Calling all filmmakers… BFF is – once again – hosting a filmmaking competition open to all UK residents. We accept entries in fiction, documentary, and animation. The competition is split into age ranges: 12 and under (3 mins max) 13 to 18 (5 mins max) 19 and over (10 mins max) There are lots of […]Read More Competition now open!
I realised for a young filmmaker, it is really hard to get your film shown at a festival, so that’s when I started thinking about setting up a new film festival that would create opportunities for young people and allow them to get a foot in the door of the industry. A focus on more youthful […]Read More Mission Statement
The 2017 Barnes Film Festival, sponsored by The European Nature Trust, opened on Friday night with a bang. The much anticipated launch night at the OSO Centre proved to be hugely successful with thought-provoking speeches from Richmond Park MP Zac Goldsmith and Festival Director Sam Cullis and live music from rising star, Willow Robinson. Guests […]Read More Barnes Film Festival 2017, A Retrospective
Friday 29th September saw the launch of the second Barnes Film Festival, with a glittering champagne gala at the OSO Arts Centre in the heart of Barnes. Celebrity guests, filmmakers, students, and our dedicated team of volunteers avoided the legions of ducks and swans (the OSO is next to the ornithologically endowed Barnes Pond) to […]Read More Interviewing Steven Moffat and Sue Vertue at the BFF Launch Gala
It’s not every day you get a chance to learn how to write movie scripts, design your own costumes, laugh until you cry or play Zip Zap Zop with a group of professionals from the film and TV industry. So when Castelnau Community Centre opened its doors this Saturday to a team of costume designers, […]Read More Under 12s workshops… So you wanna be a filmmaker?
The launch party is set to be a night to remember, featuring an exclusive Q&A with Steven Moffat- writer and executive producer of BBC’s Sherlock and Dr Who. There will also be live music from rising star Willow Robinson! The evening will commence with guests being welcomed with drinks and canapés from &feast (http://andfeast.com/), […]Read More Launch Night: What to Expect
I would like to start, as I do with most things, with a reference to Star Wars. Obi Wan Kenobi congratulates Luke Skywalker on fending off the laser beams of a hovering remote. He says: ‘That’s good, you’ve taken your first step into a larger world’. The first step is often the most challenging. You’re […]Read More Your first step into a larger world, by Tom Spare
Children Film: Animation Films On Saturday morning there will be a fun and entertaining showing of animation films for kids of all ages to enjoy. Films showing include Star Stuff, Perched, Fern Gully. Look forward to seeing you there! WHEN? 30th September 2017 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm WHERE? Old Sorting Office OSO Station […]Read More My Pick Of The Fest! By Film Lover Jamie Autorino
The video we posted of screenwriter and playwright Vinay Patel giving writing tips and encouragement garnered so much interest, I was asked to write a blog post about it. I met Vinay on a sweltering Sunday afternoon in July, and we recorded the video in the iconic red-walled confines of the Royal Court Theatre. Vinay’s […]Read More Interviewing Vinay Patel, and breaking into the industry
Barnes Film Festival’s friend, screenwriter and playwright Vinay Patel, gave an interview to BFF volunteer Naomi Westerman with advice on writing for young people planning to enter the film festival competition. Vinay has written several plays, and his hit BBC drama ‘Murdered by My Father’ was nominated for several BAFTAs this year, winning one. Watch […]Read More Video interview with screenwriter and playwright Vinay Patel