Screen Stockport Film Festival 2012

Screen Stockport Film Festival 2012 was held over two days in October at The Plaza Super Cinema in the heart of Stockport Town Centre.

Main Festival Day

Sunday 14th October was our Main Festival Day and included a Q&A discussion on 'Music and Film' and 'The Art of the Music Video' with director Mat Whitecross and digital enterprenuer Andy Wood.

Mat talked to festival director Joe Barratt about how he had trained to be a director through working on films with director Michael Winterbottom. He also talked about what it was like to direct feature films like 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' and 'Spike Island, as well as music videos for Coldplay, Take That and The Rolling Stones.

Andy talked about the 'Whole World Band' app that he had created with 10cc member Kevin Godley which fused music and film together, and about working on music video projects for Peter Gabriel.

We also screened all the short films that had been shortlisted for the North West, Music Video and Short Film categories as well. They went down brilliantly with the audience, with a mixture of laughter and tears had throughout.

During the breaks, audience members had the opportunity to go upstairs to the Plaza Cafe and chat to the filmmakers behind the short films. It was great to see lots of people chatting to each other over a cup of tea, before going back down to the auditorium to continue watching the festival.

The judges for the Main Festival Day included Danny Lacey, Jenny Hennessy, Jessie Rose, Mat Whitecross, Andy Wood, Dennis Keighron-Foster and Ben Thornley. They voted on the short films within each category and came up with a winner and runners-up.

The winner of the North West Short Film category was James Jowett and Will Herbert for 'Inertia', which was actually shot in Stockport. The runners-up were Bledar Bejupi for 'Out of the Woods' and James Copson for 'The Anorak Brigade'.

The winner of the Music Video category was Joe Broady for 'Spooky Caravan'. The runners-up were Samantha Deas and James Raynard for 'Woe Betide You', Dan W. Jacobs for 'Candy Bar' and Alex Taylor for 'Family'.

The winner of the Short Film category was Alexei Slater for '82'. The runners-up were Russell England for 'Welcome to Leathermill', Leyla Pope for 'Love Struck', Peter Bunzi for 'Crow Feathers' and David Lilley for 'Saw Misgivings'.

All the winners were presented with a glass Screen Stockport trophy, IMDb Pro Membership and a certificate on stage. The runner-up each recieved an IMDb mug and certificiate.

Student Festival Day

Friday 19th October was our Student Festival Day and included a Q&A discussion with the founder and CEO of, Col Needham.

Col talked to festival director Joe Barratt about how he'd managed to create the world's most popular movie website out of his sheer passion for films and technology.

He described how he grew up in Denton and started watching films at The Forum Theatre in Romiley, which was actually the venue for Screen Stockport last year. He also talked about how his whole journey had started with a film diary, written when he was a student at Hyde Clarendon Sixth Form.

There were students in the audience from Col's old college who were really inspired by his amazing story. He even explained how he worked at Currys in Stockport selling computers before the database took off.

As well as students from Col's old college, hundreds of other students came to Screen Stockport's Student Festival Day from schools, colleges and Universities from all over the North West.

They included St. Annes High School, Aquinas College, Stockport College, Xaverian College, Loreto College and Buxton College as well as Salford University, Staffordshire University, The University of Derby, MMU, UCLAN and Futureworks.

As well as a discussion with Col Needham, the Screen Stockport Student Festival day also included a panel discussion on 'Creative Opportunities in the North West'.

The panel included Helen Bullough, Head of CBBC Production, Tom Clarke, from The Sharp Project, Len Brown, writer and documentary filmmaker, as well as Dennis Keighron-Foster, young filmmaker and previous Screen Stockport award winner.

The panel also judged the Student Film categories and decided that the winner of the Schools and Colleges Short Film category was Aquinas College film student Joe Lynn for 'Winnie The Pooh: Theatrical Trailer'. The runners-up were Richard Battaglia for 'Digging for Oil' and Alfie Barker for 'Assumption'.

The winner of the University Short Film category was Benjamin Bee for 'Step Right Up'. The runners-up were Lucy Lincoln and Amy McIntyre for 'Carbooty' and Christopher Bevan for 'Caught In The Headlights'.

The winner of the University Animation category was Leopold de Wolf for 'Niagara'. The runners-up were Daisy Jacobs for 'TOSH' and Dan W. Jacobs for 'Seen and Not Seen'.

Evening Screening

The festival came to a close with an exclusive showing of the comedy sci-fi short film 'Escape Plan C' starring Clint Boon, from the Inspiral Carpets, and Bez, from the Happy Mondays, before an exclusive screening of the award winning, zombie themed, comedy drama feature film 'Harold's Going Stiff'.

Both films went down incredibly well and director Jean-Paul Bankes Mercer was on hand to introduce 'Escape Plan C' and briefly talk about turning the short film into an ongoing TV series.