By Elle Haywood
Actor and comedian Sanjeev Bhaskar joins a host of industry professionals for this year’s Watersprite International Film Festival on the 23rd – 25th February 2018. The festival returns to Cambridge this month for its ninth consecutive year. Watersprite is an international film competition and festival that is based in Cambridge, UK, but attracts attention from all around the world. The festival continues to discover, showcase, and nurture emerging talent in the film industry, increasing its global reach of submissions and developing deeper and wider connections within the film industry. It has attracted speakers such as Eddie Redmayne, Olivia Colman, and Lenny Henry to talk at the annual festival.
Almost 2000 submissions from 95 countries about been sent since Watersprite’s inception. Nearly 400 submissions were received for this year’s Film Awards, and 50 nominees will be joining us at the Festival from locations as widespread as Brazil, Israel, all over Europe, the Philippines, and South Africa. The 2018 Festival weekend will include a packed schedule of screenings, talks, and workshops, led by leading professionals in the film and TV industry. All of these events are open to the public for free, giving access to the film industry to all.
Hilary Bevan Jones, Festival Chair and Former BAFTA Chairman says: “I am extremely proud to be Chair of Watersprite. The Festival has proved to be a beacon for the best of emerging filmmakers from across the globe, some of whom have never travelled before. An incredibly diverse and cultural mix of film students come together and celebrate in the beautiful city of Cambridge for a weekend packed with inspiration. This includes talks from world-class speakers, workshops, screenings and opportunities to forge new creative partnerships. The quality of films submitted over the years is truly outstanding. Through discovering and championing exceptional talent, Watersprite provides a springboard for the filmmakers of the future to excel in their field and move on from strength to strength.”
The festival’s award ceremony will be held at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, with the awards being supported by the likes of Pinewood Studios, Abby Road Studios, Decca Publishing, Cannes Film Festival, James Bond franchise, AWD 1958 and Watch That Man. With Red Arrows Studio support, the official Filmmaker & New Talent partner nominated filmmakers will be flown to the UK to attend the ceremony.
This is a perfect opportunity for students to get involved in a local film festival, a chance to get stuck into workshops and network with other creative individuals.
With thanks to Will Tilbrook
Image Credit: Watersprite Film Festival