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Thurrock Film festival offers stepping-stone for filmmakers

THURROCK hosts its very first Film festival on Sunday 24th June – Saturday 30th June 2012. The Thurrock International Film Festival invites filmmakers from around the world to participate in one of this year’s biggest events.

Film submissions for the festival are now open, with the closing date on the 1st of May. There is a vast category agenda for the festival so any type of film is welcomed for submission. To submit a film, go onto and follow the instructions under submit a film section. Chosen films for the festival will be announced at the end of May.

With sponsors from all over the community wanting to take part, it certainly has come a long way from just a thought in the minds of two university graduates, Natalie Williams and Benjamin Scarsbrook. Both graduated from Trinity Saint David University with a degree in film studies. Their ambition was to open the world of film to those that just haven’t discovered it yet. ‘We want to offer a stepping stone for filmmakers.’

Benjamin and Natalie had run film festivals previously whilst at university but want to make the Thurrock International Film Festival bigger and better.

They have big plans for the upcoming festival and wish to make it an annual event, stating ‘we really want for it to become a big annual arts event. We want it to continue even if we are no longer around to run it.’ Its clear that Natalie and Benjamin know what direction they want the Festival to go in. At this stage of planning they are looking for additional sponsors to add to the portfolio of supporters they already have.

Celebrity Judges include X- Men: First Class star Jason Flemyng, renowned stunt choreographer & Movement Coach Terry Notary who has worked on some of the biggest films including Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Avatar and X-Men. Other confirmed guests include Director Jim Loach, Pauline Quirke, Phil Davies and Guest speaker Barry Norman.

Submit your films by May 1st 2012

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