Burton’s first ever film festival has been launched today backed by town brewer, Marston’s.

Working in partnership on the film festival with Burton and South Derbyshire College, Marston’s Brewery are celebrating their 180-year association with Burton Upon Trent by creating an annual event that will draw interest in the town and celebrate its own local talent and craftsmanship.

Locally born film makers Rich Yeomans and Deborah Haywood will act as patrons and judges for the festival with other judges for each of the categories being drawn from a range of film makers, animators, photographers and experts in their judging categories.

With a UK-wide call for entries the competition is open for film makers of 16 years of age for short films across four film categories from now until the closing date in March 2018. Judging will take place during April and May 2018 and will culminate in a major outdoor cinema, beer and food festival to be held in Burton Upon Trent in May 2018.

Prizes of £500 will be awarded to the best short films in fiction, documentary, advertising/music/promotion and animated with two further prizes for the best homegrown talent and an online People’s Choice award. An overall Beer Town Festival Winner will collect the ‘Hop D’Or’ honour as well as £1,000 in prize money.

Rich Yeomans, who made his name in visual effects in the Harry Potter film franchise said: “I am honoured and excited to have been asked to be a part of this film festival, and look forward to seeing the entries and talent that Burton has to offer.”

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