It’s Barnes Film Festival’s second year, and already our profile has been developing rapidly. Public Relations Officer and Festival Coordinator Scott Dance has been in contact with numerous schools in Barnes, including Barnes Primary, The Harrodian School and St. Osmund’s. Our talks finished with promising results, as many children were excited to find out more about the filmmaking competition, and had questions for Scott about the entries they wanted to submit.
However, we’ve not just been talking to schools in Southwest London. The Cheam School in North Hampshire has also expressed much interest, with their drama department enquiring about this year’s ‘Blue Dot’ theme. We’ve been more than happy to supply the school with videos and information on what the Festival offers — for both experienced and first-time filmmakers. And the publicity hasn’t stopped there: Festival Director Sam Cullis appeared on London Live, alongside filmmakers and last year’s entrants, Yoni Ben-Haim and Scott Dance, in a brief but impactful TV interview.
In addition to all that success, Barnes Film Festival is delighted to welcome back some old friends, including ‘School of Noise’, who have agreed to run another fantastic sound effects course, focusing on the process of Foley Sound. Radka Polenska, who ran a brilliant animation course last year, will also be returning. With so much happening, the Barnes Film Festival is buzzing for the celebrations this autumn.