Tickets for Swindon Film Festival 2013 from 1 to 10 March are selling well – and one of the films Beasts of the Southern Wild has sold out.
Festival co-ordinator Barbara Hoffbauer, said “We’re sorry to disappoint people who haven’t managed to book tickets for Beasts of the Southern Wild. It’s a superb film – we’ll try to show it again later in the year as part of the Swindon Film Society programme.”
Right, Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, the youngest ever to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild
The film is one of several in the festival that are in line for Oscar honours at this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Also in the programme and among the contenders are Anna Karenina, which has four nominations, and Skyfall, which has five.
With one nomination each are the documentaries Chasing Ice and Searching for Sugar Man, the hilarious Aardman animation The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! and, in the Best Foreign Language film category, Pablo Larrain’s No, which has just been released in the UK.
The films will be shown at a variety of venues in and around Swindon.
Barbara said: “Having the festival in different parts of the town works really well and gives us the opportunity to bring together films to suit all ages and tastes. But it does mean a lot of juggling to sort out when all the possible venues are available, to make sure we’ve got enough projection equipment and volunteers to run the events before we put the final timetable together – apart from sourcing the films."
The festival also features films from new and emerging talented UK directors, such as Wild Bill and Mission To Lars, as well as veteran Ken Loach’s latest Scottish flavoured comedy drama The Angels’ Share, right.
On the World Cinema stage, festival goers will have the chance to see awards contenders such as Rust and Bone, The Hunt and Untouchable."
This year SFS will be celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Swindon Viewpoint, Britain’s first and only continuously operating community television station. www.swindonviewpoint.com
The SFS programme will also include some exciting footage made by the early pioneers of film and aviation history, working in partnership with English Heritage and their Britain From Above project
See the festival programme and venues at: www.swindonfilmfestival.org or call 01793 330639 for a brochure.
Tickets are on sale at the Visitor Information Centre in Swindon Central Library, tel: 01793 466454.
Film makers wanted
Young and emerging film makers can enter the Swindon heat of the Preloader Film competition on Tuesday 4 March. See details at www.createstudios.org.uk