County film-makers urged to get behind the camera

Ashley Williams was a winner in last year's competition
Ashley Williams was a winner in last year's competition

The sixth annual Film Northants festival is launching a new documentary category to capture real-life stories across the county.

The category has been introduced in response to public demand and a growing appetite for documentaries.

In 2012 the not-for-profit film festival commissioned its own documentary, The Bomberdrome, about the building of a bicycle wall of death in Northampton.

The film received great acclaim when it was screened at the festival awards ceremony and now the Film Northants committee is challenging county film-makers to create their own short documentary.

Festival chairman Lily Canter said: “The audience loved The Bomberdrome documentary last year.

“I think many people were taken by the idea of discovering a bunch of colourful characters that get up to fascinating things in Northamptonshire.

”Bringing someone’s real life to a wider audience is a fascinating and rewarding challenge and we know there must be countless untold stories in our county.

“We can’t wait to see which intriguing people will be unearthed and what issues will be highlighted in our inaugural documentary award.” 

The documentary category will be joined by a fiction and under 16s category.

Entrants may only submit one film into the festival and it must be no more than five minutes and filmed in Northamptonshire.

The under 16s film can be any genre – fiction or documentary.

Finalists will get to walk the red carpet at Cineworld at Sixfields, Northampton, on September 9 and watch their film on the same screen as their Hollywood heroes.

Film Northants 2012 Judges’ Choice winner Ashley Williams said: “This was my third year of entering Film Northants and in that time, there has been an immense improvement in the quality of entries. 

“Each year I’ve been forced to create better and better films, all of which I loved seeing on the big screen.

“I love how Film Northants is so competitive.

“It truly drives me to push the boundaries of what I can achieve, and I can’t wait until I enter again.” 

The deadline for entries is midday on August 4.

Films must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and a link must be emailed to with the subject heading stating the film’s entry category (fiction, documentary or under 16s).

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