The 2012 Swindon Film Festival will be boosted by a £2,200 grant from Creative England.
The organisers learned on 1 February that their grant application for the lottery funding has been successful – and so plans for the Festival, which will run from 1st to 10th March, are now going full steam ahead.
Barbara Hoffbauer of Swindon Film Society, who coordinates the Festival said: “This is great news – we’ve got some brilliant films and other events lined up in the programme, there is something for everyone to enjoy”.
There will be 18 feature films in all during the ten days of the Festival, mostly in Swindon town centre, but also with screenings in Cricklade, Highworth, Wroughton and Royal Wootton Bassett.
The programme includes some of the best recent British and international independent films (many already prize-winners or now up for BAFTAs and Oscars) – such as In A Better World, The Guard, Midnight in Paris and Pina – and as well some less well-known titles from new and upcoming directors, including the Bristol-made spoof thriller, Eliminate Archie Cookson.
There will also be some special films for children and families, with the animation Arrietty showing at the Central Library, and a great new film from Australia, Red Dog.
Tickets are on sale from the Visitor Information Centre at Swindon Central Library, telephone 01793 466454. There is information about all the films on the website – below – or call 01793 330639.
Swindon Film Festival’s grant from Creative England is part of £470,000 Film Culture Fund Lottery funding that has been awarded to a range of film culture projects that will take place during 2012 across the English regions.
Creative England CEO Caroline Norbury said: “It is a great reflection of the vitality of film in England that we received so many strong applications to this first round of Lottery awards. While we had to make some tough decisions I am confident we are backing the right spread of projects across the country with these awards, which will benefit each of these organisations and the audiences they serve.”
This will be the third year running that the Film Festival has been organised by Swindon Film Society. Barbara Hoffbauer said: “We’re still new to running the Festival but this award sets us alongside some of the big established Festivals across the country, and it’s a great tribute to what we achieved have over the last three years.”
Swindon Film Society scooped a clutch of prizes at the National Conference of the British Federation of Film Societies in September 2011 – including the prestigious Engholm Prize for ‘Film Society of the Year’.
The prize is awarded annually by BFFS to ‘the most vigorous and dynamic film society demonstrating all qualities required of individual categories’. See swindonlink.com coverage here