Marston’s Beer Town Film Festival has announced a week-long celebration of film in Burton from 3rd to 8th June 2019 that will appeal to film lovers of all ages.

The festival will feature showings of selected films from the short film competition; screenings of films made by locally born directors and writers; a film showcase event featuring creative talent working in film and a film competition winners event – all culminating in a beer festival and outdoor screening of the hit 2018 film, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Now in its second year, the Marston’s sponsored filmmaking competition ran from October 2018 to February 2019 and attracted 739 entries from entrants from all over the UK. Entries were selected for the festival in each category and will be shown throughout the week at The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton from 2.30pm each day and the top three films in each category will be given a special showing at The Brewhouse on the evening of Friday 7th June at 7.30pm.

A film from locally born filmmaker and director, Shane Meadows, Twentyfour Seven will be shown in the craft beer bar of one of Burton’s most iconic pubs, The Albion on Shobnall Road on Tuesday 4th June at 7.30pm. Regarded as Marston’s ‘brewery tap’, this Victorian landmark will host a unique screening of Twentyfour Seven to appeal to pub goers and beer lovers.

On Wednesday 5th June, Pin Cushion, a feature film from Swadlincote-born writer and director Deborah Haywood, will be shown at The Brewhouse at 7.30pm in a premier showing of the film in Burton.

Deborah Haywood has been a patron of Beer Town Film Festival since it began and was inspired to take up writing after attending a course at Burton and South Derbyshire College. She has won numerous awards for her films but Pin Cushion has been her most successful release to date. Deborah will attend the film and will take part in a Q&A session after the film.

Partnering with Marston’s in Beer Town Film Festival, Burton and South Derbyshire College will host a Creativity and Film evening at The Mulberry Restaurant on Thursday 6th June at 6pm. The evening will begin with a drinks reception followed by a series of presentations using the unique Pecha Kucha format to showcase the wealth of creativity in the region for the first time. Speakers include filmmaker Deborah Haywood, Gavin Scothorn, Creative Director of Davies & Scothorn and local animator Tilley Bancroft and the evening is being billed as a networking event whilst promoting the next wave of creative talent.

On the afternoon of Saturday 8th June there will be a winners’ reception at Marston’s Brewery Visitor’s Centre. Winners from each category will be announced along with the overall winner of the competition.

And then finally, on Saturday 8th June from 6pm, Marston’s Brewery throws open the gates of its Victorian brewery to the public to watch the winner of four Academy Awards, Bohemian Rhapsody.

Guests can enjoy a festival atmosphere in the build up to the main event with a beer tent, street food and music and the main film will be preceded by a showing of the overall winning film from the competition. As twilight falls, just after 8pm, the main film, Bohemian Rhapsody, charting the career of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen will be screened against the backdrop of Marston’s brewhouse.

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