Beer Town Film Festival 2019 is now open for entries from film makers of 16 years of age and for five different short film categories from now until February 2019.

This is the second year for the award-winning* film festival in Burton Upon Trent following on from the success of the first one earlier this year, having attracted 796 short film entries from all over the UK.

Working in partnership on the film festival with Marston’s Brewery and Burton and South Derbyshire College Beer Town Film Festival will award £500 in cash to the winners of short films in fiction, documentary, animated, music video and mobile 61 categories as well as one for the best film made by ‘home-grown’ talent.

Finally, the judges will award the overall winner the coveted ‘Hop D’Or’ and £1,000 in cash.

Locally born film makers, Hollywood special effects producer, Rich Yeomans and film maker and award-winning screen writer, Deborah Haywood are renewing their patronage and will be judges for the festival. The remaining judges for each of the categories being drawn from a range of creative experts in their judging categories.

Judging will take place from March to May 2019 and the Beer Town Film Festival competition will conclude at the end of a week-long focus on film and filmmaking events in the town from 13-18th May 2019 with a major outdoor cinema, beer and food festival to be held at Marston’s Brewery in Burton Upon Trent in May 2019.

In May this year, Matt Daunt won the Best Promotional and Music Film category for ‘Blue’ his music video for the Nottingham-based singer/songwriter, Rob Green. He then went on to be chosen as Best Overall Film 2018 for the festival winning the ‘Hop D’Or’ trophy. He said that winning his award had been a boost to his filmmaking career and he added: “Winning the award inspired me to work on a new music video over the summer and I will definitely be entering this year’s competition too.”

Local winner, Jack Hale, commented: “Receiving the award is still the proudest moment of my life. Seeing the pride in the eyes of my family and experiencing constant motivation from the award on my desk has made me immensely thankful for the local platform that the festival and Marston’s gave to allow me to tell stories.”

*Winner of ‘Best Event’ award at the national Beer & Cider Marketing Awards 2018

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