With just a fortnight to go until the Isle of Man Film Festival rolls back in to town (October 7th - 10th), tickets for all events are on sale now.
The Festival opens in full at the University College Isle of Man at 7pm on Thursday 7th October with the free Q&A event ‘Telling Stories with Dark Avenue Films’. This is a must-see event for aspiring filmmakers and movie-lovers of any age, as multi-award winning production duo Patrick Crellin and Bethany White share their journey, their secrets for filmmaking success, screenings of their short films and an exclusive first look at their latest work. They will also be joined by visiting actor Freya Kingsley, who is the focus of docu-drama 'Endless Summer’ - a project that became the highlight of the International Festival Circuit not least because of the extraordinary way the team adapted in order to get the film completed during the pandemic.
Friday night (October 8th) sees the return of the ever popular Mighty Movie Quiz, at the Cat with No Tail in Onchan. Whether you know your Disney from your Dreamworks, or your Kubrick from your Kieślowski, Rich Hird's quiz is excellent fun and has become legendary among movie buffs on the Island. Sponsored by Okell’s Ales, tables of 5 are just £20 and is set to sell out, so be sure to book in advance.
Continuing a long tradition of incorporating Island-wide community into the festival programme, Pippa Lovell’s new creative hub, ‘Artea’, which will become a mini cinema for the week, starting from Monday 4th October. The beautiful community focused gallery, which occupies one of the units opposite Shoprite in Port Erin, is a fluid arts space with organic, vegan food, various drinks and a new-to-the-Island concept in tea drinking. Artea will be showing a selection of short films for free over the course of the week, so just pop in and enjoy!
On Sunday morning, home grown talent will be celebrated as IOMFF presents ‘MannMade Mini Movies’. The audience at the Broadway Cinema will be able to experience some of the award winning short films made by Manx filmmakers in the past 18 months and will have the chance to hear from the creatives themselves, as members of the Production teams take part in Q&A’s after the screenings. With a mix of genres across the programme, there will be something for everyone. Starting at 10.30am, tickets are £10 or £5 for under 18s (not suitable for under 12s).
The festival will conclude with a networking drinks reception, kindly sponsored by SkillanNaylor Car Company.
The IOMFF team are also delighted to welcome global media production company "GREAT GUNS" on board as headline sponsors for this year’s event. Specialising in film, television, documentaries and music videos, with offices in the UK, USA, Asia, UAE and the Isle of Man, their client list includes Amazon, Aston Martin and Nike amongst others.
Producer Jeremy Theobold commented “GREAT GUNS are delighted to play a significant supporting role in the return of the Isle of Man Film Festival. As filmmakers ourselves, we know how important it is to have someone supporting you, developing your creativity. This year’s festival is particularly relevant for us because of the focus on young Manx filmmakers and on films made on the island, celebrating under-represented talent. From the day GREAT GUNS launched, Laura Gregory, our Founder and CEO, has made sure that encouraging and mentoring emerging and diverse talent has been a vital part of the company’s DNA. As she puts it, “If you don’t support young talent, you will lose the future creative thinkers who will force change”.
For more information, please visit: www.isleofmanfilmfestival.com