatre in Romiley, Stockport, which was also the place where the founder and CEO of IMDb.com, Col Needham, saw his first films which inspired him to create the world's largest online database of film information.
We travelled to IMDb HQ in Bristol to interview Col about his connection to Stockport and the success of IMDb. He revealed how he once worked at Curry's in Stockport selling computers and started IMDb as a written film diary.
Screen Stockport 2011 then had a brilliant launch on Friday 16th September with an exclusive screening of the award winning independent film 'Being Sold'. The film was shot in Stockport in a record breaking two days and recieved the 'Best Film' award at the London Independent Film Festival.
'Being Sold's director, Phil Hawkins, delivered an inspiring Q&A session to a packed audience of 14-16 year olds at our free afternoon event for schools and colleges. Many members of the local council attended the event and were impressed by the level of enthusiasm the students showed towards Phil and his film.
At our evening launch, Phil was joined by Aidan Magrath, the film's writer, who introduced the film to an audience of Screen Stockport shortlisted filmmakers, sponsors, VIP guests and the Deputy Mayor June Somekh.
With a successful launch completed, Screen Stockport moved on to the main festival event on Saturday 17th September. We screened over 40 short films in total and many new partnerships and contacts were made through the networking sessions at the bar throughout the day.
Filmmakers and audience members praised the relaxed atmosphere and the quality, as well as the variety, of independent film that was on offer. While some filmmakers took away prizes, many took away new personal contacts which have already led to new opportunities for collaborations and mentorships.
Continuing our aim to support young people looking for a career in the media industry, we took the film festival on the road to deliver a 'Best of the Fest' event to students of Aquinas College Sixth Form in Stockport.
Joe hosted the event and was joined by the production team of "Behind the Cupboard Door", the winner of the 'Student Short Film' category. The students were given advice on how to start making their own short films, discussing approaches to directing, writing, acting, location scouting and production design.
Screen Stockport Film Festival 2012 was held at The Plaza Super Cinema, an art deco venue located in the centre of Stockport.
The cinema celebrated it's 80th anniversary during the week of the festival and was a beautiful location to showcase the best of local, national and international filmmaking talent.
To read all about Screen Stockport Film Festival 2012 click here.