Hartlepool launches film festival

Students Lauren Jiggins and Lydia Marley-Lawson are organising a film festival at Flix, where the pair are joined by boss Adam Bouabda.

Students Lauren Jiggins and Lydia Marley-Lawson are organising a film festival at Flix, where the pair are joined by boss Adam Bouabda.

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EAT your heart out Cannes, London and Edinburgh – Hartlepool is launching its own film festival.

Local budding movie-makers will get the chance to screen their work to a wider audience with the town’s first film showcase.

The event is the brainchild of film buffs and aspiring directors Lauren Jiggins and Lydia Marley-Lawson.

The 17-year-olds are both studying film and media at Hartlepool Sixth Form College and run their own entertainment news and review website called shaketheglitter.co.uk.

Film fans are invited to the 12-hour movie marathon at Flix Movie Cafe, in Church Square, Hartlepool, on Saturday, November 15.

It will feature a mix of documentaries, feature films, shorts and a music video.

Lauren said: “We both want to work in films and be directors.

“We felt there wasn’t much opportunity for local directors to put their work out so we thought of setting up the film festival to give film-makers a bit more scope.

“There is definitely a lot of talent locally. We know people who make films, and a lot of our friends have gone on to study film-making at university. But because of where we live there isn’t much opportunity to get work experience.”

Doors open at 11am and there will be regular screenings throughout, until 11pm.

Lauren, of Seaton Carew, added: “Lydia and I have made our own documentary about young people’s hopes and dreams in Hartlepool which will be shown.

“So far we have around eight or nine films, and there is still the opportunity for people to submit their own films.

“There will also be a feature-length film, a music video and a couple of shorts up to now so it will be a full day.”

Tickets for Hartlepool Film Festival are priced £5 students and children and £7 for adults or £7 for concessions and £10 for adults for VIP seats.

There is still time for filmmakers to submit their work and be in with a chance of winning Shake the Glitter’s Film of the Year award.

Entries must be sent to info@shaketheglitter.co.uk by Friday, October 31.

For tickets visit Flix or call 07522 034379.